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element14 Community Announces 2014 Member Awards

CHICAGO – Dec 19, 2013

Project, Technology, Product and Member of the Year named by the 200,000-person resource

The award-winning and first-of-its-kind element14 Community has announced the winners of its annual Member Awards. Among the many cutting edge technologies and inspiring projects completed in 2013, a poll of Community members identified five winners in four categories: Product of the Year, Technology of the Year, Project of the Year, and Member of the Year.

"Our Community fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing among more than 200,000 design engineers, and the annual Member Awards are a testament to the impact cooperative learning has on the industry," said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14. "We are delighted to announce the award winners as a tribute to the great work these companies and members are doing."

In the category of Product of the Year, Community members selected the Cypress PSoC4 Pioneer Kit. It is an easy-to-use and inexpensive development platform enabling users to create unique designs with the flexibility of PSoC 4. Technology of the Year was a tie between single-board computers and 3D-printing, two technologies that have been featured in numerous element14 Community posts and blogs and have grown in popularity throughout the year.

"Pi Camera in Space" won in the category of Project of the Year. Created by Dave Akerman, the project gives insight into the journey taken by a weather balloon and captured breathtaking images in the process.

The final category, Member of the Year, was awarded to Shabaz Yousaf. A member since May 2011, Yousaf has produced 27 blogs to date which have been viewed nearly 94,000 times. He also regularly participates in discussions and comments on community content. Yousaf thanked his peers after winning Member of the Year and added "I always read your comments and enjoy learning from you."

To qualify for the Member of the Year Award, an individual must make significant contributions to the element14 Community. From submitting complex projects in competitions, to offering expert advice to other members, to sharing insightful suggestions for improving the Community, the Member of the Year is someone who makes a difference in the element14 Community.

More information about the award nominees and winners can be found on the element14 Community Member Awards page.

About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first global information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The Community also hosts The Knode on element14, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single, intelligent environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell element14), North America (Newark element14) and Asia Pacific (element14).

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