The innovative workspace showcase, Spaces Indiana, presented awards to five companies. The annual event celebrates companies for their vision and execution of a workspace design that is unique, innovative, reflects the company’s brand, engages the employee base and enhances productivity. Four categories receive awards. For the first time ever People’s Choice Award by an online vote open to the public prior to the event.
“We were blown away with the engagement and participation in 2016 as the inaugural year, but knowing its continuing to grow and reach more people and companies in Central Indiana just illustrates how people really feel about the importance of their space on their company culture, brand, clients and employees,” says Spaces Indiana founder, Matt Waggoner, Senior Vice President, Tenant Representation for JLL. “Celebrating and awarding these companies helps elevate the conversation around the importance and impact that office space has on the organization and its employees. All of the nominees made decisions about their space in a way that was thoughtful and intentional, which highlights just how important space is for a company.”
Companies receive workspace awards in the following categories:
- Large organizations (100+ employees): MOBI
- Medium organizations (26 – 100 employees): Bradley & Montgomery
- Small organizations (1 – 25 employees): Mimir
- Spacemakers (Companies in the commercial real estate or design industry): Flaherty & Collins
- People’s Choice Award: greenlight.guru
Spaces Indiana exists because Waggoner finds clients have a difficult time identifying practical examples of spaces in Indiana that are creative, collaborative, innovative and relevant. The second driver of the initiative was to showcase the Indiana based companies that are taking an innovative approach and being thoughtful about their workspace. As companies express increasing interest in creating a space that reflects the culture and brand of their companies, they need a platform like Spaces Indiana to show off their space to potential employees and customers.
“We are in a world where companies have shifted their focus from a business strategy to a people strategy. Culture and environment are competitive differentiators for many companies,” Waggoner comments. “This initiative is a place to showcase and celebrate local companies’ uniqueness. It also serves as a hub for potential employers and customers to gain inspiration for creating spaces. It does more for their culture and staff.”
The submissions were accepted over the summer and judged by a panel of local business influencers. Along with pictures of the spaces, submissions are judged equally on their responses to four questions. The the following criteria are: space functionality, design uniqueness, branding and culture/employee engagement. Waggoner says the contest is more than just a cool space. Companies have to be thoughtful and believe in the environment they are creating.
“Prettiest picture does not necessarily win you an award,” says Waggoner. “The thoughtful responses to the reasons they made the decisions they made when creating the spaces and how those spaces positively impacted their employees’ work environment were very important to the award process.”
The judges for the 2017 showcase were:
- Kristian Andersen – Co-Founder & Partner of High Alpha
- Andy Kennedy – Senior Design Partner of InnovateMap
- Tiffany Sauder – Founder & President of Element Three
- Trevor Yager – Founder, President & CEO of TrendyMinds
Spaces Indiana will continue to act as a hub for inspiration, innovation, and celebration of leading edge workspaces in Indiana. The 2018 Showcase submissions will be open in the spring.