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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has made a final call for entries to its Innovation Awards.

The IET Innovation Awards are open to anyone who feels they have an innovative solution to a problem or can come up with an idea which is imaginative and inspiring. Spanning 15 categories, innovators have until 25 July to submit their entries.

The awards represent a unique opportunity for industry innovators to be recognised and provide a showcase for the brightest ideas, highlighting the importance of innovation by celebrating its application across a range of engineering disciplines.

Entries will be judged by a panel of recognised industry leaders and experts who are looking for an innovative engineering project, product or process for commercial use that demonstrates genuine novelty and represents a significant technological advance for the industry or technology sector. Full details and online entry forms are available at http://www.theiet.org/innovationawards

IET Chief Executive, Robin McGill, said, "Innovation is about recognising relevant market needs and opportunities and generating bright ideas to make these a reality. We're looking for true entrepreneurs, not in a financial sense but in the sense that they are prepared to take risks, seize opportunities and develop a vision into technology that can change lives."

This year the IET Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 3 November 2008 at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London. The event will be hosted by Maggie Philbin, who currently covers technology for BBC Breakfast News on their regular ‘Tomorrow's World' features, having spent 10 years on the cutting edge science programme of the same name.

The awards are sponsored by: ABB, Accenture, Amplicon, BT, Creat8Ventures, Halcrow Yolles, National Grid, The MathWorks, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), RS Components, and Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd (STDL).

The 15 award categories are: Asset Management, Built Environment, Electronics, Emerging Technologies, Information Technology, Power and Energy, Product Design, Project Team, Measurement in Action, Security, Software in Design, Start-ups, Sustainability, Telecommunications, and Transport.

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