CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has revealed the independent panel for the first round of judging, to decide the shortlisting for the highly anticipated 2013 CEDIA Awards scheme.

The 2013 panel will consist of, Geoff Meads, Managing Director of Presto AV and leading education instructor for CEDIA Region 1, alongside Dave Pedigo, CEDIA's US Senior Director of Technology, and head of CEDIA's Technology Council. Also joining the panel this year will be Duncan Maidens, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Computing, Telecommunications & Networks. Overseeing the judging process will be Gary Lewis, CEDIA Chairman and Director of Cornflake.

The first round of judging is carried out by the panel who are all highly skilled industry experts. Collectively the panel will assess how well every entry meets each categories technical criteria, which will result in the deciding of the Awards shortlisting for 2013.

“Celebrating excellence in the residential custom installation sector across Region 1, the CEDIA Awards is a highly regarded event throughout the industry. Our panel of technical judges compromises of some of the most skilled people within the industry which will ensure high standards of scrutiny for each and every entry.” says Gary Lewis, CEDIA Chair.

The closing date for the 2013 CEDIA Award entries is the 22 March 2013. After the judging, the winners will be revealed at a black tie ceremony to be held on the 28 June 2013 at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.

The full list of categories is as follows:

¯       Best media room under £15,000 (18,000 Euros)

¯       Best media room over £15,000 (18,000 Euros)

¯       Best home cinema under £40,000 (48,000 Euros)

¯       Best home cinema from £40,000-£100,000 (48,000-120,000 Euros)

¯       Best home cinema over £100,000 (120,000 Euros)

¯       Best integrated home under £30,000 (36,000 Euros)

¯       Best integrated home £30,000-100,000 (36,000-120,000 Euros)

¯       Best integrated home from £100,000 - £250,000 (120,000-290,000 Euros)

¯       Best Integrated Home over £250,000 (290,000 Euros)

¯       Best Integrated Energy Management Solution

¯       Best multiple scheme for a property developer

¯       Best dressed rack

¯       Best innovative solution – residential

¯       Best marine installation

¯       Best trade supplier

¯       Best training Initiative by a trade supplier         

¯       Special Recognition Award

¯       Best Showroom

The CEDIA Awards are open only to CEDIA member companies. Entry to the Awards will be kept anonymous to maintain the integrity of the scheme and to deliver honest and unbiased results. More information about the Awards can be found on the dedicated CEDIA Awards website which can be found at http://awards.cedia.co.uk/ for unique insight into the scheme, its entry requirements and its past winners and finalists.

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