UK: PLASA is seeking nominations for the second Gottelier Award, writes David Davies. Established in memory of late lighting designer Tony Gottelier, the award - won in its inaugural year by Funktion One's Tony Andrews - aims to recognise product developers who have made a boundary-pushing contribution to the development of entertainment technology. PLASA has also announced that 95% of exhibition space for this year's Earls Court gathering is now sold out, in line with the organisation's expectations.
Speaking to PSN-e shortly after receiving his award in September 2007, Andrews remarked that he was particularly pleased to be recognised for innovation. "Most of what is 'new' is just repackaging," he said. "Innovation hopefully improves things, and I think it is very important that it is recognised."
In a development that PLASA executive director Ruth Rossington hopes will set a precedent for subsequent Gottelier Award winners, Andrews will give a masterclass as part of the seminar programme at this year's PLASA Show, to be held at Earls Court in London from September 7th to 10th.
The nomination phase for the 2008 Gottelier Award is now open, and PLASA is encouraging industry professionals to put forward the names of individuals who they feel should be considered for this year's award; nominations can be made via the link below. Following the end of the nomination period on July 17th, the four leading names will be put to an online, industry-wide vote, due to wrap on August 29th. The winner will be announced on September 8th, during the PLASA Show.
PLASA has also opened the nomination process for the 2008 instalment of its Awards for Innovation. This year's event will see the introduction of Gold and Silver Awards - the Silver to recognise products that deliver a major improvement over existing technologies, and the Gold for those that bring something "truly new" to the industry.
Meanwhile, preparations for the PLASA Show are continuing apace. "We're now 95% sold out - exactly where we expected to be - with more [prospective exhibitors] in the pipeline," confirms Rossington. "With a bit of luck, we may have to consider adding extra space. There's lots of interest in our PLASA Focus regional event, too, so all in all there are plenty of encouraging signs that the sector is still [in good shape]."