Digital Signage Expo Announces 2014 Apex & Content Award Finalists

The annual DSE Apex Awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global DOOH industry.

Atlanta - Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world's largest International Tradeshow and Educational Conference dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), today announced 33 finalists for its Apex Awards and 31 finalists for its Content Awards for 2014.


The annual DSE Apex Awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global DOOH industry. Nominees are the end-use sites of the installation. The annual DSE Content Awards recognize originality in content applications tailored specifically for the many and varied global DOOH audiences. Nominees are content developers, whether advertising agencies, network operators or end-use network owners.

This year's Apex Award finalists were chosen by an independent panel of nine industry journalists* from a field of more than 100 entrants vying in 11 major digital signage categories. The 2014 Apex Award finalists include:

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Basic Fit, Nominated by Scala
Crayola Experience, Nominated by GestureTek Systems Inc.
Freedom Hall, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Nominated by Barco

Business, Industry & Government
Christie Digital Systems, Nominated by Arsenal Media & RP Visual Solutions
GE Digital Energy, Nominated by Advanced
HP Enterprise Services Briefing Center - The Experience, Nominated by AMS Pictures

Education & Healthcare
County of Midland - Centennial Library, Nominated by Array Interactive
Queensland University of Technology's The Cube, Nominated by MultiTouch Ltd.
RealityDeck at Stony Brook University, Nominated by Gefen

Event Venues
Buffalo Sabres Hockey Club, Nominated by Westbury National Show Systems Ltd.
Samsung Turkey, Nominated by Dreambox Visual Communications
Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field, Nominated by ANC Sports Enterprises

Food & Beverage
Church's Chicken Int'l, Nominated by WAND Corp.
Juicy's, Nominated by WAND Corp.
Sodexo @ State Street Financial, Nominated by Sodexo
Hospitality
Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Nominated by BrightSign
MGM Properties, Nominated by NEC Display Solutions
The Queen Mary, Nominated by Insteo

Interactive Self-Service
Garrett Popcorn Shops, Nominated by elevate DIGITAL
Heidi.com, Nominated by Intel Corp.
Umajin, Nominated by Intel Corp.

Professional & Personal Services
Banamex Citi Group, Nominated by SSL Digital
DNB, Nominated by Scala
Scotiabank, Nominated by Cineplex Digital Solutions

Public Spaces
BMW i Window Into the Near Future, Nominated by kbs + Spies & Assassins
Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Nominated by tkm9
Kazakhstan Telecom/A1 Productions, Nominated by Arsenal Media
 
Retail
Adidas, Nominated by The Integer Group
Digicel Group, Nominated by T1Visions Inc.
Holt Renfrew, Nominated by Gridcast Media

Transportation
Boston Logan International Airport, Nominated by Four Winds Interactive
CBS Outdoor, Nominated by MRI (Manufacturing Resources International)
Show Media Executive Transportation Network/Blackberry Campaign, Nominated by Show Media

This year's Content Award finalists were chosen by an independent panel of nine industry professionals** named from a field of nearly 90 entrants also vying in 11 major digital signage categories. The 2014 Content Award finalists include:

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
GestureTek Systems Inc., for content created for Crayola Experience - Art Alive!
Niles Creative Group, for content created for Freedom Hall, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Unified Field Inc., for content created for Space Shuttle Atlantis Digital Interactives

Business, Industry & Government
AMS Pictures - Creative Strategy, for content created for HP Enterprise Services - Innovation Story
Arsenal Media, for content created for Christie Cypress Lobby
Materials & Methods, for content created for Interactive Art Video Wall at SECU

Education & Healthcare
Go2 Productions, for content created for Simon Fraser University
Second Story Interactive Studios, for content created for The Emerging Issues Commons: Connections Experience & The Pulse
Visix Inc., for content created for Western Iowa Tech Community College

Event Venues
Array Interactive, for content created for San Francisco Giants @Cafe Social Media Headquarters
Arsenal Media, for content created for Montreal Congress Center Digital Signage
Dreambox Visual Communications, for content created for Samsung Smart TV Launch - 3D Video Mapping

Food & Beverage
ARAMARK Sports Entertainment & Allure Global, for content created for M&T Stadium - Optimized Digital Menuboards
Equalize Advertising Solutions, for content created for Pear Street Bistro

Hospitality
Digital Kitchen, for content created for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Insteo, for content created for The Queen Mary

Multi-platform
MaxMedia, for content created for AT&T Store of the Future
Seenspire, for content created for Seenspire Content Feeds
Young & Rubicam, for content created for DrinkUp

Professional & Personal Services
Motion Ads, for content created for BBVA - Bancomer
SSL Digital, for content created for Banamex Virtual Hostess
Wells Fargo Digital Signage Team, for content created for Wells Fargo In-Store Digital Signage Network

Public Spaces
Dreambox Visual Communications, for content created for Samsung S4 Launch - 3D Video Mapping
kbs+ Spies & Assassins, for content created for A Window Into the Near Future
Pearl Media, for content created for LoopNet

Retail
MaxMedia, for content created for AT&T Michigan Avenue Flagship Store Lifestyle Walls
Seenspire, for content created for Hummel Product Launch - In-store Experience
SSL Digital, for content created for Palacio de Hierro

Transportation
Art of Context, for content created for Boston Logan International Airport
Pearl Media, for content created for LifeTime
Seenspire, for content created for Eindhoven Airport - Branded Content Channel

Gold, Silver and Bronze Apex and Content Awards will be presented in each category at a special awards banquet slated for the opening night of DSE 2014 on Wednesday, February 12th, from 7-9 pm at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. DSE will also present the Apex Award of the Year and the Content Award of the Year to one of the Gold finalists respectively. Seating is limited, but Award Dinner tickets may be purchased at:
http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/dse-2014-awards-dinner

Registration for any of DSE 2014 educational conference seminars, which are eligible for certification renewal credits, is available online at www.digitalsignageexpo.net.

Mark your calendar now: Digital Signage Expo® 2014, co-located with the Digital Content Show, is scheduled for February 11-13, 2014, with access to the Exhibit Hall February 12 & 13 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. To reserve exhibit space, contact Jeanne Phillips at (770) 817-5903. Or, for more information, visit www.digitalsignageexpo.net. You can follow DSE on Twitter at DSExpo, and for all DSE 2014 updates, use #dse2014. For year-round news and information on digital signage, visit DSE's new Digital Signage Connection web portal at www.digitalsignageconnection.com.

About the Independent Panel of Apex Award Judges
DSE's Apex Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality and innovation by three independent panels, each with three industry journalists, all of whom have long reported on the digital signage sector, have published on the many facets of the industry, and are recognized as versant in current industry trends. Judges included:

*Chris Brennaman, Digital Media Editor, Digital Signage Expo
*Mike Cearley, Senior Vice President & Partner, Global Social Strategy & Consumer Engagement, Fleishman-Hillard; Author & Publisher, 11th Screen
*Leslie Gallery-Dilworth, FAIA
*Tom LeBlanc, Editor-in-Chief, Commercial Integrator
*Richard Lebovitz, Editorial Director, Digital Signage Expo
*David A. Silverman, Editor, Sound & Communications
*Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine
*Lionel Tepper, Managing Editor, ScreenMedia Daily
*Jeff Wooten, Editor, Sign Builder Illustrated

About the Independent Panel of Content Award Judges
DSE's Content Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality in content applications developed specifically for digital signage by three independent panels, each with three industry professionals, all of whom have long worked in the digital signage sector and have developed hands-on expertise in many facets of the industry, Judges included:

*Chris Brennaman, Digital Media Editor, Digital Signage Expo
*Loren Goldfarb, COO, Everwell
*Craig Huff, Graphic Design Manager, Bell Canada
*Maria Kozlova, Art Director, mkgrafix.com
*Richard Lebovitz, Editorial Director, Digital Signage Expo
*Nicole L. Richardson, Digital Signage Specialist, The Venetian/The Palazzio
*Seth Cameron Short, Creative Director, [ADi] Animation Dynamics Inc.
*Florian Vollmer, SVP, Design Principal, InReality, an Info Retail Company
*Daniel Wilkins, Chief Client Officer, Agency 672

About Digital Signage Expo
Digital Signage Expo, held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA, is the world's largest and longest running conference and trade show exclusively dedicated to the digital signage, interactive technology and digital-out-of-home (DOOH) industries. Launched in 2004, DSE was the first event dedicated to the digital signage market and has been a significant contributor to the growth of this fast-paced industry. Professional end user attendance represents decision-makers from key industry categories such as retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, hospitality and transportation, as well as other key stakeholders, including advertising executives, brand marketers and systems integrators.

Over 200 exhibitors feature technology and services including hardware, software, network, delivery and content from around the globe. DSE also offers the largest and most diversified digital signage and digital out-of-home educational program anywhere in the world, with more than 125 educators and the largest variety of educational opportunities, including a live installation tour and structured curriculum leading to professional re-certification in seven educational tracks. The 2014 program will be comprised of 11 pre- and post-show educational events, 28 general conference seminars, as well as 60 targeted Industry Roundtable Discussion Groups and 28 free presentations staged in on-floor theaters.

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