CEDIA View: CEDIA Modifies Electronic Lifestyles Awards
A well-known idiom cautions against messing with something that is working: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
There is certainly some truth to that worn wisdom. Sometimes you hit your stride and things are going fantastically, so there is no reason to change it up.
Perfecting a Gem
This is how we could have continued to look at the Electronic Lifestyles® Awards. The program has consistently had amazing projects and products enter and win awards. (Have you seen all the “How They Did It” blog posts? Check them out at ow.ly/KMINo.) But just because something is working does not mean there is not room for perfecting and developing.
CEDIA’s members, Board of Directors and staff have been hard at work looking at how the awards program can continue to represent the very best of the industry. We are all excited to share the updates that have been implemented:
You’ll know who’s judging your projects and products. CEDIA will reveal the panel of judges that evaluate the home technology professional awards as well as the manufacturer awards. Stay tuned to find out who this year’s judges are!
No more wondering how you are being scored. The criteria the judges use to award points will be available to entrants to reference as they enter their projects. Judging criteria focuses on industry best practices and standards recognized by CEDIA and other professional organizations. The criteria outlay specific, quantifiable points against which entries will be judged, giving current and future entrants a clear picture of how their submissions will be evaluated.
New categories will keep up with how the industry is changing. Revised project categories have been implemented for the home technology professional awards. The categories now include Home Theater, Media Room, Integrated Home, Innovative Solution, Personal Craft, Media Room Under $25,000, and Integrated Home Under $25,000.
The home technology professional awards will be announced in a new format. Finalists for the home technology professional awards will be announced prior to CEDIA EXPO with the announcement of the winners at the Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Celebration during CEDIA EXPO. This replaces the previous format of Gold/Silver/Bronze winners and Overall category winners.
The manufacturer awards will continue with the categories of Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame. Finalists will continue to be announced prior to CEDIA EXPO and winners onsite at CEDIA EXPO.
We know you’ve been doing some stellar work, and we can’t wait to see it! We are now accepting entries. All entries must be completed by 8 p.m. EDT on May 18, 2015. Start your entries today at cedia.net/awards. TI