E-Tech Award Submissions Open for International CTIA Wireless 2009

International CTIA WIRELESS 2009 announced that it has begun accepting submissions for its 4th Annual Emerging Technology "E-Tech" Awards. The submission deadline for the E-Tech Awards is Friday, February 20.

New this year is a "Green" category that will highlight hardware and infrastructure solutions along with consumer hardware and applications that promote green practices. In all, the E-Tech Awards highlight six technology categories with a total of 18 awards.

The E-Tech Awards will be judged online based on their innovation, functionality, creativity, and vision. The judging process will be handled by a panel of industry analysts, journalists and technology experts. Finalists will be selected and notified in mid-March. Winners will be announced onsite at the International CTIA WIRELESS at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 2 at 3:00 p.m. in South Hall on the MEX Stage.

This year, CTIA will also give attendees and industry peers the opportunity to review and vote online before the show for their top pick. These votes will be combined with those received onsite to determine the Best in Show Award.

Categories for the 4th Annual E-Tech Awards include:


* Service Creation & Development (e.g. Open API and SDK)
* Service Management (e.g. Device Management)

Enterprise & Vertical Market Solutions

* General Business Solution
* Healthcare Solution
* Energy Solution


* Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure
* Consumer Hardware
* Consumer Applications to Promote Green Practices

Mobile Applications & Widgets

* Mobile Entertainment/Social Networking
* Healthcare/Public Safety/Transportation/Public Services
* Mobile Marketing/Mobile Advertising
* Pro-sumer/Business Productivity
* Mobile Payments

Mobile CE (Consumer Electronics)

* Accessory
* Phone/Smartphone
* Fashion & Lifestyle Products

Network Infrastructure

* In-Building/Local Area Network Solution (femto cell solutions accepted)
* Wide Area Network

Eligibility Requirements

All product entries should have been released no earlier than October 1, 2008. Working prototypes are welcome and submitting companies do not have to be a CTIA member or show exhibitor to enter. There is a $300 non-refundable submission fee for the first product and a $200 submission fee for each additional product.

E-Tech Award submissions will be prominently displayed in a dedicated area at the Las Vegas Convention Center and viewed by thousands of International CTIA WIRELESS attendees.

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