2022 Cabling Innovators Awards

Recognizing The Products and Projects That Stand Out As Industry Innovations


BICSI Members   $645
Entries Received by April 19

BICSI Members    $745
Entries Received After April 19

Non-BICSI Members   $695
Entries Received by April 19

Non-BICSI Members.  $795
Entries Received After April 19

More information may be found in the FAQ SECTION.

NOTE: If your rate does not display the BICSI discount, please go back to your entry form and confirm that you have checked “Yes” when asked if you are a BICSI member


The Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2022 Innovators Awards features 9 product categories for submission, and an additional category for Applications & Case Studies.

Active Infrastructure Devices
Products that effect the generation, transmission or routing of signal and/or remote power. Examples of products in this category include transceivers, switches, media converters, Power over Ethernet power sourcing equipment (PSE).

Applications and Case Studies
Tell us the whole story about a project you were part of, that displayed the innovative characteristics we honor in this program. Customer-focused and collaborative approaches to projects and cabling-system deployments make a project shine throughout the value chain—from manufacturer to distributor to design and installation pro to end-user organization. This category recognizes innovative and showpiece projects that are exemplary.

Cable Protection and Management
Products and systems that help ensure the security of an installed cabling plant, or that facilitate the identification of cables, ports, and connections. Entrants into this category can include cable labeling equipment, intelligent infrastructure management systems, DCIM programs, grounding and bonding equipment, and AC-power-related systems such as surge-protection devices. This is also the category for products like hook-and-loop fasteners and cable ties.

Cabling Media
Cable of any construction (fiber-optic, twisted-pair, hybrid, coaxial, twinaxial, etc.) and wireless media like access points, antennas, and similar equipment. We also classify patch cords, jumpers, and assemblies as Cabling Media. This is the appropriate category in which to enter a complete end-to-end system that includes cable, connectivity, and other physical-layer components.

Connection & Cross Connection Devices
This is the appropriate category for products or components to which a cable is terminated: plugs, jacks, patch panels. It’s also the category for related products, such as adapters.

Distribution and Routing Equipment
The products and systems that facilitate or enhance any part of cabling’s journey through the enterprise, industrial, data center or other network. This category includes above-ceiling support devices like tray, hooks, and other systems. It includes housing equipment including racks and enclosures/cabinets. Conduit, innerduct and surface-mount raceways are in this category as well. We also include in this category products and equipment used in a cable pull—carts, caddies, reels, lubricants, and mechanical devices that help move cable from Point A to Point B.

Specialized Equipment & Materials
This category recognizes some of the specialty tools that ICT professionals use in the planning and execution of projects. Software packages like project estimating are included, as well as software programs that conduct site surveys for wireless-system deployments. BIM software and other project-design tools also fit in this category.

Splicing And Termination Equipment
The tools and devices used in the process of cable termination and splicing are featured here. Fusion splicers and mechanical splices, closures/trays, cleavers, and fiber cleaning and inspection equipment are among the products for fiber termination. Also in this category are crimpers, punchdown tools, and any other toolbelt items used in the termination process.

Test Equipment
From the traditional to the unique, test and measurement equipment, tools, and accessories are recognized in this category.

Value-Added Programs
If your organization has launched a program that improves or enhances the way ICT professionals carry out their work, it’s worthy of recognition in this category. Anything from a warranty program, to an as-a-service offering, to training and education offerings can be entered here.​


Sure it is an investment of time and effort to enter your product or service in the 2022 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards programs, but it is time well spent. Below are just a few of the many benefits associated with entering this year’s program.


Honorees have made a groundbreaking contribution to the structured cabling industry and are recognized as leaders and innovators to the largest collection of structured cabling professionals, with coverage on


Being an honoree is validation of your product or service from a credible third party to the structured cabling industry. It’s a great way to reinforce the quality of your product or service to existing customers as well as potential customers.


Being recognized with a 2022 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Award is an additional tool for your sales team to use as part of their sales pitch. Companies recognized with this prestigious distinction can better compete for business as recognized honorees are less risky for potential customers.


Honorees rise above the competition and instantly tell the structured cabling industry their project, product or application has something unique and worthy of review.


Fully capitalize on your successful entry with announcements that grow your visibility in the industry. We even provide a press-release template to use to promote your honoree status.


Honorees are the proud recipients of the coveted Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Award to be highlighted at your booth during the 2022 BICSI Fall Conference and then showcased in your company lobby. You’ll also be able to use the 2022 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Award logo on your website and marketing literature to reinforce your success.


How To Submit

Creating An Account

  1. Login or create your account at this link.
  2. After you have created your account you’ll be prompted to submit your entry. Click here to begin your entry. If you are interrupted and don’t have time to complete your entry your entry will be saved as IN PROGRESS until you have time to complete it.If you forgot your password click “lost password”
    Any required fields that are not filled in will be highlighted in red when you hit SAVE
  3. ​When your entry is complete click ADD TO CART
  4. At this point, you can either ENTER ANOTHER SUBMISSION or CHECKOUT
  5. At CHECKOUT submit your credit card details and click PROCESS (Only click PROCESS one time!) 

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Submission Rates

BICSI Members.  Entries Received by April 19

  • one entry $645
  • two entries $1,150
  • three entries $1,400

BICSI Members.  Entries Received After April 19

  • one entry $745
  • two entries $1,250
  • three entries $1,500

Non-BICSI Members.  Entries Received by April 19

  • one entry $695
  • two entries $1,250
  • three entries $1,550

Non-BICSI Members.  Entries Received After April 19

  • one entry $795
  • two entries $1,350
  • three entries $1,650

NOTE: If your rate does not display the BICSI discount, please go back to your entry form and confirm that you have checked “Yes” when asked if you are a BICSI member

Selection Process

Each Innovators Awards Entry Should Address Why The Project/Application/Product Being Nominated Stands Out As An Innovative Application Of A Cabling Or Communications Product Or System

Judges Will Review Your Entry Based on the Following Criteria:

  • Innovative approach to project or system design and implementation
  • Value to the user, which can be measured by such qualities as return-on-investment, loss prevention, or business- efficiency gains
  • Positive impact on the customer
  • Sustainability, characterized by overall eco-friendliness, long-term value, lifecycle cost-effectiveness, or other measures you can describe
  • Meeting a defined need as a well-conceived, well-executed initiative that fully met specific user requirements
  • Collaboration, including communication and cooperation throughout the value chain through which the product or system was procured and deployed
  • Impact, which can be identified by describing the difference made on the professionals involved, on the productivity of users, and/or on society as a whole.

Other Details You Will Need To Provided:

  • Basic contact details, including the contact details for the person scores should be sent to
  • The billing contact and purchase order number (purchase order is optional)

Make Sure to Include the Following in Your Judges Packet:

  • A specification sheet outlining the user needs that are met
  • Project begin and end dates (if applicable)
  • Additional pages, as needed, to answer the question below

Optional Items to Consider:

  • Testimonials by end-user customers
  • Video footage of the product/system in use at the application site (“Smartphone-quality” video is acceptable.)


If you haven’t yet completed (or started!) your entry, we have five tips that will ensure you put your best foot forward with our judging panel.

Identify a Product or Project Worth Bragging About
Our judging panel will review entries based on the extent to which they are innovative beyond previous products, technologies, systems, or approaches. We offer the following characteristics as suggestions. Use your entry as a way to explain how your submission innovates in any of the following ways—or in an interesting way we haven’t listed here.

    • Innovative approach to project, application or product design and implementation
    • Value to the user, measured by qualities such as ROI, loss prevention, business-efficiency gains, or other qualities
    • Sustainability, characterized by overall eco-friendliness, long-term value, lifecycle cost-effectiveness, or other measures
    • Meeting a defined need as a well-conceived, well-executed initiative that fully meets specific user requirements
    • Collaboration, which can include communication and cooperation throughout the value chain through which the product or system is procured or deployed
    • Impact, which can be identified by describing the difference the project, application or product made on the professionals involved, on the productivity of its ultimate users, and/or on society as a whole
    • Any other characteristic you can specify. The program exists to honor the innovations and beyond-the-norm thinking of professionals like you

Block time out on your calendar
Map out some time on your schedule so you can focus on your entry.

Download a preview of the entry form and compile your answers before completing the online entry
Once you’ve compiled your data, review your draft and confirm it clearly demonstrates one of the following criteria: innovation, value to the user, sustainability, meeting a defined need, collaboration, impact.

Include Supporting Documentation
Whether it’s photos, video, specification sheets, technical descriptions or any documentation you can make available, our judging panel will review all material from each submission. Testimonials from users and other professionals involved—whether they go on the record or prefer to remain anonymous—are valuable and encouraged. Take the opportunity to “show and tell” by providing as much supporting documentation as you can to let us know what separates your entry from the crowd.

Use specific, quantitative and instantly credible language
Avoid the urge to just copy and paste the text from your marketing collateral or website.

Be sure to answer the following questions about the product/application/project:
How does the product/application/project being nominated stand out as an innovative application of a cabling or communications product or system? How does it reduce operational expenses and/or develop new revenue sources? What are the unique features of this product as it compares to competing solutions? What makes it innovative?

Get input from the technical/engineering team
Provide specific examples of how the development impacts the structured cabling community.

Celebrate Your Customers And Partners
When describing your product or project, use the entry as an opportunity to recognize your customers and your installation partners who deliver your products and systems to the market. Your customers can gain recognition as forward-thinking, problem-solving organizations that employ innovative technologies to optimize their business performance. And including your installation partners in the story emphasizes your company’s commitment to deploying systems with high-quality workmanship and top-notch expertise.

Call or eMail if We Can Help You
Our chief editor Patrick McLaughlin is managing the program, and is available to discuss anything that can help you complete an entry. He can be reached by email at or by phone at 603-891-9222.


  • Submission Rates

BICSI Members. Entries Received by April 19
one entry $645,   two entries $1,150,   three entries $1,400

BICSI Members. Entries Received After April 19
one entry $745,   two entries $1,250,   three entries $1,500

Non-BICSI Members. Entries Received by April 19
one entry $695,   two entries $1,250,   three entries $1,550

Non-BICSI Members. Entries Received After April 19
one entry $795,   two entries $1,350,   three entries $1,650

NOTE: If your rate does not display the BICSI discount, please go back to your entry form and confirm that you have checked “Yes” when asked if you are a BICSI member


  • When do I need to submit my entry?
    Early-bird entries are due before midnight on April 19, 2022 and final entries are due before midnight on May 11, 2022.


  • Why Enter?
    High scoring companies will be recognized as a leader and innovator within the industry both at a live event (BICSI 2022 Fall Conference), as well in Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s editorial coverage, including:
    • Magazine articles
    • Web articles
    • Slideshow articles
    • eNewsletter inclusion

In addition to Cabling Installation & Maintenance coverage, you will receive:

    • A physical award suitable for display at trade shows
    • A special award logo for use on your website or in your promotion
    • Recognition on social communities


  • Worried about non-disclosure agreements?
    If you have an application that you would like to submit, but are worried that a non-disclosure agreement will prevent you from doing so, feel free to refer to the parties involved in general terms.


  • What if you have questions about whether your product or application would be a worthy entrant, or where it might fit?
    Reach out on questions like these and any other by contact Patrick McLaughlin


  • Is this a product awards program, analyzing and recognizing the characteristics of products that are available in the market?
    Products are welcome as entries. Whenever possible, the program’s intent is to recognize the use of cabling products and systems in real-world applications. To that end, an entry could include information about how a product or system has been put to use. In many cases, a product or group of products will be the centerpiece of a entry—it is the innovation worthy of recognition—and this awards program is an opportunity for product manufacturers to showcase their products’ characteristics and value. In these cases, we encourage product manufacturers, when practical, to use the entry form as an opportunity to tell us how your product, or a group of your products, can be deployed and value that comes from that deployment. The entry form includes space to include multiple entities—companies, individuals—within a single nomination. When possible, please take advantage of this space to include people and/or organizations such as cabling installers, system designers, system end-users and others that participated in the successful deployment of a product, group or products, or system. The program has been structured this way intentionally, to give product manufacturers an opportunity to nominate themselves along with their business partners and customers.


  • What is BICSI’s involvement in the program?
    BICSI has generously offered to help us promote the Cabling Innovators Awards program as we gather nominations, and also has allowed us to offer a discounted entry fee for BICSI members. Additionally, the judging panel that will review nominations will include individuals designated by BICSI.


  • What if we’ve completed a worthy project but the end-user customer won’t allow us to publicize it?
    We honor non-disclosure agreements and will keep confidential any information not intended for public consumption. In cases in which a user or other entity involved in a project will not allow public disclosure, the project can be described in general terms that do not “name names.” For example, an entry can include references like “a university with approximately 17,000 students …,” “a financial institution with a trading floor on Wall Street …,” “a data center facility in the Pacific Northwest …,” etc. With the user characterized in general terms yet remaining anonymous, the remainder of the project’s description can be more specific. For example, “a 20,000-square-foot student union with 130 network nodes …” To the extent possible, please include details about the project that explain why it exemplifies innovation in some form or fashion.


  • Who can submit an entry?
    Entries are open to any organization or person, of any discipline, involved in the specification, design, installation, or management of communications systems. The answers to the previous questions mainly apply to situations in which a product or group of products represents an innovation that has yielded benefits for users. However, we know that innovations take place in many other forms as well. Designers use creativity and innovative thinking to develop communication systems that save time, money, energy, or all of the above. Likewise cabling contractors frequently use ingenuity and innovation on a project site to overcome obstacles or add to the value of an installed system. Stories about these types of innovations are welcome and encouraged.

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