The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that boxee took top honors at the i-Stage Competition. The event, which took place October 20th, features the most innovative new consumer technology products.
boxee took the winning prize with its "social" media center that allows consumers to share personal videos, music and photos as well as content from websites like Hulu, CNN.com, ABC.com, Flickr and PicasaWeb. As the winner of i-Stage, boxee will receive $50,000 to further develop its product and service, as well as a turnkey booth at the 2009 International CES®, CEA's flagship event and the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow.
"boxee exemplifies technological innovation," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "The product is a complete social networking solution and raises the bar for aggregating networking sites. boxee is a great example of the convergence of content and devices, and we look forward to their exhibit at the 2009 International CES."
Fourteen finalists unveiled their products at CEA's i-stage yesterday afternoon before a live audience. The products, not yet available on the market, were judged by technology experts Kevin Kelly, Wired Magazine; Ryan Block, formerly of Engadget, and Jeff Pulver. Molly Wood, executive editor of CNET, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
According to judge Jeff Pulver, the vote was unanimous: "None of the judges spoke to each other about their own votes so when the winner was announced, I found it interesting that we all agreed that boxee's "social-media center was the winner of the competition."
boxee is a Method Ventures client. Method partnered with boxee to develop a comprehensive, multi-platform brand system as well as the interface and experience design. View the boxee case study.