Why you should take part in the 2018 CEDIA Awards

With ISE out the way, it can only mean one thing — it’s time to turn your attention to writing your CEDIA Awards entries. Yes, that’s right, the 2018 CEDIA Awards programme is now open and accepting entries.

“CEDIA's Awards programme recognises technical excellence and product innovation, and celebrates the many ways technology enhances the home,” explains Jenny Scott, CEDIA director of member engagement, speaking to HiddenWires.

“We are excited to be able to launch the programme earlier this year, providing members needed time to complete the entry process.”

So, as a busy installer, why should you spend time entering, and how exactly can it benefit your business?

Who can take part?

The CEDIA Awards is open to all member companies and it is free to enter. There are categories targeting both technology integrators and trade suppliers.

The Pyramid Group staff collecting accolade for 'Best Home Cinema Level 2' on stage at the CEDIA Awards 2018

What key information do I need to be aware of?

To be part of the celebration this year, entries need to be submitted before Monday 2nd April 2018.

Categories for the integrator categories are as follows:

  • Auto, Marine or Aircraft
  • Home Cinema (£40,000 & Under / £40,000 - £120,000 / £120,000 - £340,000 / £340,000 & Over)
  • Innovative Solution or System
  • Integrated Home (£120,000 & Under / £120,000 - £230,000 / £230,000 - £340,000 / £340,000 & Over)
  • Media Room (£20,000 & Under / £20,000 - £75,000 / £75,000 & Over)
  • Multiple Dwelling Unit Design
  • Showroom

Installations may be entered in multiple categories and are judged by industry technical experts. Entrants compete and are recognised within their region — Americas, EMEA, or Asia Pacific — based on their primary location.

Finalists, announced in July, will be considered for additional sub-category awards based on their region. A panel of technical judges will choose winners for Best Documentation, Best Dressed Rack, and Best Lighting System. A panel of design and build professionals will select a winner for the Life Lived Best at Home Award and the Technology Meets Design Award. The Global Award winners are selected from the overall winners in all regions

HTP members may submit as many projects as they wish, as long as it adheres to the terms and conditions. The type of information that you have to submit depends on which categories you are entering into. For all categories, you are required to provide supporting information such as high-resolution images, kit lists and schematics.

The CEDIA manufacturer product awards include the following categories:

  • Best New Hardware Product
  • Best New Software Product
  • Product Hall of Fame

All entries are evaluated by industry professionals, and finalists will be selected in August. Deadline for entry is 14 May, 2018.

How do I enter?

Members will need to access the online award entry portal at the dedicated awards website www.cedia.net/awards where they can view entry criteria, category information, and guidelines, then submit their projects and supporting documentation.

dining room, nv integration-installed home in thailand, CEDIA award winner

proscenium, 2018 cedia award-winning clever association cinema

What are the benefits of entering?

There’s no feeling quite like receiving an award for your company’s hard work and success and to feel recognised for your efforts by industry professionals. 

CEDIA’s Awards schemes give members the chance to be recognised on a global scale by fellow industry peers, by the public, and by potential clients. When looking for an industry professional, clients want someone who they can trust and who they know will deliver. Awards can quickly and accurately portray this message on a company’s website and through word of mouth, allowing your business to gain further promotional benefits.

Winning a prestigious award can also mean extensive editorial coverage across the press. This can lead to increased recognition and a good reputation, as the more people that know about the great service your company provides, the more people will want to be a part of it.

Still not convinced?

In case you don’t want to take our word for it, here’s what previous winners had to say about the awards scheme:

“CEDIA provides all technology integrators with a fantastic platform to come together to learn and compete with each other. To be shortlisted as finalists amongst numerous outstanding projects is an achievement in itself. We pride ourselves in the hard work and detail that we put into our projects by prudently listening to our client’s requirements, and then turning their words in to reality.”
Attique Ahmed, Executive Director, Synergy Technologies

“As the most prestigious awards that the industry has to offer, winning a CEDIA Awards is an important part of our brand.”
Peter Aylett, Technical Director, Archimedia

Winning the Technology meets Design Award gives huge recognition to our design-led ethos - “Integrated Home Technology”. To be recognised by the industry as one of the leading companies in this area of expertise is a huge positive, and a huge differentiator as to why people should work with us."
Pip Evans, Director, NV Integration

Pip Evans, NV Integration collecting Technology Meets Design CEDIA Award on stage at ceremony

For more information, visit www.cedia.co.uk.

Entry into project categories at this year’s CEDIA Awards will close on Monday 2 April, 2018, with manufacturer categories closing on Monday 14 May, 2018.

Still in need of inspiration? Take a tour of Clever Association’s winning entry to the ‘Best Home Cinema in the £120,000 - £240,000 category.’

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