New Product Awards Blog

New Product & Service Awards for HR in 2017

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 08:52 AM

The Stevie® Awards is accepting entries for the second annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.
Other Stevie Awards programs such as The American Business Awards and The International Business Awards offer human resources categories, but The Stevie Awards recognized the demand for specialized HR awards categories. Today we will highlight the New Product & Service Awards categories in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. No other business awards competition offers these category varieties.

SAGE women winners 2016.jpgThe early-bird entry deadline with reduced entry fees is Wednesday, May 3.

The final entry deadline is June 5, but late entries will be accepted through July 19 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

These categories recognize HR-related products and services first issued to the marketplace since the beginning of 2016.  Both brand-new and new-version products are eligible.

The information requirements for entries in these categories in the 2017 competition include:
a.  An essay of up to 625 words describing the nominated product or service: its benefits, features, functions, and sales results to date.

  1. Summarize in up to 10 bullet points (up to 150 words) the chief benefits, features, and functions of the nominated product or service.
  2. Add to your entry up to 10 webpage links and up to 10 document uploads to support your case to the judges.  These might be press articles, press releases, videos, or images, for example. 

Categories
Software | Training Programs or Media | Curated Training Platforms

SOFTWARE

F01      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New
F02      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New Version
F03      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution - New
F04      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution – New Version
F05      Attendance Tracking Solution - New
F06      Attendance Tracking Solution - New Version
F07      Benefits Management Solution - New
F08      Benefits Management Solution - New Version
F09      Compensation Management Solution - New
F10      Compensation Management Solution - New Version
F11      Course Authoring Solution - New
F12      Course Authoring Solution - New Version
F13      Employee Engagement Solution - New
F14      Employee Engagement Solution - New Version
F15      Employee Recognition Solution - New
F16      Employee Recognition Solution - New Version
F17      Employee Scheduling Solution - New
F18      Employee Scheduling Solution - New Version
F19      HR Reporting Solution - New
F20      HR Reporting Solution - New Version
F21      Human Capital Management Solution - New
F22      Human Capital Management Solution - New Version
F23      Human Resource Information System - New
F24      Human Resource Information System - New Version
F25      Human Resource Management System - New
F26      Human Resource Management System - New Version
F27      Job Board Solution - New
F28      Job Board Solution - New Version
F29      Learning Management Solution - New
F30      Learning Management Solution - New Version
F31      Onboarding Solution - New
F32      Onboarding Solution - New Version
F33      Payroll Management Solution - New
F34      Payroll Management Solution - New Version
F35      Performance Appraisal Solution - New
F36      Performance Appraisal Solution - New Version
F37      Performance Management Solution - New
F38      Performance Management Solution - New Version
F39      Self-Service HR Solution - New
F40      Self-Service HR Solution - New Version
F41      Talent Management Solution - New
F42      Talent Management Solution - New Version
F43      Time and Expense Solution - New
F44      Time and Expense Solution - New Version
F45      Workforce Management Solution - New
F46      Workforce Management Solution - New Version

           
TRAINING PROGRAMS OR MEDIA

May be blended, instructor-led, microlearning, video or web-based. 

F50      Brand Training
F51      Compliance Training
F52      Consumer Education Training
F53      Diversity or Sensitivity Training
F54      Interpersonal Skills Training
F55      Leadership Training
F56      Literacy Training
F57      Managerial Training
F58      New Hire Training
F59      Problem-Solving Training
F60      Product Training
F61      Professional or Legal Training
F62      Quality Training
F63      Safety Training
F64      Sales Training
F65      Skills Training
F66      Systems Training
F67      Technical Training
F68      Other


CURATED TRAINING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR

F70      Consumer
F71      Industrial/Technical
F72      Managerial/Professional
F73      Technology
F74      Other

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New Product & Services Awards for Your Organization

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 05:16 PM

The 15th annual American Business Awards, the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A. which attracts more than 3,000 nominations from organizations nationwide each year, is accepting nominations for the 2017 program. 

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The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Full entry details are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/abaThe entry deadline is Thursday, February 16 but late entries will be accepted through Wednesday, March 15.

There are more than 100 categories for New Products & Services.

These include all product management, product development, product engineering and manufacturing functions. New products and services released in the U.S.A. since January 1, 2016 are eligible to be nominated. Both brand-new and new-version products are eligible.

An added bonus in entering the New Product Awards categories is that you are automatically included in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products. Every new product or service nominated in The American Business Awards will automatically be included in voting. Voting will be conducted by the general public from May 2 through June 2, and the winners will be honored at the ABA awards banquet on June 20. In early May, entrants in the Best New Product or Service categories will receive instructions on how to promote People's Choice voting to their own customers, fans, and followers. 

The New Product Award category groups are:
Product & Service Categories
Software Categories
Content Categories
Education Categories 
Product Management Categories

Note the new categories for 2017 are highlighted in red and the categories with no entry fee are highlighted in blue.

Products & Services
P01. Business-to-Business Products
P02. Business-to-Business Services   
P03. Consumer Electronics
P04. Consumer Products
P05. Consumer Services
P06. Financial Services 
P07. Hardware - Computer
P08. Hardware - Networking
P09. Hardware - Peripheral
P10. Hardware - Semiconductor or Other Electronic Component
P11. Hardware - Storage
P12. Hardware - Other
P13. Health & Pharmaceuticals - Product
P14. Health & Pharmaceutical - Service
P15. Industrial Products & Services 
P16. Media & Entertainment - Product
P17. Media & Entertainment - Service
P18. Telecommunications - Product
P19. Telecommunications - Service
P20. Transportation

Software
P21. Software - Application Programming Interface (API) Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P22. Software - Asset Management Solution
P23. Software - Big Data Solution 
P24. Software - Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution
P25. Software - Cloud Application/Service
P26. Software - Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution (new category for 2017)
P27. Software - Cloud Infrastructure
P28. Software - Cloud Platform
P29. Software - Cloud Storage & Backup Solution 
P30. Software - Collaboration/Social Networking Solution
P31. Software - Content Management Solution
P32. Software - Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution
P33. Software - Data Visualization Technology (new category for 2017)
P34. Software - Electronic Commerce Solution
P35. Software - Endpoint Security Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P36. Software - Event Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P37. Software - Financial Management Solution
P38. Software - FinTech Solution (new category for 2017)
P39. Software - Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution
P40. Software - Healthcare Technology Solution (new category for 2017)
P41. Software - Human Capital Management Solution
P42. Software - Identity & Access Security Solution (new category for 2017)
P43. Software - Infrastructure as a Service (new category for 2017)
P44. Software - Integration Solution
P45. Software - International Data Protection Solution
P46. Software - IoT Analytics Solution (new category for 2017)
P47. Software - IT Operations Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P48. Software - IT Service Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P49. Software - Lead Generation Solution 
P50. Software - Marketing/Public Relations Solution
P51. Software - Migration as a Service (new category for 2017)
P52. Software - Mobile Development Solution 
P53. Software - Mobile On-Demand Application
P54. Software - Mobile Operations Management Solution
P55. Software - Network Security Solution (new category for 2017)
P56. Software - News Monitoring Solution (new category for 2017)
P57. Software - Payments Solution (new category for 2017)
P58. Software - Platform as a Service (new category for 2017)
P59. Software - Project Management Solution
P60. Software - Real Estate or Construction Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P61. Software - Relationship Management Solution
P62. Software - SaaS Enablement as a Service (new category for 2017)
P63. Software - Social Business Solution
P64. Software - Software Development Solution
P65. Software - Supply Chain Management Solution
P66. Software - Systems Management Solution
P67. Software - Web Services Solution
P68. Software - Other

Content
These categories recognize products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.

P70. Content - Advertising or Campaign Management Platform
P71. Content - Aggregation Platform
P72. Content - Business Directory
P73. Content - Business Information Solution
P74. Content - Content Analytics Solution
P75. Content - Content Marketing Solution
P76. Content - Content Rights and Delivery Solution
P77. Content - Crowd Sourced Information Solution
P78. Content - eCommerce & Billing Platform
P79. Content - Financial & Market Data Information Solution
P80. Content - General Reference Service
P81. Content - Health & Medical Information Solution
P82. Content - Information Service Delivered as Mobile App or Platform
P83. Content - Legal Information Solution
P84. Content - Media & Information Monitoring Solution
P85. Content - Multichannel Publishing Technology (new category for 2017)
P86. Content - Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution
P87. Content - Scholarly Publishing Information Solution
P88. Content - Science and Technology Information Solution
P89. Content - Search Technology Solution
P90. Content - Semantic Technology Platform, Tools and Applications
P91. Content - Service Using Aggregated Content
P92. Content - Solution for Integrating Content into the Workflow
P93. Content - Subscription Management Solution (new category for 2017)
P94. Content - Video Platform for Media & Publishers

Education
These categories recognize applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

S01. Education - Arts & Creativity Solution
S02. Education - Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
S03. Education - Classroom Management Solution
S04. Education - Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
S05. Education - Cross-Curricular Solution
S06. Education - Education Cloud-Based Solution
S07. Education - ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
S08. Education - Game-Based Curriculum Solution
S09. Education - Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
S10. Education - K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution
S11. Education - K-12 Enterprise Solution
S12. Education - Learning Capacity-Building Solution
S13. Education - Learning Relationship Management Solution (new category for 2017)
S14. Education - Mathematics Instructional Solution
S15. Education - PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution
S16. Education - Pre-K / Early Childhood Learning Solution (new category for 2017)
S17. Education - Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
S18. Education - Postsecondary Learning Management Solution
S19. Education - Postsecondary Learning Solution
S20. Education - Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution
S21. Education - Professional Learning Solution for Education
S22. Education - Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution
S23. Education - Science Instructional Solution
S24. Education - Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution
S25. Education - Solution for Special Needs Students
S26. Education - Source for Reference or Education Resources
S27. Education - Student Assessment Solution
S28. Education - Virtual Learning Solution

Product Management
P96. Product Development/Management Department or Team of the Year 
P97. Product Development/Management Executive of the Year
P98. Product Developer of the Year: recognizing all non-executive product development or management professionals. There is no entry fee for this category.

Tags: best customer service, customer service awards, new product awards, best new products

11-Year-Old Product Innovator Max Ash Becomes Youngest-Ever Stevie Award Winner

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

Max Ash is the 11-year-old "chief creator" of MAX'IS Creations, the Boston-based company whose motto is "The world would be better if we could play with our food!TM"  Max just became the youngest-ever winner of a Stevie® Award when he won the Gold Stevie for Product Developer of the Year in The 14th Annual American Business Awards.  (Winners were announced on Monday, May 2.) 

MaxAsh.jpgHere is Max's story, just as he presented it to the ABA judges, some of the most accomplished people in the world of business.

"I have lots of ideas. But, The Mug With A Hoop!TM is my best so far. In 2nd grade art class my teacher told us to make a mug.  I like sports and hot chocolate so I put a hoop on my mug for tossing marshmallows into hot cocoa.  I pitched my idea at Babson College and was named a top ten finalist in an innovation contest at Fenway Park. I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, found a sourcing partner to allow large scale manufacturing overseas, and launched on the market in 2014.  Now, with LOTS of help from my mom, dad and brother Sam, MAX’IS Creations has become a profitable family business!

"In the last year, my team and I launched a multi-sport product line that now includes The Mug With A Glove! TM, The Mug With A Goalpost! TM, The Soccer Mug With A Goal! TM, and The Hockey Mug With A Net!TM   We sold over 27,500 mugs in 2015 (that’s over $665,000 in retail sales across channels) bringing the total retail sales to over $1 Million since first launching on the market in June of 2014.  Based on industry norms, that’s a LOT of mugs!  

"My mugs created a whole new market. Adults like my mugs because they make them feel like kids again.  And kids like my mugs because they’re fun. My mugs are sold at places like Nordstrom, The Grommet, Uncommongoods, Hammacher Schlemmer, and the Basketball Hall of Fame! The Mug With A Hoop! TM is currently a top selling mug on Amazon.

"Lots of other great things happened in 2015. I got my first patent (at age 10) with additional design and utility patents pending.  I signed my first licensing deal with Typo/Cotton On who quickly sold through the Basketball Mug!  And I entered into a partnership with Boelter Brands, a major licensed drinkware company to bring MAX’IS Creations licensed mugs to market.  An NCAA March Madness program is currently underway with NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL mugs coming next!

"In the past year, me and my mugs have been featured in places like The Boston Globe, CNN Money and Gift Shop Magazine, with product placements on Real Simple, Woman’s Day and Buzzfeed.  A Vat-19 video of my mug went viral with over 4 million views! Queen Latifah featured me on her show and my basketball and hockey mugs made separate appearances on The Today Show!  

"I happen to have dyslexia, a language-based learning disability often linked to creativity. Kids like me see the world differently and the world is lucky that we do! 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with learning and attention issues related to reading, writing, math, organization and attention. People with learning and attention issues can thrive when they get the support they need. That’s why I donate five percent of the profits from the sale of my mugs to dyslexia-related charities and nonprofits like Understood.org, which are dedicated to empowering parents of kids like me.

"In the last year I shared the stage with people like Daymond John, John Legend and others to showcase the creative advantage of people with dyslexia.  We recently updated my packaging to feature Understood.org as a public service announcement for this great resource.  Since January 2015 I have donated thousands of dollars to dyslexia-related causes and over 1000 mugs to charity.  Being honored by the Stevie Awards will help people see that kids like me are smart and can achieve success with the right supports. Imagine what other good ideas our world will have when ALL kids who think and learn differently are understood!

Congratulations Max, we look forward to presenting your Gold Stevie Award to you on June 20 at The American Business Awards gala in New York.

Tags: product of the year, new product awards, Max'is Creations, Max Ash

Education Technology Takes the Spotlight in New Product Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

Classroom-TechnologyThe new product awards categories are among the most popular in all Stevie® Awards competitions.  Those in The American Business Awards are especially competitive, at least partially because the ABAs feature the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, a worldwide public vote that gives nominees an opportunity to win a second award, as chosen by the general public, in addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards conferred by the scores of one's peers.

Educational products are services are ready to join the spotlight in The 13th Annual American Business Awards, which is currently accepting entries.  (The final entry deadline is April 22.)  The Stevie Awards have added a suite of new product categories this year just to recognize the products and services that help teachers and educational administrators excel at their jobs.

These new categories recognize applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.  The 2015 ABAs will recognize educational products and services that were introduced to the marketplace since January 1, 2014.  Nominated products and services may be brand new or new versions of existing products.

Information required for nominations to these categories include:

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the product or service: it's features, functions, benefits, and results to date. 

b. In bullet-list form, a brief summary (up to 150 words) of up to 10 of the nominated product's chief features and benefits.

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.  For new product/service entries these uploads and links might include product demonstration videos, product reviews, images, etc.

Here, then, are the new categories for educational products and services.

S01. Education - Arts & Creativity Solution
S02. Education - Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
S03. Education - Classroom Management Solution
S04. Education - Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
S05. Education - Cross-Curricular Solution
S06. Education - Education Cloud-based Solution
S07. Education - ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
S08. Education - Game-based Curriculum Solution
S09. Education - Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
S10. Education - K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution
S11. Education - K-12 Enterprise Solution
S12. Education - Learning Capacity-Building Solution
S13. Education - Mathematics Instructional Solution
S14. Education - PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution
S15. Education - Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
S16. Education - Postsecondary Learning Management Solution
S17. Education - Postsecondary Learning Solution
S18. Education - Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution
S19. Education - Professional Learning Solution for Education
S20. Education - Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution
S21. Education - Science Instructional Solution
S22. Education - Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution
S23. Education - Solution for Special Needs Students
S24. Education - Source for Reference or Education Resources
S25. Education - Student Assessment Solution
S26. Education - Virtual Learning Solution

"We're really pleased to be able to recognize products and services that serve the needs of educators in this year's American Business Awards," said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher.  "We've already received quite a good number of excellent entries in these categories, and we're looking forward to the judges decisions."

Entries will be judged by educators and educational technology experts, and the finalists will be announced in early May.  Awards in the ABAs' new product awards categories will be presented in San Francisco on September 11.  Attendance is not required to win.

Have you built a better mousetrap to help teachers capture the hearts of minds of students?  Nominate your work in The 2015 American Business Awards.

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Tags: product awards, new product awards, best new products

Category Spotlight: New Product Awards in the 2015 Stevies

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

New_ProductThe focus of this category spotlight is on the many opportunities that developers and marketers of new products and services have to pursue recognition for their work in this year's Stevie Awards programs, in The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in particular. Every one of the Stevie Awards competitions has some number of categories to recognize new products and services. Each year the Stevie Awards receive thousands of new product nominations.

As in all categories in Stevie Awards competitions, winners are determined by several hundred professionals around the world, acting as judges. (For a description of the judging and awards process, read this article.)

Let's begin here with the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, which are in their second year. These awards are open to all organizations operating in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The final entry deadline for this competition this year is March 11. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners will be announced on April 1, and the winners celebrated during a gala event in Shanghai, China on May 15.

Nominated products and services in the Asia-Pacific awards may be completely new or new versions of pre-existing offerings. The 2015 awards will recognize new products, or new versions of products, issued since July 1 2013, the beginning of the eligibility period. This year's competition features 51 new product awards categories, alphabetically from Business-to-Business Products to Transportation products and services. Thirty of those 51 categories are for software products of various types.

What do you need to prepare to enter the new product categories in the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards? Just an essay of up to 625 words, describing the nominated product or service, including its features, functions, benefits, and market performance to date. The essay may be in any of seven languages, including Chinese, English, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay and Thai. You can complement the essay with up to five (5) links to online news stories, reviews, or other web-based files, and you may upload up to five (5) files to our server for the judges, which may include product manuals, photographs, videos, and the like.

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GSBStevies1012-1The International Business Awards have grown to be recognized as the world's top honors for achievement in the workplace. All organizations worldwide may participate, and last year's IBAs attracted more than 3,300 from organizations in over 50 nations. Hundreds of those nominations were of new products and services.

The 2015 competition has three entry deadlines. Winners will be announced in August, and the winners celebrated during an event in Toronto, Canada in October. See the full IBA calendar here.

Nominated products and services in the IBAs may be completely new or new versions of pre-existing offerings. The 2015 awards will recognize new or new-version products issued since January 1, 2014. Like the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the IBAs also feature 51 new product awards categories. However, the IBAs also offer the opportunity seek recognition for your entire product development team, in a category called Product Development/Management Department or Team of the Year, as well as for your team's fearless leader, in a category named Product Development/Management Executive of the Year.

Entries to these IBA categories require the submission of an essay of up to 650 words, describing the nominated product or service, including its features, functions, benefits, and market performance to date. Beginning this year, all entries to the IBAs must be submitted in English. With the essay you have the option to upload to our server any number of supporting materials that will help to tell your story to the judges. These might include product reviews, customer testimonials, product demonstration videos and photos, and work samples, for example.

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The American Business Awards are recognized as the top business awards program in the U.S.A. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. may submit entries. Two early-bird entry deadlines for the 2015 ABAs have come and gone, and two deadlines remain: March 25, and a late deadline of April 22. Finalists will be announced May 6, and the awards presented during two ceremonies: June 22 in Chicago, and September 11 in San Francisco. The new product awards will be presented at the September 11 event.

Nominated products and services in the ABAs may be completely new or new versions of pre-existing offerings. The 2015 awards will recognize new or new-version products issued since January 1, 2014. The ABAs have more new product and service categories than any other Stevie Awards competition, and the menu has grown even more diverse in 2015. See the full list of ABA new product categories. There are 28 categories for software products of various types, 20 categories for a variety of other product types, and two completely new category groups: 24 categories for Content-related products and services, such as Content Marketing Solutions, Mobile Publishing Technology, and Service Using Aggregated Content; and 26 categories for Education-related offerings, including Classroom Management Solution, K-12 Enterprise Solution, and Solution for Special Needs Students, among others.

Entries to these ABA categories require the submission of an essay of up to 650 words, describing the nominated product or service, including its features, functions, benefits, and market performance to date. Entries must be submitted in English. With the essay you have the option to upload to our server any number of supporting materials that will help to tell your story to the judges. These might include product reviews, customer testimonials, product demonstration videos and photos, and work samples, for example.

PeoplesChoice_Logo_CNominating your product or service in The American Business Awards, if you're eligible to do that, has an important added benefit: Every new product or service nominated in the ABAs will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products.  Voting will be conducted by the general public in July-August, and the winners will be honored at the ABA's new product & tech awards ceremony in San Francisco in September.  So nominees in these categories have the opportunity to win two Stevie Awards: one as adjudged by your peers, and the other as voted by your customers, employees, fans and followers.

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Building the next great mousetrap isn't necessarily it's own reward. Professional and public acclaim can be useful tools for building your brand, accruing valuable third-party recognition, and stoking esprit de corps among your team. Winning a Stevie Award for your new product or service in 2015 can help you to achieve these goals.

 

Tags: product of the year, product awards, new product awards, new product of the year

HZO's Stevie® Awards-winning Nanotechnology Keeps Consumer Electronics Safe

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

HZO, Inc., of Draper, Utah, USA won the Gold Stevie® for Best New Product or Service of the Year - Consumer Electronics in the new product awards categories of The 2013 International Business Awards. The early bird deadline for the 2014 IBAs is April 16. Get your entry kit here.

1403HzOHZO WaterBlock™ is a nano-coating that protects electronic devices from liquid and corrosion damage. HZO debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 and has caught the attention of the world ever since. From just CES 2012 and 2013 alone, this product has garnered over $7 million in earned media with outlets including MSNBC, The Huffington Post, the BBC, The Today Show on NBC, The New York Times, and Reuters.

Rapid Pace of Change

We asked Sergio Leveratto, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at HZO, what he saw as the major challenges facing the electronics industry today.  According to Sergio, it’s keeping up with the rapid pace of change.  So how does Sergio manage that?

 “My approach is to do what I can to make sure HZO plays a consistent role in driving those changes by establishing and maintaining a leadership position in the industry,” Sergio told us. “HZO does this by providing device makers with a powerful and differentiating technology that creates value and allows consumers to do more with their electronics.”

A Milestone for the Company

Winning a Stevie® Award in 2013 has contributed to the success of HZO, added Sergio. “HZO has experienced a lot of growth over the past several years, and winning a Stevie Award has helped the company maintain that momentum by providing additional credibility and recognition to the hard work of our world-class team. An accolade like a Stevie is an inspiration for the company, and outside validation of our technology not only feels great, but also inspires us to keep innovating.”

Concludes Sergio: “To win a prestigious award like a Stevie is both an honor and a milestone for our company. “

Developing Relationships into Partnerships

The HZO WaterBlock team develops relationships into partnerships. The following list is a highlight of some of these associations:

-Brightstar Corporation, the world’s largest wireless distributor, is currently engaged with HZO to market WaterBlock to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and repair & refurbishment processors worldwide.

-TAG Heuer, the watch maker and luxury phone designer, features HZO WaterBlock in its Android smartphone, the TAG Heuer Racer Sub Nano, a high end phone that offers superior water protection.

-NavELite, creators of the NavELite backlit wrist compass, features HZO WaterBlock in its line of products, which are purchased by the military around the world as well as by civilian adventurers.

-LaiPac Technology features HZO WaterBlock on their AGPS Cell Phone Tracking Device and on other products by the company.  

-LiveFree, creators of the senior mobile alert product Life Beacon, features HZO WaterBlock on many of its alert systems. 

-Bully Dog features HZO WaterBlock on its diesel engine performance monitor.

According to Sergio, HZO WaterBlock can be featured on virtually any small- to medium-form electronic device in any market or industry. The products featured above are just the beginning of the opportunities of protection from HZO.

Keeping Track of Travel

Because he has to travel so much on business, we asked Sergio if he had a favorite travel app. “Concur is the key travel app,” advised Sergio. “ It helps me to make reservations on the fly while allowing me to keep track of my travel expenses.”

Defining the Future

We asked Sergio what motivated him. “My inspiration comes from the unique opportunity that a small company like HZO has to shape and define the future of an entire industry,” he told us. “Because HZO's technology protects electronics from damage caused by exposure to liquids or submersion in water, the company is truly changing where people use their electronic devices. Being a part of this revolution is very exciting, and seeing the potential and added value that our technology provides to innovative electronic products is a powerful motivator. 

“We feel that the Stevie Award shows that the industry recognizes HZO as the ideal form of liquid protection in consumer electronics going forward. We’re excited to continue to deliver on this recognition,” concluded Sergio.

About Sergio Leveratto

Sergio Leveratto is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at HZO, where he directs the global growth strategy for the company’s superior corrosion and liquid submersion protection technology. His expertise in global expansion planning is helping HZO build and advance international distribution channels, strategically align technologies with target markets and develop intelligent lifecycle programs that help maximize consistent growth potential.

Prior to HZO, Sergio spent nearly two decades spearheading global sales, marketing, and business development initiatives with Nokia and global mobile operator Telefonica, where he helped drive, launch, and promote value-add services and user-based application enhancements. He is fluent in four languages, and maximizes his ability to form strong alliances with multinational organizations to successfully execute global outreach and expansion campaigns.

About HZO

HZO is an innovative and rapidly growing nanotechnology company that has set the world standard in solutions that protect electronics from corrosion and extended liquid submersion. A robust coating is applied at the component level, creating a physical barrier between the vital circuitry of a device and any kind of liquid. The company's advanced technology provides innovative liquid protection from the inside out, and our patent protected materials, process and equipment provides an end-to-end solution that allows flexibility for manufacturers to develop new product features and functionality, while giving end-users the freedom to do more with the electronic devices they rely on.

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Stevie Awards Winner Navantis & NBC News Partner to Advance Online Learning

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Navantis Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, won the Gold Stevie® Award for Best New Business Intelligence Solution in the new product awards categories of the 2013 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the world's top honors for business development, sales, contact center, and customer service professionals. The competition also features categories that recognize new products and services used by these professionals.  (Entries to the 2014 edition are now being accepted - learn more here.)

Here we look at how Navantis has partnered with NBC News to advance online learning technologies.

It’s 3:00AM in the morning. A college student has a paper due at 9:00AM. In a remote farming community, a grade ten student is studying for an exam and struggling to download a required video assignment. Long after putting her own children to bed, a public school teacher is completing her lesson plan. All of these scenarios are real and all of these people expect the NBC Learn website to be available at any time of the day or night to help them meet their professional and classroom commitments.

NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News and is dedicated to making historic stories, images, and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students, and parents by providing access to more than 14,000 stories from the NBC News archives—one of the largest news archives in the world, with records dating back to the 1920s.

A State-of-the-art Call Center

NBC Learn’s hundreds of thousands of clients—teachers, students, and parents—rely on being able to access the website from a PC, MAC, or iPad, at school or at home, 24/7. They expect a site that is always available and with technical support that is always on.

Providing high-quality technical support around the clock and being able to solve every kind of issue facing every type of user was a challenge. Realizing they couldn’t do it alone, NBC Learn turned to the expert technical Call Center team at Navantis for help.

Karl WeissUnder the leadership of Vice President Client Support Karl Weiss, Navantis operates a state-of-the-art call center incorporating voice calls, email, chat, collaboration, and remote technical assist. Navantis acts transparently so that NBC Learn clients never realize they are dealing with an outsourced team. Every call, email, and instant message is handled with care and monitored under strict Service Level Agreements.

Deep Business Insight

Navantis manages all of the case tracking and reporting, and provides deep business insight back to NBC Learn for continuous improvement.

An advanced offering that Navantis includes is usage tracking, which helps to identify schools with reduced participation. Once identified, the Navantis reach- out program encourages online training through webinars, resulting in better understanding, awareness, and increased usage of the NBC Learn offerings while also ensuring that 21st century education continues to help teachers and students improve skills and knowledge.

Building a Brighter Future

“Nobody else in our industry is able to approach the level of content and support provided by NBC Learn, making us the most competitive and compelling solution in the market today,” commented Michael Levin, Director of Sales and Technical Operations at NBC Learn. “Navantis has completed our service offering by providing a seamless experience for our community and becoming a trusted member of our team. They treat our clients with patience and respect, ensuring that no problem goes unsolved.”

Because of the work that the Navantis team continues to do, NBC Learn is able to fully meet the needs of their clients. Thousands of teachers, students, and parents are now able to streamline videos; access history on-demand; enhance lesson plans; and continue to build a brighter future with full support.

"We are delighted to be recognized for excellence in customer service and support," commented Karl Weiss on receiving the Gold Stevie Award. "The partnership with NBC Learn has enabled both of our organizations to innovate, delivering unparalleled levels of service to students, teachers and families across the country and helping to set a standard for 21st century learning."

About Karl Weiss: 

Karl Weiss is a seasoned Customer Care and Services professional with over thirty years of experience in Information Services operations. Karl builds customer care environments that provide innovation aimed at driving sales, marketing, business intelligence, development, and customer service. He has earned an enviable reputation for customer service excellence and for providing complex implementation and support of large-scale network deployments for multinational clients such as Lafarge, Royal Bank, and Magna. Karl’s core operational principles are client satisfaction and delivery excellence during all phases of deployment and support. His expertise spans quality assurance, process re-engineering, software development, technical support, and design, all of which provide tremendous value to Navantis.

About Navantis:

Navantis combines strategy, design, and technology to help their clients realize new opportunities, solve business challenges, and focus on excellence in customer service and delivery. Founded in 1998, Navantis was Microsoft's Canadian Partner of the year in 2012, and is the partner channel with the most industry awards including recognition from Microsoft, CDN Magazine, and the Branham Group.

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Winners Announced in People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

MicroStrategy Express is the big winner in the 2013 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 11th year.

People's Choice Stevie Award for Favorite New ProductsThe nationwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in 34 product categories.  More than 20,000 votes were cast.

MicroStrategy Express was the top vote-getter in three categories.  NetScout Systems’ nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch received the most votes in two categories.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ new product and tech awards banquet on Monday, September 16 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.  Tickets for the event are now on sale.  There the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be announced and presented their awards.  More than 250 nominees and their guests are expected to attend.

All new products and services to be honored in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the people’s choice awards.

The winners of the 2013 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

Favorite Business-to-Business Product: MicroStrategy Express

Favorite Business-to-Business Service: Beyond20 IT Service Management Launchpad Assessment

Favorite Consumer Electronics Product: Silicon Image’s UltraGig™ 6400 60GHz WirelessHD® Transmitter

Favorite Consumer Product: Reliv International's LunaRich X

Favorite Consumer Service: FDIC's Money Smart

Favorite Computer Hardware Product: BOXLIGHT's ProjectoWrite5

Favorite Networking Hardware Product: NetScout Systems’ nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch

Favorite Peripheral Hardware Product: KODAK SCANMATE i940 Scanner

Favorite Semiconductor Hardware Product: Marvell Mobile QuadCore – PXA1088

Favorite Storage Hardware Product: Overland Storage SnapScale X2

Favorite Health or Pharmaceutical Product: Vemma Nutrition's Verve Bold

Favorite Health or Pharmaceutical Service: CDC's Medical Monitoring Project

Favorite Industrial Product or Service: Graco Inc.'s Integrated Reactor Proportioning System

Favorite Business Intelligence Software: Teradata Aster Discovery Platform 5.10

Favorite Cloud Application or Service: MicroStrategy Express

Favorite Cloud Infrastructure or Platform: Stoneware's webNetwork 6.1

Favorite Collaboration or Social Networking Solution: Bloomfire

Favorite Content Management Solution: Telerik's Sitefinity

Favorite Electronic Commerce Solution: Stamps.com’s PC Postage Version 10.1

Favorite Financial Management Solution: Acumatica 3.0

Favorite Human Capital Management Solution: Paycor's Perform

Favorite Learning or Workforce Development Solution: Saba People Cloud

Favorite Marketing or Public Relations Solution: Acxiom Audience Propensities

Favorite Mobile On-Demand Solution: MicroStrategy Express

Favorite Mobile Operations Management Solution: Aternity for Mobile

Favorite Relationship Management Solution: Coveo for Salesforce

Favorite Security Solution: Quest One Identity Manager – Data Governance Edition

Favorite Software Development Solution: KonyOne Platform 5.0

Favorite Supply Chain Management Solution: Fieldglass' Global Solution

Favorite Systems Management Solution: Citrix GoToAssist

Favorite Other Software Solution: BillQuick with Forecasting and Intelligent Analytics

Favorite Telecommunications Product: NetScout Systems’ nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch

Favorite Telecommunications Service: BroadSoft UC-One

Favorite Transportation Product or Service: UltraShipTMS™ LoadFusion Optimize

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut later this year.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com  and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

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36 Hours Left to Vote for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

This Friday, August 9, is the last day to vote in the 5th edition of the People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, as part of The American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program.People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products Logo

Voting continues at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com and will conclude at 11:59PM ET this Friday evening.

This is a nationwide vote in which the general public will get to choose one favorite product in more than 30 categories. Among the categories are Favorite Cloud App/Service, Favorite Consumer Product, Favorite Telecommunications Service, and Favorite Hardware.

All new products and services that were nominated in the new product awards categories of The 2013 American Business Awards are automatically included in people’s choice voting. Organizations will have the opportunity to win two awards: a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award, as determined by professionals in the ABAs’ peer-review judging, and a crystal People's Choice Stevie Award, as determined by the public vote.

Winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be announced at The American Business Awards' new product and tech awards banquet at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on September 16.

Past winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products include Apple, Boost Mobile, Dow Jones, and Samsung.

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Edwards Group Shows Why Working in a Vacuum Can Pay Off

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

Edwards Group Limited in Crawley, United Kingdom won the Gold Stevie® Award for Best New Industrial Product or Service in the new product awards categories of last year’s International Business Awards , the world's top business honors.  (This year's IBA winners will be announced on August 14.) Here we look at how this global technology company affects all of us in one way or another.

Edwards Group Limited (NASDAQ: EVAC), the UK-based manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services, beat off stiff competition from across the globe when its class-leading CXS dry vacuum pump was named a Best New Product in The 2012 International Business Awards.

EdwardsVideoNot many people realize how important it is to be able to create a vacuum and how this affects our lives and so many of the appliances we use daily.  To find out more, watch a short video created by Edwards.

On winning last year’s award, Sia Abbaszadeh, Edwards’ Chief Technology and Marketing Officer, commented: “2012 was truly a golden year for Edwards. After being honored with a momentous seventh Queen’s Award earlier in the year for our nEXT turbomolecular pump, and then successfully listing on the NASDAQ market, we were delighted to build on our success with a Gold Stevie® Award.”

“To have received this accolade for the CXS, so soon after its launch, was testament to the hard work and expertise of all those at Edwards who were involved in its conception. This award has set the CXS’ credentials beyond refute and places Edwards at the forefront of international innovation.”

Standing Out from the Competition
Edwards CXS is the latest generation dry vacuum pump for harsh chemical and pharmaceutical processing applications, and builds on Edwards’ strong record of innovation and application expertise. Since its introduction in 2011, it has set new industry standards for reliability, performance, and control.

Two elements of the cutting-edge CXS set it apart from competitor pumps. The novel tapered screw technology facilitates excellent liquid and solids handling leading to high operational reliability while providing deep vacuum down to 10-3 mbar. The range of built-in control and safety features makes the CXS easier and cheaper to install when compared to some pumps currently available on the market.

Edwards believes this is the first “plug and pump” system. The development of the CXS has proved to be a crucial tipping point for vacuum, taking the technology from “specialist equipment” to “utility.”

About Sia Abbaszadeh
Sia Abbaszadeh has served as Edwards’ Chief Technology & Marketing Officer since June 2010. Sia joined Edwards in November 1989 to lead new product development programs in semiconductor vacuum pumping. He has subsequently built a broad base of New Product Introduction capability for all the product and application sectors within Edwards. His responsibilities have included delivery of strategic growth plans by leading new product and technology development for the Semiconductor, Flat Panel Displays, and Emerging Technologies sectors. Recent responsibilities have included leading the Edwards’ Solar business growth program and doubling Edwards’ footprint within the sector.

Sia holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Non-Destructive Testing from Brunel University in London and a Masters of Science degree in Project Management from Brighton University.

About Edwards
Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement systems, and related value-added services. These are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical, and chemical; and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.

Edwards has over 3,200 full-time employees and 500 temporary workers operating in approximately 30 countries worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture, and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.  

Edwards’ American Depositary Shares trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol EVAC. Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com

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