In a completely unique format, never before seen at a smart buildings trade show anywhere, visitors to the Essential Install Live! shows (beginning with the northern leg on October 14 at EventCity, Manchester) will compete to be crowned the Essential Install Live! Champion Integrator.

Designed by Cornflake’s award-winning engineers, a realistic room-set will be built at each show, complete with an AV installation hiding several faults.

Installers will be invited to compete against the clock to see how many faults they can identify – and fix – within a five minute deadline. The most faults fixed in the shortest time wins the honour of being crowned Essential Install Live! Champion Integrator 2015.

The competition will be overseen by Cornflake’s technical team, the same engineers who created the room-set, who will also score contestants on the amount of faults they find and fix.

Huge benefits await the winner! 

Not least a special recognition logo presented only to winners to use in their promotional activities underlining their standing within the smart buildings industry.

Plus there’s a fantastic Red Letter Day adventure prize of their choice up for grabs and lots of valuable publicity within the pages of Essential Install Magazine, including a feature in the now legendary ‘Day in the Life’ series.

The winner will be presented with the Essential Install Live! Champion Integrator Award at the one-day northern show on October 14, with the competition also due to take place at the two-day southern show in 2016 in a format to be announced nearer the event.

David Kitchener, MD of All Things Media, owner of the Essential Install Live! shows, says: “The Essential Install Live! Integrator Challenge is yet another great reason to attend Essential Install Live! Beginning with the northern show on October 14, visitors will have the added value of winning a fantastic prize which offers genuine business and personal benefits.

“This initiative is just the first in a series of new added-value benefits being created for the shows, so stay tuned for more information on this and other new and exciting additions to the Essential Install Live! concept.” 

Gary Lewis, director of Cornflake, adds: “Let’s see what you’re made of, CI engineers! This hands-on challenge is a golden opportunity for integrators to show off their specialist knowledge and installation skills… and to test themselves against their peers in a fun environment. 

“The competition is free to enter and is open to all show visitors, so there’s no excuse for not having a go. We will be updating the leader-board throughout the day and look forward to seeing how industry stalwarts fare against young newcomers. Employers looking for savvy engineers might also want to keep an eye on the talent. All gloves are off!”