Our New Plan to Honor CEDIA Products

Aug 5

Written by: Jeremy J. Glowacki
8/5/2014 1:47 PM  RssIcon

I loved the Resi Awards. They were my creation, and I was proud of their cutesy name and the unique focus on industrial design that our CEDIA EXPO product awards competition brought to the custom integration channel.
 
 
 


But to be perfectly honest, those same narrow parameters for entries started to pigeonhole us too much. There were just too many important black boxes doing yeoman’s work behind the curtain, so to speak, that didn’t necessarily meet the criteria of “exquisite industrial design” that deserved recognition.

That’s why, this year, Residential Systems (along with sister publication TWICE) has launched its inaugural Best of Show awards for CEDIA EXPO exhibitors. Hopefully, you’ve been seeing the promotions for it, and many manufacturers have already entered.

I’m writing this brief post just in case you enjoy reading my bylined article (until now, perhaps) and have become numb to marketing emails about CEDIA EXPO promotional opportunities. I expect to be just as proud of our new awards program and look forward to seeing what our independent team of judges has to say about our entries when they judge them on the EXPO show floor in Denver.

The Resi Awards are gone, but not forgotten. Long live the Best of Show.

Manufacturers, please click here to learn more about nominating your products for Best of Show.

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Re: Our New Plan to Honor CEDIA Products

Good for you! I can't express my frustration with the industry award process. I continue to see awards being given out to products that have NEVER shipped, have never been installed and often become vaporware. I understand the big picture but that becomes very unfair competition to those how spend a ton on R&D and don't want to submit something that isn't ready. I know it might be an error on our part but we DO NOT submit any product that isn't already shipping or that will be shipping within 30 days of the show. I just saw an award being given to a company and product and the model was, To Be Announced. Talk about confused.

My question would be when was the last time you saw an Oscar being given out for a trailer? Or a Motor Trend Car of the year for a prototype? We can do better for our industry and the dealers. In my opinion.

So I love your moving to the live show. See it, touch it, listen to it and maybe this will help them balance a bit. Thanks for this added work load for your team but I think it might help.

By Dan Kippycash on   8/5/2014 3:15 PM

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