Online community of 275,000 design engineers and electronics hobbyists takes home silver award
November 17, 2014 – CHICAGO – element14, the world’s largest online community for electronic design engineers and hobbyists, was named a silver winner in Best Community Development at the 2014 Digital Impact Awards in London. The annual event recognizes the world’s best corporate digital strategy and marketing campaigns, and element14 earned top honors for supporting its global electronics distribution business via a 275,000-member online forum and design center.
“element14 is honored to be recognized as a silver winner by the Digital Impact Awards,” said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community, element14. “As an electronic components distributor, our customers rely on cutting-edge technologies that enable design solutions to real-world problems. Supporting our customers quickly and expertly across the breadth of their needs is at the core of what we do, and this wouldn’t be possible without the support of a dedicated online community of the world’s brightest engineering minds”
The element14 Community offers members a space to share project concepts, view exclusive content, read product reviews and glean expert advice so engineers can see their designs through from concept to production. As the first combined global information portal, collaborative community and electronics store built specifically for design engineers, element14 boasts a breadth of resources like webinars, design competitions, project libraries, live expert support and even an automated platform for engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype products in a single environment.
“In today’s digital landscape, consumers demand choice,” Kibbey said. “As more and more business is conducted online, customers’ experience will involve so much more than just a virtual shopping cart. Nowhere is that more true than at element14. We have evolved into something other than simply an online community – we are a best-in-class engineer, technician, developer, distributor and partner to brilliant innovators and problem solvers around the world.”
Through a series of design challenges, webinars, training events and product “road tests,” element14 provides its members with opportunities to refine their expertise, develop new skills and access the latest technologies before they reach mass market – all in an attempt to help them do their jobs with greater ease and efficiency.
With the recent launch of the element14 Design Center within the element14 Community, engineers can also find the most comprehensive range of development tool information, product details and supporting information when looking to bring their prototypes and designs to market swiftly and efficiently.
Since its inception, element14 has attracted engineers from more than 130 countries. To learn more the element14 Community and its award-winning services, visit www.element14.com.
About the Premier Farnell Group
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. It trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 across Asia Pacific. With sales last year of £968m, the Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.
Premier Farnell works with key strategic suppliers to bring to market development kits in a variety of applications, enabling it to support the customer from design concept through to production.
The latest products, software, services and solutions from trusted supplier partners are all available through 43 local language transactional websites, with customer support provided by degreed engineers. The element14 Community allows buyers and engineers to access a wide range of independent technical information, tools and the latest resources.
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