Elektra Awards 2012 – call for entries

In their 10th year the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards will once again showcase the achievements of the year in the European electronics industry

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In their 10th year the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards will once again showcase the achievements of the year in the European electronics industry.

This year the awards will focus on the achievements of new and emerging engineering talent across Europe.

An independent panel of judges will assess the quality of all entries and the winners will be honoured at a Gala Dinner and Christmas Party which takes place on Wednesday 12 December 2012 at the prestigious Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Hotel.

To enter

Design Team of the Year

We invite product design companies to tell us about a particular design team or project which has achieved significant success in the last 12 months. The projects can involve a successful product introduction or specific product intellectual property (IP) development. Judges will be looking for the level of innovation as much as any commercial success. 

Distributor of the Year
(Sponsored by IC Resources)

Distribution companies have the chance to outline how they have overcome the challenges of the last 12 months and how they looking to make the most of growth in eth market this year. Entering companies will need to demonstrate that they derive a majority of their revenues from the selling of components, systems or software products which are manufactured by their principals. 

Green Electronics Award
(Sponsored by National Instruments)

We are looking for the new and innovative ways in which companies have strategies to reduce the impact on the environment of their products, manufacturing processes and commercial practices. The judges will be looking for evidence of how good environmental practice has permeated across the company by being inclusive of staff at all levels of the organisation. 

 Manufacturer Export Award

Manufacturers – OEMs, sub-contractors and EMS companies – are invited to tell us of their business achievements and success stories in export markets during the last 12 months. Business highlights can include collaborations, partnerships, investments or straight-forward sales success.

New Company of the Year
 
Venture fund or privately financed companies which have set up operations in Europe in the last five years will be considered for the start-up of the year award. We invite entries from start-up companies building a world-class business in anyone of a range of business activities from product design and manufacture through to online services companies.

Engineers of the Future

Educational Support Award 
(Sponsored by Pinnacle Marketing Communications)

We are inviting companies to tell us how they have provided support to schools, colleges and universities. This can include financial support for specific scholarships and awards. The support can be in the form of technology they have provided. It can also involve collaborations providing seminars.  

Rising Star New Engineer of the Year

Electronics Weekly is looking for talented and ambitious young engineers, new graduates or engineers in their first five years in the industry. It is hoped that the winning engineer will demonstrate a combination of both technical knowledge and practical application of their skills in specific projects.   

University Department of the Year
(Sponsored by RS Components)

Electronics Weekly is looking to find the most innovative and successful electronic and electrical engineering department within a university or collage. Judging criteria will include interesting project work for students, industry partnerships and international collaborations. We will also be interested to learn of research successes.

Product Awards

Design Tools and development software Award

The judges will be looking for a design tool, application or software IP that stands out for its level of innovation from the last 12 months. It ranges from EDA chip and PCB design tool suites to embedded development tools for microcontroller based systems. The judging criteria will focus on usability of the software as much as the level of technical innovation.   

Embedded System Product of the Year

We are inviting companies to enter semiconductor (SoC or FPGA), software or board-level product launches of the last 12 months. Judging criteria will be the products – performance, design flexibility and suitability for an application. Entries are expected to range from bus-based board systems to single chip system-on-chip designs. 

Passive & Electromechanical Product of Year 

Whether it’s resistors, capacitors, inductors or resonators you supply. Or switches, connectors or actuators, we invite companies to enter their key passive or electromechanical component introduction of the last 12 months. Criteria will include overall design, use of materials and packaging

Power System Product of the Year

We invite companies to enter power module and power supply innovations from the last 12 months. Judging criteria will look for new topologies & architectures, use of materials, advanced semiconductor technologies and packaging.

Renewable Energy Design Award
(Sponsored by MSC Gleichmann)

Entries should demonstrate how a hardware technology can be used to support the development renewable energy systems such as solar, wind, tidal or some other form of renewable power system. The entry should include a description of the product or system design highlighting its relevance to renewable energy systems, for example how it can improve efficiency or usability of renewable energy systems.  

Semiconductor Product of the Year – Analogue
(Sponsored by Mouser Electronics )

Entries should include a description of an analogue semiconductor product which has set new performance benchmarks in the last 12 months. As well as performance data, judges will be looking for evidence of how the product addresses and solves specific design issues. Does it improve on previous generations of devices, and why will designers find it useful?  Judging criteria will be the products – performance, design flexibility and suitability for an application.   

Semiconductor Product of the Year – Digital

Entries should include a description of a digital semiconductor product which has set new performance benchmarks in the last 12 months. As well as performance data, judges will be looking for evidence of how the product addresses and solves specific design issues. Does it improve on previous generations of devices, and why will designers find it useful? Judging criteria will be the products – performance, design flexibility and suitability for an application

Solid-State Lighting Application Award
(Sponsored by Anglia)

Entries should demonstrate how an LED technology can be used to improve efficiency, cost and usage in a lighting application. The entry should include a description of the product or system design highlighting its relevance to system designers, for example how it can improve efficiency or usability, with a practical cost model.  

Test Product of the Year

This product category is dedicated to finding the most innovative piece if test equipment of the last 12 months. Suppliers are invited to enter what they see as their single most product introduction. The category is open to hardware and applications software. Judging criteria will include usability as well as raw performance

To Enter

The entry process is straight-forward and designed to be as speedy as possible. Entries will be judged on their merits by a panel of independent judges.

Entries should include a supporting statement of 500 words (Maximum) and no photographs. Please take a few minutes to enter via the Electronics Weekly website.


Key Dates

Closing Date – 8th July 2012
Shortlist Announcement – 5th October 2012
Elektra Awards Ceremony & Christmas Party – 12th December 2012

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