The deadline for nominations for the third annual ESTA Rock Our World Awards is July 1, 2010. ESTA’s Rock Our World Awards recognize groundbreaking achievement by ESTA Members in new products, product applications, or projects. These awards were created to acknowledge the genius of both the creator of technology and the designer or integrator who applies the technology in a real world environment.

The awards are an outstanding marketing and promotional opportunity for nominees and winners. Finalists and winners are featured in Protocol, multiple press releases distributed to industry media, on the ESTA website, and at the LDI show and ESTA Dinner. Winners are featured in a detailed article in the winter issue of Protocol, and are encouraged to promote product, application, or project as their award-winning.

Contestants for the 2009 awards showcased a wide variety of new products and product applications from the simplest problem solver to complex uses of technology that extended the boundaries of the entertainment technology field. Project nominations showcased everything from the lighting of the Grand Mosque to the staging of the Democratic National Convention and highlighted the collaborative nature of our industry.

Nominations may be made by anyone in the industry, but an ESTA Member must be involved as the designer, manufacturer, supplier, or collaborator. Nominations for the 2010 awards must have been introduced to market or taken place between October 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010 and must not have been previously nominated. Nominations close July 1.

A panel of judges, including well-known industry veterans and rising young stars determines the winners. The finalists will be announced in early September, and the winners will be announced at ESTA's annual dinner on October 21, 2010, the evening before the LDI show opens. Check out the 2009 finalists here.

To enter a nomination online, go to www.esta.org/RockOurWorldAwards or call 212-244-1505 or email info@esta.org.