The Connected World Awards recognize the most successful user success stories in:

  • Transportation
  • Smart Cities/Public Sector
  • Construction/Infrastructure/Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Security
  • Agriculture
  • Supply Chain/Logistics
  • Retail

Successes will explain the problem, solution, and ROI.

Companies leveraging the IoT and AI (artificial intelligence) are encouraged to apply. This can consist of vertical end-user adopters, government agencies, universities or more. A vertical market adopter is defined as a company or organization that is applying an IoT-based solution in order to address and/or improve some aspect of their operations. By doing so, successful organizations/companies have assembled an ecosystem of IoT innovators, all of whom are eligible to receive a ‘technology innovation’ award for their role in the process.

The deadline to submit for the 2020 Connected World Awards is June 23, 2021.

Those interested in the Connected World Awards can contact Lynne Flakus for further information.

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Yes. The nominating company (vertical market adopter), listed in question one of ballot will be considered the entrant, or the company that is eligible to win. This award will also honor the companies listed as technology innovators as part of the ecosystem.

Public relations firms and/or other ecosystem members may help write the application, but the final ballot must have signature approval from the end-user/vertical market adopter.

Yes. Each application requires a separate entry form and entry fee. Companies must submit unique deployments for each submission.

The 2021 entry fee is $995. The entry fee is not refundable. The payment/approval form includes all required information for the committee to complete the application process including bench marketing, credibility, processing and assessment for the competition based on all the entries and to access and properly yield all networking opportunities.

Connected World is looking for the company that best explains the overall strength of the deployment, especially the level of innovation and the business value obtained. Winning submissions will explain the problem/challenge, how technology was innovatively used, and what the payoff/benefit of this application was to the company. The score for each entry is based on how the company explains the major challenge it faced or the opportunity that was created by using IoT and AI technologies as well as the ability to demonstrate quantifiable results. Some of these results may include increased security, improved customer service, enhanced patient care, faster emergency response time, remote monitoring, predictive analytics, service, operational efficiencies, monetization, better asset visibility, increased uptime, automated business processes, and etc.

For each Connected World Awards application, judges read the responses and review them. Entries are rated on a scale of 1-10.

Unfortunately, we do not allow applicants to have direct contact with the judges prior to the submission.

After the awards are announced we post all the judges names. However, prior to the awards program, we do not allow applicants to have any communication with our judges prior to the public announcement.

Connected World can publish articles, award descriptions, or other information regarding the submitted entry. This material is based on the award submission. We recommend you do not submit material that is not for publication.

An independent panel of industry analysts and members of the academic world help judge the Connected World Awards. Each individual score is recorded, and the entries are rated by an average score. A panel of judges review the scoring, the written comments and Connected World editors assess a final determination of gold, silver, and bronze winners by the scores of the entries in each category. This is done by comparing the scores of the entries in each category as well as the ranking of the individual score. Not all categories will have a gold, silver, and bronze winner.

The Awards Coordinator will contact the person(s) named in the application by either phone or email. It is extremely important that each nominee provides email addresses that will accept email from Connected World.

Connected World will issue a press release, as well as publish award descriptions, and, in some cases write articles on the winners.

Yes. All winners and tech innovators are encouraged to send out a press release following the official announcement by Connected World. Please make sure that Connected World is given the opportunity to approve press releases containing information and/or quotes pertaining to and coming from Connected World and its awards program.

Past winners can be viewed here.

Once an application is submitted it is considered final and may not be reviewed.

For questions regarding the awards deadline, please contact Lynne Flakus at