STAR Awards 2018 critical dates are as follows:
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Nomination Period Begins
STAR Awards "How To" Webinar"
Nomination Period Ends
No extensions to nomination period closing
Webinar JUN 12
Good vs. Winning STAR Awards Applications with Q&A
Details coming soon.
Final Application Deadline
Platform open from mid-July – July 31, 2018 No extensions to final due date
To be eligible to apply for an award category in a particular area of research, your company must be a TSIA corporate member of that research area. Membership must be current at the time of award acceptance (October at the fall Technology Services World conference in Las Vegas).
Entries are $3,500 each. Members may pay upon self-nomination by either credit card or TSIA can collect via our accounting processes (billing via invoice). Some companies elect to purchase vouchers in advance of nominations, which are usually purchased at the time of member renewal.
Yes, a single company can win in more than one category in the same year.
Please read the criteria for each category and select the one that best matches your situation. If you need help determining the best category for your organization, please contact Sheri Kennedy, TSIA’s Senior Manager of Member Programs. How do I apply for a STAR Award?
You first nominate your company in one or more categories by completing the nomination form. Once the nomination has been accepted and the fee paid, a PowerPoint application form for the categories of your choice will be sent to you. All completed applications must be returned no later than the published deadline for that awards cycle.
Yes, as it gives you more time to work on completing your application entry! Upon submitting a STAR Awards nomination form, you will receive the PowerPoint application template/instructions for each category which you have applied. The sooner you receive the application template(s), the more time you will have to complete your submission(s).
You may nominate your company in multiple categories. There is a flat fee of $3,500 for each category nomination. Your odds of winning a STAR Award increase with the more categories you pursue, so we recommend participating in any/all categories where you have accomplishments and a good story to tell.
Typically, we will have 3-10 applications per category. In categories with a larger number of applicants, judges may elect to award two separate winners: one for the enterprise-sized companies and one for the mid-lower sized revenue companies (SMB). Finalists for each level may also be named. This will be determined on a case by case basis and is entirely determined by each judging pool per category.
Once the application deadline has passed and all applications and Judge Exclusion forms are submitted, judges are assigned to each category. Judges score each application and provide feedback. Judges from each category then meet via conference call to discuss each application and determine finalists and winner(s). Finalists (the winner is considered a finalist) and non-finalists are notified. Finalists are announced, and the winner is revealed for each category at the fall TSW conference. Application feedback reports are created and distributed a few weeks after the conference.
The judges for the STAR Awards are a panel of your peers. TSIA Advisory Board members from each of the eight disciplines serve as STAR Awards judges. You can exclude 1 or 2 judges on this panel from reviewing your application by way of your applicant Judge Exclusion form. Your exclusion is strictly honored. All judges are required to sign and NDA so that your entry will not be shared outside of the competition without your consent.
By winning five individual STAR Awards, in different years. The awards do not have to be received in successive years and do not have to be from the same category. A company can become a two-time STAR Awards “Hall of Fame” winner by winning a 10th STAR Award, a three-time STAR Awards “Hall of Fame” winner by winning a 15th STAR Award, and so on.
First, everyone on your team should view the On-Demand Instructional Webinars file provided at the time of entry. Then in June, plan to attend the live STAR Awards Instructional Webinar. Next, you should ensure that your application is readable and succinct, and that it contains links to data to substantiate improvements and levels of customer satisfaction, i.e., metrics and valid customer satisfaction results from external sources. “Make your case” for why you think you should win.
Yes, TSIA makes every effort to ensure your application remains confidential. Please be advised that each STAR Award judge has signed and agreed to honor a non-disclosure agreement to ensure that any information you provide during the STAR Award process remains confidential.
If one or more of the judges works for a company with which you compete, we will NOT knowingly send your application to them for evaluation. You also may exclude a potential judge who you feel may be a competitor. Applicant judge exclusion forms must be submitted prior to final application, providing you the opportunity to select one judge you want to exclude from receiving your award application.
Please submit all entries electronically on the STAR Awards platform. Your username and password are selected by you at the time of nomination submission.
No, you may only submit one PowerPoint file as your official application. However, links to supporting videos, websites or other material are fine. The only caveat to consider is that we cannot guarantee that all judges will access them, so keep that in mind and concentrate your story’s critical elements in the PowerPoint deck.
There is a maximum number of slides that will be accepted, but there is no minimum requirement. The important part is that you follow the application form template. Please be as succinct as possible, without any unnecessary or unrelated information.
Yes, please include your company logo and website address.
The application fee is typically non-refundable once your nomination has been accepted and a PowerPoint application has been sent to you.
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