The International Woodworking Fair (IWF), the bi-annual woodworking industry tradeshow in Atlanta, has announced a call for entries for the 2014 IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Challengers Award is an internationally recognized industry competition honoring new and innovative technologies in products, services, or manufacturing techniques that will advance the industry. Woodworking companies with a new product that may make an impact on the industry or improve a service that will help businesses move forward in the future are encouraged to enter.
A panel of 10 judges made up of industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry, review and analyze each entry. The top 20 finalists are announced at the end of May and final judging will take place August 19, the day before IWF 2014 opens, when the finalists perform live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who then make their final decisions on the most innovative product developments.
The 2014 Challengers Award culminates with a presentation held on the show floor on opening day during which the winners are announced and presented with the Challengers Award bronze sculpture.
The Challengers Award competition brings added promotion, publicity and visibility to participating companies, as entrants, finalists and winners become the focus of the industries' attention. Woodworking Network will publish a Challengers Award entries magazine in July 2014 (the 2012 edition is shown here), and the IWF Challengers competition is highlighted in IWF pre-show promotional material and promoted to buyers at IWF as "must-see" exhibitors.
An entry packet for the IWF 2014 Challengers Award competition is available online at the IWF Atlanta website, and questions regarding the 2014 Challengers Award competition can be addressed by contacting JP Roberts at [email protected].
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