IBC has issued the first call for entries for its 2011 Innovation Awards, the unique programme which recognises that success comes when vendors and users collaborate on perfectly tuned solutions.
“There are many awards for technology, but the IBC Awards dig much deeper,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “To win an IBC Innovation Award you have to demonstrate that manufacturers, integrators and users worked together to develop something innovative that solved a real challenge, whether that was creative, technical or commercial. The whole ethos of IBC is about getting together to share knowledge, and with our awards programme we honour those who really put that into practice.”
There are three categories in the IBC Innovation Awards scheme: for the most innovative projects of the year in content creation, content management and content delivery. A fourth prize is in the gift of the judging panel, which may be one of the category winners or it may be another significant achievement during the year which caught their attention.
In 2010 the awards went to the Red Bull Air Race for the unique way it captured and displayed the action; to the European Parliament for its bold project to make its complete audio-visual archive available online to citizens; and to the very rapid work led by BBC R&D which developed the second generation digital television standard DVB-T2, making over the air HD broadcasting practical.
The 2010 Judges’ Prize was given to the four partners involved in stereoscopic 3D coverage of the World Cup: Fifa, HBS, ESPN and Sony.
Manufacturers, system integrators and broadcasters have until 11 February 2011 to complete their submissions. The judging panel is a group of international journalists and editors, who will announce their shortlist in May 2011. The winning projects remain a closely guarded secret until the Awards Ceremony itself, held during IBC in September.