INCON DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD
The Digital Infrastructure Award has been developed by INCON to celebrate and inspire change in the digital infrastructure and services made available in meeting venues around the world.
The Award rests on a simple principle that meetings are better when a first class digital infrastructure is made available along with applications and tools that enhance the delegate productivity and experience.
The Award recognizes meeting venues that work innovatively to enable top class connected meetings. But more than that, we want these examples to inspire others. That is why we are working with the best partners in the industry to judge this award.
Find out more about the award below or read our Winners Case Studies to see why they were awarded the grand prize.
ABOUT THE AWARD:
AWARD JUDGING CRITERIA
Quality of infrastructure systems I Infrastructure ease of use
Crisis management I Cost I Innovation
WHO CAN ENTER
This year, INCON has opened the award to two categories and therefore
there will be two winners for each venue category:
1. Convention Centres
2. Hotel Convention Venues
There is no entry fee and any meeting venue can fill in a nomination form.
HOW TO ENTER
WHO CAN ENTER
HOW TO ENTER
DOWNLOAD ENTRY GUIDE:
INCON 2018 Digital Infrastructure Award Entry Guide (PDF, 138 KB)
What does it mean to be a winner?
2017 Joint Winners
Previous winner case studies:
>> Industry wide digital
infrastructure award opens
11 October 2016
>> Industry Digital Award driving
international venue standards
18 January 2017
Award judge Robert Heile discusses the industry impact of the INCON Digital Infrastructure Award at IMEX America
Bob Heile is a 30-plus year veteran in the field of data communications and wireless data with many articles and workshops to his credit.
He is a founding member and currently Chairman Emeritus and Chief Technologist for the ZigBee Alliance, Chair and founding member of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group on WPANs, served as Co-Chair of IEEE P2030 Smart Gird Communications Task Force, and was a founding member of IEEE 802.11.
Bob is also a co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability (CSEP).
Currently, Bob is closely involved in many Global Internet of Things (IoT) and Smartgrid standards and deployment efforts in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Australia, and is a regularly called upon as both an expert and public speaker in these areas.
In his prior role as Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, Bob was instrumental in guiding the organization to a position of global leadership for IoT and Smart Grid standards, and in establishing a new paradigm for cooperation in standards and among industry organizations. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Rick Alfvin is Vice President of Network Services for Verilan, Inc. based in Portland, OR. Verilan is a network services organization that specializes in providing high density Wi-Fi for meetings, conferences and events.
Recognized as experts in the industry, Verilan is called upon to provision mission critical Wi-Fi for IEEE 802, IETF, ICANN, IGF, NANOG, ARIN, ZigBee Alliance, the United Nations and many other leading international technical organizations.
Rick also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group. Prior to joining Verilan, Rick was Vice President of Operations for Appairent Technologies, Inc. and formerly worked as Business Development Manager for the Eastman Kodak Company and owner of The Perfect Exposure advertising photography studio in Los Angeles, CA. Rick holds multiple US Patents and received his AAS, BA and MS degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Daniel Branik is Managing Director of BIT Partners. Daniel’s technology experience has spanned across multiple industries, whilst always focusing on providing solutions, from network management to architecting data centres. An expert in leading and cutting edge conference technology, Daniel has managed IT, AV and on-site at a variety of venues globally. Speakers, registration, wireless, venue networking and customised solutions for seamless delivery to each client includes a full scope of cutting edge technology products and services to meet the evolving needs in the industry.
Daniel is recognised as the expert who drove the development of an industry changing cloud application, eOrganiser which was specially designed to streamline and automate the conference program management lifecycle.
The INCON Digital Infrastructure Award is sponsored by H82, an international leading full-service supplier for technical congress equipment and support based in Vienna. H82's digital expertise and customer support was a distinguishing feature of the 2016 INCON Digital Infrastructure Award winner, the Austria Center Vienna. Read more about H82’s award winning services below or review our full case study on why the Austria Center Vienna won last year’s grand prize.
The company draws on its extensive IT experience, state-of-the-art IT equipment, its own rental inventory and is part of a strong network. Its clients have access to custom IT solutions that match their precise specifications and can draw on expert technical support at every stage of the event – from initial planning to execution. The expert team of consultants and technicians working under CEO Johann Weck guarantees first-class results.
"When we selected the new hardware around three years ago, the manufacturer of the technology was present at the first congress just to be on the safe side.
Even they were amazed when they saw how quickly we were able to fix any issues that came up. And it’s exactly this level of service that our customers value," Mr Weck revealed. "We are on site, constantly taking the system to the next level."
"The great service from H82 led to a tremendous level of satisfaction amongst our congress visitors... the WIFI was optimised to a next level, which also helped make our annual meeting a major success in terms of social media engagement"
Konrad Friedrich, Head of Marketing & Onsite Management
"H82 has been a valuable partner for our conferences all over Europe for years now. Detailed personal service and outstanding flexibility is what sets them apart. We especially appreciate the expert support on site – H82 meets all of our requirements quickly and reliably, even at short notice."
Andreas Felser, Executive Director
"H82 is a dependable partner for our activities as a PCO. They plan and implement projects down to the last detail, but they also have the flexibility to deal quickly with unexpected problems and come up with highly effective solutions. ‘Nothing is impossible’ – it’s a common cliché but with H82 it’s true. We know we can rest assured that we are putting our events in the hands of a top-quality team."
Martin Rasmussen, Managing Director
For more information, please contact:
Executive Director, INCON