Contest Rules

  • Companies that are not exhibiting at CES may enter the Innovation Awards competition. However, non-exhibitor Honoree products will not be included for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES and will not be listed in the on-site Honoree directory in It Is Innovation, unless the company pays for an exhibit space by Oct. 31, 2017. If a company has fully paid for an exhibit space by Oct. 31, it can be listed in the on-site directory and have its product displayed in the showcase.

  • Entries must be submitted online through the Call for Entries portal by Sept. 18, 2017.

  • Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission; however, if significant improvements have been made to the original product and/or significant enhancements that are truly unique and innovative, then the new model will be eligible for submission. If an entry of a similar model previously submitted is disqualified, the entry fees will not be refunded.

  • At least two different product photographs must accompany each entry. Entries may include up to five photos. Photos must be submitted in a .jpg format and be less than 10MB. All photos must be submitted via the online submission process.

  • All entry forms are the property of CTA. We suggest you print or make a copy of your submission for your records.

  • An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections of the online entry tool are completed and entry fees have been paid in full. If the wrong entry fee is paid at the time of submission, the entry will be disqualified if the balance is not rectified by Sept. 21, 2017.

  • Incomplete and unpaid entries will be disqualified. CTA is not responsible for follow-up of incomplete entries. If you are unsure if your entry is complete, please contact us at Refunds will not be issued for applications withdrawn after submission.

  • Entries must be paid online at the time of submission, using a credit card. Check and invoice payments are not accepted. 

  • To evaluate an entry, the judges may ask for additional information, including a request to provide a product sample.

  • If improperly categorized, an entry may be moved to a different category based on the recommendation of the judging panel, without consent from the entrant.

  • CTA reserves the exclusive right to set, modify and interpret all conditions regarding this competition without claim for damage or recourse of any kind.

  • Each company selected as an Honoree grants CTA permission, without compensation, to use its name and photograph/likeness and/or entry in promoting this or similar awards programs in the future.

  • Materials must meet CTA standards for appropriate product presentation and taste and may be asked to be resubmitted or disqualified at any time, if they are deemed inappropriate. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage the Innovation Awards website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Call for Entries may be in violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, all entries submitted by such person will be disqualified. CTA reserves the right to seek damages from any such person fully permitted by law.

  • In the event a virus compromises the competition, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of CTA, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation of the Call for Entries, CTA reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Call for Entries. Should the Call for Entries be terminated prior to the stated closing date, CTA reserves the right to announce honorees based on the nominations received before the termination date.

  • CTA reserves the right to rescind any awards granted to honorees that have misrepresented their product or entry in this competition.

Entry Qualifications

The CES Innovation Awards program is open to anyone who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes consumer technology products marketed in the United States, or is an authorized agent of the organization or individual who is authorized to submit entries.

  • Products entered must fit within one of the official award categories.
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  • Products entered must be available for sale to the public, for the first time, in U.S. retail outlets or on the internet between April 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018.

  • If you are a CES 2018 exhibitor, one sample of your Innovation Honoree product (prototype or the final product) must be available for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES 2018, Jan. 9-12, in Las Vegas, Nev. Best of Innovation Honorees must allow CTA to hold one sample of the product for up to one year, for display at other CTA-related events.

  • Companies not exhibiting at CES may also enter the 2018 Innovation Awards; however, restrictions apply if selected as an Honoree.

Please note: You must provide a minimum of two (we encourage more) different high-resolution photos of your product, along with your written entry submission.