IFES: Innovation + Development Award calls fo...

Innovation + Development Award calls for entries

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Exceptional and ground-breaking projects, production processes or services is what the IDIA Awards are looking for. The International Federation of Event and Exhibition Services (IFES) is again celebrating innovation excellence within the industry with the second edition of the IFES Innovation + Development Award (IDIA).

Exhibition and events industry stakeholders are encouraged to submit their outstanding new developments in one or more of four categories:

  1. Product: a product innovation or further development of an existing product which, through its use, simplifies daily life, increases efficiency and sustainability, and/or opens up design possibilities.
  2. Service: a service that simplifies processes, increases customer loyalty, improves efficiency, and increases sustainability.
  3. Management / Production Process: new and changed management and/or manufacturing processes that increase the value of ESG (Environment/Social/Governance) aspects in a company resulting in higher efficiency, better CSR, reduction of the carbon footprint and/or higher transparency in management decisions.
  4. Out of the Box: disruptive solutions that change communication before, during or after a trade show. Both ready-made solutions and creative approaches and concept developments are welcome in this category. This category is explicitly open to young people.

„Judging will focus on benefits of daily use, innovation, cost-effectiveness and sustainability.“
Registration is now open. Award entries are accepted not only from IFES members, but from the entire international community of designers, developers, manufacturers of products and services as well as end-users (who have applied a product or service in an actual project). The deadline for entries closes on November 11, 2022 and a selected panel of judges will make the final selection and announcement in December. The official IDIA Awards ceremony will take place at EuroShop in Dusseldorf in February 2023.

Judging will focus on the benefits of daily use, innovation, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the entry. Both the innovation itself and its use in a specific project can be submitted for the award, allowing the complete range of innovations for the trade fair and event industry to be represented.