Got an innovative solution for exhibitions or events? Enter the IFES Innovation Awards | The Planner

The International Federation of Event and Exhibition Services (IFES) has announced the second edition of its IFES Innovation + Development Award (IDIA). The global award celebrates innovation excellence within the industry while also promoting accessibility to new products.

You could be eligible

The IDIA Awards 2023 are open to all exhibition and events industry players, and not only IFES members, who have an innovative project, production process or service. This includes designers, developers, manufacturers of products and services as well as end-users (who have applied a product or service in an actual project).

Four categories exist, and entries may be made in one or more. The categories are:

  • Product – a product innovation or further development of an existing product which, through its use, simplifies daily life, increases efficiency and sustainability, and/or opens up design possibilities.
  • Service – a service that simplifies processes, increases customer loyalty, increases efficiency, and increases sustainability.
  • Management / Production Process – new and changed management and/or manufacturing processes that increase the value of ESG (Environment/Social/Governance) aspects in a company resulting in higher efficiency, better CSR, reduction of the carbon footprint and/or higher transparency in management decisions.
  • Out of the Box – disruptive solutions that change communication before, during or after a trade show. Both ready-made solutions and creative approaches and concept developments are welcome in this category. This category is explicitly open to young people.
The Award process

Judges will consider features such as the benefits of daily use, innovation, cost-effectiveness and the sustainability of the entry. Both the innovation itself and its use in a specific project can be submitted for the award.

Winners will receive global recognition through the IFES communication networking, including its website, social media, PR, IFES Events, IFESโ€™ official WorldView magazine and presentation within the IFES Global Village at EuroShop 2023 in Dusseldorf.

Registration is now open, and more details can be found at

Entries close on 11th November 2022 and the judging panel will make the final selection in December. The official IDIA Awards ceremony will take place at EuroShop in Dusseldorf in February 2023.