PLASA Awards for Innovation 2016
The PLASA Awards for Innovation aim to recognise and reward new product ideas. They have long been respected because they are independently and impartially judged by an invited team of industry experts. In addition, PLASA Members and pre-registered visitors are also eligible to vote for nominees of the annual Gottelier Award, aimed to recognise the lifetime achievements of product developers.
Each product nomination must satisfy the chairman of judges that it meets our criteria for Innovation by clearly showing that it does at least one of the following:
- Demonstrates a new style of thinking
- Improves technical practice
- Introduces new technology, new materials or new techniques
- Includes patents or unique intellectual property
- Offers a new commercial advantage
- Improves safety
Nominees are asked to demonstrate a new style of thinking, an improvement in technical practice, an aid to safety, new commercial advantages or new technology, patents, materials or techniques. The deadline for entries has now passed, and the winners will be announced on Monday 19 September at PLASA Show.
All successfully vetted products are judged against one another on the strength of their innovation alone: there are no product categories.
All nominees will have the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation to our judges. These presentations will not be recorded, but all nominees will be able to have their product presentations filmed separately as part of their entry package.
The judging panel will have eight awards of equal standing at their disposal, plus the option of making one or more a 'Gold' Award – marking those products which stand out above the rest of the nominees.
Award for Sustainability
The judges can also choose to present the PLASA Award for Sustainability to recognise products which can claim:
- Significant reduction of power usage for its product type/application
- Effective use of renewable energy sources
- Significant reduction of environmental impact of product lifecycle
For exhibitors to benefit from inclusion in the PLASA Show Preview issues of LSi and LSA magazines, and in the Official PLASA Show Guide their entry must be completed by the close of Monday 22 August 2016 at the latest.
Publicity During the Show
Nominated product will be exhibited on the Innovation Gallery - a key visitor attraction at the show.
Each presentation video will appear on PLASA’s YouTube channel, at LSiOnline’s VideoHub:
And will also be made available for exhibitors’ own promotional use after the show.
The entry fee is £250+ VAT (20%) – or £500+ VAT (20%) for non-exhibiting PLASA members - a highly preferential rate given the level of publicity generated by the Awards.
The fee covers all administration and judging expenses and the cost of a professionally produced video of your 5-minute product presentation.
The Winners will appear on the LSiOnline website and in the October issues of Lighting&Sound International and Lighting&Sound America magazines.
For further information on the PLASA Awards for Innovation, please contact: