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AV User Group’s Owen Ellis named amongst judges for Crestron Integrated Awards 2019

Want to be recognised for your hard work? Entries for integrators, service providers and consultants are now open for the 12th instalment of annual awards

The Crestron EMEA Integration Awards is returning for its twelfth year, with 15 categories covering both residential and commercial applications of Crestron technology. 

Applications for the annual competition are now open, and integrators, service providers and consultants within the EMEA region are all eligible to enter. The awards are designed to recognise outstanding projects, that demonstrate a high standard of excellence and innovation in the design and installation of Crestron solutions.

 Winners will be announced in February 2019 during ISE in Amsterdam, the world’s largest AV show. The winners reveal, which takes place on the Crestron booth, has become one of the go-to events of the show.

Judge chosen for this year’s instalment, include:

Owen Ellis, Chairman of the AV User Group: Owen is an influential figure in the AV industry. He became a member of the AV User Group in 2004 whilst in his global Multimedia role at Morgan Stanley investment bank and took up the position of Chairman of the Group in 2010. Since then Owen has overseen the extension of the Group, which now operates in New York and Hong Kong. His 30-year strong background in AV means that Owen will be instrumental in judging the entries this year.

Owen Ellis, Chairman of the AV User Group explains what he will be looking for this year, ‘As an end user of over 17 years I will not just be looking for innovative use of Crestron technologies, but projects that met the client requirements and preferably exceeded their expectations and either enhanced their overall user experience or provided other unexpected benefits.’

Rob Scott, Founder and Publisher at Unified Communications (UC): Rob is the founder of UC Today, an online publisher of the latest news, reviews and opinion for the Unified Communications and Collaboration industry. The platform is designed for industry professionals looking for the latest news and strategic insight, in addition to specialist articles on trending products. As a specialist in the Unified Communications and Collaborative industry, Rob will be looking for intelligent solutions with a consistent and effective interface fit for collaborative use.

Rob Scott comments, ‘It’s an honour to be involved in the EMEA Crestron Integration Awards for 2019, the technology industry never fails to impress us year on year, I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s achievements.’

Zoe Dare Hall, Freelance writer: Award-winning writer Zoe specialises in the high-end luxury sector. A pivotal voice in the global property market, Zoe is an excellent addition to this year’s panel. As a professional in the premium property and design field, Zoe will be looking for projects that showcase state-of-the-art smart technology.

Zoe Dare Hall, a freelance property writer who contributes regularly to the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and several luxury magazines, comments on the rise of smart technology in the home. “Smart technology is increasingly becoming a must in high-end homes. The challenge is to make it sophisticated, clever and versatile, to control all aspects of the home, while also being intuitive to use.”

Karen Stylianides, Editor at Grand Designs magazine: Karen is an editor with more than 20 years’ experience in the interiors, renovation and home improvement sector. She became editor of Grand Designs magazine just over a year ago, having previously been deputy editor at House Beautiful for ten years. Karen will be looking for outstanding projects that effectively and seamlessly integrate technology with good design.

Karen Stylianides, Editor at Grand Designs magazine comments, ‘I am delighted to have been invited by Crestron to join the judging panel for this year’s awards. Home technology is of great interest to readers of Grand Designs magazine, and I’m looking forward to seeing new and innovative installations that enhance a property and have a positive impact on people’s lives.’

There is still time to put forward your project for the Crestron Integration Awards 2019, it’s the perfect opportunity to have your work showcased in front of experts in the design, luxury and technology markets. To enter your residential and commercial project(s), completed after the 1 January 2018 visit, The deadline for all entries is 13 December 2018.