Issue #12                                                                                                    April 20, 2011


Edison Awards Light Up NYC

400+ Attend Spectacular Celebration 


2011 GalaIt was a spectacular evening, indeed.  On April 5th, more than 400 people arrived at the historic Capitale ballroom to celebrate the 2011 Edison Awards.  The evening began with a reception during which some of the year's most intriguing innovations were on display, ranging from the new Coca Cola Freestyle commercial drink dispenser to paper products made from stone (by TerraSkin).   Although the room was at times elbow-to-elbow, the mood was decidedly "up," as participants gathered with their company colleagues, made new acquaintances and shared hopes for what the evening's ceremony would reveal.


A featured display at the reception was a creation by TLC's "Cake Boss" -- a fascinating confection that payed tribute to Discovery Communications as well as fellow innovators and good friends, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.


As the evening's dinner service concluded, the excitement became even more palpable as Sarah Miller-Caldicott, Chairperson of the Edison Awards' Steering Committee, welcomed guests to the program.   

Danny Forster

Danny Forster


Following Sarah's remarks, the stage was turned over to the evening's emcee, Danny Forster, host of "Build it Bigger."  Together with Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" and Ford Truck spokesman, Danny kept the audience on the edge of their seats as the Edison Best New Product Awards were announced.




Congratulations to Our Winners


Altogether, more than 80 awards were presented in twelve different categories, and rousing cheers arose from around the ballroom as winning colleagues learned that they'd won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards in recognition of their innovative work.  Click here for a complete list of winners, including Best New Product Awards and the Edison Green Awards. 

Glenn Wienkoop (center), President of inno360, and colleagues

The members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee and Edison Awards staff wish to congratulate all of our Award Winners and Finalists for their accomplishments. 


We offer our best wishes for your continued success and ongoing innovation, and look forward to seeing your new nominations again in 2012!


For more information about the Edison Awards, including Best New Product categories and award criteria, visit

2011 Achievement Award Winners

Shining Stars in their Fields


2011 Achievement Award Winners

David Zaslav, John Hendricks, Sir Martin Sorrell, Alan Mulally and Mike Rowe


One of the many highlights of on the gala program was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to two distinctly deserving individuals.  The first award was presented to John Hendricks, Founder & Chairman of Discovery Communications.  The award was presented by David Zaslav, the firm's President & CEO, who offered insights into Hendricks' many contributions to the field of education and entertainment.  The President & CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, also received an Edison Achievement Award in recognition of his vision and leadership.  The award was presented to Mulally by Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive of WPP.


To view more photos from the 2011 Edison Awards, click here.

A New Universe On its Way
During the April 5th Edison Awards, a brief presentation by Tom Stat, former associate partner at IDEO and now Executive Director of Edison Universe, hinted at the exciting plans being drawn up by the new organization.
  Edison Universe

Inspired and informed by Thomas Edison's inventions, innovations and spirit of discovery, Edison Universe will lead a wide variety of new initiatives. From developing new innovation curriculums and educational tools, supporting new innovation labs, fairs and conferences and funding scholarships and incubating entrepreneurs, Edison Universe will focus on nourishing the possibilities and foundations for innovation just as the Edison Awards have focused on honoring, awarding and recognizing achievement.

Be sure to watch future issues of your Edison Awards newsletter for more details about Edison Universe, including your invitation to get involved.
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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, and a list of past winners.

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What Winners are Saying
"Being selected as an Edison Award winner validates our drive to develop an all-new transportation solution," said Tony Posawatz, Chevy Volt vehicle line director.  "Innovation has been at the heart of the Volt from its onset; from the development of the li-ion battery to the drive unit and the driver connectivity."
"The positive reaction that the MitraClip has received from physicians, patients, academics, and organizations such as the Edison Awards, speaks volumes about the strength of Abbott's pipeline of groundbreaking new therapies," said Chip Hance, Senior Vice President, Abbott Vascular.  "This gold award specifically recognizes innovation and commitment to excellence that our employees have shown in taking this new treatment from concept to improving the lives of patients."
"This award has great personal meaning for me," said Dr. D. Clark Turner, President and CEO of Aribex and creator of winning product NOMAD"Thomas Edison has always been a hero of mine, so it is especially gratifying to be honored with an award bearing his name."
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