Innovation Awards

Category Spotlight: Energy Industry Innovation of the Year

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:47 PM

No Entry Fee for This Spotlight on Innovation in Energy Production, Storage, Delivery or Conservation

We've added a new category to The American Business Awards for 2015 called Energy Industry Innovation of the Year.  It's one of the Company/Organization categories, and there's no entry fee for nominations submitted to this category.  Later this month we'll open entries for The 2015 International Business Awards, and that competition will feature this new category as well.

All organizations in the U.S.A. are eligible to enter the ABAs.  All organizations worldwide are welcome to enter the IBAs.  See the master calendar on the Stevie Awards website for schedules and entry deadlines.

Clean_Energy_imageThe topics of energy production, usage, conservation and environmental impact are at the top of all sensible agenda these days.  Solutions may be portrayed as controversial, inconvenient, expensive, insufficient, or otherwise out of bounds, but the fact is that many organizations around the world are doing astonishing things to drive down the cost of energy, capture carbon and other pollutants, harness renewables, and exploit the power of nature.  This category will shine a spotlight on nominated endeavors that are working to meet energy needs while minimizing harm to our shared environment.

Both the ABAs and IBAs in 2015 will recognize achievements made since the beginning of 2014.  Projects nominated in this category need not have been initiated since that time, but entries submitted to the category should focus on achievements and activities since January 1, 2014.

Requirements for submissions to this category (for both the ABAs and IBAs) include the following:

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2014

b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since January 1 2014

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

What type of entry is likely to do well in this category?  An example is that of Newlight Technologies of Irvine, California, which won the Gold Stevie Award in The 2013 American Business Awards for Tech Innovation of the Year. 

Put succinctly, Newlight captures carbon and turns it into usable plastic. 
Read our blog story about them here.
Read the full text of their Stevie-winning entry here.

Will only stories as extraordinary as capturing carbon and turning it into plastic score well with the judges?  Absolutely not.  Over the years many energy-industry stories have won Stevie Awards, and the majority of them simply have been about innovative, well-run companies.

As with any Stevie Awards entry, storytelling is a key to success.  Portraying your achievements in a succinct, compelling way, that will capture the imagination of the judges, is key.

If you're in the energy industries, represent clients in the energy industries, or otherwise work to meet the world's energy needs and environmental obligations, take a look at this new category if you're looking to win innovation awards.

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Questions?  Contact us at help@stevieawards.com.

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Emerging Technology: Three New Innovations To Be On The Lookout For in 2013

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 12:15 PM

Akihito Tsukioka, founder of Digitized Information, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, is Chair of the committee for final judging of the annual report awards and other literature categories, website awards categories, app awards categories, video awards categories, and live event awards categories of The 2012 International Business Awards.  (Sign up here to receive information on how to enter The 2013 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, opening in January.) We recently caught up with him in his busy DigInfo TV office in Tokyo.

Akihito Tsukioka, founder of Digitized Information, Inc.What do you think are most exciting ideas/innovations that have been posted on DigInfo TV in the past year?
In my opinion, the three most exciting new ideas I have seen recently, and which may well be available soon, are:

  1. The Ubi-Camera, which takes photos composed by framing them with your hands. A research group at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan is developing this prototype miniature camera. When you draw a picture or take a photo, you sometimes form a rectangle with your hands to decide the composition. With this camera, you can take a photo using the exact same motion. The camera contains a range sensor, and the framing is determined by the distance between the camera and the photographers face. With the current system, which is still in development, the lens has a fixed focal length, and zooming is done digitally on a PC.
  2. The True 3D display technology, developed by Burton, which uses a laser to create luminous points of light at desired locations in air or underwater. This system is an evolved version of technology co-developed by AIST and Keio University, first announced in 2006. It works by focusing laser light to produce plasma excitation from the oxygen and nitrogen in the air. The researchers state that this is the world's first technology to show pictures without the constraint of a screen. Most current 3D devices project pictures onto a 2D screen, and make the pictures appear 3D through an optical illusion. But this device actually shows images in mid-air, so a feature of this system is that it enables 3D objects to be viewed naturally.
  3. A research group at the Tokyo University of Science, led by Associate Professor Shinichi Komaba, has confirmed that hard carbon obtained by pyrolyzing sucrose, the main constituent of sugar, is an effective anode material for sodium ion batteries. Currently, most rechargeable batteries are lithium ion batteries. Japan imports its entire supply of lithium, a rare metal, so lithium ion batteries are expensive. Sodium ion batteries are intended to overcome lithium's disadvantages of high price and scarcity.  The supply of sodium is unlimited. Also, sodium ion batteries can be made using iron, aluminum, and sodium, rather than cobalt or copper as before. What's more, results show that using carbon made from sugar as the anode can increase battery capacity. So high-performance batteries may be achievable using cheaper, more abundant materials. The Komaba Group has achieved a storage capacity that is 20% higher than that of conventional hard carbon. It's expected that many researchers will work on making sodium ion batteries commercially viable. The Komaba Group anticipates it may take about five years to achieve a practical version.

What is your favorite app?
Dropbox
, a free service that stores info across computers, mobile phones, tablets, whatever.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
An actor.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
The awareness that I will discover something new with each new day.

About Akihito Tsukioka:
Akihito Tsukioka has been in the translation business for over 25 years.  He also has experience in public relations and communications.  Akihito founded Digitized Information, Inc. in 1986.  The company provides its customers with tailor-made video production and translation services. Its website, http://www.diginfo.tv/, receives 70,000 views per day on YouTube. 

Mr. Tsukioka received a master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

About Digitized Information, Inc:
Digitized Information is a Tokyo-based video production/translation company providing videos of the latest cutting-edge technology and products from Japan in both English and Japanese. Established in 1986, the company employs a small team of video production staff in Japan, and works with a number of translators in various time zones.

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4 Tips for Winning Innovation Awards in The 2012 IBAs

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of innovative professionals and we thought it would be helpful to provide you with several tips for submitting winning entries. (The final entry deadline for the 2012 IBAs is 27 June, request your entry kit today.)

To make the most out of your business award entries, we suggest the following tips:

1. Review the awards categories.
There are several awards categories to help you highlight your innovative technology in the 2012 IBAs including:

  1. App Awards CategoriesThe International Business Awards
    These categories recognize excellence in apps for handheld and tablet devices, and for PCs, issued or updated since 1 January 2011.
  2. IT Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in all information technology, software, web development, etc. functions. 
  3. New Product Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in all product management, product development, product engineering, manufacturing, etc. functions.
  4. Website Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in web sites and blogs. There is no eligibility timeframe for these categories - it doesn't matter when the site or blog was first published.

2. Review the entry submission criteria.
Make sure your entries include all required submission information.

3. Review past winners' entries.
Get inspiration and guidance from past winners. The 8th Annual International Business Awards were presented in October 2011 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.  Honorees included American Express, Bombardier, Inc., Etisalat, Everything Everywhere, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Siemens AG, TATA Motors, Tesco Poland, Toyota Motor Corporation, Turk Telekom, and Unilever N.V., among others.  2011 results are summarized at http://www.stevieawards.com/pubs/iba/awards/408_2219_21081.cfm

4. Submit your entries.
Select your categories, write your submissions according to the instructions, and submit your entries.

Winners of the competition will be celebrated at the ninth annual awards banquet on Monday, 15 October at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Need helping choosing the best category to highlight your emerging technology? Contact us at help@stevieawards.com and we'll help direct you to categories that are right for your organization.

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4 Ways to Win Innovation Awards in The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 06:00 PM

The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of innovative professionals. (All organizations and individuals worldwide may submit nominations to the IBAs. The final entry deadline for the 2012 IBAs is 27 June, request your entry kit today.)

Here are four ways to win awards for your innovative technology in the 2012 IBAs:

  1. App Awards CategoriesThe International Business Awards
    These categories recognize excellence in apps for handheld and tablet devices, and for PCs, issued or updated since 1 January 2011.
  2. IT Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in all information technology, software, web development, etc. functions. 
  3. New Product Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in all product management, product development, product engineering, manufacturing, etc. functions.
  4. Website Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in web sites and blogs. There is no eligibility timeframe for these categories - it doesn't matter when the site or blog was first published.

Want more ways to highlight your organization's innovations­? Submit an entry for Most Innovative Company of the Year.

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6 Innovation Awards in The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

As the entry deadline for The 2012 American Business Awards approaches on Wednesday, March 28 we'd like to highlight several innovation awards categories that may be of interest to your organization. If you haven't already received your entry kit for The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., you can request your entry kit here and you will receive it right away.

Our innovation award categories include:The Stevie Awards

  1. Most Innovative Company of the Year
    Recognizing overall achievement in product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, management, etc. innovation.
  2. Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year
    Recognizing overall achievement in product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, management, etc. innovation.
  3. Best New Tech Company of the Year
    Recognizing companies that began operations since January 1 2010. 
  4. Fastest-Growing Tech Company of the Year
    Recognizing outstanding revenue growth since the beginning of 2011 over 2010.
  5. Business Innovation of the Year
    Recognizing singular innovations in product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, management, etc., by an organization or an individual.
  6. Tech Innovation of the Year
    Recognizing singular innovations in technology, new products, etc., by an organization or an individual.

All entries in these categories require an essay of up to 500 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2011, a biography of the leader(s) of the nominated organization of up to 100 words, and an optional (but highly recommended) inclusion of a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges.

If you want to showcase your organization's innovative technology, the 2012 ABAs also have several award categories that highlight emerging technology including:

Not going to make the March 28 deadline? Don't panic, entries can still be submitted through the final deadline of April 25 with a late fee of $35.00.

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