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Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards 2016

​​​The submission period is now closed.  Check back in early December for the finalists announcement.

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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 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 today - 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 launched in 2015 and available for purchase, outstanding products in this category will be judged on innovation, ease of use, convenience, reliability, and market appeal - this category is open to Bluetooth SIG members only. For software applications launched and available for download in 2015, exceptional applications will be those found to provide the most streamlined, innovative user experience for interacting with the expanding world of Bluetooth devices - this category is open to Bluetooth SIG members only.For products still in beta, but 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 actively enrolled in high school, college-level, or post-graduate school. Student 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 consisting of the Bluetooth SIG marketing team, PR agency, and a representative from our Platinum sponsor company 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 will be announced the week of 7 December 2015 via a press release. Category and overall winners will be announced on 5 January at the Bluetooth SIG media event held in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Finalists and winners will be promoted on Bluetooth SIG websites, press rel​eases, 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 2016 and booth space in the exhibition hall (valued at $12,500 USD).

About the Sponsors

Nordic SemiconductorNordic Semiconductor is specializing 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 like wireless keyboard and mouse, game controllers, and intelligent sports equipment. Nordic is a member of the Bluetooth SIG where the company has 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 ComProbe line of Bluetooth analyzers are the de-facto industry standard and are used by hundreds of company’s globally. Frontline maintains the world’s largest Bluetooth device library for use in its IOT service organization. Frontline’s technology has been integrated into the Bluetooth SIG’s PTS qualification tool which is the system used to determine 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. With five facilities worldwide, our company is organized into two operating groups, each one targeting a major industry sectorOur products are the result of innovative engineering, design, materials processing, and world-class volume manufacturing -- and have in common our core competency in high-frequency electronics. Anaren's custom products are sold directly to OEMs, whereas our standard components are sold/serviced through our worldwide network of technical field-sales representatives and quality stocking distributors

BroadcomBroadcom 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

QualcommQualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has completed its acquisition of CSR plc. This opens exciting new possibilities for customers with combined solutions for automotive and the Internet of Everything (IoE) that will help enable the innovations of the future. Build truly differentiated products and get to market fast We’re pioneering designers and developers of silicon and software for the consumer electronics market helping to find simple solutions to complex problems. Our leading Bluetooth® connectivity platforms and Bluetooth Smart and low energy 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 are enabling hundreds of new applications for remote controls, watches, health sensors and home automation.

Meet the Judges

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. Omre started his career as a Sales Engineer at Teleste OY, then moved to a management position as a Northern District Manager in Dallas Semiconductor, followed by five years as Product Manager in Memec AS until 2002. Same year, 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.