NEW DELHI: NDTV Good Times, India's leading premium lifestyle channel, hosted the second edition of the 'Gadget Guru Conclave and Awards' at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon. Awards were given across 18 categories for the most innovative and clutter breaking gadgets and gizmos in 2011.
The star studded event was attended by Kapil Sibal, honourable minister of communications and information technology, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Jacquline Fernandes, Asin, Sajid Khan and Gul Panag amongst others.
The NDTV Good Times 'Gadget Guru Conclave and Awards' saw the participation of representatives from some of the biggest technology brands in India including Aircel, Dolby, Harman Kardon, Quick Heal Technology and Samsung. The event was hosted by NDTV's 'Tech Gurus', Rajiv Makhni and Vikram Chandra.
Talking about the unprecedented success of the awards, Vikram Chandra, CEO and executive director, NDTV Group, said, "The Gadget Guru Awards are the most respected and anticipated awards in the Indian tech space, and have become the definitive standard for the best in the industry. The biggest asset of the 'Gadget Guru Awards' is their credibility - and this year, we took the awards one step further with a conclave and a series of master classes."
In its second edition, the event comprised a conclave featuring master class sessions by Dolby, Sony and Canon and an 'Experience Zone' where some of the biggest tech brands showcased their latest products.
Speaking on the occasion, Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Lifestyle said, "The Gadget Guru Awards have become a platform for the tech industry to come together to honour and celebrate the very best. It is overwhelming to see the phenomenal response the awards have received over the past two years. I would like to congratulate all the winners on behalf of the entire team of NDTV Good Times."
The list of winners is given below:
|Best Audio Product of the Year ||NAD VISO 1 iPod Dock |
|Best Audio and Video Innovation of the Year ||Control 4 Home theatre |
|Best Portable Audio Product of the Year ||Bose Sound Link Wireless Mobile Speaker |
|Best Computer Peripherals of the Year ||Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse |
|Best Computing Product of the Year ||Macbook Air 11 |
|Best Consumer Electronics of the Year ||Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker |
|Best Gadget Eye Candy of the Year ||Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse |
|Best Budget Phone of the Year ||Samsung Galaxy Y |
|Best Smartphone of the Year ||Apple iPhone 4S |
|Best Imaging Product of the Year ||Canon PowerShot S100 |
|Best TV display of the Year ||LG Electronics Cinema 3D TV 55LW6500 |
|Portable Computing Product of the Year ||Apple iPad 2 |
|Best Celebrity Endorsement of the Year ||Reliance Communications Ltd. - Anushka Sharma |
|Best App of the Year ||Sygic/ Mapmy India Aura |
|Best Gaming Product of the Year ||Sony Ericsson Xperia Play |
|Best Technology/Innovation of the Year ||Samsung Galaxy Note |
|NDTV Gadget of the Year (Viewer’s choice) ||Samsung Galaxy Note |
|NDTV Gadget of the Year (Jury choice) ||Samsung Galaxy Note |
The distinguished jury for the awards featured award winning actor Gul Panag, India's best known tech expert - Atul Chitnis, technology consultant - Kishore Bharagava, Nishanth Padiar – editor, Stuff Magazine, Ashish Bhatia - independent technology writer and columnist, Prasanto Kumar Roy - president and chief editor of Cyber Media's ICT group besides Vikram Chandra and Rajiv Makhni. A special audio jury included KJ Singh - national award winner for sound design in 'Omkara' and Milinid Raorane - electro-acoustic expert.
Gadgets launched between February 1, 2011 and January 15, 2012 were nominated for the awards; the winners were shortlisted based on the test results and an extensive jury meet process and rating system verified by Ernst & Young.