Edison Awards Newsletter
EDISON AWARDS / Issue #12   October 26, 2012

Nominate Now!

3 seals 2012   

We invite you to submit your new product or service innovation for recognition with a 2013 Edison Award.  


The Call for Nominations for the 2013 Edison Awards will be open only until December 7th.


Visit our website to learn about the benefits of winning an Edison Award, and find out howyou can nominate your new product or service.

Stanford Ovshinsky
From the Washington Post, Oct. 20:   Stanford Ovshinsky, a self-taught inventor whose innovations have been incorporated in many high-tech developments, from flat-screen televisions to laptop computers, died Oct. 17 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was 89.

Save the Dates!

 April 24-25, 2013


Make sure you reserve the dates on your schedule to attend the 2013 Edison Awards, which will be held in Chicago, IL.


Watch your inbox for details about our fabulous new venues and the expanded and enhanced Meet the Innovators and Innovators Showcase sessions. We're adding even more networking opportunities, roundtable discussions, case studies and much more. And of course, the Edison Awards black tie Gala will feature the presentation of the 2013 Edison Awards and Edison Achievement Award.

Win an $850 OnStar Gift Package!
OnStar and the Edison Awards are working together to give away a terrific gift package worth $850. Nominate your new product or service and enter to win. Click here and share on Facebook or Twitter - no nomination necessary to enter.

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Got Creator's Block?
Identify and Beat the Obstacles


In an article titled "Attacking Creative Dilemmas," published by the American Marketing Association last summer, authors Cal Hodock and Guy Adamo explore the obstacles that must be breached in order to achieve success in new product innovation.


They say that different skills sets are required to manage new products vs. maintaining existing brands, and that obstacles including experience, assumption, judgments and fear of failure, often stand in the way of true creativity. Read the full article.


Calvin Hodock is a member of the Edison Awards Steering Committee and former Chairman of the AMA.

WSJ Honors Edison Award Winners

2012 Winners Keep on Winning


The Wall Street Journal's 2012 Technology Innovation Awards winners were announced this month, and we're proud to say that three of the 2012 Edison Award winners are on the list!  The Journal received 536 applications from more than 24 countries; judges arrived at a list with just 37 winners.  Among them are 2012 Edison Award winners:


Nest Labs' Learning Thermostat

A programmable thermostat that learns from its users' preferences.


Lift 'N'Buddy from Ergologistics

A lifting device that is small enough to be stowed in the back of a delivery truck but can raise up to 500 pounds.


Appcelerator software

A package of tools for creating applications to run on different platforms without a lot of additional coding.


Congratulations to these fine companies for their outstanding innovations.  We look forward to seeing more from them in the near future.

12 Key Steps to a Successful Product Launch


In a recent study by Nielsen, they tracked 600 product launches and tested 20,000 concepts before arriving at 12 steps that companies can take to boost their chances of success when launching new products.Millions of dollars are spent every year developing new products, and since only 10% of them will make it, you might want to take a closer look at Nielsen's recommendations. For even more insight, download the complimentary webinar: Innovation Revelation.

Welcome Dr. Gary Fischman


The Edison Awards is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Fischman to our 2012-2013 Steering Committee.  Dr. Fischman joins several other new Committee members this year, each of whom will be featured in an upcoming newsletter.


Gary Fischman, Ph.D. is a materials scientist whose career has been on the nexus of academia, government and industry.  He is the owner and principal of Future Strategy Solutions, and an active part-owner of Covalent Coating Technologies.  Prior to his current activities, Gary spent five years at the National Research Council, where he was the Director of three boards:  The National Materials Advisory Board, the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, and the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.  Read full bio.


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