April 3 - Opening Reception


An Opening Reception will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3rd, the evening before the 2019 Edison Awards. All registered guests are invited to attend. Get to know fellow attendees and start cultivating connections.

April 4 - Meet the Innovators Forum & Innovators' Showcase


Participate in executive-level networking, presentations and panels involving a wide spectrum of innovators and experts. A casual lunch and networking breaks will offer an opportunity for you to circulate throughout the venue, connect with your fellow innovators, and view nominated products and services included in the Innovators' Showcase.

Our program offers you a vital mix of thoughtful presentations, inspiring stories, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet your fellow innovators. In the long history of the Edison Awards, we've seen many new collaborative relationships arise following a chance meeting at one of our events, leading to fruitful and profitable new ventures. Attire: Smart/Business Casual.

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens
All attendees of the 2019 Edison Awards must be registered prior to March 30, 2019. The per-person fee includes admittance to the full-day Meet the Innovators Forum and Innovators' Showcase, lunch and refreshments, and the evening’s reception and Gala dinner.
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Innovators' Showcase
The Innovators' Showcase gives guests a hands-on look at nominated products between sessions. Talk one-on-one with the innovators of today or show off your own award-winning product or service.
8:00–8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:45–9:00 a.m.
Welcome / Opening Remarks
Don McMillan
Don McMillan
Daytime Emcee, Comedian
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Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera
Steering Committee Welcome
Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera
Senior Consultant, Hunter-Cevera and Associates and CEO, SacroNatura
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9:00–9:45 a.m.
Transportation of the Future
Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has successfully tested its technology at scale, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. Diana Zhou, Director of Project Strategy for Virgin Hyperloop One, will dive into the company’s technology, vision, and pipeline of projects – explaining how they’re working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality in years, not decades.
Diana Zhou
Diana Zhou
Director of Project Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One
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9:45–10:45 a.m.
The Pitch: Finalists' Lightening Round
Kevin McGinnis
Kevin McGinnis
President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Community Corporation
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Participants:

Jack Yao, Mobile Pixels, DUO
Kiyeon Nam, B’ZT, smart t-shirt with child safety sensor embedded
Rockwell Scharer, DropKey App & Studio in a Bag
10:45–11:15 a.m.
Networking Break / Innovators' Showcase
Browse the displays of award-winning new innovations and talk with the innovators themselves. Connect with like-minded people and establish valuable relationships.
11:15 a.m–Noon
Dangers of Not Innovating - Panel Discussion
Every company faces dangers in both innovating and not innovating. How does a company decide if a specific new idea is too risky to implement or too risky to not to implement? Hear leaders from a variety of industries discuss the factors involved in making these decisions.
Chris Vazzana
Chris Vazzana
President & CEO, Hydra-Stop
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Bob Maughon
Bob Maughon
R&D Vice President for Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons, The Dow Chemical Company
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Clint Robinson
Clint Robinson
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch
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Noon–1:00 p.m.
Lunch / Innovators' Showcase
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence - Panel Discussion
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is entering into every walk of our lives: homes, buildings, offices, retails, transportation, logistics, healthcare, energy, airline travel, entertainment and so on. What are the hypes, realities, and promises, and what are the some social, political, business, behavioral and other impacts? The panel will provide the thought leadership and insights as to where AI is heading in the next few years, the advances and how our lives are/will be impacted.
Sandhiprakash Bhide
Sandhiprakash Bhide
President, Anwaya Consulting LLC
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Joanna Bryson
Joanna Bryson
Associate Professor (Reader), University of Bath
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Yann LeCun
Yann LeCun
VP and Chief AI Scientist, Facebook and Silver Professor, NYU
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2:00–2:45 p.m.
Future of Data Responsibility & Ethics - Panel Discussion
There is a wide view that we have a crisis in data ethics. Social media platforms are being used by hidden actors to improperly influence societies around the world, but freedom of speech must be protected. Horrible events can be organized through these platforms, yet we need to protect individual privacy. What can and should be done with unstructured data to make the world a safer place while still protecting our right to privacy. We will be talking about data, privacy and ethics in an effort to push this conversation forward.
Bernhard Fritsch
Bernhard Fritsch
Founder, i3Ops
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Nigel Hook
Nigel Hook
Founder, DataSkill
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Ed Nortrup
Ed Nortrup
Principal, i3Ops
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2:45–3:00 p.m.
Networking Break / Innovators' Showcase
Browse the displays of award-winning new innovations and talk with the innovators themselves. Connect with like-minded people and establish valuable relationships.
3:00-3:45 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Ginni Rometty
Dario Gil
Dario Gil
Director of IBM Research
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Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty
President, Chairman, and CEO, IBM
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3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Adjournment

We will wrap up the day's activities and adjourn to prepare for the evening’s Gala at The Capitale. The Gala will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m.


April 4 - Edison Awards Gala


Celebrate with fellow innovators while we recognize and honor the best in innovation and innovators. Attire: Black-tie preferred.



6:00 pm
Cocktail Reception

Mingle with those you've met earlier in the day while sampling decadent hors d’oeuvres.

7:00 pm
Dinner & Awards Presentation

The 2019 Edison Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced and the prestigious Edison Achievement Award will be presented to Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM. Comedian Bonnie McFarlane will host the event.

10:00 pm
VIP Reception

All of our winners are invited to celebrate at a reception on the second floor of the Capitale.