About the Bluetooth SIG


Are you innovating and building for the Internet of Things? Does your innovation use Bluetooth technology to bring about experiences that make our lives, work, and even play just better?

The awards are closed for this year. Check back later for the 2017 awards.

The Bluetooth SIG is looking for the best of the best in Bluetooth® products, applications, prototypes, and student-led projects that deliver the convenience, efficiency, and benefits of the IoT. The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program highlights the most innovative products and applications available today, prototypes coming soon, and student-led projects in the making. Check out winners from last year to see who best represented how Bluetooth is impacting the connected world around us.

Start the submission process now - there is no fee to enter and you can submit as many of your products, applications, and prototypes as you wish.


Bluetooth technology is enabling the Internet of Things and you have the chance to be one of the stars of the show by submitting your product, application, prototype or student-led project.





Targeting products available for purchase, products in this category will be judged on innovation, ease of use, convenience, reliability, and market appeal - Open to Bluetooth SIG members only.  For software applications available for download, applications will provide the most innovative user experience for interacting with Bluetooth devices - Open to Bluetooth SIG members only. For products with a workable prototype, this category shines a light on the Bluetooth innovations coming soon. Show us how life will be better with Bluetooth in the near future.  For individuals enrolled in high school, college-level, or post-graduate school. Submissions will benefit from a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.

Before entering your Product, Application, Prototype or Student-led Project, you must review the Official Rules

Questions about the overall program? Contact us.

How it Works

An expert panel will choose finalists from each category. Judging will be based on uniqueness of idea, interoperability testing, ease of use, and correct use of Bluetooth trademarks.

Finalists and winners will be promoted on Bluetooth SIG websites, press releases, social media channels, and other SIG communications. Product, Prototype and Application category winners will be invited to the Bluetooth SIG media event in Las Vegas to showcase their entry to the attending media. The Student category winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 USD. Additional sponsor donated prizes may also be offered. The overall winner of the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program will receive two roundtrip tickets to Bluetooth World and booth space in the exhibition hall (valued at $12,500 USD).

About the Sponsors


Nordic Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power short-range wireless communication. The company’s range of 2.4GHz transceivers are employed by some of the world’s leading brands in a wide variety of applications. Nordic is a member of the Bluetooth SIG and contributed core expertise in ULP RF design to Bluetooth Smart wireless technology.

FrontlineFrontline is the world’s leading provider of Bluetooth protocol analysis technology and the premier Bluetooth device testing (interoperability, robustness, etc.) and Bluetooth services house. 84 out of the Fortune 100 companies use Frontline. Frontline’s technology has been integrated into the Profile Tuning Suite, the tool which determines if a product meets Bluetooth interoperability standards. Frontline supports the entire range of Bluetooth technology.

AnarenAnaren is a major innovator of standard products and custom microwave and RF technology. Our products are the result of innovative engineering, design, materials processing, and world-class volume manufacturing, and all contain our core competency in high-frequency electronics. Our custom products are sold directly to OEMs, and our standard components are sold/serviced through our worldwide network.


Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information visit www.broadcom.com.


Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has completed its acquisition of CSR plc. This opens new possibilities for automotive and the Internet of Everything (IoE) that will enable the innovations of the future. Our leading Bluetooth connectivity platforms and silicon provide a complete Bluetooth qualified solution that is easy-to-integrate and cost-effective. Visit our developer zone to see how Bluetooth low energy platform enable hundreds of new applications.

Meet the Judges

Alf Passfoto Alf Helge Omre, Nordic Semiconductor

Alf Helge Omre gained his Electrical Engineering degree from the Gothenburg Technical Institute, followed by BTech EEE at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. In 2002, Omre joined Nordic Semiconductor as a Product Manager for SoC/ASIC. In 2010, Omre was promoted to his current position of Business Development Manager for Bluetooth Smart. In his job, he drives the development and adoption of Nordic’s Bluetooth Smart products. Omre has contributed in several Bluetooth SIG WGs on profile definition work. In his spare time, Omre enjoys family weekends at the cabin with sailing and fishing.