McCann Systems and bluemedia Take Top Honors at 2018 APEX Awards


The first official day of Digital Signage Expo 2018 culminated with a Networking Reception poolside at Vegas’ own Renaissance Hotel and the APEX Award ceremony following directly after in the Renaissance Ballroom. bluemedia and McCann Systems took home the top prizes for “Super Bowl Live Water & Building Projection Show” and “150 Media Stream” respectively. 

The Content of the Year crown now belongs to bluemedia. Wanting to make a splash at Super Bowl LI, the NFL enlisted GMR and bluemedia to come up with a unique way to help share the story of the league and team players’ journey on their way to the big game. Surveying and studying the layout of downtown Houston, the bluemedia team crafted the Super Bowl LI story into an unbelievable building and water projection show at Discovery Green Park, celebrating football and the Patriots/Falcons rivalry. See more here

Installation of the Year went to McCann Systems for 150 Media Stream–a 3,000-square-foot display divided into 89 separated super-thin LED blades variously sized between 3.25 inches and 15 inches in width, and standing vertically anywhere from 6-feet to 22-feet-tall at Chicago’s West Loop. The installation comes to life with customized work from several mixed media artists. For a deeper dive into this award-winning project, click here

For a full list of this year’s Gold winners in all nine categories, check out this winner page on Digital Signage Expo’s website.

About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa,, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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