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?

from imagination to innovation

The Imagine Blue Awards highlights the work and imaginations of creators, developers, designers, and students using Bluetooth® technology to push the boundaries of wireless connectivity and solve the world’s biggest challenges. 

Applicants to the Imagine Blue Awards may enter in one of two categories—Prototype or Student—with the chance to win cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 USD to help take their inventions to market. 

The entry period for the 2017 program is now closed.  Please check back in early February to see the list of finalists. Overall winners will be announced from Bluetooth World in March 2017.

How it works:

The Imagine Blue Awards is open to anyone, but entries that use the Bluetooth brand must come from Bluetooth SIG members. 

A judging panel will identify five finalists in each category and one winner in each category. Entries will be judged on level of innovation; how developed the idea is; how the idea is solving a challenge or providing an added value; and the creator’s strategy for building, shipping, distributing, and turning their idea into a reality they can bring to market. 

Download the official rules for Imagine Blue Awards.

Winners and prizes: 

Finalists for both categories will be notified and announced in February 2017, and the winner in each category will be announced at the conclusion of Bluetooth World 2017.

Prototype finalists will be invited to attend Bluetooth World with the potential to showcase their entry within the Bluetooth SIG booth. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to present their submission to the judging panel and Bluetooth World attendees during the event, and the winner will be presented with a $10,000 USD cash prize. 

Student finalists will have a blog posted about their entry on, and the winners will receive a $5,000 USD cash prize.



For companies or individuals with a workable prototype, this category shines a light on Bluetooth innovations coming to market soon. Show us how life will be better with Bluetooth.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entries can be featured on a crowdfunding site, but must not be shipping until after the conclusion of the program (March 2017)
  • Must submit a company logo (if applicable)
  • Must submit an image of the prototype
  • Must submit a 1-2-minute video featuring the entry at work and why it is better with Bluetooth
  • Must submit presentation describing the product, what value it brings, and how the entrant plans to market and distribute the prototype
  • Physical or working prototypes are encouraged


For individuals enrolled in high school, college-level, or post-graduate school who have an idea, concept or working prototype on how life is better with Bluetooth.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entrants must be currently enrolled at an educational institution or university
  • Entrants will need a release form from a parent or guardian if under 18 years of age
  • Entries must be in prototype or conceptual project format
  • Must submit an image of the product
  • Must submit a 1-2-minute video featuring the entry at work and why it is better with Bluetooth
  • Must submit a presentation describing the product and what value it brings
  • Must submit a headshot
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor
  • Physical or working prototypes are encouraged