DSE Announces 2014 Apex & Content Award Winners

This year Gold, Silver and Bronze Apex Awards were presented to winners in 11 categories from a field of more than 100 entrants

Atlanta - Digital Signage Expo® (DSE), the world's largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), today announced the independently judged winners of its Apex & Content Awards for 2014 at its 5th Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored this year by the Digital Signage Federation and Peerless-AV.


Apex Awards
This year Gold, Silver and Bronze Apex Awards were presented to winners in 11 categories from a field of more than 100 entrants:

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Gold - Crayola Experience, Nominated by GestureTek Systems Inc.
Silver - Freedom Hall, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Nominated by Barco
Bronze - Basic Fit, Nominated by Scala

Business, Industry & Government

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

Education & Healthcare

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

Event Venues

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

Food & Beverage

Gold - Juicy's, Nominated by WAND Corp.
Silver - State Street Financial, Nominated by Sodexo
Bronze - Church's Chicken Int'l, Nominated by WAND Corp.

Hospitality

Gold - The Queen Mary, Nominated by Insteo
Silver - MGM Properties, Nominated by NEC Display Solutions
Bronze - Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Nominated by BrightSign

Interactive Self-Service

Gold - Umajin, Nominated by Intel Corp.
Silver - Heidi.com, Nominated by Intel Corp.
Bronze - Garrett Popcorn Shops, Nominated by elevate DIGITAL

Professional & Personal Services

Gold - Scotiabank, Nominated by Cineplex Digital Solutions
Silver - Banamex Citi Group, Nominated by SSL Digital
Bronze - DNB, Nominated by Scala

Public Spaces

Gold - BMW i: A Window Into the Near Future, Nominated by kbs + Spies & Assassins
Silver - Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Nominated by tkm9
Bronze - Kazakhstan Telecom/A1 Productions, Nominated by Arsenal Media

Retail

Gold - Adidas, Nominated by The Integer Group
Silver - Holt Renfrew, Nominated by Gridcast Media
Bronze - Digicel Group, Nominated by T1Visions Inc.

Transportation

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

Apex Award of the Year

BMW i: A Window Into the Near Future, Nominated by kbs + Spies & Assassins

Content Awards

This year Gold, Silver and Bronze Content Awards were presented to winners in 11 different categories from a field of nearly 90 entrants:

Award Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Gold - Niles Creative Group, for content created for Freedom Hall, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Silver - Unified Field Inc., for content created for Space Shuttle Atlantis Digital Interactives
Bronze - GestureTek Systems Inc., for content created for Crayola Experience - Art Alive!
 
Business, Industry & Government

Gold - Materials & Methods, for content created for Interactive Art Video Wall at SECU
Silver - Arsenal Media, for content created for Christie Cypress Lobby

Bronze - AMS Pictures - Creative Strategy, for content created for HP Enterprise Services - Innovation Story
 
Education & Healthcare

Gold - Go2 Productions, for content created for Simon Fraser University
Silver - Second Story Interactive Studios, for content created for The Emerging Issues Commons: Connections Experience & The Pulse
Bronze - Visix Inc., for content created for Western Iowa Tech Community College
 
Event Venues

Gold - Arsenal Media, for content created for Montr�al Congress Center
Silver - Dreambox Visual Communications, for content created for Samsung Smart TV Launch - 3D Video Mapping
Bronze - Array Interactive, for content created for San Francisco Giants @Cafe Social Media Headquarters
 
Food & Beverage

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

Gold - Insteo, for content created for The Queen Mary
Silver - Digital Kitchen, for content created for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
 
Multi-platform

Gold - MaxMedia, for content created for AT&T Store of the Future
Silver - Young & Rubicam, for content created for DrinkUp
Bronze - Seenspire, for content created for Seenspire Content Feeds
 
Professional & Personal Services

Gold - Motion Ads, for content created for BBVA - Bancomer
Silver - SSL Digital, for content created for Banamex Virtual Hostess
Bronze - Wells Fargo Digital Signage Team & Gilmore Group, for content created for Wells Fargo In-Store Digital Signage Network
 
Public Spaces

Gold - kbs + Spies & Assassins, for content created for BMW i: A Window Into the Near Future
Silver - Dreambox Visual Communications, for content created for Samsung S4 Launch - 3D Video Mapping
Bronze - Pearl Media & Go2 Productions, for content created for LoopNet
 
Retail

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

Gold - Pearl Media, for content created for LifeTime's Witches of East End Program at Columbus Circle Subway
Silver - Seenspire, for content created for Eindhoven Airport - Branded Content Channel
Bronze - Art of Context, for content created for Boston Logan International Airport
 
Content Award of the Year

kbs + Spies & Assassins, for content created for BMW i: A Window Into the Near Future
Mark your calendar now: Digital Signage Expo® 2015, co-located with the Digital Content Show, is scheduled for March 10-12, 2015, with access to the Exhibit Hall March 11 & 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. To reserve exhibit space contact Jeanne Phillips, (770) 817-5903. Or, for more information, visit www.digitalsignageexpo.net. You can follow DSE on Twitter at DSExpo, or for all DSE 2015 updates, use #dse2015. 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 2015 program will be comprised of pre- and post-show educational events, general conference seminars, as well as targeted Industry Roundtable Discussion Groups and free presentations staged in on-floor theaters.

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