CEA Calls For '11 Innovations Entries

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Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that entries for the 2011 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards will be accepted through Sept. 24.

 This annual competition honors outstanding design and engineering in 35 consumer electronics product categories.

The 2011 Best of Innovations Honorees will be announced Nov. 9 at the New York Press Preview and showcased at the 2011 International CES, Jan. 6-9, 2011. The awards are sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES.

"CEA's Innovations Awards will once again highlight the most cutting edge technological breakthroughs throughout the consumer electronics industry," said Karen Chupka, conferences and events senior VP, CEA. "We are continually impressed with the high quality of product submissions we receive for this highly competitive and sought-after awards program."

For 2011, the Innovations Awards will offer two new product categories to accommodate industry trends: Major Home Appliances and Portable Home Appliances. At the 2011 CES, the Innovations Showcase will open on Wed., January 5, one day earlier than in previous years, offering exclusive access to pre-show attendees and press.

Now in its 34th year, the Innovations Awards program gives product developers and manufacturers an opportunity to have their products evaluated by a top-level panel of engineers, independent designers and journalists. Honored products will be featured at the 2011 International CES. To facilitate the submission process, CEA will again use a time-saving entry portal collaboration system, powered by mBlast. This system allows co-workers submitting nominations to combine their respective submissions and pre-populate basic nominee information.

Media and analysts will also see this year's Innovations Design and Engineering Honorees during CES Unveiled:  The Official Press Event of CES, featuring tabletop product demonstrations and industry networking. CES Unveiled runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Only credentialed media and bloggers are permitted to attend the event.

The Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards program is open to all companies, regardless of CES exhibitor status. Products entered must be available for sale or accessible to the public in U.S. retail outlets or on the Internet between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2011. Those who


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