WHO CAN APPLY?
The ISPO Award competition is open for products aimed at the outdoor consumer market. The application can be submitted by either the brand, the distribution, or the press agency. Technologies and ingredient brands can only be judged in combination with a consumer product and may not be judged independently. Ingredient brands (especially trims, yarns, fibers, insulation) may apply for ISPO Textrends.
WHAT CAN I APPLY WITH?
We accept any types of sports-related products. The focus of the competition is on innovation and the product must be an end-consumer product.
WHERE DO I APPLY?
Applications are entered through the ISPO Award online platform at applicationaward.ispo.com
WHAT'S NEEDED FOR THE APPLICATION?
Select a product, complete the application form at applicationaward.ispo.com and send the product samples to the award organizers' office on time for the jury meeting.
In case you submit a product that will be available at retail in a wider range and/or for men and women – footwear and hardgoods in general – we would like to receive this product in different sizes, due to the outdoor testing. Ideal size ranges (EU sizes):
- footwear for men in 42 to 45
- footwear for women in 37 to 40
WHAT'S THE DEADLINE FOR SENDING THE SAMPLE PRODUCT AND WHERE DO I SEND IT?
The final deadline on December 6, 2019, describes the date that your product must be received by the award organizing office. Please consider that shipment might take one or two days longer than anticipated to ensure that your product arrives on time.
Messe München GmbH
Expedition / Tor 1
Am Messesee 2
WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE APPLICATION?
Early Bird until November 6, 2019: EUR 125 per application (for exhibitors), EUR 325 per application (for non-exhibitors)
after Early Bird until final Deadline on December 6, 2019: EUR 200 (for exhibitors), EUR 450 per application (for non-exhibitors)
IS THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COST IN CASE I AM SELECTED?
Winner: EUR 1,500
Gold Winner: EUR 3,000
Product of the Year: EUR 3,000
In return, the awarded competitor receives an extensive communications package that effectively advertises and promotes the awarded product.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD APPLICATION?
Besides the discount on the regular fee, our award team provides detailed feedback including suggestions for improvement – but only when the application is entered before the early bird phase closes. This ensures a faultless application, which can improve overall chances.
WHICH IS THE RIGHT CATEGORY FOR ME?
Choose the category that you think is best for your product. Please note that the jury reserves the right to move a product – if necessary – to a different, more appropriate category.
DO I HAVE TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS IN THE APPLICATION IN ENGLISH?
YES. The award jury is an international jury (with members from different countries and continents). All conversations during the jury meetings are in English. Questions and descriptions in English are thus a clear advantage.
ARE THE ANSWERS LIMITED IN LENGTH?
Yes. The intention is to point out the most important features of your product only. Due to the different nature of the individual questions, the character limitations are not the same for each one. Here are the most important ones:
Specific questions regarding the product: 350 characters
Short product description: 120 characters
Long product description: 450 characters
IMPORTANT: In addition to the jury meeting, the short and long descriptions of your product will also be used for the ISPO Award website, in all ISPO Award print publications, and for all ISPO Award exhibition displays.
CAN I EDIT MY APPLICATION ONCE I SUBMITTED IT?
You can edit your online application until the final deadline, no matter when you first sent it.
WHEN WILL I BE INFORMED WHETHER I'M A WINNER?
The award organizing team will generally inform all awardees after the jury meeting. Since the results are very important, we are asking for some patience in case it takes a little longer due to data processing or other unexpected factors. Priority is given to the correct disclosure of the respective information.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNER, GOLD WINNER, AND OUTSTANDING PRODUCT?
Awardees of the ISPO Award competition are distinguished as follows:
Product of the Year: the best product within a segment
Gold Winner: the best product within a category
Winner: other award-worthy products within a category
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I RECLAIM MY PRODUCT?
The award organizers are not actively returning the products. Nevertheless, the participants have two options to reclaim their submitted product samples:
- the official product return on the last day of ISPO Munich at the Messe München trade fairgrounds.
- after ISPO Munich at the award organizers' office
In case you want to pick up your product between the jury meeting and ISPO Munich or during ISPO Munich, please contact the award organizing team timely (!!!) to make sure that a binding appointment is scheduled.
If you plan to reclaim your product after ISPO Munich, please inform the award organizing team at least 24 hours prior to the desired pick-up time.
The deadline for the collection is June 30, 2020.