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DSE 2018 APEX Awards

Call for ENTRIES

Entry Deadline November 13, 2017

Designed to recognize and honor achievement in the installation of digital displays and interactive technology and the creation of compelling viewer content, the DSE APEX Awards have honored hundreds of companies for their innovation throughout the years.
HOW TO NOMINATE FOR AN AWARD
1. Review the entire APPLICATION GUIDELINES below.
(The handy downloadable MSWord doc includes a text version of the digital submission form for reference.)
2. Complete the DIGITAL SUBMISSION FORM.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES
  • Gain recognition in the industry as a cutting-edge technology leader
  • Be celebrated by your peers during our popular networking reception prior to the ceremony
  • Showcase your project in our APEX Awards gallery Wednesday  and Thursday  on the show floor
  • Publish your case study on Digital Signage Connection post-show

For your convenience, the entry form is in digital format. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email as proof of your entry.

IMPORTANT: To help expedite your entry process review the entire NOMINATION SUBMISSION QUESTIONS found on page 6 of the Application Guidelines. The handy downloadable MSWord doc also includes a text version of the digital submission form for reference.

Nominees must have a new or current digital signage or interactive technology program installed between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. Updated content for existing digital signage installations that began running during the same time period will also qualify.

Projects that are under non-disclosure agreements (confidentiality agreements) do not qualify for entry.

The nominating companies can be:

  • the venues where the installation/content is/was housed (recommended)
  • the architects and/or design firms who conceived the project
  • the technology providers that provided the installation hardware and/or software
  • the system integrators who did the installation

A single company is permitted to submit multiple nominations for separate projects.

PLEASE NOTE: Duplicate entries for the same project will be combined. Please check with your partners beforehand to ensure that only one entry is being submitted for the project.

MAY 22, 2017
Call for entries opens
NOVEMBER 13, 2017
Deadline to submit entries
FEBRUARY 7, 2018
Finalists announced
MARCH 28, 2018
14th Annual DSE APEX Awards Ceremony, Las Vegas

The awards will be presented immediately following our popular Networking Reception on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00-7:00 pm. While finalists will be announced prior to DSE, Gold Award winners will not be notified ahead of time. All nominees are strongly encouraged to make plans to attend the awards ceremony and have a speech prepared in case you are announced as a Gold winner.

EARLY ENTRY FEE
$145 per nomination
(ends August 25, 2017)
REGULAR FEE
$195 per nomination
(August 12 through November 13, 2017)
CHANGE REQUEST FEE
If there is a request to modify an original entry, there will be an additional $75 fee imposed to be paid before the change is made. This includes wording, images and video. No changes can be made after the entries have been submitted to the judges.
Entry fees must be paid in full by November 13, 2017.
Any nominees that have not submitted payment by this date will be disqualified.
Entry fees are non-refundable.

The DSE APEX Awards will be awarded to three outstanding entries – Gold, Silver and Bronze – in a total of nine categories listed here. Additionally, the APEX Installation of the Year and the APEX Content of the Year Awards will be presented to two overall winners.

ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION
Amusement parks, stand-alone casinos, fitness centers, golf courses, movie theaters, museums, national/state parks, etc.
BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Corporate, government, and industrial campuses or facilities, banks, etc.
EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE
Colleges, schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, etc.
EVENT VENUES AND HOSPITALITY
Stadiums, arenas, amphitheaters, convention centers, performing arts centers, hotels, motels, casinos, etc.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cafeterias, food courts, concessions, etc.
IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Installations that captivate users with multiple displays and technologies that create an environment of interactivity and virtual experiences.
PUBLIC SPACES
Interior/exterior installations in multi-branded shopping or gathering places such as malls, city squares/plazas, office buildings, etc.
RETAIL
Apparel stores, electronics stores, groceries, C-stores, personal care stores, pharmacies, etc.
TRANSPORATION
Airports, subway/train stations, airplanes, rail cars, buses, taxis, etc.

Nominated installations and content will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges on the basis of:

CHALLENGE – The size, scope or unique requirements of the deployment and what problems had to be solved or overcome to ensure successful implementation.
CREATIVITY – Was the installation and/or content eye-catching? Fresh? New? Original? Imaginative? Did it wow the viewer?
RESULT – The quantitative extent of which the digital signage or interactive technology deployment and/or content benefited the viewer and achieved the installation's goals.

Finalists will be notified on or before February 8, 2018.

You are encouraged to notify all partners involved with your project to ensure proper credit. Only the project/venue nominee will receive a trophy if named a finalist. Additional trophies may be ordered for all partners (including the nominating company) post show. Order form and pricing will be provided to the finalists.

Photos and/or videos help our judges with scoring each entry as they are able to see how the installation and/or content displays in real life. We require a minimum of one (1) photo or video and at maximum of five (5) photos and two (2) videos. The better picture you are able to paint for the judges, the better they will fully understand the installation/content, which will lead to higher scores.

Video submissions do not have a length or file size limit, but do take into consideration that if a video is too long and doesn’t hold attention, it might not be appropriate for judging.

FILE NAMING

Make sure to clearly identify your company and entry name in the file names of your photos and videos. Do not have spaces between the words of your file name. Use underscores or hyphens if needed.

Example - Please name your files in this format
CompanyName_ApexAwards_CategoryName_EntryName.extension

A correct filename would be
XYZcompany_ApexAwards_Education_DSEHighSchool.jpg

If you are submitting more than one photo or video file, please append the number 1 or 2, etc. at the end of the filename.

Example - Correct filenames would be
XYZcompany_ApexAwards_Education_DSEHighSchool_1.jpg
XYZcompany_ApexAwards_Education_DSEHighSchool_2.jpg

Example
Please name your files in this format
Company_ApexAwards_Category_Entry.ext
A correct filename would be
XYZco_ApexAwards_Education_School.jpg

If you are submitting more than one photo or video file, please append the number 1 or 2, etc. at the end of the filename.

Correct filenames would be
XYZco_ApexAwards_Education_School_1.jpg
XYZco_ApexAwards_Education_School_2.jpg
DIRECTIONS FOR UPLOADING FILES
Photo File Uploading

You may upload a maximum of five (5) individual photo files using the uploader buttons located in Section 5 of the online nomination submission form. Click "Browse" then select the appropriate file(s) on your computer.

Photos should be large-format and high-resolution (300 dpi) ONLY. Professional photos are recommended. Low‑resolution images will automatically disqualify your entry.

Video File Uploading

After you submit your nomination form you will be taken to a completion page where you will find a video upload form. Fill in the company information then click "Browse" and select the appropriate file(s) on your computer. All video files will be submitted to a secure server hosted by ShareFile that is managed by Digital Signage Expo.

You may upload a maximum of two (2) video files. Submitting links to videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or other sites will not be accepted.

Videos should be in a .mp4 or .wmv format in 16:9 aspect ratio. HD resolution preferred.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact:
NATASHA McFADDEN
Awards Director
nmcfadden@exponation.net
(770) 817-5904