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IFES Innovation + Development Award (IDIA) to be Presented at EuroShop 2020 in Düsseldorf
A new award will be presented at EuroShop 2020 in Düsseldorf: The IFES Innovation + Development Award (IDIA) commends extraordinary developments for the trade fair and event industry. The focus is on special materials, extraordinary production processes and innovative services. "The IDIA Award honors innovations and developments that represent milestones in the trade fair and event business," explains Torsten Heinze, IFES Executive Board Member for Strategy. "They should be innovations and further developments - in terms of design, sustainability and efficiency," says the Vice President of the International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES). "In this way they help live communication to become even better in conception and implementation".
The awards will be made in four categories: Products, services, production processes and 'Outside the Box' ideas.
What is the aim of the award?
The IDIA Award aims to drive developments forward and to make existing innovations from other sectors known. There is also a global claim: Do we in Europe know everything that is already state-of-the-art in Asia? So, it's about the idea of "Sharing Knowledge", which IFES has been championing since its inception. "At the same time, the award meets a demand of our members," emphasizes Uta Goretzky. "Two years ago, there was already a desire to collect and sift technical developments and ideas on a global level," says the IFES Managing Director. "The award now goes one step further and will make these ideas public at EuroShop".
Who can apply?
Anyone who believes they have developed a product or service that is useful to the industry can take part. "Regardless of whether he/she comes from the industry or not," explains Uta Goretzky. "It can be a finished product or a concept that is waiting to be implemented. Therefore, under the heading "Out of the Box", disruptive ideas that have not yet been implemented are welcome. In order to keep the threshold for participation in the IDIA Award as low as possible, there is a very low participation fee - it starts at 50 EUR.
What is the application procedure?
An independent jury decides who receives the award. It is made up of world-renowned experts.
At http://www.idia-award.com there is already an online application platform.
Entrants must describe the progress represented by the product or service under the criteria "design, level of innovation/development, increase in efficiency, sustainability and production process". The development can focus on a single criterion but can also cover all points equally. The deadline for submissions is 11 November 2019. The nominees and award winners will be informed as early as December. "So, it's all happening in quick succession," says Torsten Heinze. "As a result, we will be able to present the innovations to a broad audience at the end of February at EuroShop."
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