The NFC Innovation Awards were created by the NFC Forum to recognize breakthrough products that showcase outstanding implementations and Most Innovative Use of NFC. The free award program is open to member and non-member companies, or systems integrators, agencies, and media companies submitting on behalf of their clients.

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Winners will enjoy global visibility at the virtual NFC Open Forum on June 23, 2022.


  • Global visibility. If your product, service, solution, or experience uses NFC technology in new, disruptive and pioneering ways, it’s your chance at the spotlight.
  • Quality exposure to members of the NFC Forum, which includes the world’s leading mobile device, semiconductor, payment, consumer electronics manufacturers, and solution providers.
  • Bragging rights: The winner in each category receives an award trophy and an ‘NFC Innovation Award Winner’ digital badge for their website.


Ben has over 25 years’ experience in the mobile sector, most recently helping CCS Insight grow into a multimillion-pound business with a global team of highly respected analysts. As Chief Analyst, he oversees all CCS Insight’s research deliverables and leads initiatives such as the annual Predictions event. As CMO, he is focused on building brand awareness, marketing programmes and supporting the growth of the business. Previously he led a global team of analysts as Research VP at Gartner. Prior to that he was a director of Mobile Streams, and held positions at Lucent Technologies and Vodafone. He is proud of having been involved in the launch of SMS and cellular data at Vodafone. In 2021 he was ranked as one of the top five tech analysts in the US and Europe by Apollo Research. He is frequently quoted in publications such as the Financial Times and The Economist, and regularly appears on the BBC and other media outlets. Ben is the founder and co-curator of the Mobile Phone Museum, a non-profit initiative to safeguard a vast collection of mobile phones and support education about communications technology.

Julien Veuillet is the CEO of WAKDEV, an IT company specializing in NFC & mobile solutions. Above all else, he is an online developer inspired by new technologies and innovation. Julian created the popular app called NFC Tools, which is available on Android, iOS and PC/MAC. NFC Tools is a user focused app with a simple and intuitive interface which allows anyone to discover and experiment with NFC. In 2020, his app won two NFC Forum Innovation Awards: one for Best NFC Application on iOS and another for the best NFC Application on Android.


Submissions will be scored on the follow criteria:

  • Innovation: How is this entry unique or innovative compared to others in this category? Does it have the potential to positively impact the user experience and the future of the industry?
  • Benefits and Competition: What kind of benefits does this product, service, or experience deliver to the end-user? How does it compare to competitors if competition exists?
  • User experience and NFC impact: How does this product deliver a simple, intuitive, or transformative user experience? How central is NFC to the user experience and solution?
  • Results: Do the metrics shared by the entrant demonstrate positive results and a progressive trajectory for this product, service, or experience?


Questions about the NFC Innovation Award program? Contact us: [email protected]

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