DEG Launches Hedy Lamarr Awards for Entertainment Technology11 Nov, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has created annual awards on behalf of the late actress Hedy Lamarr recognizing women executives and college students in entertainment technology.
The "Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology,” honors a female executive in the field of entertainment and technology who has made a significant contribution to the industry; and the "Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology," honors a college student in her junior year who has shown exceptional promise.
The inaugural awards will be presented in November 2017, to coincide with the 103rd anniversary of Lamarr's birth.
Lamarr, who was born in Austria and became a U.S. citizen in 1953, is best known for roles in a number of film classics, including Samson and Delilah, The Strange Woman and Tortilla Flat. She was also a lifelong inventor whose innovative work included pioneering "frequency hopping," which became the foundation for spread spectrum technology.
Conceived and patented in 1942 by Lamarr and composer George Antheil for radio guidance systems, this highly secure technology resists interference, and is utilized today for a variety of cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications.
To honor Lamarr, the Innovation Award seeks to recognize and commemorate female industry leaders that have made an impact in the field of entertainment technology. The Achievement Award seeks to encourage and enable highly-motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them in entertainment technology.
The Achievement winner will receive $25,000 as she enters her senior year of undergraduate study.
To determine the winners, the DEG has enlisted a judging panel comprised of leaders representing the entertainment, technology, academic, IT and consumer electronics industries. Among other factors, the panel will base its decision on the candidate’s embodiment of the following principles: innovation, engagement, excellence, and leadership.
“We feel these awards are a perfect embodiment of Ms. Lamarr and look forward to continuing her legacy through the innovations and achievements of her successors,” Amy Jo Smith, president of the DEG, said in a statement.