Social Media Innovation Takes Top Prize at CEA’s i-Stage

Boxee Wins New Technology Prize at CEA’s Industry Forum

LAS VEGAS,(RushPRnews)10/21/08– The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)(R) today announced that Boxee took top honors at the new i-stage competition, a technology event featuring the most innovative new consumer technology products. The event, which took place yesterday, coincided with CEA’s Industry Forum, which runs through October 22, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Boxee took the winning prize with its “social” media center that allows consumers to share personal videos, music and photos as well as content from websites like Hulu, CNN.com, ABC.com, Flickr and PicasaWeb. As the winner of i-stage, Boxee will receive $50,000 to further develop its product line, as well as a turnkey booth at the 2009 International CES(R), CEA’s flagship event and the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.

“Boxee exemplifies technological innovation,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “The product is a complete social networking solution and raises the bar for aggregating networking sites. Boxee is a great example of the convergence of content and devices, and we look forward to their exhibit at the 2009 International CES.”

In addition, Promotion and Display won the “Fan Favorite” award for its Novo Minora, the world’s first 3D webcam. As the “Fan Favorite,” the company wins a spot in the i-stage TechZone at the 2009 International CES.

Fourteen finalists unveiled their products at CEA’s i-stage yesterday afternoon before a live audience. The i-stage finalists were:
— Amulet Devices, The Amulet Remote
— Avaak, Vue (TM) personal video network
— Boxee media center
— Frontline Inc., Fitness Interactive Technology (FIT)
— GenAudio Inc., AstoundSound
— IPEVO digital photo frame
— JFDI Engineering Ltd., GridSearch
— Lightglove, LtWv
— Next2Friends, People in Motion (TM)
— Occipital LLC
— Pongr Inc.
— PDT Ltd, Novo, Minora 3D Webcam
— Taggle
— YouBundle

The products, not yet available on the market, were judged by technology experts Kevin Kelly, Wired Magazine; Ryan Block, formerly of Engadget and Jeff Pulver. Molly Wood, executive editor of CNET, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Kevin Kelly, senior maverick for Wired Magazine and i-stage judge, also delivered yesterday’s luncheon keynote at CEA’s Industry Forum. Noting that the web browser was only commercially deployed 5,000 days ago, he summed up three trends that will affect the future as ‘global, you and do.’ The Internet is increasingly a global machine, Kelly noted, and “Nobody is as smart as everybody.”

For more information on i-stage visit www.CE.org/i-stage. For the latest information on the 2009 International CES, scheduled January 8-11, 2009 in Las Vegas, visit www.CESweb.org.

Note to Journalists:
General press and analyst registration, as well as detailed press conference information, is available at www.CESweb.org. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Tuesday, January 6, to take advantage of all the CES press events, including CES Unveiled from 4-7 p.m. on January 6.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $173 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES — Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.
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UPCOMING CEA EVENTS — CEA Industry Forum
October 19-22, 2008, Las Vegas, NV
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October 27-29, 2008, Hollywood, CA
— EHX Fall 2008
November 4-7, 2008, Long Beach, CA
— CES New York Press Preview featuring CES Unveiled@NY
November 11, 2008, New York, NY
— Future of Television East
November 18-19, 2008, New York, NY
— CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES
January 6, 2009, Las Vegas, NV
— 2009 International CES
January 8-11, 2009, Las Vegas, NV
— Digital Music Forum East
February 24-25, 2009, New York, NY
— Greener Gadgets Conference
February 27, 2009, New York, NY
— EHX Spring 2009
March 10-14, 2009, Orlando, FL
— Digital Patriots Dinner
April 22, 2009, Washington, DC
— CEA Washington Forum
April 22 – 23, 2009, Washington, DC
— LA Games Conference
May 20-21, 2009, Hollywood, CA
— Digital Downtown
June 10-12, 2009, New York, NY
— 13th Annual CEO Summit
June 17-20, 2009, Dana Point, CA
— 2009 SINOCES
July 9-12, Qingdao, China
— 2009 CEA Industry Forum
October 18-21, 2009, Phoenix, AZ
— CES New York Press Preview featuring CES Unveiled @ NY
November 10, 2009, New York, NY

SOURCE: Consumer Electronics Association
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