This Just In
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores OK’d a 3-year deal with CompuSystems for registration at their meeting and Total Store Expo.
  • Quebec-based ExpoPromotion has sold Montreal Home Expo and Montreal Fall Home Expo to Cleveland-based home show producer Marketplace Events.
  • Access Intelligence will launch Global Esports Business Summit for the esports industry Oct. 1-3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • Renovation of the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center’s lobby, ballroom, and meeting space is scheduled for completion this summer.
  • UBM has acquired Grupo CanalEnergia, an organizer of events in the Brazilian renewable energy sector.
  • The grand opening of the new downtown Omni Louisville Hotel next to the Kentucky International Convention Center was March 6.
  • The grand opening of the Fairmont Austin was March 5. It has 140,000 sf of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center.
  • A new Industry Insight Series Report from CEIR is a practical guide to integrating effective engagement tactics in exhibit booth design.
  • Freeman was named an approved partner for all Mobile World Congress events globally as part of a 3-year deal with event producer GSMA.

Frequently Asked Questions


In today’s competitive business environment, where markets, technology and customer needs are rapidly changing, it is important to identify and nurture bold new ideas and solutions. Trade Show Executive’s prestigious Innovation Awards, which began in 2002, salutes those who are making waves, defying tradition and creating new value for the exposition industry as a whole. TSE’s Readers’ Choice - Innovation Awards is the next step in this evolution, where nominations are voted on by our 5,000 magazine subscribers and 8,120 e-newsletter subscribers. After all, who is more qualied and more passionate about sharing their opinions and ratings about new products, services and innovations than show organizers? The end result will be the highest honor we can bestow on an innovator!


Starting the month of June, Trade Show Executive begins accepting nominations (refer to entry form for specific categories). Based on those nominations, the magazine’s editors will select the finalists and publish a 1/3 page description of the entry in the July issue and online for readers to evaluate and vote on. During the voting phase, readers will vote for what they believe are the most innovative products, services and organizations in the trade show industry.


Download the official entry form and submit the completed form by emailing it to Kathleen Maloney at or fax it to (760) 630-9104. You will receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours. If you do not hear from us, this means that your entry was not received, and you must resubmit it to be officially entered. Trade Show Executive is not responsible for entries sent to the wrong email address. Do not submit your entry to TSE staff members — those submissions will not be entered into the awards.

Here are some additional guidelines in completing the entry form:

  • You must also separately submit artwork of the product, service, convention center and/or company logo associated with your entry. Artwork must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi) and be at least 4 inches in height.
  • The description on why your product or service is innovative (maximum 200 words) can be provided in a separate Word document.
  • Avoid hype and unverifiable claims. All claims and superlatives must be substantiated with separate documentation, which is not considered part of the 200-word submission.)
  • Multiple submissions as well as entering in multiple categories are permitted, but you must fill out a separate form for each entry.


The cost to enter is $150 for each submission except for “The Most Innovative Organization” category, which is free of charge. Nominate your boss! Your client! Yourself!


Votes are limited to one vote per award category per day. Duplicate votes from an individual on the same day will be rejected and that voter will be permanently barred from voting. To vote, users must provide their name, organization and an email address. Votes submitted from personal email addresses (i.e.,,, etc.) will be rejected. Employees cannot vote on the entry/entries submitted by their organization, otherwise large companies will have an unfair advantage. We have internal checks in place to detect fraudulent voting activity. Trade Show Executive reserves the right to exclude votes that it deems fraudulent.


  • An award certificate to display in your office or lobby
  • An award logo for your web site, stationery, exhibits, etc.
  • A write-up in the August issue of Trade Show Executive magazine and featured in our digital offerings (TSE’s E-Clips Breaking News, TSE’s website, Facebook and Twitter)
  • A press release to send to your customers, industry press, etc.
  • Extensive publicity in the B-to-B news media
  • The top innovators may be invited to present at TSE’s Annual Gold 100 Gala & Summit to an elite audience of the show managers and CEOs of the largest 100 shows.
  • And most importantly, each winner gets bragging rights, knowing that the readers of the trade show industry’s leading and most trusted magazine LOVE YOUR THINKING!

If you have any additional questions or need help with the entry form, please contact Kathleen Maloney at or (760) 630-9106.