About the Competition

The IIDA/HD 18th Annual Product Design Competition honors innovation, functionality, and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry. 

Who Can Enter

Only exhibitors at HD Expo 2014 are eligible to submit product entries. Products not displayed at HD Expo 2014 are not eligible to participate. Only products designed for the environment of a hospitality installation and offered for sale or use after June 1, 2013 are eligible.

Products are judged for design innovation, technical advancements, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need, and usage within hospitality applications. Performance, comfort, safety, suitability for intended use, durability, accessibility, and client/user benefits are also evaluated by the judges.

All products submitted for awards must be in the manufacturer’s booth at HD Expo 2014 by 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 13th. Prior to determining the award winners, judges at their discretion may visit products submitted to the competition.

Important Dates

Competition Opens - Monday, February 3, 2014
Competition Deadline EXTENDED - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Deadline for Additional Samples EXTENDED - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Judging - Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The cost to enter is $175 per entry for IIDA Members and $275 per entry for non-Members. Exhibitors may submit more than one product for review; however, each product must be submitted in only ONE (1) category.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Kierstin Snapp, Design Competitions Manager, at IIDA Headquarters.