EDITORS CHOICE 04.08.16

InAVation Awards 2017 – new Technology Categories

Exterior of the Gashouder with InAVation Awards 2016 logo and queue

In 2017 the InAVation Awards will respond to the increasingly diverse AV market by overhauling how AV technologies are entered and judged in the InAVation Awards.

The change will recognise that it is becoming harder to easily categorise the ever expanding range of technology and software that is available to integrators and that many systems on the market are being rapidly developed to handle a wider range of functions. To truly recognise innovation and brilliance in this sector we believe that it is no longer appropriate to ask manufacturers to enter products, systems and software into a manageable number of product focused technology categories.

We are therefore moving the technology awards format to a solutions based approach. Technologies can be entered into a number of categories that have been selected to highlight important sectors for the industry and key areas for recent product innovation. 

The entry process will also change. Entrants will need to write statements to convince a panel of judges (formed of integrators, consultants, technology managers and users as well as media partners of the event) what their technology adds to a particular application, task or environment.

A single product can be entered into multiple categories but the entry statement must change to demonstrate its suitability for the category.

This shift demonstrates that the judging panel is less interested in the specifications of a particular technology, instead placing more emphasis on the benefits it brings to designers, integrators, managers and users of AV systems. 

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The new categories are:
Technology for Collaboration and Conferencing
Technology for Content Management
Technology for Control and Management
Technology for Control Rooms
Technology for Digital Signage
Technology for Small Group Presentation (under 20 people)
Technology for Large Group Presentation (over 20 people)
Technology for Leisure
Technology for Live Events and Rental
Technology for Safety and Security 
Technology for Signal Distribution 
Technology for Smart Buildings
Technology for System Design