NFC Forum Innovation Awards Open for Submissions

Global Awards Recognize Innovative NFC Products, Services and Applications

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Dec. 5, 2016 –The NFC Forum announced today a call for entries for the NFC Forum Innovation Awards to recognize innovative Near Field Communications (NFC) products, services and applications worldwide.  

Companies and developers using NFC in new, disruptive and innovative ways can submit award entries showcasing their work for the chance to win in one of three award categories and participate in the NFC Forum's Members Meeting Awards Reception on March 14, 2017 in Las Vegas.  Finalists receive two nights paid hotel room in Las Vegas, award trophy, global recognition and networking opportunities.  There is no cost to enter the competition, and the deadline for award submissions is January 11, 2017

Examples of NFC Innovation areas include, but are not limited to, connected home, smart health, smart consumer, automotive, "NFC for Good," Internet of Things, gaming, connected retail and transportation.  Award submissions should feature NFC modes including host card emulation and peer-to-peer use cases as well as read/write use cases based on NFC Forum tags.  Award categories are:

  • Most Innovative NFC Product, Service, or Implementation

  • Best Mobile App using NFC

  • Best NFC Startup

Award Program Offers Global Opportunities

Entrants benefit from global media coverage, interest from industry leaders and venture capitalists, and the opportunity to share ideas and forge relationships with industry luminaries from the world's leading mobile device, semiconductor, payment, consumer electronics manufacturers, and solution providers including Apple, DNP, Google, MasterCard, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Qualcomm and VISA.  For more information and to enter:

All entries are reviewed, judged and award winners are selected by an independent group of global industry professionals.  NFC Forum Innovation Award Winners and Finalists will receive their awards at the NFC Forum Members meeting Awards Reception at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas, NV from 6 pm – 8 pm on March 14, 2017.    

NFC Forum Innovation Award Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the NFC Forum Innovation Awards Competition are available.  Sponsorship benefits include increased brand visibility on marketing materials and in all phases of the competition – pre-event, on-site and post event visibility -- as well as being positioned as innovators and thought leaders in the space.  For more information, visit here:

About the NFC Forum

The NFC Forum's ( mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum's global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. The NFC Forum's Sponsor members include Apple Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.


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