Wow, it's been a busy few weeks here on the element14 Community, and our thanks go out to the hundreds of you who voted in this year's Community Awards!
Your response has been awesome, and your voices have been heard loud and clear. Everything you love about the tech world, and this Community will be put to great use over the coming days, weeks and months, but in the meantime let's take a look at how you voted.
The nominees for Product of the Year included the Pi 7" touchscreen, the CodeBug, the Cypress CY8CKIT-059 PSoC and the Raspberry Pi 2 (hard to believe it's been less than a year since the Pi 2 arrived, right?).
And with an epic 68% of the 365 votes cast, the Raspberry Pi 2 wins out!
These are the projects that really grabbed our attention over the last year, and a whopping 264 of you spoke out about which of them really rang your electronics bell. But in the words of Connor McLeod, there can be only one. And this year, our congratulations go out to balearicdynamics who's Meditech machine landed a winning 51% of the votes!
I hate to sound too cheesy about this, but the truth is, all our members are our Member of the Year! Without all your great contributions, discussions and efforts, voting in this category wouldn't be possible. But, mcb1 has been chose by you as particularly standing out, and quite understandably; Mark is element14's only current Level 9 member, so no one can deny he's earned this award. Cheers Mark!
This poll is a particular favourite of mine, as it gives us here at element14 some essential insights. It tells us not only which topics to keep a close eye on in the near future, but also what you guys are most interested in. Even those technologies that didn't win out. This year, however, it the Internet of Things is the big subject, as determined by an impressive 52% of the 306 votes.
In an effort to continue bringing you all the products you want to get your hands on and stretch to their electronic limits, we asked which were your favourite RoadTests of 2015. This was a close one, with all nominations coming within a few points of each other. Ultimately, the Keysight 34470A Multimeter topped the polls with 29% of the 282 votes.
Keeping you entertained is a big part of why we're here, and Design Challenges are always an entertaining event. We asked you which were your favourite over the last 12 months, so we can tailor 2016's and ensure you're getting the gear you want. There was a clear winner here, with 41% of the massive 281 votes going to Sci-Fi-Your Pi. Couldn't agree more.
A newcomer to the element14 Community Awards, this poll is especially intriguing, as it asked you for your predictions for the hot tech of the next 12 months. Discussions were rife here, but ultimately it seems that Bio Hacking captured your imagination the most, with 45% of the 295 votes giving it the thumbs as your future tech prediction.
Congratulations to all involved, and another big thanks for such a great turn out at the polls by all those hundreds of element14 members. Remember to leave your comments and congratulations in the comments below, and let us know what you'd like to see in next year's element14 Community Awards. We're taking notes!