We're fast approaching the April 13 early-bird deadline for entries into the 2018 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards program.
The results of this awards program will be announced in September 2018 at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, TX. High-scoring honorees will be recognized as leaders and innovators to the largest collection of structured cabling professionals in the world, with coverage in Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine as well as on www.cablinginstall.com. They’ll also receive a beautiful cut-glass award, suitable to display at trade shows, and elsewhere.
If you haven't yet completed (or started!) your entry, here are some tips that will ensure you put your best foot forward with our judging panel, comprised of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast combined years of industry and professional experience.
Our judging panel will review entries based on the extent to which they are innovative beyond previous products, technologies, systems, or approaches. We offer the following characteristics as suggestions. Use your entry as a way to explain how your submission innovates in any of the following ways:
-- Innovative approach to project, application or product design and implementation.
-- Value to the user, measured by qualities such as ROI, loss prevention, business-efficiency gains, or other qualities.
-- Sustainability, characterized by overall eco-friendliness, long-term value, lifecycle cost-effectiveness, or other measures.
-- Meeting a defined need as a well-conceived, well-executed initiative that fully meets specific user requirements.
-- Collaboration, which can include communication and cooperation throughout the value chain through which the product or system is procured or deployed.
-- Impact, which can be identified by describing the difference the project, application or product made on the professionals involved, on the productivity of its ultimate users, and/or on society as a whole.
-- Any other characteristic you can specify. The program exists to honor the innovations and beyond-the-norm thinking of professionals like you.
Whether it's photos, video, specification sheets, technical descriptions or any documentation you can make available, our judging panel will review all material from each submission. Testimonials from users and other professionals involved—whether they go on the record or prefer to remain anonymous—are valuable and encouraged. Take the opportunity to "show and tell" by providing as much supporting documentation as you can to let us know what separates your entry from the crowd.
Our chief editor Patrick McLaughlin is managing the program, and is available to discuss anything that can help you complete an entry. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 603-891-9222.