Innovation can be complex but entry to the Innovation Awards is easy. Entries should be based on an operational, service or product innovation introduced into the target market in the period between January 1st, 2012 and December 2nd, 2013. The innovation may be business and/or customer and/or society focused, and its impact should be proven and measurable in qualitative and quantitative terms. There is no fee to enter. The rest is up to you!
1. Register your interest
To register for the competition, you need to provide us with some information about your organisation to ensure you are eligible. Once you have registered, you will be able to download your application form and a PDF document containing Terms & Conditions and Guidance Notes. Registration opened Monday, September 23rd, 2013. Click here to Register now.
2. Join our network
By following us on Twitter @ITInnovationmag, you can keep up to date with any Innovation news and get hints and tips from our experts. Feel free to start a conversation with us using the hashtag #innovationawards.
3. Submit your application form
Once complete, you can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 5.00pm on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. Once we receive your completed application, we will put your organisation name on our website. We will also include a link to your website. If you do not want your organisation name and web address to be listed on the website, please notify us on the section included on the application form.
4. Complete a video pitch
In partnership with our technology partner Sonru.com and in support of your written application, you will be given the opportunity to pitch directly to the First Round Judging Panel using Sonru.com’s video interviewing technology. The video will assist with contextualising your application. Although not mandatory, we would strongly recommend that you take the time to avail of this facility.
You will be asked to complete a three-minute pitch made up of two questions, which are provided in the Terms & Conditions and Guidance Notes document. Shortly after receiving your registration to the awards, we will email you details and full instructions for your video interview. Your video must be completed by midnight on Monday, December 2nd, 2013.
5. Selection process
After the closing date at 5pm on Monday, December 2nd, 2013, all applications will pass through an initial screening process. They will then be read and marked by leading industry experts before the short-listed organisations are announced in mid-January 2014.
6. Final judging process
In mid-February 2014, short-listed organisations will be invited to present their innovation to our final judging panel. Each short-listed organisation will be allocated a 10-minute presentation slot followed by a five-minute Q&A session with the judges.
7. Awards ceremony
Following the presentation day, one winner will be selected from each of the six categories together with an overall Innovation of the Year. A special recognition award will be given to the organisation with the best North/South collaboration project. All winners will be announced at the closing ceremony held in Dublin in April 2014.
The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 5.00pm on Monday, December 2nd, 2013.