Who enters the New Product & Technology Awards® ?
Now only in its 3rd year, the New Product & Technology Awards has received entries from hundreds of companies and organizations across the United States. Winners in the 2009 and 2010 competitions included: Area Agencies on Aging; Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans; Cardiocom; Cognifit; Dakim; e-Care Diary; GlynnDevins; The Hartford; Medicare Health Plans; Minnesota Board on Aging; National Institute on Aging; NavGate Technologies; Retirement Communities; SeniorNavigator; Touchtown; and WellAWARE Systems.
What are the 2011 entry fees?
- The fee for Web-based or Mobile Resources is $58.00 (USD) per entry.
- The fee for product, service, and technology entries is $78.00 (USD) per entry. (The entry fee for products, services and technology submissions is slightly higher because of the additional time and resources needed for review and evaluation.)
There are two entry forms to choose from, based on your submission:
Select the Web-based or Mobile Resource entry form, which can be completed online, for online/digital resources such as websites, e-newsletter, mobile applications, etc.
Select the Products, Services or Technologies entry form for all other categories.
What’s New for the 2011 competition?
- A new lower entry fee for web-based and mobile submissions — $58
- Entry divisions have been added for 2011. Awards will be given by Category and by Division. For example, community/nonprofit organizations that enter their websites will only compete with websites submitted by other community/non-profit groups.
- New expanded web-based and mobile resource categories have been added. There are now 9 categories for online and digital media entries that are designed for older adults and their families.
- Live announcement of winners with a real-time Twitter feed. Details about the live Twitter announcement will be sent when you submit your entry.
How are the entries judged?
Entries will be judged by Division and Category. Using a rating scale of 1 to 100, a panel of national experts in these fields will review the entries based on judging criteria. Judges’ scores will be totaled and averaged. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Merit certificates will be awarded by Division and Category based on these average scores.
Not all entries receive awards — only entries that achieve a minimum point total from the judges’ averaged scores will receive Gold, Silver, Bronze, Merit recognition. All judges’ decision are final.
What do I receive if I win an award?
Companies and organizations that win a 2011 New Product & Technology Award will receive the following:
- A colorful Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit certificate recognizing the achievement.
- A one-year license to use the official awards program winners logo for marketing and promotional purposes.
- National publicity of your award and a listing on the agingawards.com website. Gold and Silver winners will have special profiles on the website.
- A list of all winners on agingawards.com.
- All winners will be featured during the live real-time Twitter feed announcing the results.
What is the special “Nana Technology™” recognition?
Selected entries may also be recognized as Nana Technology winners, a term developed by Andrew Carle, Director of the George Mason University Program in Senior Housing Administration. Professor Carle describes Nana Technology as technologies “designed, intended or that canotherwise be used to improve quality of life for older adults.”
Who organizes the New Product & Technology Awards?
The New Product & Technology Awards is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work with older adults.
I may be interested in serving as a judge. How can I apply?
You may complete our judge application here.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact us anytime. For additional questions, click here, or call us at 1-800-828-8225, weekdays 9-5 Central time.