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JPMA Innovation Awards 

THE 2017 JPMA INNOVATION AWARDS COMPETITION

 


Eligibility

Companies exhibiting at the 2017 JPMA Baby Show are eligible to participate in the competition, including companies sharing booth space.

Eligible companies may submit only NEW products, either being introduced at the 2017 Show or on the market for less than one year. Prototypes may be entered in the competition; however you must indicate in the application form that the product is a prototype. Products previously on the market now being released in a new color or with new packaging, do NOT qualify as new products and should not be entered.

Each product is reviewed by a panel of trade and consumer media and industry representatives and pre-selected for final review in which each finalist will then be judged on its own merit on the following criteria:

 Innovation – Is it a new and/or unusual concept or feature?
 Marketability – Will it sell?
 Trend-Setting Potential – Will it influence future products?
 Appeal – Is it attractive? Does it reflect current fashion trends?
 Usefulness – Is it designed for practical use?

  

How the Competition Works

To enter the 2017 JPMA Innovation Awards Competition, simply complete the official entry form online in full by March 20, 2017. The per-entry product fee for JPMA members is $200 while the nonmember fee is $425. Please note this is an application fee and it is non-refundable.

All products must be PRE-REGISTERED before March 20th in order to be considered. Preliminary judging starts March 22nd.

The product description accompanying the entry form should not be a sales advertisement, but rather explain what makes your product innovative and above the rest! This is very important as the judges will rely on this information to make their decision. Consider one bullet each for why the product meets each of the five criteria: innovation, marketability, trend-setting potential, appeal, and usefulness.

Once submitted, your product information, image(s), and description will be circulated to the judging committee, comprised of retail buyers, bloggers, and trade and consumer media representatives. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission.

 

Need To Know

 On or about April 14th, all finalists will be notified via email with further instructions on
  showcasing your product on-site in Anaheim. Only the top 40 products will move on to the final round of judging.
 If selected as a finalist, a representative from the company MUST deliver the product on Tuesday, May 9 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm to a location in the Anaheim Convention Center to be determined for on-site judging. No products should be sent to JPMA headquarters.
 All finalist products will be displayed in a special Innovation Award exhibit on the show floor. JPMA will keep your product after product drop off on Tuesday, May 9 and it will be displayed  throughout the course of the show. Finalists can pick up their product at the close of the show.
 All finalists will be submitted into the JPMA Parent’s Pick Award. Parents will vote online for their must have product.
 The 9 winners (8 category winners and one judges best in show) will be announced during a special reception on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:00pm. The Parent’s Pick Award winner will be announced at the end of the Consumer Show Day.

NEW THIS YEAR- Finalists will participate in a special “Meet and Greet” reception on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm for the chance to showcase their product to media and buyers touring the Innovation Awards Display. Specific details will be emailed to finalists with their confirmation.

 

Product Categories

The following information is to assist you with choosing the correct category for your product. Only one category per entry can be entered. Five finalists will be selected from each category as part of the preliminary voting. One winner will be selected from the five finalists in each of the eight product categories. (40 finalists)

  1. Child Restraints (Infant Carriers, Car Seats, Booster Seats)
  2. On The Go (Play Yards, Carriers, Travel Accessories)
  3. Strollers
  4. Infant/Parent Care (Breastfeeding, Maternity, Prenatal)
  5. Feeding/Bathing/Changing (High Chairs, Bath Tubs, Bottles, Pacifiers, Diaper Bags)
  6. Play/Entertainment (Bouncers, Activity Mats, Toys)
  7. Nursery (Bedding, Cribs, Furniture, Nursery Decor)
  8. Safety (Bath Thermometers, Monitors, Gates, Bed Rails)

Categories are subject to change based on submissions. JPMA staff has the right to re-categorize a product if needed, but will notify the entrant via emai.l

The Competition at a Glance

 The final judging will take place during the JPMA Baby Show in Anaheim, California.
 There is no limit on how many products an exhibiting company may submit, however, a non-refundable application fee will apply for each submitted entry. The application fee for JPMA members is $200/nonmembers is $425.
 In an effort to increase the efficiency of the judging process, a digital image of your product       must be included with your entry form and 150-word product description. Lifestyle photos and weblinks to videos are optional, but encouraged.
The designated company representative will be notified via email on or about April 14th as to whether or not the product has been selected as a finalist in the competition. Only the top 40 products will move on to final judging in Anaheim.
 If selected, a company representative MUST deliver the product to the Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday, May 9 from 1:00-3:00pm for the final judging.
 NEW THIS YEAR- Finalists will participate in a special “Meet and Greet” reception on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm for the chance to showcase their product to media and buyers touring the Innovation Awards Display. Specific details will be emailed to finalists with their confirmation.

 JPMA members will receive feedback from the judges after the show!

 

The entry deadline for the 2017 JPMA Innovation Awards Competition is March 20, 2017. Judging takes place right away so no extensions or last minute entries will be accepted.

NOTE: Questions regarding the competition process should be directed to Amy Chezem at achezem@jpma.org. All product entry submissions must be completed online. Do not send any products to JPMA Headquarters.

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