By Nina Doehmel
The Innovation Awards recognise excellence across 15 categories, which span the breadth of science, engineering and technology. The free-to-enter, international annual awards scheme provides a unique opportunity for engineering inventors to showcase their brightest ideas.
Entries to the Information Technology category are welcomed from research, development, demonstration or early life phases of a new idea. Of particular interest are innovations that are capable of commercial exploitation; have valuable industrial application; or demonstrate advances in application development productivity, application security and reliability.
The Intelligent Systems category covers new and innovative technologies that are designed to meet a commercial engineering need. Entries are invited for technologies at any stage of development. The types of Intelligent Systems for which innovation will be recognised include those that: automate and enhance the execution of complex and demanding tasks, potentially utilising advanced human machine interfaces; derive new value from connectivity, either connecting human-machine or machine-machine; and/or enable and assure the safe, secure and dependable operation of systems and enterprises.
The Start-Up Innovation Award is for engineering start-ups which can demonstrate that they have solved a worthwhile problem and achieved early commercial traction.
The Innovation Awards, now in their ninth year, are renowned for raising the profile of their winners and bringing them to a wider audience. Many former Innovation Awards winners report increased interest in their products as a result of winning the accolade.
Nigel Fine, Chief Executive and Secretary of the IET said: “The Innovation Awards are part of the IET’s Inspiring Engineering Excellence Awards Series, which last year provided over £500,000 to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. The IET is passionate about promoting engineering excellence and the Innovation Awards are a great opportunity to showcase some of the very best work taking place around the world.”
Each category of the Innovation Awards is independently judged by a panel of experts in that field, with the shortlist announced each October. The winners will be revealed at a celebrity-hosted black tie dinner and ceremony, taking place on 20 November 2013.
There are still some sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship of the Innovation Awards provides profile opportunities within the global engineering, science and technology community.
To find out more about the Innovation Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to submit an entry, please visit www.theiet.org/innovation. The deadline for entries is 26 July.
About the author
Nina Doehmel is PR for IET. The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
More about the IET Inspiring Engineering Excellence Awards Series
The IET Inspiring Engineering Excellence Awards Series includes awards for individual excellence, research and innovation, scholarships, travel awards, prizes and competitions. The awards recognise the most innovative companies and the best new innovations across the world. In 2012, the IET provided over £500,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships, to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. This will increase to over £2 million in 2013 with the launch of new schemes including the Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards and new scholarships in India and the Americas.