The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are not only the longest-running, but also one of the UK's most respected gadget awards. As we get closer to the event, we thought we would give you a quick rundown on how our awards work.

There are 12 categories this year plus the Gadget of the Year award and each category will have five nominations that have been narrowed down by the team at Pocket-lint.

Some awards judge products based on all public and no experts, all experts and no public, or even just members of the editorial and advertising departments, but we like to do things differently here at Pocket-lint.

This year, as in previous years, we are asking leading industry experts and you, the public, to help us decide the must-have gadgets from 2015.

We need your help to work out what the best gadgets are. You can currently help us whittle down our long list, and then on the 4 November when we announce the shortlist, we will ask you to start voting for the final winners.

The voting is short, easy, and allows you to vote for the products you want to win. We won't ask you to vote for everything and we won't ask you to vote for stuff you don't know about.

Once your scores are in, we tally up those results and the product with the highest score is voted through. We think this is the fairest way of doing it because it means you aren't rating the products against each other, but simply on their own merit.

Your vote will count towards 10 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.

Rather than just relying on what we think, we also ask our peers from the industry around the globe. Every year we get hundreds of votes from experts who know what they're talking about.

While many want to get involved, many of their bosses don't let them as Pocket-lint is a competitor publication and therefore this list of judges is what we call Black Ops.

Votes of journalists from around the world will count towards 30 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.

This year's judges: 

Dan Jones - The Sun

Marc Chacksfield - Future Publishing

David Phelan - Freelance gadget expert

Gemma Morris - Sky News

Lucy Hedges - Metro

Vicky Woollaston - The MailOnline

Jeremy White - Wired

Rhiannon Williams - The Daily Telegraph

David Snelling - The Daily Express

Stuart Miles - Founder, Pocket-lint

Chris Hall - Editor, Pocket-lint

Mike Lowe - Reviews Editor, Pocket-lint

The elite judges' vote will count towards 60 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.

The nominations will be announced on 4 November and the awards will take place on 26 November in London. 

Stay tuned to our EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards hub for all the latest on the awards front.