CEDIA’s annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards competition is now underway, with the online entry system officially open. CEDIA members interested in entering may view guidelines and begin the entry process now at cedia.org/awards.
CEDIA has made some changes to the Awards program to make it easier for members to enter. Entrants no longer need to mail in hard copy submissions; the entire entry process is online. In addition, the Designer Awards competition is no longer limited to members with CEDIA Certified Professionals on staff; all electronic systems contractor (ESC) members may enter.
The Designer Awards competition features seven project categories, including Integrated Home, Special Project, and Home Theater. The Electronic Lifestyles Awards competition provides a unique platform for ESCs to showcase their projects not only to the industry but also to the consumer audience through CEDIA’s continued partnership with HGTVRemodels.com (formerly HGTVPro.com) on the People’s Pick award competition. The entry system for the Designer Awards will close Friday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific).
Visitors to HGTVRemodels.com will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite projects in the Home Theater, Media Room, and Integrated Home categories. HGTVRemodels.com‘s 800,000+ monthly viewers include homeowners as well as building, remodeling, and design professionals.
CEDIA also gives manufacturers the opportunity to highlight their best products through the Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards competition. Categories include Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame. Manufacturers can also compete for a Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation award, which recognizes a product that facilitates reduced energy consumption. The deadline for entering the Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards competition is Friday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific).
The competition offers a way for manufacturers to gain added exposure surrounding CEDIA EXPO. Last year, finalists in the Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards received over 150 million media impressions from top trade and consumer media outlets.
“The Electronic Lifestyles Awards competition provides CEDIA members with an opportunity to be recognized for the innovative solutions they provide every day,” said Jamie Riley, senior director of public telethons and marketing for CEDIA. “The competition also provides a marketing benefit, which is something our members continue to tell us they want to do better. Entrants and winners alike have benefited from media exposure in trade and consumer publications.”
CEDIA is also accepting nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the residential electronic systems industry. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific). Guidelines and entry forms are available at cedia.org/awards.