For questions about the IEEE Multimedia Star Innovator Award, please contact Dr. Lina Karam at (karam [AT] asu [DOT] edu) with the email subject: IEEE Multimedia Star Innovator Award.

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The Multimedia Star Innovator Award was created to recognize pioneers of transformative technologies and business models in areas within the technical scope of the IEEE ICME conference series. The Award showcases innovations that have had great impact on human experiences or are anticipated to do so in the near future. To reflect widespread appreciation by the community, the winner is selected through voting by registered attendees of the conference, from among finalists selected by an Award Board.


The Multimedia Star Innovator Award is open to individuals and teams (with up to four members) responsible for business and technology innovations in areas including but not limited to the following:

The award consists of certificates and an honorarium of $5000 (in total for all awardees).

Nomination Process

Nominations are to be submitted online no later than 31 March 2019. The nominations will be forwarded to the Multimedia Star Innovator Award Board for selection of finalists. Required nomination materials and optional supplementary materials (including up to five supporting endorsement letters) can be uploaded in the form of pdf files and links to videos or web pages to convey the merits and impact of the nominated innovation.

The following factors will be weighted heavily in the evaluation of the nominations:

The nomination and endorsements should be specific and concise yet provide adequate context to appreciate the innovation and the role of the nominated individual or team. Keep in mind that those involved in the selection process may have no personal knowledge of some nominated individual(s) and may seek additional opinions and verifications of attributions. Self-nomination is permitted.

Evaluation Process

An independent Award Board, also known as Multimedia Star Innovator Award Board, was formed by the ICME 2019 General Chairs and consists of 15 voting members including:

Industrial executives and research leaders from leading companies in multimedia technology

Successful venture capitalists and visionary entrepreneurs

World-recognized scholars from academia

The Award Board will review the nomination material and select up to five finalists by 15 April 2019. The finalists are invited to present their innovations in a designated Star Innovators session at IEEE ICME 2019. In addition, they are invited to campaign for the award through the ICME 2019 website and the ICME 2019 social media groups (e.g.,, providing supporting materials in addition to the nomination material submitted earlier).

Election Process

The election will be conducted through on-line electronic means (e.g., phone app), with all registered ICME 2019 attendees eligible to vote. Attendees are invited to view the nomination/campaign material of the finalists online, attend the Multimedia Star Innovators Session at ICME 2019. The deadline for voting is to be determined. The winner will be announced and recognized at the ICME 2019 Banquet.


Please use this link to submit your Nomination Form.

Innovator Award Board

The Multimedia Star Innovator Award Board consists of 15 voting members including executives and research leaders from leading companies as well as visionary entrepreneurs and renowned scholars from academia.

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