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Recognizing Innovation in Electronics Industry: 2016 ACE Awards Now Accepting Submissions
Winners to be announced during ESC Silicon Valley, taking place December 2016 in San Jose, CA

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, presented by EE Times and EDN, today announced the opening of submissions. The awards honor the best of the best within today's electronics industry, recognizing everything from the hottest new product to top design teams and executives. Winners will be announced and celebrated during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley on December 7 at 6:30 pm.

ACE Awards

To learn more about the ACE Awards and to submit, please visit Enter before June 15 and save on your submission with Early Bird pricing.

Each year the ACE Awards recognize the innovations, teams and individual professionals taking the electronics industry by storm. These awards celebrate new talent and the future of the industry, while honoring the industry veterans who have brought us to where we are today. Recipients are selected based on a detailed list of criteria and chosen by a panel of EE Times and EDN editors, along with independent judges from across the industry. Each recipient will be chosen carefully based on their qualifications, accomplishments and contributions to the electronics space.

The ACE Awards are now accepting entries for the following categories:

Company of the Year: the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence, and profitable growth, making it a true leader in the electronics sector.

Executive of the Year: an individual who brought leadership, technological and fiscal vision to an electronics industry company, organization, or company division in the past year.

Design Team of the Year: a group of innovators in the electronics industry whose collaborative efforts made a significant contribution to the advancement of technology and whose planning and execution efforts are superb.

Innovator of the Year: an individual in the electronics industry who brings strong leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, product, or business.

Marketing Team of the Year: the marketing team or product campaign that demonstrates solid execution, innovative thinking, and use of social media, content marketing, and/or other creative tactics to achieve success.

STEM Impact Award: an individual or company with a commitment to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders.

Start Up of the Year: a venture capital (or otherwise pre-IPO financed) start-up (less than three years in business) electronics ecosystem (IC, device, software or system) company that demonstrates excellence in business development and/or technology development processes and is poised to become a technical or market leader in the global electronics industry.

Energy Technology Award: a company in the electronics industry that has made the most significant contributions to help conserve energy or create new energy sources through the introduction of new concepts or technologies.

Internet of Things Product of the Year: a new technology, service, or end application that is helping to bring the IoT closer to reality.

Ultimate Products: the most significant electronic components and products introduced between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Submissions will be accepted for 12 categories ranging from Software to Wireless/RF and Test and Measurement Systems and Boards.

In addition, the following awards will be delivered to individuals hand-picked by the ACE Awards' expert judging panel. Nominations will not be accepted for these awards.

Jim Williams Contributor of the Year:
An engineer who has made substantial contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of engineering and design by publishing his or her own technical articles, speaking at industry events, or otherwise sharing experience that adds to the growth of engineering.

Lifetime Achievement Award: 
An individual whose contributions over a long career in electronics have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements worldwide.

"The ACE Awards are so incredibly important to our community of electronics professionals, as they honor the creativity and achievements in design, innovation, and technology that define the advancement of the industry," said Senior Vice President and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Portfolio, Stephen Corrick. "Each category honors a crucial aspect of the field – everything from the stellar team that made an innovation possible, to the groundbreaking project itself."

Attend ESC Silicon Valley
The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is the industry's largest, most comprehensive conference for embedded systems professionals in the US. The event will feature a technical program and exhibit floor displaying the latest solutions and services in the electronics industry. ESC Silicon Valley will take place December 7-8 at the San Jose Convention Center. To learn more and to register, please visit: 

About Embedded Systems Conference
The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is where the global design engineering community gathers to learn, collaborate and celebrate innovation. Held in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Minneapolis, ESC empowers the global design engineering community with hundreds of essential technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. For more information and to register for ESC, visit: ESC is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit

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