Disruptive technologies, forms and applications
April 10 - 11, 2019 Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany


The IDTechEx Awards recognise company development and success. All companies operating within these technologies are welcome to apply. The winners will be announced during the drinks reception which takes place in the Exhibition Hall on Wednesday 10 April.

Best Development in 3D Printing Award

"This award will recognize an important innovation in the 3D printing industry. This could be a development of 3D printing equipment, such as an improvement in speed, volume, precision, productivity, quality, reliability, or uniformity. It could also be research into a completely novel technique; progress in developing a new material for 3D printing; or an innovative and useful purpose for 3D printing."

"We have been 3 years developing a 3D printing method capable of creating customized splints according to the patient's needs. The whole process implies lower medical costs and resources, because of the faster 3D printing method and the rehabilitation system. Thus, we optimize resources in medical procedures and above all, we improve the quality of life of both doctors and patients."

Winner: Exovite

Most Significant Innovation Award

This award will be given to the most significant new innovation in hybrid or pure electric vehicles whether by land, water or air. Its focus will be the components and systems within the vehicles whether mechanical, electrical, electronic or combined.

"We are happy to receive these awards from such an important firm like IDTechEx. This award is completely dedicated to our team, our passion and the important investment that has led us to achieve our goals in these years."

Winner: Energica Motor Co

Technical Development Manufacturing Award

This award will be given to the most significant development of a manufacturing device, process or production plant in the industry over the last 24 months. Manufacturing developments optimize the process of lab-scale or mass-scale production by improving productivity, quality, reliability, uniformity, or scale.

Technical Development Materials Award

This award will be given to the most significant technical development over the last 24 months in the field of material development. A material is defined as any consumable used in the manufacturing of a printed electronic device, for example substrates and fluids/inks.

Best Institute/Academic R&D Award

This award will be given to an academic research organisation that has made a significant contribution over the past 24 months to the understanding of the principles and accrued knowledge behind printed electronics.

Best Product Award

This award will be given to a company who has launched a new integrated product based on printed electronics and is either in the process of bringing it to market or it has already been launched. The category will be assessed on the technical development of the product, its potential market, and benefits it brings over alternatives. For this award, a product is defined as two or more materials integrated through a manufacturing process. Judges will focus on the innovation of the product development.

"We are delighted and honoured to receive the IDTechEx Award for Best Product"

Winner: Applied Nanodetectors

"We really appreciate receiving the Best Institute/Academic R&D Award at the IDTechEx 2018 event"

Winner: Fraunhofer IFAM

Best Technical Development within Energy Storage Award

This award will be given to a company that has launched a new product based on Energy Storage (in the last 24 months) and is in the process of bringing it to market. The category will be assessed on the technical development of the product, its potential market, and benefits it brings over alternatives.

"We are honored to have our XLM supercapacitors recognized by IDTechEx. The need for 'always on' reliable power is critical for everyone. Eaton's XLM supercapacitors are designed to save companies from power and data losses. A power drop from milliseconds to 10 seconds can cause a 2- to 4-hour power outage and cost millions of dollars."

Winner: Eaton

Best IoT Technology Development Award

Entrants should have made a significant development in improving and enabling IoT, either hardware, software or system based. The judges will look at the merits of all entrants to judge which has the most significant impact on moving forward the application of IoT.

"IDTechEx Show offers a high-caliber speaker lineup and a professionally organized event and the award ceremony. InterDigital and the Chordant team were truly honoured to be recognized for the 'Best IoT Technology Development Award' and look forward to the future events."

Winner: InterDigital/Chordant

Best New Wearable Technology Device Award

This will be awarded to the entrant that the judges decide as having developed the most useful and/or innovative wearable technology device. The device should be relatively new (launched within the last 12 months).

Best New Material or Component Development Award

This award will recognize the most significant development of a material or component which will have a large effect on enabling wearable technology devices, overcoming prior limitations of wearable technology devices.

"We are extremely delighted to have received the IDTechEx Best New Material or Component Development award. There is not better recognition for Cambridge Mechatronics' innovation in the wearable market than the one given by a leading research institution as IDTechEx and the industry experts"

Winner: Cambridge Mechatronics

Toxicant Replacement Hero Award

In the devices and materials used in our industries there are poisons about to be banned such as cadmium in QLED television in 2019 in Europe, toxicants continuing to be used at apparently safe levels and relatively toxicant-free alternatives.

IDTechEx wishes to promote those alternatives such as indium-based QLEDs, supercapacitors unable to produce cyanide, photovoltaics without arsenic, electronic ink without volatile organic compounds VOC such as toluene, 3D printing without carcinogens. Even though these toxicants are usually at very safe levels, the alternatives make more sense as laws tighten, volumes sometimes reach billions and brand enhancement is sought.

Do you have a new non-toxicant or less poisonous material or device?

Do you have a new way of eliminating devices containing poisons in a circuit as with wireless building controls that do not need batteries?

"We are very excited to have received this award. The development of our 'environmentally friendly' smart functional Quantum Technology Supersensor™ (QTSS) printable inks for pressure/force sensing allows product designers across many applications and markets to create game-changing, differentiating and more sustainable products whilst enabling electronic environmental impact reduction, sensor weight reduction, efficiency gains and cost reduction. QTSS inks allow the creation of flexible, smart functional pressure sensing surfaces and 3D Force Touch 'without costing the earth'!"

Winner: Quantum Technology Supersensors

Best Poster

This award will be judged at the show and all organisations displaying a poster in the exhibition will be entered for this award.
This award will be given to the company or academic organisation for the most promising advances in this technology area. The category will be assessed on the technical development of the work, its potential for market entry, and the benefits it brings to the body of work in the given area.

"Interlooped is a design project currently in the development stages. To have the originality and technical aspect of the work recognised by IDTechEx is very rewarding. Exhibiting at the event and talking to industry professionals has been really useful to help identify future applications of the work"

Winner: Manchester School of Art and Digits2Widgets

Best in Show Award

IDTechEx celebrate the brightest, busiest and most innovative booth at the IDTechEx Show!

The Judging process
On the opening day our panel of judges will assess every stand at the exhibition.

What the Judges will be looking out for:

  • An eye catching booth with unusual/creative design
  • The best use of space available - irrespective of booth size
  • Inviting from a visitor perspective
  • Outstanding presence in the hall engaging visitors to the booth
The winners will be announced and presented with an Award at our Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 10 April 2019.

For more information contact Chris Clare

Good Luck!

How to enter

Closing date - 1 March 2019

Download application form
  • Name of organisation
  • Award(s) applying for
  • Title of project
  • Approximate 200 word summary of project
  • Approximate 500 word explanation of why you should win the award with suitable evidence
  • Please provide a contact for publicity purposes
  • Please provide a contact for the project
  • Judges may request further information on your submission
  • Submissions should not contain confidential data
  • Companies that apply will not be named
  • The winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 April

If you win an award we do require a representative from your company to attend the award ceremony.

List of Previous Winners

Award Winners Feedback

Best New Wearable Technology Device

It's an honor to have our Meta 2 Development Kit recognized as the Best New Wearable Technology Device by the IDTechEx Show,

Best New Material or Component Development

We are extremely pleased and honored to have received the award for the Best New Material or Component Development... solid-state and customized batteries are going to help revolutionize the next stage for wearables and IoT Technology

Best Development in 3D Printing

We are delighted our industrial MetalFAB1 system has won the award for the Best Development in 3D Printing. This will greatly support the entry of our industrial 3D printing systems for series production on the US market

Additive Industries b.v.
Most Significant Innovation

The Shockwave Motors Team really appreciates the opportunity provided by IDTechEx and the belief and confidence they have shown in us. This amazing learning experience has been capped off by winning the Most Significant Innovation Award. For us, this has been a life-altering event; one we never forget!

Shockwave Motors, Inc.
Best Technical Development within Energy Harvesting

We are delighted to have won the IDTechEx Award in recognition of our Freevolt technology.

Drayson Technologies
Best Technical Development within Energy Storage

24M is honored to win the award for Best Technical Development within Energy Storage from IDTechEx. We'd like to thank the team at IDTechEx for deeming our work worthy of this great honor.

Best IoT Technology Development

We are thrilled our Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit is being recognized by IDTechEx as the Best IoT Technology Development this year