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THE ISPO AWARD

Every year ISPO honors extraordinary sports products with the ISPO AWARD. The ISPO AWARD has established itself as seal of quality for the sporting goods industry. Retailers value it as an orientation tool for future product selections; journalists appreciate it as an overview of outstanding product innovations; and consumers appreciate receiving a neutral recommendation by independent experts.

Application information

The application for ISPO AWARD 2017 is closed. Many thanks for the huge amount of submissions.

The preparation for the jury meeting on January 26th and 27th are in full swing.

Detailled information on categories, requirements, dates, benefits and costs can be found below the following panels:

The products will be evaluated according to these four criteria. Innovation, design and functionality are further defined by two specific questions. Entrants are advised to use the following questions as a guideline for their application. This will make sure that the jurors receive all the important information necessary for the evaluation.

INNOVATION

HARDWAREAPPAREL
CONCEPT
What is the “big idea” and the basic concept of the product? 
CONCEPT
What is the “big idea” and which technical, functional or aesthetic innovations distinguish this product?
INNOVATION
Which technical, functional or aesthetic innovations distinguish this product from the competition?
USED TECHNOLOGIES
What are the reasons for the selected materials and production technologies?


DESIGN

HARDWAREAPPAREL
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
What is the product’s design concept and how does the design support the functionality and ease of use?
DESIGN/HAPTIC/LOOK& FEEL
What is the product’s design concept?

ENGINEERING/MANUFACTURING
What were the reasons for the selected materials and production technologies; how were they adapted to fulfill the requirements of this specific product, range of use and its target group?
ENGINEERING/MANUFACTURING
What are the design criteria concerning engineering and manufacturing of this specific product?


FUNCTION

HARDWAREAPPAREL
USABILITY/HANDLING
In which way is the product more efficient to use easier to learn and/or more satisfying than the competition?
FUNCTIONAL ASPECTS OF MATERIAL AND FIT
What are the main features (e.g.water-resistance, breathability, durability or elasticity) that make up the materials and thus the final product? What requirements does the fit comply with?
ADVANCEMENT
What are the benefits for the user? What new opportunities will arise for the target group (Evolution vs. Revolution)?
LEVEL OF IMPROVEMENT/BENEFICIAL ASPECTS
What are the benefits for the athlete and what is the impact on the athlete’s wellbeing and performance?


ECO RESPONSIBILITY


The Eco Responsibility questionnaire, the information and the evaluation system are partially based on the GreenRoomVoice ECOrating. GreenRoomVoice evaluates responsible brands and their products according to its scientific ECOrating®. Please find out more about it on www.greenroomvoice.com.


Relevant for all entries: Minimal use of marketing catchwords and phrases, please. The jury wants to understand the products. Facts are thus considerably more important than colorful catchwords and advertising claims.

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Every year, ISPO honors the most exceptional sporting goods with the ISPO AWARD. A jury consisting of independent sports business professionals evaluates several hundred entries – also from non-exhibitors – following clearly defined criteria. This premium selection presents a welcome orientation for both sports business professionals as well as end-consumers. It serves as a reference for retailers when choosing their upcoming product range; to end-consumers, it is seen as an important purchase argument. Both trust the jury's neutral decision.

The jury and the ISPO AWARD team are looking forward to another set of numerous interesting applications.

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