The 2022 UFI Digital Innovation Award

For the 2022 UFI Digital Innovation Award, we will focus on digital innovations that support the reopening of physical exhibitions. During the pandemic we were unable to run our shows and so evolved and adapted to use a multitude of different technologies and platforms. Now as events re-open and we welcome visitors and exhibitors through our doors again, we ask:

What are the new tools, platforms and technologies, perhaps still in development, that support the reopening of physical events?

If you or your company have created an innovative platform, technology or digital service that will to support the industry come-back, please submit it! It might win this year’s prestigious UFI Digital Innovation Award. You do not need to be an UFI member to enter the Award.

More specifically, the following questions must be addressed:
• What drove you to develop a new programme/tool?
• What were the main objectives?
• Which value added services did you seek to provide?
• What measures did you take to reach those objectives?
• What were the specific challenges faced? How were these overcome?
• Were your objectives reached?
• What relevant results can you share?

By 21 March 2022 please provide a summary in English, describing your entry to:

This summary must be submitted in a pdf file in English briefly describing your entry, programme objectives, the actions undertaken to reach those objectives and the qualitative and quantitative results obtained. The entry must be a MAXIMUM of 6 pages, including graphics. In all cases, only the first 6 pages of the summary will be taken into consideration as competition entries.

The UFI Digital Innovation Working Group will evaluate all the entries and vote for the winner.

The vote will be based on the following criteria: originality, strategy, effectiveness, improvement in terms of services, results achieved and added value for the company. The entry needs to showcase real innovation illustrating a technology not already developed.

This competition is open to UFI members and non-members (exhibition organizers, operators of exhibition centers and service providers), on the condition that entries are exhibition-related. Participation in this competition is free-of-charge.

The winner will receive one complimentary invitation to the UFI Global Congress from 14-17 November 2022 in Muscat, Oman. The Award Ceremony takes place during the Congress, and the winners will have the possibility of presenting their award-winning ideas during the Best Practices Special Interest Group, an integral part of the congress programme.

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