Self-Service Innovation Awards

In its second year, the Self-Service Innovation Summit recognizes the products, organizations and individuals that play important roles in improving the self service experience worldwide. Join us as we honor the most innovative use of kiosks and vending.

Categories include:

  • Innovation of the Year (B2B)
  • Innovation of the Year (B2C)
  • Best COVID-19 Solution
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Company)
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Person)

Learn more about the 2021 Finalists!



Elliot Maras | Editor | Kiosk Marketplace & Vending Times

Elliot Maras brings a background covering the retail, foodservice and payments industries, having served as the editor of Automatic Merchandiser Magazine for 20 years and as the founding editor of He is a graduate of the National Automatic Merchandising Association/Michigan State University Executive Development Program, a former board member of the International Foodservice Editors Council, and a winner of the Journalism Award of the Office Refreshment Development Foundation.

Brian Shimmerlik | Co-Founder & CEO | Vengo

Brian Shimmerlik is the co-founder and CEO of Vengo, a leading platform for digital out-of-home (DOOH) screens on kiosks and in locations frequented by consumers. A serial entrepreneur since founding his first company at 19, Brian left a career in finance to launch Vengo, which he has led for nearly a decade, growing and evolving the business to address ever-changing market needs for connecting brands and consumers. Brian leads all aspects of the business from strategy and fundraising to product and management. Over the years, Brian has forged partnerships with leaders across different industries that touch the business including vending operators, media agencies, and locations including leading gym chains and universities.

Join us as we honor the most innovative use of kiosks and vending.

Categories include:

  • Innovation of the Year (B2B)
  • Innovation of the Year (B2C)
  • Best COVID-19 Solution
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Company)
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Person)

Find out more about the awards and submit a nomination today!

We will honor the most innovative use of kiosks, vending and facilities for adapting to the new normalcy of COVID-19 and its aftermath.

Readers of Kiosk Marketplace and Vending Times submitted nominations from August through October. A panel of judges reviewed the nominations and selected the winners in each category.


Innovation of the Year (B2B):

  • ema smart embedded modem, Submitted by OptConnect
  • PicoCooler, Submitted by 365 Retail Markets
  • Video Call Center, Submitted by Compunetix

Innovation of the Year (B2C):

  • Freestyle Contactless Pouring on a Smartphone, Submitted by the Coca-Cola Co.
  • ONQ Converge Digital Engagement, Submitted by OnQ
  • RC Barista Unattended Robotic Café, Submitted by RC Coffee

Best COVID-19 Solution:

  • Contactless Touch for Interactive Kiosks, Submitted by Neonode
  • Personnel Management Kiosk, Submitted by Meridian
  • TouchFree, Submitted by Ultraleap

Click here to learn more about the Innovation of the Year (B2B & B2C) and Best COVID-19 Solution finalists.

Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Company)

  • Chowbotics
  • Grubbrr
  • PopID
  • Standard Cognition

Reader’s Choice Award: Innovator of the Year (Person)

  • Geoff Alexander
  • Ruth Crowley
  • Luke Saunders
  • Krishna Vedula
  • Renee Walsh

Click here to learn more about the Reader’s Choice finalists.

Click here to learn more about the Self-Service Innovation Awards.

Ed O’Brien | EVP Research & Strategy | ath Power Consulting

Ed O’Brien has extensive experience as an industry analyst, and in various areas of Marketing, Market Research, Strategy, and Operations. This experience includes roles in Banking and Financial Services, Enterprise Software, Consulting, and Manufacturing firms. This background includes Industry Analysis and Strategy, Market and Competitive Intelligence, Product Marketing and Product Management, and Analytics roles. Ed has researched and written over 150 syndicated industry reports, research notes, and other materials, and has been interviewed or quoted by such media and industry outlets as American Banker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Charlotte Observer, The LA Times, and The New York Times.

Eric Schaffer, PhD | CEO & Founder | Human Factors International

Dr. Eric Schaffer is CEO of Human Factors International, Inc (The UX Engineering agency that design the HDFC application that won ‘Best Mobile Experience’). Eric Has over 40 years of experience in UX design, with special interests in omni-channel strategy, persuasion engineering, cross cultural design, innovation, and the maturity large scale UX practices. He wrote “Institutionalization of UX” (Addison-Wesley).


Will Hernandez | Editor | Mobile Payments Today

Will Hernandez has 14 years of experience ranging from newspapers to wire services and trade publications. Before becoming Editor of Mobile Payments Today, he spent two years as the content manager for, a leading payments industry news aggregator and information hub published by Mercator Advisory Group. He spent four years covering the payments industry as an associate editor for multiple publications in SourceMedia’s Payments Group based in Chicago including ATM&Debit News, CardLine,, ISO&Agent Weekly and American Banker. Will helped launched SourceMedia’s bi-weekly newsletter, Mobile Banker, and built and cultivated the Payments Group’s first Twitter presence.

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