12 Diverse Categories // 100+ Projects & Companies // 25,000+ Votes
Take a tour of some of the best companies and products in the last year
1) Best Connected Home Product
From enhancing playtime to improving security, networked devices are making our homes safer, smarter, and more connected. The Connected Home award recognizes products that should be part of everyone’s family.
2) Best Connected Body Product
Strapped to your wrist, concealed in your clothes, or clipped to your keychain, the Connected Body award gives kudos to those devices you’d feel naked without.
3) Best Smart City Application
From the aqueduct to the automobile, new technologies have always transformed the urban environment. The Smart City award showcases projects that use today’s data-driven technologies to shape the cities of tomorrow.
4) Best Enterprise Application
The Internet of Things isn’t just about Silicon Valley. It has the potential to enhance any industry, and networked devices are just as likely to show up at farm or museums as at offices and warehouses.
The award for Enterprise Application recognizes innovations that make operations run smarter, faster, and more connected.
5) Best Technical Enabler
A well-designed device may be indistinguishable from magic, but that belies all the hard work and creativity that went on under the hood and behind the scenes.
The Technical Enabler award acknowledges the components that make it easier for everyone, from garage hobbyists to tech giants, to develop amazing new products and services for the Internet of Things.
6) Social Impact Potential
Sometimes design is about more form and function — it’s about making a difference in the world.
The Social Impact award highlights projects that helps us all to live more harmoniously both with our environment and with one another.
7) Best Networked Art Project
Artists are often the first to see the potential in new technologies and their impacts.
The Networked Art award celebrates projects that explore the possibilities and implications of connected technology — and often, in the process, reveal profound truths about our societies and our selves.
8) Best Design Fiction Project
Grounded as much in imagination as reality, design fiction is about bending the rules. It’s about asking “What if?”, and using the remains to probe the edges of our changing world.
The results may only be props or prototypes — but the best ones, as recognized by the Design Fiction award, end up helping us navigate our near futures and the stories they share.
9) Best IoT DIY Project
Some products come pre-assembled, batteries included; others are made to be tinkered with. The DIY award goes to those projects and people harnessing connected technologies for their lives on their own terms.
10) Best IoT Open Source Project
The open source movement is in some ways the spiritual core of the Internet, encompassing much of the hardware, software, and protocols that make up the global communications infrastructure — as well as championing openness, transparency, and the power of collaborative development.
The Open Source award honors projects that bring those values to the Internet of Things, either by incorporating open source technology or by making public the details of their own designs and software.
11) IoT Breakout Startup of the Year
Every year a new crop of entrepreneurs enters the fray in the Internet of Things space.
The IoT Startup of the Year award puts the spotlight on teams that came out swinging, took risks, and made a powerful impact in the space.
12) IoT Must Follow Company
Whether they’ve been in the Internet of Things business for years or are just getting started, some companies seem to have captured more than their fair share of attention this year.
The Must-Follow Company award commends the teams that have us all on the edge of our seats, wondering what they’ll come up with next.