The CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products.
Software & Mobile Apps
By HARMAN International
In-Vehicle Audio Video
By Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210)
Computer Hardware & Components
By ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
High Performance Home Audio
By Bang & Olufsen
Electro-mechanical Polymer (EMP) Actuator Technology
Home Audio - Video Components
By Sony Electronics
FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies
By Kirk H&J Corporation
iNPOFi Foldable Mobile Wireless Charger
Technology for a Better World
By Able Planet Incorporated
Personal Sound with LINX® FUSION
PHA-2 headphone amp
Home Theater Speakers
By Philips Consumer Lifestyle
Philips Fidelio E5 wireless surround cinema speakers
Health & Fitness
By Reebok & MC10
Sony QX Series "Lens-Style" Cameras
The BackBeat GO® 2 + Charging Case
By Tobii Technology
Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing
VAIO® | Flip PC
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Software & Mobile Apps
A cloud-based platform that delivers 40,000+ programs from the web and location-based services (LBS) straight to the car's dashboard through a seamless connection with an Aha smartphone app for iOS and Android systems.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: In-Vehicle Audio Video
AppRadio 3 smartphone connected in-dash receiver with iOS, Android and MirrorLink Connectivity features 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free and Google Voice Recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a built-in DVD/CD mechanism.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Hardware & Components
The ASUS Transformer Book Trio is the first 3-in-1, 11.6-inch dual OS Windows 8/Android hybrid laptop with a dock powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. The tablet features an Intel® Atom™ processor and a 1920 x 1080 IPS display.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: High Performance Home Audio
BeoLab 18 is conceived at an exceptional sound column introducing a refined symbiosis of form, craftsmanship and performance.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Embedded Technologies
Enter the Neo-Sensory Age. Equip innovative products with localized HD Haptics, sounds, and device morphing, and bring ultrathin, flexible, and light devices to life with Novasentis EMP products and technology.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Audio - Video Components
The world’s first home media player to deliver hit Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD, with 4 times more clarity than HD. Pre-loaded with 10 feature films and a library of 4K shorts, the FMP-X1 is also the gateway to Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
The Form 1 3D-printer is the world's first high-resolution, desktop stereolithographic printer, designed to bring the gold-standard in 3D-printing technology to a wider audience, in an exquisite marriage of industrial design and technology.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies
The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor™ is a high-science portable power device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity on-the-go. Using rechargeable hydrogen power it gives users the unique opportunity to stay charged without ever plugging in.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Portable Power
This mobile wireless charger has a 5000 mAh battery to keep devices powered wirelessly. It is foldable and functions as a 40 Lumens LED flashlight when folded. It emits ZERO radiation and has over 90 percent power transfer efficiency for fast charging.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wearable Technologies
Instabeat is the first waterproof heads-up monitor that tracks, stores, and displays instant color-coded feedback of your heart rate on your swimming goggles’ lenses to optimize your training and streamline your performance.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Technology for a Better World
The first multi-sensory ANC headphone to fuse patented LINX AUDIO with ViviTouch EAP to simultaneously transmit sound through the skin, bone and ear to enhance comprehension in noisy environments and to address specific tonal sensitivities.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Headphones
Designed for music lovers, the PHA-2 headphone amplifier enhances sound quality effectively when used with portable audio players or smart phones, allowing users to enjoy a great listening experience.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Theater Speakers
Philips Fidelio E5 wireless surround cinema speakers and their wireless active subwoofer, offer a phenomenal stereo music listening experience that can transform instantly into a true 5.1 wireless surround sound system.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Health & Fitness
The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is a sports impact indicator designed for athletes of all ages and skill-levels. Multiple motion sensors embedded into a skullcap provide actionable impact data to help assess an athlete before continuing to play.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Digital Imaging
Sony's new QX Series "Lens-Style" Cameras combine the power of a premium compact camera and the convenience and connectivity of today's smartphones, completely redefining the "mobile photography" experience.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds deliver immersive audio for your non-stop life, so you can lose the cord, free your music, and still take that call. Portable charging case offers both a home and charging solution for the earbuds while on the go.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Accessible Technologies
EyeMobile is a lightweight accessory that enables eye control capabilities on Windows 8 tablets. EyeMobile provides individuals with mobility challenges with a hands-free way to enjoy full tablet computer functionality.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing
Change your view of what a computer can do with this innovative design that instantly goes from laptop, to tablet, to viewer mode with a simple flip. Packed with the best of Sony, it features a Full HD touchscreen with TRILUMINOS Display for Mobile, Clear Audio+ and even Exmor camera technology. With the powerful Intel® Gen 4 processors and an optional fast SSD drive, there’s even more to flip for.
For more information on the category descriptions and examples, please see the 2014 Innovations Award Category Guide.
Innovations participants can enter products into the following categories for recognition:
NEW: 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
NEW: In-Vehicle Experience
NEW: Wearable Technologies
Computer Hardware & Components
Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies
Gaming Hardware & Accessories
Health & Fitness
High Performance Home Audio/Video
Home Audio/Video Accessories
Home Audio/Video Components
Home Networking & Connectivity
Home Theater Speakers
Portable Media Players & Accessories
Software & Mobile Apps
Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing
Tech For A Better World
Wireless Handset Accessories
The 2014 CES Innovations Awards Call For Entries is now closed.
Entries must qualify for each of the following criteria:
Products entered must fit within one of the official award categories.
Products entered must be available for sale to the public, for the first time, in U.S. retail outlets or on the Internet between April 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014.
If you are a CES exhibitor, one sample of your Innovations honoree product (mock-ups or the final product) must be available for display in the Innovations Showcase at the 2014 International CES, from January 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovations Honorees must allow CEA to hold one sample of the product for up to one year, for display at other CEA-related events.
Unless you indicate otherwise on your application, honorees will be announced at CES Unveiled NEW YORK, November 12, 2013 and will be included in the launch of the honoree listings on CESweb, also on November 12.
Companies not exhibiting at CES may also enter the 2014 Innovations Awards; however, restrictions apply if selected as an honoree.
Companies that are not exhibiting at CES may enter the Innovations 2013 competition. However, non-exhibitor honoree products will not be included for display in the Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Showcase and will not be listed in the on-site honoree directory in CE VISION, unless the company pays for an exhibit space by October 26, 2012. If a company has fully paid for an exhibit space by October 26, 2012, they can be listed in the onsite directory and have their product displayed in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase.
Entries must be submitted via the online entry process by the Call for Entries deadline on September 14th.
Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission; however if significant improvements have been made to the original product and/or significant enhancements that are truly unique and innovative, then the new model will be eligible for submission. If an entry of a similar model previously submitted is disqualified, the entry fees will not be refunded.
At least two DIFFERENT product photographs must accompany each entry. Computer renderings are not preferred, and may result in reduced scores from the judges. Entries may include up to five photos. Photos must be submitted in a .jpg format. Each photo should be less than 3MB. All photos must be submitted via the online submission process. E-mailed and hard-copy photos will not be accepted.
All entry forms are the property of CEA. We suggest you print or make a copy of your submission for your records.
An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections of the online entry tool are completed and entry fees have been paid.
Incomplete and unpaid entries will be disqualified. CEA is not responsible for follow-up of incomplete entries. If you are unsure if your entry is complete, please contact us at Innovations@ce.org.
Entries must be paid online at the time of submission, using a credit card. Check and invoice payments are not accepted.To evaluate a submitter's entry, the judges may ask for additional information, including a request to provide a product sample.
If improperly categorized, an entry may be moved to a different category based on the recommendation of the judging panel, without consent from the submitter.
CEA reserves the exclusive right to set, modify, and interpret all conditions regarding this competition without claim for damage or recourse of any kind.
Each company selected as an honoree grants CEA permission, without compensation, to use its name and photograph/likeness and/or entry in promoting this or similar awards programs in the future.
Materials must meet CEA standards for appropriate product presentation and taste, and may be asked to be resubmitted or disqualified at any time, if they are deemed inappropriate. Any attempt by a submitter to deliberately damage the Innovations website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Call for Entries may be in violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, all entries submitted by such person will be disqualified. CEA reserves the right to seek damages from any such person fully permitted by law.
In the event a virus compromises the competition, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of CEA, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation of the Call for Entries, CEA reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Call for Entries. Should the Call for Entries be terminated prior to the stated closing date, CEA reserves the right to announce honorees based on the nominations received before the termination date.
CEA reserves the right to rescind any awards granted to honorees that have misrepresented their product or entry in this competition.
Submit Your Entry
Visit the Innovations Call for Entries page. (Call for Entries is now closed).
Complete, submit and pay for your entry online between Monday, August 12 and Friday, September 13, 2013. Emailed and/or hard copy submission forms are will not be accepted.
You will be notified by email on October 14, 2013 with your award status.
Please Note: You must provide a minimum of two different high resolution photos of your product (we encourage more) along with your written entry submission.
Entry Form Questions
Each application will have a section of basic information to be filled in about the product in addition to a series of free response questions. All responses are limited to 500 words or less. If you’re submitting an entry for web-based software, please make sure to include a link to the web site.
Please provide the product's technical specifications. Describe the engineering qualities of your product, including the materials, components and processes used to fabricate the product, and how their qualities relate to the product’s intended use. Can also be submitted as a PDF, Word, or Excel document, with a limit of one full page of text.
Describe the product's aesthetic and design qualities, intended use and/or functions, including details about the user value.
Describe why your product deserves a 2014 CES Innovations Award. Include specifics regarding your product's unique and/or novel features and why consumers would find your product attractive.
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies Entries
Describe your product's engineering qualities, including the materials, components and processes used to fabricate the product, as well as how they relate to environmental impact and ecological responsibility, emissions reduction, sustainability and smart resource management, recyclability, etc. Please also include details about how the product is transported to market, if applicable.
Software & Mobile Apps Entries
Describe the software's intended use and functions, , as well as its distinctive features, including details about user value.
Explain the platform(s) on which this software runs, the channel(s) through which it is distributed, and the cost to the user or suggested retail price (if any).
Describe how the software enhances the quality of life for the user or those affected by its use, whether through entertainment, productivity, education, or other functions.
Describe why your software deserves a 2014 CES Innovations Award. Include specifics regarding its unique and/or novel features, and why consumers would find your software attractive.
Tech For A Better World
Describe your product's engineering qualities, including the materials, components and processes used to fabricate the product, as well as how they relate to global or community impact and responsibility. How is the quality of life enhanced for the users of this product, or those affected by its use?
Please give an in-depth overview of how the vehicle’s cabin or driving experience is enhanced through the use of consumer electronics products or components. What systems are used, and how do they connect with one another, as well as to the vehicle occupants, to create a positive driving experience? This can include, but is in no way limited to, audio/video and entertainment systems, intelligent navigation/maneuvering systems, intelligent cooling and heating systems, heads-up displays, voice control, device connectivity support and integration, and electronic safety components.
Expanding on the question above, please provide the technical specifications of the components used in the vehicle’s in-cabin systems. Describe the engineering qualities of the components, including materials and processes used to fabricate the components, and how their qualities relate to the intended occupant experience. Can also be submitted as a PDF, Word, or Excel document, with a limit of one full page of text.
What innovative solutions have been implemented in this vehicle’s cabin design, as related to its electronic components/systems? How do they help the driver or passengers to overcome common challenges?
Describe why your vehicle deserves a 2014 CES Innovations Award, including specifics on why consumers would find this vehicle attractive, as well as the driving experience it offers.
Each product category has a three-member judging team comprised of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer and a member of the trade press.
The three-member judging team gives a numerical value to each of the above criteria. The scores are combined, resulting in a cumulative score for each product. A baseline value is derived from the cumulative scores in a category. All scores above the baseline are designated as honorees.
The Best of Innovations Awards will be awarded to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product surpasses a previously-determined minimum score. If the highest-rated product in a category does not surpass the minimum score, there will be no Best of Innovations Award for that category. All award designations by our judges are final.
Entries are evaluated on the following criteria:
Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
The product's intended use/function and user value
Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies Entries
Environmentally friendly engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
Environmentally friendly aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
The product's intended use/function and user value as it impacts the environment
Software & Mobile Apps Entries
Intended use, function, and user value
Aesthetic and visual qualities, using screenshots or photos provided
Perceived ease of use/user-friendliness
Why the software deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
How the design and innovation of this software directly compare to other products in the market place
Earning the coveted Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree title provides a fair share of eye-catching benefits, including:
2014 Innovations Awards Honoree logo to include on your product packaging and advertising materials
Opportunity to display your product in the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Showcase at the 2014 International CES (for official International CES exhibitors only).
Best of Innovations Honorees receive additional exposure in product displays at CES Unveiled NEW YORK and CES Unveiled LAS VEGAS: The Official Media Event of International CES.
Innovations Honorees are often featured on the live radio broadcast of "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. This nationally syndicated consumer electronics radio program features interviews with CEOs, presidents and senior executives from the hottest companies exhibiting at CES live from the show floor. Reserve your International CES broadcast airtime now. Call now to pitch your story. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (for official International CES exhibitors only)
An eye-catching 2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree plaque to display in your booth and in your company's trophy case.
Listing in the January/February issue of It Is Innovation (i3), CEA’s flagship publication distributed to over 64,000 and bonus distribution at the 2014 International CES (for official International CES Exhibitors only).
Innovations icon published next to your company listing in the Official CES Show Directory (for official International CES exhibitors only).
Industry-wide recognition and media attention through a CEA press release announcing all honorees.
Exposure on the official CES website within your respective product category; complete with company name, product images and description. The Innovations pages are among the most heavily-trafficked pages, available year-round on CESweb.org/Innovations.
Best of Innovations honorees have the opportunity to display their product at additional CEA events throughout the year.
Increased exposure and awareness with advertising opportunities in CEA's It Is Innovation (i3) magazine. Innovations honorees receive substantial discounts. Contact Innovations@CE.org for more information.
Adam Goldberg – AGP, LLC.
Adam Goldberg has two decades of experience in various facets of digital television. He has been involved in various digital television and digital telecommunications activities, including the over-the-air digital transition, cable television and home entertainment in general for two decades. In the digital television arena Goldberg has been involved in many areas including receivers,
receiver silicon and broadcast equipment.
He has held engineering, project management, strategic planning, standards and government relations roles for software vendors, decoder and silicon manufacturers, network and head-end vendors and consumer electronics companies and has spoken world-wide on digital television issues.
A.K. Stratton – Helix
A.K. Stratton a director, product development at Helix, where he oversees the creative staff of product designers, mechanical engineers, and prototype specialists. Stratton is responsible for all aspects of the design process, from conceptualization to production procurement. He enjoys working with team members of all levels, mentoring younger staff, and fostering strong client relationships.
He is an accomplished designer and team leader utilizing conceptual problem solving, detailed design, and production implementation for manufacturers of new products. His design recommendations have contributed to many successful products now on the market for companies including Kodak, Segway, Vgo Communications, Harris, and DeLORME.
Stratton gained valuable experience as a designer for fast-paced industrial design consulting firms such as Loeffler-MacConkey, Michael Cattafe Assoc., S+H Diagnostics, and Helix. While at Helix, he successfully transitioned into design management and has played a key role in developing client relationships, guiding teams, and developing successful products. His passion and drive have helped Helix to achieve multiple design awards in his 15 years with the company.
Adrian Chernoff – Wilshire Media Group
Adrian Chernoff helps organizations articulate new products and deliver what's next. Beginning from consumer insight and idea simplification to sell-in and execution across organizations, Chernoff brings together executives, designers, engineers and marketers to make it possible. Honored with over 20 awards and 89 patents, he has made an impact by inventing future transpiration at General Motors, creating medical robots at NASA, launching consumer digital products at Kodak and engineering new theme park rides at Disney.
As a consultant he has innovated office products for Staples, developed luxury solutions for the The Gucci Group, engineered modular roofing systems for Alcoa and created digital solutions for Experian. His work has been awarded both nationally and internationally including one of Time magazine’s best inventions of the year and General Motors Chairman’s Honor Award for superior creativity and exemplary contribution.
Assaf Gad – PointGrab
Assaf Gad has over 12 years of experience in the field of product management, marketing and user experience, with in-depth focus on consumer products.
Before joining PointGrab, Gad led the product management and marketing OEM departments at Powermat Technologies, a leader provider of wireless power solutions for consumer electronics products. Prior to that, he was heading the product management at Modu Mobile. Earlier in his career, he served as head of product management at Telmap Ltd. (acquired by Intel), a leading provider of location-based services.
His past roles include development positions in mobile and Internet startups and as a research assistant with Professors Schocken Shimon and Nisan Noam at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Gad holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Avi Greengart – Current Analysis
Avi Greengart is the research director, consumer platforms & devices at Current Analysis. Greengart manages two complimentary services covering the world of consumer devices: COMPETE (global analysis on mobile platforms, phones, tablets, wearables, and devices in the digital home) and CurrentTrack (U.S. phone and tablet pricing and data trend analysis).
Prior to Current Analysis, Greengart spent two years as a senior analyst at Jupiter Research, six years as a senior product marketing manager at Intel, and a few years in marketing, product management, and user interface design for Flash Creative Management, a boutique database consultancy. Greengart is quoted regularly by the media, is a noted speaker and moderator at industry events, and writes a regular column for techpinions.com.
Benjamin Chia – elemental8
Benjamin Chia is the chief creative officer (CCO) and co-founder of elemental8. He is an experienced and multi-faceted industrial designer capable in all phases of the design process. As CCO, he directs the creative staff and develops new business potentials.
Chia designs have been recognized with numerous design awards from BusinessWeek/Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Good Design Awards, ID Magazine Design Annual, and others. His work can be seen at permanent collections at the New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Since 2000, Chia has been teaching at Stanford University, Academy of Art College, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University, focusing on design process, strategy, and application.
Bill Clem – KERBspace
A passionate and empathetic design leader, Bill Clem has curated an amazingly diverse portfolio of projects, industries and technologies. His designs include open heart surgery, automotive interiors, office seating, portable stereo speakers, mobile data devices used in explosive environments, children’s shoes, dog toys, industrial solar power generation, personal computers, scientific laser instruments, fitness equipment and personal electric vehicles.
Some of the projects he’s most enthralled with include the design for the original Battle Star Galactica theme ride, an Atrial heart valve delivered through a stent, a product to map the human brain to determine the location and type of stroke and an interactive curb side way-finding platform for his new company, KERBspace. Clem focuses on creating, inventing and delivering amazing customer experiences through passionate customer advocacy by using design as the foundation of disruptive thought.
Chris Kraeutle – AmazonLab126
Chris Kraeutle graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in industrial design, and for the past 20 years has been designing consumer electronics products for high-volume manufacturing. Most of his work has centered on bringing handheld products to market from original idea through architectural studies and engineering builds to mass production.
Some of his work includes smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, toys, networking equipment, home appliances, tablets and e-readers. Kraeutle’s most enjoyable part of the creative process is the early ideation phases of product development; the art of continually pulling together the latest and greatest technologies in conjunction with elegant forms continues to be challenging and inspirational work. Today, his team is building deeper and deeper customer experiences at Amazon within the Kindle brand of products.
Christophe Ramstein – Novasentis, Inc. (formerly SPS)
Dr. Christophe Ramstein is an expert in haptic and sensory technologies, and has spent his career developing and bringing to market technologies that improve device design, humanize, and enhance user experience. He holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute in France and has authored over 40 patents and papers during the course of his 20+ year career.
Formerly, Ramstein was CTO of Immersion Corp., president and CEO of Haptic Technologies (acquired by Immersion), and has held senior management positions at Immersion Medical and Industry Canada.
Clarke Stevens – CableLabs
Clarke Stevens is principal architect of Advanced Platforms and Services at CableLabs. Stevens is responsible for the architecture of home networking, IP video, and video through web browsers as well as other advanced cable services as they cross traditional product boundaries. He also represents CableLabs in various standards development organizations. He is on the board of directors of Universal Plug-n-Play Forum and chairs the Technical Committee. He is also the moderator of the Web & TV Testing Task Force in the World Wide Web Consortium.
Prior to CableLabs, Stevens worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy involving digital media and communications at MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest. He built the world’s largest subwoofer and has 18 issued patents.
In his spare time, he designs and builds home recording studios, theaters and other custom home improvements. He holds MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Dave Taylor – AskDaveTaylor.com
Dave Taylor is a nationally recognized expert on consumer electronics and technology and the editorial director of AskDaveTaylor.com, a busy online site that offers tech support and reviews of gadgets, gizmos and technology. He's written 21 books, is a contributor to both the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® website and ScienceFiction.com, and is an award-winning speaker on parenting and business topics.
He is based in Boulder, CO.
David Elrich – DigitalTrends.com
David Elrich is a writer and editor covering a wide spectrum of consumer electronics (CE) technology since 1985 for some of country’s top publications—print and online. He was a founder of the one of the first CE sites—etown.com—in 1996. Over the past years he has developed extensive expertise in the consumer digital imaging space as an editor and reviewer. This was a natural as he cut his photographic teeth with Pentax and Nikon 35mm DSLRs back in the day—and progressed to digital along with the industry. Elrich frequently reviews cameras and camcorders for DigitalTrends.com.
Although he has a heavy emphasis on digital imaging, he also covers home theater including flat-panel HDTVs and many other CE categories such as tablets and accessories. He is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. He writes for TWICE, the top CE trade magazine and was also a contributing editor to Metropolitan Home and wrote for many top print publications including the New York Times and InStyle.
David Kaiser – Spark Design
David Kaiser is president of Spark Design, a full service product development consultant firm located in central CT. He has over 25 years of consultancy experience, over 70 design and utility patents and has been awarded over 20 design awards.
He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design in 1972 and a MBM in business management in 2000. Along with the other principals of Spark Design, Kaiser specializes in creative product design solutions for domestic and international clients.
Dick De Jong – HDTVSolutions.com
As editor of HDTVSolutions.com, Dick De Jong has reviewed a wide range of AV products and has written numerous commentaries about the state of the consumer television industry. Since receiving a master’s degree in instructional design and technology, De Jong’s diverse career includes stints as university instructor, art gallery owner, video producer, magazine editor and publisher.
Don Koehler – U.S. Naval Personnel Command
Don Koehler is Web manager and sharepoint developer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel at the U.S. Navy’s operation in Millington, TN. He is also a technology consultant for small and medium-sized companies, as well as a tech advisor for the U.S. government on technology that best suits their business and operational needs. His clients include major transportation firms, international trade players, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Commerce.
Koehler has been deeply involved in technology for over 26 years. From his first sale of a newly-released MacIntosh (when the Mac line was so new that Apple’s tech crew actually signed the inside of each new computer case before leaving the assembly line) to advising public and private sector clients today on current product selection. He has witnessed exponential tech changes along the way. He currently researches, tests, and recommends everything from networking and computer systems, to the latest GPS units, radio technology, digital cameras and video, smartphones and tablets.
Koehler and his wife live in Memphis, TN with their three children (all four-legged felines). He enjoys nature and wildlife photography, photo restoration, and serving as family historian.
Duncan Wood – TCT + Personalize
Duncan Wood has been involved in the 3D printing world for 16 years since working on rapid prototyping magazine Rapid News back in the late ’90s. After a three year sabbatical as a sales manager for then startup, Pure Insight, a provider of professional development solutions to help Innovation professionals, Duncan returned to the 3D printing world to oversee the Rapid News evolution into TCT magazine in 2005. He built the magazine into the leading 3D printing publication on the planet and assumed the role of publisher in 2010.
He also serves as event director for TCT Show, the world's largest dedicated 3D printing exhibition and conference, taking place annually in the UK. In 16 years he has witnessed mergers, acquisitions, hype beyond hype, and a thousand "next big things" in 3D printing―he remains both optimistic and realistic about the impact of this technology on the world.
Fernd van Engelen – Artefact
Fernd van Engelen leads the industrial design practice at Artefact. With more than 25 years of corporate and consulting experience, he is an accomplished industrial design leader whose work spans consumer, medical and technology segments and highlights the evolving role of industrial design in the digital age.
Throughout his career van Engelen has been passionate about delivering beautifully crafted products and experiences that meet real world needs. He believes that designers have a responsibility to improve people's lives and that products ought to “earn their place in the world” by addressing real needs and making tangible impact.
Driven by that passion, he has built a track record of successful programs and strong client partnerships with emerging companies and market leaders like Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Braun and Panasonic. His work has been honored with more than 50 design awards including IDSA, ID magazine, Red Dot and iF.
van Engelen studied in the Netherlands and Canada and holds both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a MEDes in industrial design. He started his career at NovAtel in Calgary and at Technology Design in Seattle. He was a design director at Teague and, before Artefact, was a principal and head of design at Carbon Design Group.
Jeff Mulhausen – UPSTREAM
Jeff Mulhausen is an American industrial designer widely recognized in the industry over the past 15 years. He has led teams and engagements across a variety of consumer categories and has received over 15 international design awards including CES Innovation Awards in 2007 and 2008. His work has been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art, and as part of the Design for the Other 90% exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. Mulhausen now leads the firm UPSTREAM in Austin, TX, which partners with organizations to deliver broader market and social impact through the application of design tools and methodologies.
Jeremy Horwitz – iLounge
Jeremy Horwitz is editor-in-chief of iLounge, the leading independent authority on Apple's iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®, and iTunes products. Responsible for testing and reviewing thousands of accessories, games, and applications since iLounge's founding in 2001, he also authors iLounge's annual Buyers' Guides, the world's most widely-read publications devoted to Apple's products. In 2009, he partnered with CEA to create the iLounge Pavilion, an Apple-focused exhibition area at CES, which quickly became the show's largest TechZone.
Before joining iLounge, Horwitz contributed to numerous publications including The New York Times, GamePro, Basketball Digest, and Soccer Digest, and created the first Internet-based video game magazine, Ziff-Davis's Intelligent Gamer. He previously worked as an intellectual property lawyer, holding a law degree from Cornell University (law degree, cum laude, 2001), as well as degrees from Canisius College (MBA, 1998) and the University of Buffalo (bachelor’s degree, 1996).
Jonathan Roubini – Lab Reviews
Jonathan Roubini was born in Milan, Italy, where he began his career as contributing editor to Italy's leading technology magazine. He soon moved to the U.S., where he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Information and Decision Systems. He then began his career at PC Magazine, where he worked as software project leader and pioneered testing techniques for software packages. Jonathan was in charge of directing all lab work for PC Magazine’s blockbuster Windows XP cover story, featuring the largest set of independent tests ever performed on the Microsoft OS. He later stepped up as lead analyst of the mobile category. Roubini’s groundbreaking work in technology journalism has been acclaimed by top leading experts, including Bill Gates.
Roubini’s expertise covers all kinds of modern gadgets, computers, tablets, smartphones, appliances and software. He is currently the editor in chief of Lab Reviews and has appeared as a leading technology expert on CNN Headline News, NBC, LA Times, BBC World, RAI, and other television stations. He also serves regularly as a judge for several international awards programs. He was recently awarded the coveted PRSA Award for Excellence in Technology Journalism.
Jules Egyud – Top-Shelf Consulting LLC
Jules Egyud has over 30 years of experience in the consumer electronics (CE) industry as an engineer and an executive. He is currently an independent consultant, helping CE companies plan and realize their next generations of products. Previously, Egyud was the vice president of engineering at Altec Lansing, the company that pioneered the first iPod™ and iPhone™ speaker docks. As vice president of engineering, he was responsible for all engineering, program management, and quality assurance activities in the US, Hong Kong, China, and Australia.
Prior to joining Altec, he was the vice president, engineering at Digital 5, a high-tech startup specializing in digital multimedia products and technologies for the connected home. The company pioneered streaming technology that enabled several of the industry’s first DLNA-compliant consumer products to come to market.
Prior to Digital 5, Egyud was director, software engineering for Franklin Electronic Publishers, makers of the first portable handheld electronic reference products. These products included the famous Franklin Spelling Ace, as well as electronic bibles, speaking dictionaries and translators. Franklin became one of the early pioneers of the e-book industry.
Egyud holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Karim Houni – SEB Group
Karim Houni is senior innovation project leader on Smart Home and Internet of Things at SEB Group, world leader in small domestic appliances. From 2003 to 2006, he was working at Orange Labs, from 2006 to 2008 he worked at Telecom Lille Engineering School, and from 2008 to 2012 at Atos Worldline R&D Department.
He received his doctoral degree in 2008 in information and communication technologies, and a master’s degree in 2002 in electrical engineering and signal processing from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France.
His works and interests include user experience, mobility, Internet of things, smart home, and more generally innovation management and digital empowerment.
Kevin Miller – ISFTV
Kevin Miller is the owner of ISFTV, a Display Product Development Consulting company to the industry’s leading television and video source manufacturers. ISFTV has also been providing professional calibration services to post-production companies, A/V Dealers, and consumers since 1994.
Miller is also the Co-Founder of TweakTV, an online publication dedicated to informing consumers about the latest developments in HDTV, and providing in depth technical reviews of the latest HDTVs.
Miller started in the Audio/Video industry in the late 1980’s as the Managing Editor and later the Publisher of The Perfect Vision magazine. As the Publisher of TPV, Miller introduced the concept of TV calibration in 1990 to the consumer public.
From 1994 to 1997, Miller was a partner in Total Media Systems, a home theater custom installation business in New York. He then took a position as the Marketing Director for Runco International from May of 1997 to April of 1999. Until the fall of 2009, Miller was a senior editor at CNET.
Kevin Miller is a charter member of the Imaging Science Foundation. He is also a member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), and has been a co-instructor for the ISF seminars since 2001, currently also teaching Level I and II ISF courses.
Klaas Gootjes – Gootjes Project Onwikkeling
Klaas Gootjes is owner and CEO of GPO, CEO and founder of the Q Company Group (Q Chip, CSI, My-112.eu, PRDG).He has more than 38 years of extensive experience building and implementation strategy. His specialties include e-commerce B2B/B2C/C2C/V2V/V2X and IT systems for Fortune 500 companies and midsize market consulting clients throughout Europe and the U.S., including IBM, Capgemini, Ford, VW KLM, MSD, Alcatel, and Liebherr.
His innovation and visionary skills with management, marketing, economics and sales background encompasses many business sectors, including the automotive car and truck industry, government agencies and consumer hardware and software manufactures, among others. Prior to Q Company, Gootjes served as vice president, business development and marketing at Global Radio S.A. Luxemburg (1999-2004), and European sales director Web and IT at MSX International (1994-1999). He was educated at IVA Institute for Automotive & Management in Driebergen/NL and is a graduate of Cambridge University in digital economy.
Laurie Orlov – Aging in Place Technology Watch
Laurie Orlov is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies. In her previous career, Orlov spent more than 30 years in the technology industry, including 24 years in IT and nine years as a leading industry analyst at Forrester Research. While there, she was often the first in the industry to identify technology trends and management strategies, which have survived the test of time.
She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia, most recently on the business of technology for boomers and seniors. Her perspectives have been quoted in Business Week, Forbes, Kiplinger, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. She has been profiled in the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She has a graduate certification in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida and a BA in Music from the University of Rochester. Laurie has consulted to AARP and is a participating expert on the Think Tank for The Philips Center for Health and Well-Being. Clients have included AARP, Microsoft, Novartis, J&J, United Heathcare, Yahoo! and Philips.
Lawrence Kraman – Newport Classic
Lawrence Kraman, the founder of Newport Classic, has been one of the most successful independent American classical CD companies for 28 years. Kraman has been producer and/or engineer of more than 250 CDs, with repertoire ranging from modern orchestra to period instrument ensembles, electronica, jazz and comedy.
He was vice president for international product development for Sony Classical. Recently migrating to the visual arts, he executive produced PDQ Bach in Houston for Acorn Media; as well as producing and directing the critically acclaimed DVD of Carlisle Floyd's opera Willie Stark, which had its broadcast debut in June 2008 on Louisiana Public Television, and a ten DVD set of concerts from The Newport Music Festival 2007. His film, David Amram: The First 80 Years, had its world premiere as a part of the Pete and Toshi Seeger The Power Of Song award ceremony and concert at Symphony Space in New York City in November 2012.
His latest film, The Face On The Barroom Floor…the poem…the place…the OPERA had premiered in June 2013 in Central City, CO. He is currently filming Full Disclosure, a documentary about the growing worldwide movement towards honesty and transparency in medical malpractice.
Li Jiang – Novasentis, Inc. (formerly SPS)
Dr. Li Jiang is an expert with 10+ years’ experience developing new Haptic, touch, and robotic technologies at companies such as Apple and Immersion Corporation. At Apple, he was part of an elite team who developed innovative products such as the iPhone® and iPod® multi-touch screen and Magic Mouse. He has also held positions at companies such as Honda and Panasonic, and has proven expertise in consumer electronics and robotic technologies.
Jiang holds doctoral degree in mechanical engineering with a doctoral minor in management science from Stanford University.
Margret Schmidt – TiVo
Margret Schmidt has been with TiVo since 2001 and is TiVo's chief design officer, and vice president of design and engineering. She is responsible for the design and development of all domestic and international TiVo products, including DVR and set-top box software, mobile and W and the TiVo Service.
She has a 2006 Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, and was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable (Top Women in CableTech list) in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by CableFAX magazine. She is a 2013 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Honoree, and one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence 2013. She speaks on design culture and process and TV user experience. Follow her on Twitter at @tivodesign.
Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from U.C. Berkeley.
Micah Abrams – Digital Trends
Micah Abrams is the editor-In-chief of Digital Trends, a position he earned by proving to be the closest thing to an "average consumer" the site has ever come across. He's obsessed with making tech entertaining for his hip Brooklyn neighbors, accessible to the New York cab drivers who try to kill him every week, and interesting to everyone in between. Prior to joining Digital Trends, Abrams was an editor at ESPN.com and in 2008 he received a Sports Emmy for his work on NBCOlympics.com.
Michael Kaufman – Kaufman Ventures Inc.
Michael Kaufman has combined years of professional expertise as an Architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with a passion for cutting-edge technology by launching the Architechnologist – an online magazine dedicated to exploring the emerging technology that affects how we interact with and experience the world around us. Most importantly, the focus will be on the end-user's view of new hardware, software and everything in-between (call it "elseware").
A long-time resident of lower Manhattan, Michael was the Technology Editor at DOWNTOWN Magazine (both in print and online), focusing on technology companies, personalities and events south of Houston Street and in the greater Manhattan area.
Michael has appeared as the featured interview on IdeaMensch.com and is one of the eMinutes "First 500 Entrepreneurs".
Mike May – Sendero Group LLC
Mike May has been a pioneer in new product and business development since 1980. He has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. May’s startup ventures have included developing the world’s first and only Laser Turntable, inventing a portable heating cushion for sports and medical applications and starting two companies in adaptive technology including Sendero Group in 1999, which released the first ever accessible GPS for the blind.
He was a member of the White House delegation to the 2010 Paralympics and has been inducted into the US Association of the Blind Hall of Fame. A book based on May’s life, Crashing Through, by best-selling author Robert Kurson, was released in May 2007 and has a major movie by Stone Village Pictures is in the works.
Paul Wiles – Jaguar & Land Rover PD Electrical Engineering
Paul Wiles is a consumer electronics (CE) devices technical specialist within the infotainment team at Jaguar Land Rover responsible for CE Device Telephony and Media Player Strategy. Paul is also the CE Connectivity expert group lead inside the GENIVI alliance helping to drive standard interfaces in to common software components and also promoting the adoption of open source software.
After returning to full time education as a mature student, Wiles began his automotive career in 1995 starting in the infotainment team at Jaguar cars in 2000. Paul is responsible for bringing many new features to market and has been working with CE devices for six years.
Peter Bressler – Pbressler, LLC
Peter is an industrial designer with over 40 years of experience in functional innovation, creating communication through aesthetics, and application of human factors and materials and manufacturing processes. From 1970 through 2012, he founded and led Bresslergroup, a product research, design and development firm in Philadelphia. The firm's projects have received over 50 Awards for design and engineering and Peter himself has either authored or co-authored over 75 utility and design patents.
His participation as an officer at the national level in the Industrial Designers Society of America has resulted in election to the Academy of Fellows and receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Bressler also participated in the creation of and since 2006 has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Under the banner of PBressler LLC, he is now providing product design and development consulting and Intellectual property expert witness services.
Petros Belimpasakis – Bang & Olufsen
Dr. Petros Belimpasakis is a global product manager for audio products and apps at Bang & Olufsen. He has a mixture of deep scientific expertise and industrial experience in the areas of consumer electronics, automotive, mobile communications and mixed/augmented reality. Petros has worked in all phases of the innovation life cycle, from exploratory research and conception, to product/service development and deployment. His activities are driven by the passion of combining cutting edge technology with solutions that are convenient and intuitive to use in daily life.
Prior to joining Bang & Olufsen he was with Nokia Research Center as a principal researcher. Belimpasakis holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics as well as master’s and doctoral degree in itechnology. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he is the inventor/co-inventor in more than 20 filed patent applications.
He is a senior member of the IEEE and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.
Richard Schloss – Rockford Corp.
Richard Schloss is an experienced engineer who is passionate about discovering new technologies, designs and concepts that help him and others solve the next generation of tough technical problems. He currently works full-time as the embedded software engineer for Rockford Corporation developing the company's latest-and-greatest audio amplifiers, signal processors, graphical user interfaces and automated test software.
Throughout the years, Richard has worn many different engineering hats working with several engineering “dream teams.” He is an electrical engineering graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (master’s degree) and Boston University (bachelor’s degree+,). When he's not typing away at the computer, he's teaching various group fitness classes and pursuing his other greatest passions, namely, music, cruising the world, and exploring the great Arizona outdoors.
Robert Heiblim – Blue Salve/RH ASSOCIATES
Robert Heiblim has more than 35 years of experience in the consumer electronics field encompassing all phases of general management, including management of new technology startups and high growth companies.
Heiblim is co-founder and principal of BlueSalve Professional Consulting and Interim Management providing strategy and execution counsel, service and expertise in consumer technology. He has consulted to clients including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic/Matsushita, Best Buy, The Good Guys!, Harman International, iBiquity Digital, Chase Capital Partners, GPX, Eleven Engineering, Indigo Manufacturing, Blade, API, Sonance, Plantronics, Altec Lansing Technologies, Tymphany, VPVP, Klipsch, Tweeter Etc., ICX Global, Nokia, Philips, Sony, Skullcandy, Wal-Mart, CEBus Industry Council, Audiovox, Avega Systems, Aperion, Terk Technologies, Gemini Industries, D&M Holdings, Focus Enhancements, Cernium and many others.
Previously, he was CEO of etown.com, an online consumer electronics data service, president of KH America, the American subsidiary of Gold Peak, and president of Denon Electronics.
Heiblim has been active in the industry serving as Audio Division chair for the then EIA/CEG (CEA), on their executive committee, as chair of the DAR Manufacturers Caucus, vice president of the Compact Disc Group that launched the digital transition Heiblim is a mentor for the CEA advising member companies.
Ron Picard – ComGraphics Inc.
Ron Picard graduated with a B.S.E. in computer engineering from Michigan State University in 1985 and began his career at General Motors Research Laboratories. Throughout the ‘90s, he supported organizations such as Lowry Computer Products, Desktop Integration Services Corp, and Interface/Tumbleweed Communications. Since 2001, he has been with Chicago-based ComGraphics, architecting forward-facing IT systems and Web-based platforms.
Srikanth Kavoori – Wipro Technologies
Srikanth Kavoori has more than 10 years of experience designing and developing software for mobile phones, set-top boxes and ATM switches. He has experience working across the software stack, starting from device drivers, middle-ware, and user interface. Kavoori has extensive knowledge and experience in several programming languages, and has performed multiple roles throughout his career, such as tester, developer, lead and architect.
His comprehensive experience includes key responsibilities such as requirements analysis, design, development, integration, planning, tracking, coordination, complete ownership, single point of contact, sales support, handle POCs, personnel management, scrum master, mentoring, training, interviewing, and 3rd line support.
He is a member of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Broadcasting Technology Society, and has an engineering degree in electronics and communications and an MBA in information systems.
Stefan Mozar – CCM Consulting
Stefan Mozar obtained his engineering degrees from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), and his MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has worked in the consumer electronics industry for most of his career, but has also worked in telecommunications and industrial electronics. He has lived and worked on four continents.
His work included setting up factories manufacturing digital microwave radio systems in India and Vietnam. In addition to his industrial experience, he has also worked with a number of Australian, British and Singaporean Universities. His work has resulted in a number of inventions, patents, and published work.
Projects he has worked on have been recognized with 30 international design awards. He is frequently invited as a speaker at technical meetings around the world. Mozar is the president-elect of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.
Stephen Baker – The NPD Group
Stephen Baker is NPD’s vice president of industry analysis for consumer technology. Baker offers expert insight and commentary to clients and the media about consumer technology sales and trends across the U.S. and regionally, including retail and e-commerce, computer hardware and peripherals, holiday and yearly sales results, and analysis of new products and their impact on the consumer technology market.
Baker has been tracking and analyzing the industry for 15 years and was ranked as a leading industry analyst by AdWeek’s Technology Marketing.
He is quoted extensively in industry publications such as TWICE, CNET, and CE Daily, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, and The San Jose Mercury News.
Baker has presented and served on panels at industry events such as RetailVision, and CES. He began his career at Staples and joined NPD 2001. Formerly he was a senior analyst in the distribution channels service at International Data Corp. (IDC). Baker received his MBA from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Stuart Lipoff – IP Action Partners Inc.
Stuart Lipoff is president of IP Action Partners Inc., a firm that provides technology and management consulting services to stakeholders in the consumer electronics, telecommunications, media, and entertainment industries. Significant accomplishments during his 40 years of professional experience include leading the MCNS project that developed the 1st generation of DOCSIS cable modem specifications, development of recommendations adopted by the FCC for mandating digital tuners in TV receivers, research for CableLabs leading to the deployment of hybrid fiber coax architectures, and leadership of The Next Generation Network Architecture Project for the cable TV industry.
He volunteers his time to The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society as past president and current member of the executive committee of The IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics- an official CES partner event. He is a fellow of fellow of the IEEE and a member of SMPTE, SCTE, and ACM and has bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and engineering physics and MSEE, and MBA degrees. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of SMPTE, SCTE, and ACM.
Suneil Mishra – Mishra Consulting LLC
Suneil Mishra is a tech industry veteran involved in driving several novel technologies into the PC, consumer electronics, mobile and interactive entertainment fields. Mishra has most recently leveraged his years of bringing game-changing and brand-leadership technologies to market―from audio to mobile, physics to 3D-motion-sensing across numerous consumer products segments―into a broad-based consultancy role for a number of clients on a worldwide basis.
Mishra holds a master’s degree in computer science from the George Washington University with a specialization in computer animation, multimedia design and virtual reality, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in computing science and Mathematics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He currently resides in Palo Alto, CA.
Susan Schreiner – The Schreiner Group Inc.
Susan Schreiner is recognized as a leading commentator/analyst as it relates to technologies impacting consumers. She works closely with leading international associations and publications as she scans the globe identifying hot, emerging technologies and trends, anticipates future markets, and assesses how and when new technologies and services will be adopted by consumers, businesses and institutions. Susan heads a practice that produces custom research and consulting, and that draws on its expertise across the foresight, strategy and innovation realms. Its public works are available on www.c4trends.com.
As a recognized industry expert, Schreiner’s C4 Trends column (www.c4trends.com) is a regular feature in i3 (It Is Innovation) magazine (formerly CE Vision magazine, and published by CEA. It is available online, and the print version is distributed to the top 30,000 executives across the domestic and international consumer technology ecosystem, and at the US Air Shuttle terminals in New York, Washington, DC and Boston.
She is senior editor/analyst, special supplements with the Consumer Technology Publishing Group, publisher of business-to-business publications focused on consumer technology. It also produces the Tell technology network of sites.
Tom Breithaupt – BREITLABS
Tom Breithaupt consults for the loudspeaker and amplifier industry and home theater installations via his company, BreitLabs (BreitLabs.com), based in Naples, FL. He also consults for the firearms industry providing market development and safety materials for new gun owners
He worked six years for General Motors in the mobile audio group developing the first automotive subwoofer and component systems in cars in the 1980s. He then worked 18 years for the Blaupunkt division of the Robert Bosch Corp. in aftermarket and OEM mobile audio engineering and product management and developed the first flat/thin automotive full range speakers and subwoofers. Breithaupt also spent four years with Sonavox Electronics working in China driving OEM factory designs for home and automotive applications with driver design and electronics support and remains consulting today.
He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in analog circuit design and acoustics.
Wes Mays – Peterbilt Motors Co.
Wes Mays is an executive engineering manager for Peterbilt Motors Co. He is responsible for advanced electronic designs and strategies. He is a multiple patent holder encompassing a broad variety of technical expertise including RFID, radio frequency design, and communication design. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Mays is the chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of the College of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas. He has acted as an adviser for the solar car engineering team at Coppell High School. He is also an Extra Class licensee, N5HK, in the Amateur Radio Service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He and his family live in Coppell, TX, where he was elected to the Coppell City Council and serves as the Place 3 City Councilman.
William Lumpkins – O & S Services Inc.
William Lumpkins, Senior Member of IEEE, is the director of engineering for O & S Services, an engineering services company specializing in consumer product development with bringing ideas in the U.S. to fruition and bridging the manufacturing process into the Far East. Lumpkins also works for Wi2Wi Inc. as their lead technical consultant helping integrate Wi-Fi, GPS, and Blue Tooth into multiple projects for various customers.
In his spare time Lumpkins volunteers as the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Standards Chair; the IEEE P1874 “Standard for Documentation Schema for Repair and assembly of Electronic Devices” working group chair, Committee on RFID Chair and as an associate editor/writer for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Magazine.
Lumpkins served in the United States Navy from 1987-1996.During his active duty and while serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson, he studied electrical engineering/computer science and received his bachelor’s degree from New York University, Albany. While in a master’s program at University of Maryland, Far East Division, Japan; he taught classes for University of Maryland & Central Texas College.
Yu Yuan – Cate Global
Dr. Yu Yuan is president of Cate Global, a multinational think tank focusing on bringing world-class expertise to clients and projects in China, and the CEO of Motiveware Technology Co. Ltd., which is developing and providing disruptive enabling technologies for mobile applications.
Yuan is a veteran researcher and practitioner in the areas of vehicular technology, intelligent transportation systems, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things. Previously, he worked on the strategy, ecosystem and partnership for IBM Research - China and was also a key contributor to IBM IoT Technology Center. Yuan is an IEEE-SA Standards Board member, the director of China Conferences of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, the chair of the Vehicular Technology Committee in IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, the chair of Technical Committee on Software Infrastructure in IEEE ITS Society, the publicity chair of Land Transportation Division of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and an associate editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Yuan is a senior member of both IEEE and ACM.
Becoming a part of the CES Innovations Award is not hard, but you still may have questions. We've answered a few common questions below.
Who is eligible to enter?
Anyone who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes consumer electronics (CE) products marketed in the United States, or is an authorized agent of the organization or individual, that is authorized to submit entries.
What is the difference between Best of Innovations and the Honoree awards?
In the Innovations program, there are two levels of honorees. The first level is Honoree, and only a fraction of the products entered achieve this title. The second level, Best of Innovations, is a more exclusive award that is given to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product scored above a pre-determined score threshold. If the highest-rated product in a certain category did not pass the Best of Innovations score threshold, that category has no Best of Innovations award.
My company is a brand new startup with only a few employees and nothing but a prototype that hasn't hit the market. Do I stand a chance of receiving an award?
Absolutely! The wonderful thing about the Innovations Awards is that a product's score is based on engineering and design qualities, innovation and value provided to the user. We admire brilliant products, so there’s no difference if your company has been around for a month or a century, operates globally or locally, or has 10 employees or 10,000.
What is the Innovations Showcase?
The Innovations Showcase is a designated area of the show floor at the International CES where the honoree products are on display for the world to see. It is a very high-trafficked area and one of the most popular destinations at CES. Innovations honoree products are encouraged to send a product sample to the area for display, free of charge, as long as the company is a CES exhibitor.
My product fits into multiple categories; which should I enter?
If you are only able to submit one entry, select the category that most completely encompasses your product, or in which you feel your product is most accurately described. However, we welcome you to submit the product into multiple categories, if you prefer. Each category is judged independently, so well-designed products often receive awards in multiple categories.
Can an entry submitted last year be submitted again this year?
Entries submitted last year are most likely ineligible for submission this year, since the competition is limited to new products that become available to consumers from April 1, 2013 and no later than April 1, 2014. However, if you have developed a new model of the product that you feel is innovative and enhances the original product, you may submit an entry for the new model.
Do I have a word limit for questions on the entry form?
On the product-specific questions, we impose a limit of 500 words. You may also upload the technical specification sheet for your product. If you do not have a specification sheet, you may provide the same data in your own words (1,000 character limit).
What happens if my entry is not complete?
An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections are completed, images are included, and all entry fees have been paid. While CEA is not responsible for the follow-up of incomplete entries, we will attempt to notify entrants of the status of their entry. Ultimately, it is the entrants’ responsibility to ensure the entry is complete. Unpaid entries will be disqualified. Entry fees are non-refundable.
If I secure space for CES after submitting my Innovations entry, can I receive a partial refund on my Innovations entry fee?
If you are not a CES exhibitor at the time that you submit your Innovations application, you can still become an official exhibitor and receive a partial refund up October 14, 2013. After October 14, we are unable to issue partial refunds. Contact us at Innovations@CE.org for more information on receiving a refund.
When will I find out if my product has been selected to receive an award?
All applicants will be notified by email on October 14, 2013 of their award status. If selected as an honoree, you are requested to confirm information included in your entry. It is essential that we receive this information for the honoree announcement at CES Unveiled NEW YORK on November 12, 2013.
Are there sponsorship opportunities for Innovations?
Yes. Please contact us at Innovations@ce.org
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