Edison Awards Announce Call For 2012 Nominations

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Edison Awards Celebrate 25 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovations

The Edison Awards, celebrating 25 years of honoring innovators and innovations, have announced a call for nominations for this prestigious annual award. For a quarter of a century, the Edison Awards have recognized innovation in product and services design, sustainability and marketing establishing itself as one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation.

The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), whose extraordinary new product development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world. Edison pioneered five industries which transformed our world, including the incandescent electric light and the distribution system for electrical power, the phonograph and recorded sound, the telephone transmitter, the electrical storage battery, and the motion-picture camera.

The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also inspiring the human drive for innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. Unique to global design and innovation awards, The Edison Awards recognize the team of innovators and their innovations. The Edison Awards™ are known around the world for recognizing and honoring innovation, achievement and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services. The categories include:

Consumer Packaged Goods                             Media/Visual Communications

Energy/Sustainability                                         Lifestyle/Social Impact            

Science/Medical                                                Transportation

Applied Technology                                         Electronics/Computers                        

Industrial Design                                             Living, Working & Learning Environments        

New Retail Frontiers                                         Innovative Services

Marketing                                                         Edison Green Award™

In addition to the New Product Award, the Edison Awards will also present The Edison Achievement Award™ and The Edison Green Award™ in 2012. The Edison Achievement Award recognizes distinguished business leaders who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. This honor is bestowed upon the elite within corporate America and the winners’ accomplishments serve as an inspiration to the world.

The Edison Green Award is designed as a platform to recognize efforts to reduce carbon footprint, create Green Collar jobs through new innovation methods and improve community health and self-sufficiency. CSRware, a recognized leader in cloud-based sustainability management and sustainable supply chain software co-collaborated with the Edison Green Award criteria. Utilizing the CSRware intelligent platform, nominees for the annual Edison Green Award will have the opportunity to benchmark and track their company’s ability to reduce carbon emissions, create Green Collar jobs and to reduce their societal impact.

Nominations are judged against a new set of criteria which highlight and capture the true spirit of innovation and are informed by Edison Awards’ sponsor The Nielsen Company.

“Building on the heritage of Thomas Edison and the 25-year legacy of the Edison Awards, we’ve evolved our evaluation criteria to ensure that all companies, regardless of industry, domain or innovation type, can clearly communicate, affirm and support their nomination,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards Steering Committee.

“These new evaluation criteria were established to be more comprehensive, more aspirational in how they define innovation, more transparent for nominees AND more clearly defined for our voting bodies,” said Stat.

Nominations for the Edison Awards will be reviewed by the members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee, who develop a list of finalists in each of the Best New Product/Service and Green Award categories. A panel of more than 3,000 senior business executives, product engineers, designers, innovation thought leaders and academics from across the nation vote on “game changing” products and services that focus on excellence and leadership in innovation around four evaluation criteria themes: Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.

“The Edison Awards provide a powerful platform to recognize, honor and encourage innovation excellence among today’s product development teams, designers, educators and entrepreneurs,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ Executive Director.

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Awards is December 2, 2011. Finalists will be notified via email the week of February 13, 2012 and the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be unveiled at the Edison Awards Gala on April 26, 2012 in New York City.

Finalists are invited to attend the Meet the Innovators Forum, product presentations by participating finalists, New Product Showcase Reception, and the Edison Awards ceremony. Winning companies and their teams will enjoy press coverage, have the opportunity to acknowledge their development teams, celebrate their achievements. They also have the opportunity to license the Edison Award Seal for use in future marketing, promotion, and packaging.

For more information, or to enter an award nomination, visit http://www.edisonawards.com.

About the Edison Awards

The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science, and USA Today. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, please visit http://www.edisonawards.com.


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