Nominations open May 1, 2009 for the second annual ESTA Rock Our World Awards, recognizing 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.

Contestants for the 2008 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 theatrical productions to special events to permanent installations 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. This is your chance to tell us what’s rocked your world recently. It could be something you saw at a trade show, read about in an industry magazine, or experienced at a performance you attended. It could also be something your company created. Nominations for the 2009 awards must have been introduced to market or taken place between October 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009 and must not have been previously nominated. Nominations close Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

A panel of judges, including well-known industry veterans and rising young stars gets to have all the fun determining the winners. The finalists will be announced in early September and the winners will be announced at ESTA's annual dinner on November 19, 2009, the evening before the LDI show opens. To view the 2008 finalists, winners, and judges go to www.esta.org/RockOurWorldAwards.

Have you seen a new product that you knew would change the industry, or one that was so simple but so brilliant you couldn't imagine why it hadn't been done before? Have you seen a product used in a way that was truly remarkable in its application, whether simple or complex? Have you seen a project that knocked your socks off because of the level of collaboration required or the magic it created? Now is your chance to acknowledge their impact. It's time once again to honor those achievements in truly innovative product design, remarkable product applications, and the realization of breathtaking projects by nominating them for a Rock Our World Award.

To enter a nomination online or call 212-244-1505 or email info@esta.org.