Issue #6                                                                                                  November 15, 2010

2011 Best New Product Awards 

The Competition Heats Up


Based on a review of the nominations we've received to date, it appears that the field of entries will make for some tough judging ahead for our panel!  Take a look at a few of these excellent products in the running for a 2011 Edison Best New Product Award.™ 


Soyu naturalsSOYU NATURALS introduced its patented spin label, a messaging platform that brings social, educational, environmental, humanitarian and other information to today's youth.



Ford seat belt



FORD MOTOR COMPANY has introduced the world's first inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and air bags, providing an added level of crash safety protection for rear seat occupants.





YOWZA!! presents its GPS-based mobile advertising/coupon platform.  This new app finds coupons and special deals within the user's geographic area that can be scanned by the cashier for instant savings.



As a reminder, the Edison Best New Product Awards are granted in twelve different categories.  Nominations are being accepted now through December 10, 2010.  Use our convenient online nomination form to get your new innovation in the running for this prestigious distinction.


Gold sealWinning an Edison Best New Product Award™ will align your product or service with a brand that is known the world over for its commitment to excellence.  An Edison Award will provide a tremendous boost in your marketing campaign and give you a chance to reward your development team for a job well done.  Nominate your innovation today!


Meet the Edison Awards Steering Committee


Sarah Caldicott
Sarah Caldicott

Now that the Call for Nominations is in full swing, we thought we'd introduce you to the members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee.  This panel of accomplished executives, representing a wide spectrum of industries and professions, will be meeting once a week for the next two months to review nominations submitted for the Edison Best New Product Awards,™ and will ultimately develop a list of finalists which will be sent to our panel of judges for voting.


Sarah Miller Caldicott, A great grandniece of Thomas Edison and co-author of Innovate Like Edison


Tom Cosgrove, President and CEO, Discovery Communications - SONY-IMAX Joint Venture 3D Network


Harry Epstein, Vice President of Innovation, HAVI Global Solutions


M. Krishna Erramilli, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing and Director of IIT Stuart MBA Program, Illinois Institute of Technology


Calvin Hodock, Edison Awards Founder and Former Chairman of the Board, American Marketing Association


Paul B. Israel, Ph.D., Director and General Editor, The Thomas A Edison Papers at Rutgers University


Philip T. Krein, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois


Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., Institute Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Deborah Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Programming, Science Channel


David Parma, President, Nielsen BASES, Consumer Research, Product Innovation Practice, the Nielsen Company


Thomas K. Stat, Executive Director of New Business Development, IDEO


About the Edison Awards

The Edison Awards™ recognize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his tremendous legacy. Be sure to visit our website for more information, including award categories, nomination criteria, a nomination form, and a list of past winners.

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Thomas Edison obtained 1,093 patents during his astounding career, with inventions ranging from the lightbulb to the phonograph and many more popular, as well as obscure, products -- all based on needs that he and his team identified within their society. 


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