Edison Awards Announces Open Call For Nominations 2013 Competition Expected to Draw Record Nominees

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The Edison Awards, which The Edison Awards, which has been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987, has announced the opening of its Call for Nominations for the 2013 competition.

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The Edison Awards, which has been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987, has announced the opening of its Call for Nominations for the 2013 competition. Throughout its rich history, the Edison Awards have recognized game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation.

Nominations are being accepted now through December 7, 2012 in the following categories:

Applied Technology
Consumer Packaged Goods
Edison Green Award
Electronics & Computers
Energy & Sustainability
Industrial Design
Innovative Services
Lifestyle & Social Impact
Living, Working & Learning Environments
Material Science
Media/Visual Communication
New Retail Frontiers
Thomas A. Edison Marketing Award

Since the inception of the program, it has become commonplace for Edison Award winning products and services to quickly become household names and easily-recognizable brands across the world. Just a few examples of past Edison Award-winning innovations include:

Gorilla® Glass by Corning® -- a lightweight and highly damage-resistant glass that now protects more than 750 million devices from everyday wear and tear, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and TVs.

Telcare Blood Glucose Monitoring System by Telcare -- the world's first cellular-enabled glucose meter for the 100 million people around the world with diabetes. Tests are sent to Telcare's cloud server and the user receives immediate clinical feedback and coaching. Telcare connects people with diabetes to a network of care, comprised of physicians, nurses, and loved ones.

Nest Learning Thermostat by Nest -- learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you're away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you're home, and free you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule.

Nominations will be judged against a set of criteria, informed by Edison Awards’ sponsor Nielsen, intended to highlight and capture the true spirit of innovation. “Centered on four key areas of ‘Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact,’ our evaluation criteria ensure that all companies, regardless of industry, domain or innovation type, can clearly communicate, affirm and support their nomination,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ Executive Director. “The nominations are vetted against these criteria by the members of our Steering Committee and passed along to a panel of judges comprised of thousands of senior business executives, product engineers and academics representing a wide spectrum of industries and disciplines,” he added.

The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made his name recognizable throughout the world. Edison pioneered five industries that transformed our world, including the incandescent electric light and the distribution system for electrical power, the phonograph and recorded sound, the telephone transmitter, the electric storage battery, and the motion-picture camera.

“Winning an Edison Award provides a unique platform not only for distinguishing innovators for their achievement, but also for enhancing the visibility of the innovation itself in the global marketplace,” said Bonafilia. “Use of the Edison Award-winning seal by previous winners has been proven to increase awareness and boost sales, and for new innovators, an Edison Award can uniquely capture the attention of potential investors.” Edison Award nominees contribute to the future of innovation, since a percentage of the fees are earmarked for educational programs designed to foster future innovators.

Judging of the 2013 nominations will begin immediately following the December 7, 2012 nominations deadline, and Finalists will be announced in early February, 2013. The Edison Awards for new product and service innovation, along with the Edison Achievement Award which recognizes an individual for his/her contributions to the world of innovation, will be presented during the Annual Edison Awards Gala in late April, 2013. The black-tie Gala is an integral part of a two-day program which also features a “Meet the Innovators Forum” and other popular networking events. Details will be announced in late September.

The 2013 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit http://www.edisonawards.com.

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