To coincide with our 15th year of publication in 2014, Installation is launching a new awards event – the InstallAwards. These will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton London Wembley Hotel on 12 June.
When we sat down to devise a new awards programme for the installation industry, we had a number of aims. We wanted awards that recognised achievement across the full spectrum of projects in a wide variety of application sectors. But we also wanted a means whereby projects of different sizes, scopes and budgets could compete on a more equal footing. And we wanted to be able to reflect the fact that successful installations are the result of a combination of factors, some technology-related, and some down to the efforts of individuals and teams.
So, after much head-scratching, long meetings and more cups of coffee than we care to admit, we're proud to announce the InstallAwards.
We are inviting project entries in the following categories:
• Public display/ retail
• Sports and performing arts
• Corporate and industrial
Within each of these categories, we will make three awards.
Best Project Award
We'll be looking for evidence of as many of the following as possible:
• Technical innovation
• Elegant design - technical or aesthetic
• Meeting or exceeding the client brief
• Expansion capability/futureproofing
This award is designed to acknowledge the importance of collaboration and teamwork in the delivery of successful installation projects. Any size of team, from two people upwards, may be nominated, and we will be looking for:
• How team inputs shaped one or more aspects of the project
• How one or more team members went beyond the call of duty to deliver an element of the project
• How the individual skills and specialities of the team members combined to give an exceptional outcome
Star Product Award
This award focuses in on a single part of an installation - a product that performs a key role in the overall system design. We're especially interested in products that provide a new solution for an existing issue. We'll want to know:
• Why this particular product was chosen, rather than a competitive product
• How the system design, and/or the end user experience, would have been different if an alternative product had been used instead
Any permanent or semi-permanent installation may be entered for the InstallAwards, provided it was handed over to the client between 1 March 2013 and 28 February 2014.
The entry period opens on 21 January and runs until 14 March. Details on how to enter can be found at www.installawards.com. There is no entry fee. Any individual or company may enter a maximum of three projects, either in the same category or in different ones.
As was the practice in Intent Media's Pro Sound Awards, the judging will be carried out by a large panel of experts from across the industry, drawn from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible. If you would like to offer your services as a judge, please send an email to email@example.com.
The inaugural InstallAwards will be brought to you by the team behind the successful Music Week Awards and Pro Sound Awards in 2013.
This is your chance to celebrate the fantastic projects that have been developed over the past 12 months and are continuously challenging the boundaries of the use of technology each and every day within the permanent AV Install market.
Be a part of championing the people and products that are making these projects and the AV business the most diverse, forward-thinking and exciting sector in the world.
For all sponsorship details, or further information on marketing opportunities at the event, please contact Ian Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) on +44 (0) 207 354 6000.
And finally, for now, put Thursday 12 June into your diary for the InstallAwards ceremony – it's going to be a great event.