Repeating the events of CES 2014, Engadget’s once again in charge of the Best of CES awards. A cocktail of trepidation and adrenaline, we love exploring the country’s biggest tech convention and hunting down the best on show. AS CES 2015 happens, and we reveal the nominees and eventual winners, we’ll be giving you, our passionate readers, the chance to decide our Peoples’ Choice winner. But before even get to that, let’s talk submissions. Whether you’re a company (from tech giant to scrappy start-up) with something amazing to show us, or a reader simply curious about the rules, you’ll find all the info you need at our newly-christened awards hub. We’ve honed and tweaked the categories (and even created some new ones) this time — let’s take a closer look at them.
- Best Startup: The startup showing great sophistication and innovation while also demonstrating a clear path to real-world availability. Eureka Park will be a focus.
- Best Digital Health and Fitness Product: A product exhibiting the most innovative use of technology to improve users’ health and well-being. Example products include smart scales and activity monitors.
- (New for 2015) Best Wearable: The best gadget at the show that can be worn on your person. Examples include smart watches, augmented reality glasses and any piece of wearable item (be it socks or shorts) that have sensors in them.
- Best Automotive Technology: Technology related to the ever-advancing science of getting from here to there. Example products include infotainment systems and advances in self-driving technology.
- (New for 2015) Best Home Theater Product: This award is all about home entertainment. Example products include set top boxes, streaming players, tuners, audio systems and more.
- Best (Connected) Home Product: A product that belongs in the connected home. Example includes smart refrigerators, connected thermostats and smart lighting.
- Best Software/App: A piece of software that stands out from the rest.
- Best Innovation (Disruptive Tech): The product or service that challenges the status quo with its innovative twist on technology.
- Best Mobile Device: The smartphone or tablet that most impresses with its combination of specifications, design and overall ability.
- (New for 2015) Best TV product: The television that is deemed the best in terms of display, design and overall quality, or the product that might most revolutionize your use of that screen.
- Best Gaming Product: The product that best moves forward the broad field of gaming. Example products include game-specific tablets and PCs, videogame consoles, controllers and gaming services.
- Best Offbeat Product: The product that turns heads on the International CES showfloor without necessarily fitting into any defined product category. This product may not be the best of the best at the show, but it will be one of the most talked-about.
- Best Maker-Friendly Technology: This product is geared toward the DIY/maker community. Examples include 3D printers and Arduino-like processing units.
- Best PC: The best laptop or desktop, judged based on its design and specifications.
- (New for 2015) Best Robot or Drone: A drone or robot that is deemed the best of this unique category.
- Best of the Best Award: The device, service or technology in any category that stands clearly above the rest, judged based on its innovation and design quality.
- People’s Choice Award: The product from this year’s show that most captured the hearts and minds of our readers. The winner will be determined by viewers and readers.
Now, if you’re looking to submit something for consideration, check that you meet our eligibility requirements, and then send your submission email to email@example.com with your full pitch. Submissions will stay open until 11:59pm PT on the evening of Sunday, January 4th, before Press Day kicks off on January 5th. Please include the following required items for a product to be considered:
- Product name
- Company name
- Product description
- Which of the 14 Awards category/categories your nomination should be considered for — companies can submit their products for more than one category.
Whenever possible, companies should submit the following materials as well:
- Spec sheet(s)
- Press release(s)
- Release date