CEDIA has announced that the 2017 CEDIA Awards program is now accepting entries. The 2017 program includes several new and important updates that align the awards program across the globe. Vin Bruno told rAVe that now there is no entry fee – something that rAVe Founder, Gary Kayye, has been pushing for recently.
“We are so excited to launch the 2017 CEDIA Awards,” said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. “We are delighted to offer an expanded and globally aligned awards program that will celebrate the excellence and professionalism of CEDIA members worldwide. With newly revised categories, an improved entry process and the chance to compete as Global Award contenders, the CEDIA Awards promise to be better than ever for all participants.”
There is no longer a cost for CEDIA home technology professional members to enter a project in the CEDIA Awards competition. Additionally, CEDIA has set pre-determined cost categories for Home Cinema, Integrated Home, and Media Room projects. Other home technology professional awards categories include Innovative Solution, Lighting Control and Installation; Multiple Dwelling Unit Design; Showroom; Special Project; and Auto, Marine and Aircraft. Finalists, which will be announced in July, will be considered for additional sub-category awards for Best Documentation, Best Dressed System, Best Lifestyle System and Best Aesthetic Installation. Winners from the CEDIA Americas, CEDIA Asia Pacific, and CEDIA EMEA competitions will once again compete in the Global CEDIA Awards competition.
The CEDIA manufacturer awards have been updated slightly to include three categories: Best New Software Product, Best New Hardware Product, and Product Hall of Fame. Finalist will be announced in August and will then have the opportunity to do a video demonstration for the CEDIA judging panel in place of the booth visits that were previously part of the judging process at the CEDIA show.
Winners will be announced at the CEDIA Awards Celebration, which will be hosted on the flight deck of the USS Midway in San Diego on Wednesday, September 6. Global CEDIA Award winners will be announced at the CEDIA EMEA Awards Celebration on September 29, 2017. Companies may begin their entries here.