Now in its 7th year, the Contactless & Mobile Awards are presented to those companies, organizations and retailers who have done the most to embrace and implement contactless/NFC technology into their day-to-day operating practices.
These awards represent a real promotional springboard and give the winners a reputation and credibility for their efforts within the industry. The competition is open to all implemented contactless applications within the relevant sectors, regardless of geographic region or size of corporation. In fact 2013 saw our most diverse percentage of nominees per region than ever before, with 13% based in the UK, 39% based in mainland Europe, and 48% Rest of World.
All categories are judged by a panel of industry experts
11 categories are judged by a panel of industry experts, 1 category is voted for by the industry and 2 categories are selected by Visa Europe – the Winners being announced at a prestigious evening ceremony organized in London following the Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference on 29th April 2014.
Contactless Payment Collaboration
A new one for 2014! More commentators are talking about the need for effective partnerships when it comes to contactless payments; be they collaborations between MNO’s, banks, retailers, third parties etc. After all, we know that you can’t make the payment industry work in isolation. So in the spirit of this years Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference and its focus of ‘Learning from Experience’, we are looking for one company that has done the most to foster collaboration between contactless payment value chain players. Who’s up for working well with others?
Another new one for 2014! The retail industry is the front line for all consumer oriented technology innovation. In this category, we are rewarding retailers that embrace technology to improve the customer experience. From digital signage to virtual storefronts to smart mobile payment systems; in the retail category, the judges are looking for forward looking, integrated solutions that take shopping to the next level.
Transportation and Ticketing
Awarded for the best use of contactless / NFC technology within the transportation and ticketing environment. Be it public transport or tickets for events, this award is aimed at those companies who have embraced the new contactless / NFC technology to deliver their specific products to a mass audience.
With so much energy going into NFC payment applications for mobile payment solutions, there is a vast number of payment apps available in the market; each with their own distinct characteristics. From mobile wallets to pure payment solutions, this category aims to reward one company for doing the most to bring mobile payments to the mass market.
Contactless and NFC technology is moving beyond payment to new applications, be it location marketing, museum guides, or online notetaking. In this category, we are rewarding innovative uses of NFC and contactless technology.
Awarded for the most convenient use of contactless / NFC technology creating a great customer experience. Be it public transport or tickets for events, this award is aimed at those companies who have embraced the new contactless / NFC technology to deliver their specific products to a mass audience.
What could be a better sector just waiting for contactless / NFC technology than the loyalty industry? With so many loyalty cards out there today – all waiting to be integrated into a mobile phone – surely this industry sector is the one embracing new technology the most?
NFC and contactless technology enables innovative and convenient public sector applications. From health to local government, from education to electronic services – in this category we award successful implementation in the public domain.
Smart posters, in-store endorsements, social networking, location marketing – a number of marketing and advertising agencies have embraced NFC technology within the heart of their campaigns. It’s an exciting time and this category rewards both agencies and clients who have taken the leap and used NFC technology to market their products to the public.
Without a solid and reliable infrastructure in place, containing tags, registers, readers and POS terminals, NFC and contactless implementation would fail. In this category, we are looking for backend players with a track record of suitably impressive projects, rollouts or ventures.
Small-scale pilots have made way for company-, city- or even country-sized projects, bringing together many application areas and user experiences. Payments, posters, tourist information services, public transportation and even parking – in this category we award the efforts behind those contactless / NFC ecosystems.
Industry Choice Award
This Award was introduced in 2013 and proved so popular that a real battle ensued between the top 3 contenders. The 11 category finalists are automatically entered and the online voting is open to the whole industry.
Visa PayWave Awards
As a Platinum Sponsor of the Contactless & Mobile Awards, Visa Europe has created two special awards under the name of the Visa PayWave Awards. These awards are;
- Best Contactless Awareness and Education Campaign
- Business Leader of the Year.
These special awards are presented during the Contactless & Mobile Awards Gala dinner and the winners are selected by a panel of judges at Visa Europe.
All entries are free and you can enter as many categories/solutions as you like.
How to enter
The nomination period for the 2014 CMAs is now closed. However, if you would like to contact us at all about the CMAs, please complete this form .
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