Yesterday marked an important day for winners of the Hot for the Holidays contest that took place at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011 convention. As previously reported, this event is quite large and gives participants significant recognition.
The CTIA stands for the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. The group is an international nonprofit membership organization that has advocated for the wireless communications industry since 1984. The CTIA is composed of wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.
The CTIA is known for lobbying all levels of government as representative of the wireless industry. They also coordinate the industry’s voluntary efforts to provide consumers with a variety of choices and information regarding their wireless products and services.
The winners at this year’s convention were selected from 10 categories and were whittled down from hundreds of submissions to a list of finalists that turned into just 10 winners. Monty Munford, a noted technology journalist, hosted the awards ceremony on the Exhibit Innovations Stage. Consumers were the ones who ultimately decided the winners and were able to vote for finalists up until a couple days ago.
The categories and winners of this year’s Hot for the Holiday’s competition are:
Fashionista: Samsung Galaxy S II(TM), Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Telecommunications America
Fitness Buff: LifeProof, LifeProof
Gadget Guru: Samsung Galaxy S II(TM), Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Telecommunications America
Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1(TM) with 4G LTE, Samsung Telecommunications America
Globetrotter: Tagg – The Pet Tracker, Snaptracs, Inc.
Health & Wellness Nut: 5Star Urgent Response, GreatCall
Music Lover: Muve Music from Cricket, Cricket Communications/Leap Wireless, Int.
Road Warrior: Dragon Go!, Nuance Communications, Inc.
Shutter Bug: HTC Amaze 4G, T-Mobile
Social Butterfly: Samsung Galaxy S II(TM), Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Telecommunications America
The “Hottest Web Pick” winner is: WeatherBug for Honeycomb by WeatherBug
The “Hottest in Show” winner is: Hold-free by Hold-free Networks
While the category names appear to be fictional and silly, the products represented are definitely real. Many of the tablet devices, mobile phones and apps listed have implications for the mhealth world. Of particular interest are two categories: Fitness Buff and Health & Wellness Nut.
According to the website, the fitness category encompasses fitness apps, devices, accessories, etc. The Health category includes, “apps and devices to help monitor health, encourage wellness and enhance patient care.” Whether these category winners are medically relevant, though, remains to be seen.
The CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011 convention is actually on its last day. Coverage of the event can be seen on the website, and those interested can follow their blog, trend on twitter, and post updates on Facebook. Congratulations to this year’s winners.
“On behalf of CTIA, congratulations to the Hot for Holidays awards winners,” said Robert Mesirow, vice president and show director, CTIA. “These winners reflect the best, most innovative and exciting products for the 2011 holiday season.”
Source: Press Release