Via Satellite’s 2014 Excellence Awards salutes the innovative companies, technologies, campaigns and people who’ve helped shape the success of the global satellite industry. Going neck and neck with cable, telecom and other industries for a larger slice of the global telecommunications marketplace, satellite executives like you recognize the power of having talented professionals and dynamic technologies supporting the industry’s growth and stature.
Enter Via Satellite’s 2014 Excellence Awards and show us the best of the best in the satellite industry. In return, we’ll showcase the most outstanding people and technologies in satellite and set a benchmark for what can be accomplished in this storied marketplace.
Winners and honorable mentions of 2014 Excellence Awards will be selected by the Excellence Awards committee, made up of editors and other members of the Satellite Executive of the Year Committee. Finalists will be announced in the January issue of Via Satellite, and winners will be honored on Thursday, March 19 at the Via Satellite 2014 Excellence Awards Breakfast at SATELLITE 2015 and in the May issue of Via Satellite.
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Company Awards Categories
Technology Company of the Year
For the satellite industry to maintain and grow its role in the overall communications and entertainment ecosystem, technology companies are going to have to continue pushing the boundaries in order for satellite to complement and compete with other terrestrial technologies. This award recognizes a company that has raised the bar in 2014 in terms of satellite technology.
We live in a time where natural disasters appear to be on the increase and it’s ever more evident that all player in society need to reach out to benefit those in need. This award recognizes a satellite company that has taken a lead role in humanitarian projects that benefit disadvantaged or distressed communities around the world.
Social Media Campaign of the Year
Most companies now are looking to ramp up their social media presence and use this platform as way of engaging with customers. With this award, Via Satellite recognizes a satellite company that has been particularly innovative in their social media efforts.
Vertical Impact Award – Broadcast
Broadcasting remains the lifeblood of the satellite industry, with many operators still deriving the majority of their revenues from broadcasting. This award recognizes the satellite company that has performed most strongly in the broadcast area.
Vertical Impact Award – IFC
Being connected while on the move has now become a necessity and there have been deals aplenty this year as companies seek to provide these services to commercial airlines, shipping companies, cruise ship operators, etc. This award goes to the company that has made the most impact in mobile connectivity.
Vertical Impact Award – Military
The military market remains challenging for satellite companies given tighter defense budgets as governments tackle mounting debts. This award recognizes the company that has had the most successful year in terms of the military sector.
Vertical Impact Award – Oil & Gas
The demands for oil and gas have long fueled growth for the satellite sector. Oil companies remain key buyers of satellite services despite the onset of fiber in many locations. This award goes to the company that has made an impact in terms of this sector.
Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year
In the age of twitbook and facestagram colliding with newspapers and magazines, successful marketing campaigns use a multichannel approach. Via Satellite wishes to recognize the best integrated marketing campaign to bolster a unified message in both online and offline environments.
University Space Program of the Year
Around the world, higher education institutions are working with talented faculty and students to train the space engineers of tomorrow. We want to salute and honor the most outstanding program that can make a strong contribution to the future generation of satellite executives and technology.
Integrator of the Year
In the satellite ecosystem, the integrators play a key role in the delivery of product and technologies. In this award, we recognize the integrator that has been a star performing in enabling other parts of the overall system to function.
Operator of the Year
Satellite operators are the heartbeat and pulse of our industry, and their success flows throughout the entire value chain. Via Satellite wants to recognize the operator that had a major impact in 2014 and played a key role in keeping the whole industry thriving.
CSR Program of the Year
A prosperous company is not only one who succeeds in the business but also one who strives together with the community that surrounds it. Via Satellite recognizes the company with a proven record in developing and managing the most powerful, impactful social or environmental responsibility program.
Space Sustainability Initiative
The word sustainability encompasses the potential for long-term endurance of social wellbeing — this includes the space outside our planet as well. Every year, there is more and more debris orbiting Earth and the space industry continues to release high carbon emissions. Via Satellite wants to recognize the company with the most innovative and impactful initiative to offset its negative effects on both Earth’s and space’s environment to guarantee that our industry is able to continue providing critical services.
Individual Awards Categories
While the flagship Satellite Executive of the Year Award recognizes excellence over a 12-month period, many executives dedicate their lives to this industry. Via Satellite recognizes and rewards individuals who have worked tirelessly in this industry over a number of years.
Woman in Technology
The satellite industry, while progressive in many ways, still is a male-dominated business. However, there are a number of women making a difference in this industry and Via Satellite wishes to recognize them with this award.
Rising Engineer of the Year
One of the key issues facing the satellite industry is its ability to attract young talent that will lead and shape the industry for decades to come. With this award, Via Satellite acknowledges the engineers making a difference in our industry, and will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Most Valuable Player
Every company has that key person that often goes unnoticed but represents a major cornerstone for the prosperity of the business. Be it in terms of operations, finance, technology or any other part of your business, Via Satellite wants to acknowledge that person your company can’t live without.