The future starts here! Every year the presentation of the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARDS is one of the highlights of the supporting programme at the international trade fair. The award honours the most innovative products of the industry, which will be presented to the visitors in an exclusive exhibition space.
Before the decisions are made as to the winners, Gold Award winners and Start-Up Awards, a renowned specialist jury assesses the products submitted according to specified criteria in a two-stage evaluation process. In the preliminary evaluation all the digital applications are assessed using a uniform point system and those reaching a minimum score are selected for the final. For the next jury session the finalists also submit their products physically so that the experts can actually put the products to the test themselves and assess these accordingly.
Before and after the OutDoor the winners benefit from the wide-ranging
communication services which draw attention of the trade, industry and media to
the prize-winning product. What’s more, after the award ceremony all winning
products are displayed online in the Award Gallery, where they can be seen all year
However, also in the retail trade the recognised label “OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD Winner” also offers the consumers valuable orientation and help in making their decision for buying a product, offering independent information on the functionality, innovation, workmanship und sustainability of the goods.
You will find an overview of all the categories, conditions of participation and all questions and answers on the AWARD at www.outdoor-industry-award.com.
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OutDoor Industry Awards are one of the most keenly-awaited highlights of the
OutDoor show. Which products really stand out from the crowd? The expert panel
of judges gives OutDoor Industry Awards only to those products that it feels
really excel in terms of quality, design and sustainability. Moreover, the
judges expect to see the nine Gold Award winners set new standards in their
The OutDoor Industry Awards have a resonance that goes far beyond trade visitors coming to Lake Constance. For retailers, end users and the media, the awards serve as a valuable, independent source of information when there are so many new outdoor products on offer. This is where innovative ideas set themselves apart from the competition.
Selecting the crème de la crème from such a large number of entries, requires experienced organisation and an expert panel of judges. During an intensive two-day process, experts from the worlds of retail and industry associations, trade journalists, designers and outdoor athletes worked hard to select the 38 award-winning products.
"Even with such a competent panel of judges, it’s still a very demanding task to test and evaluate so many excellent products to determine the best of the best,” explains Dirk Heidrich, OutDoor project manager, Messe Friedrichshafen. "Initially, there were different opinions and a lot of discussion. However, the intensive judging process ensures that, in the end, a consensus is reached on which products should be given an award. This applies in particular to the winners of the Start-Up Awards, which show just how innovative, young and dynamic the outdoor industry is.”