CEDIA Awards

CEDIA's Awards program recognizes technical excellence, product innovation, and individual professionals succeeding in the home technology industry.

Your Chance to Win Big

The CEDIA Awards celebrate the many ways technology enhances the home. Installations can be entered into multiple categories and are judged by industry experts. Entrants compete and are recognized within their region — Americas, EMEA, or Asia Pacific — based on their primary location. Regional winners in the categories of Home Cinema, Integrated Home, and Media Room compete in the global competition. Hardware and software product entries compete in two regions and are recognized annually.

2020 Program

Integrator's Installation Categories

Winning projects demonstrate technical excellence in all aspects of design, installation, and commissioning while meeting all applicable industry performance standards.

Hardware and Software Categories

Winning products are recognized for innovation and installation value. The CEDIA Product Hall of Fame honors products that have changed the landscape for integrators and their clients. Best Trade Supplier Training and Best overall Trade Supplier are also recognized in the EMEA region.

Industry Recognition

These awards honor individuals who have excelled in the home technology industry and continue to move the industry forward.

Tips and Advice 

Questions? Call +44 (0)1480 213744 or 800.669.5329/317.328.4336 or email awards@cedia.org.

The CEDIA Awards: Writing the Essay

by User Not Found | Feb 05, 2019
This post is part of a series on tips and advice to make your CEDIA Awards entry stand out.

Part of your entry into the annual CEDIA Awards is an essay – essentially, a description of the project that you’d like the judges to consider. Following the advice below can help your chances of making a great impression.
Geoff Meads of Presto Web Design, a former CEDIA Awards judge, sums things up thusly: “Be brief and be to the point and highlight the most important parts of this project that actually made it different.”
“What we do want to know is what was individual about the customer?” Meads continues. “You know, did they have any kind of special needs? Entertainment likes, aesthetic desires — or contradictory things, like they needed a massive screen for a small budget or a small budget in a big room for a theater, those kinds of things. How do you solve those issues? Did the client have particular interests or disabilities, or likes or dislikes of interfaces. Where the installer had really, really got to the bottom of understanding what this person or people had needed and answered those questions. So for me, the essay is about not what you did. It's what you did differently that makes it worthy of winning an award.”
Another regular volunteer on the judging panel, Joel Silver of the Imaging Science Foundation, agrees: “If it's flowery, it's not helping you any. It should be to the point. What's the customer's needs, what's the customer's desires, and how did you fill them?”
Thomas Marino, an integrator whose firm Advanced Technologies has notched two CEDIA Awards, isn’t afraid to admit he farms out this part of the job. “I contribute half of my award-winning to my precious wife who's got a major in English,” says Marino. “And she knows how to write and she's assisted me in writing for trade journals. And so because of the way she writes it up, I put all my stuff on paper and then she fixes it and that leads to a win. How you present your information, your scope, all of that is hugely important.”
Of course, a big part of solid writing is good editing. “I see on too many entries the phrase, ‘The customer said that he wanted the system to be easy to use,’” says Meads. “Well, duh. If they're not looking for a system that’s easy to use, they've come to the wrong people. Any of the systems put in by any of our integrators – particularly those at the awards level -- should be usable in this way, just the same as any restaurant food should be edible. We don't want to know the customer wanted that.”
There are online tools that can help you create clean copy, too. “There is a web copy editor called Hemingway. It's free to use online or you can download and buy an app for Mac or PC. It's a great way of streamlining text. It's designed for people that write web copy where attention span is minimal. It highlights reading age, and we should have a reading age, which is about 10th grade. It highlights sentences for overlong, over complicated, and it's a great way of thinning out text to just stick to the point, and that’s what we really need entrants to do.”

See the 2019 Winners & Finalists