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Judging Process

The Difficult Task of Judging

The induction process begins each summer with a call for nominations for the CE Hall of Fame. Notices appear on the home page of, in CEA SmartBrief, the CEA Blog and It is Innovation (i3) magazine. The nomination form can be submitted via the Web, fax or mail. Nominations also are accepted onsite at the CE Hall of Fame awards dinner. Nominations are submitted by manufacturers, retailers and journalists and include the name of the person, the company, the date of invention or contribution and the significance to the industry.

When the nomination process concludes, CEA calls upon a panel of media and industry professionals to select the year’s inductees. To select the 2015 class, a panel of consumer electronics industry media and professionals met in New York City in February 2015, to judge the hundreds of nominations that were submitted by manufacturers, retailers and industry journalists. The judges used the democratic process of the majority of votes to determine the new class. We thank the following journalists and industry professionals for volunteering their time and expertise to participate in the 2015 CE Hall of Fame program: Jim Barry, Marcia Grand, Jeremy Kaplan, Pat Lavelle, Seth Porges, Jim Reilly, Eric Schwartz, Richard Sherwin, Steve Smith, Herman Sperling, Greg Tarr, John Taylor and Gary Yacoubian.

The judges review the nominations and discuss the merits of each nominee. Narrowing down the list to the final group involves several rounds of voting. The nominees are voted in several categories: founders/inventors; sales and marketing executives; retailers; one journalist per year; and a special miscellaneous category. In the end, the nominees with the highest vote tallies are inducted in to the CE Hall of Fame with no more than 10 inductees per year. The number of individuals may be higher if one or more teams are inducted.

The new class is announced at CES on the Hill. In addition, inductees and their guests are invited to attend the CE Hall of Fame dinner in New York City in November. Each inductee also receives a special award in honor of their contribution.

Download the 2016 CE Hall of Fame Nomination Form (PDF)

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