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 on 27 April.
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 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.
The independent panel of judges for the Printed Electronics Awards include:
Mr Stéphane Egret - R&D Packaging Innovator, The Coca-Cola Company
Dr Cristina Bertoni - Project Leader, Electrolux Italia S.p.A. Global Technology Centre
Ashutosh Tomar - Principal Engineer, Technology Strategy, Jaguar Land Rover, IDL(International Digital Lab)
Best New Wearable Technology Device
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
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.
The independent panel of judges for the Wearable Awards include:
Ms Heidi Dohse - Google Sr.Program Manager /Founder of Tour de Heart
Best Development in 3D Printing
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.
The independent panel of judges for the 3D Printing Awards include:
Mr Oren Zoran - Head of Technology and Innovation, Polyjet, Stratasys
Frank Cooper - Senior Lecturer & Technical Manager, Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, School of Jewellery
Birmingham City University
Prof Hartmut Schwandt - Project Leader, 3D Labor TU-Berlin
Most significant innovation
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.
Most impressive new company
This award will be given to the company created in the last ten years that shows the most potential in improving electric vehicles. It will be restricted to companies that have all or most of their activity in the EV sector.
The independent panel of judges for the Electric Vehicles Awards include:
Andy Fuchs - Toyota Motor Europe
Best Technical Development within Energy Harvesting and Storage
This award will be given to a company that has launched a new product based on Energy Harvesting (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.
The independent panel of judges for the Energy Harvesting and Storage Award include:
Dr Hirokuni Hachiuma - General Manager, KELK
Martin Pauli - Architect | Materials Consulting, Arup
Best IoT Technology Development
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.
The independent panel of judges for the IoT Award include:
Elaine Cook - Strategic Marketing Director, Intel
Dr Kars-Michiel H Lenssen - Principal Scientist, Philips Lighting Research
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.