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AWARD CRITERIA & Guidelines

Nominations for the 2014 Edison Awards are closed. We will begin accepting nominations for the 2015 Edison Awards in the fall of 2014.

Evaluation Criteria

Building on the heritage of Thomas Edison and the 27-year history of the Edison Awards, the evaluation criteria ensures that all companies, regardless of industry, domain or innovation type can clearly communicate, affirm and support their nomination.

These evaluation criteria were established to be relevant, comprehensive, well-aligned with the ever-evolving definition of "innovation," transparent for nominees AND clearly defined for our voting bodies. All entries will be judged on the following Edison Award criteria:


CONCEPT: Opportunity, Conception, Method & Development

In the true spirit of Thomas Edison, we are looking for innovations that not only address a need and solve a problem but also seize an opportunity and create a new market or industry. And true to Edison's work, we are interested in the overall method and development of the concept and opportunity. We would like to understand how discovery, collaboration, iteration, prototyping, etc. contributed to the conception and development of the innovation as it progressed from genesis to design and implementation.

VALUE: Need/Desire, Differentiation, Advantage & Cost

For Edison, value was a primary driver for his innovations. We would like to understand how the innovation satisfies an existing need or desire. We are seeking evidence for how the offering is different and whether it has distinct, game changing advantages over any alternatives. We also want to evaluate its unique value proposition, the relationship between its cost and benefits and its economic desirability

DELIVERY: Message, Engagement, Availability & Achievement

Edison was not only an accomplished innovator but also a great communicator, marketer and master of delivery. We would like to understand how the message and broader story of the innovation is communicated in clear and compelling ways. We are looking for interesting examples of how consumers have been engaged and how the offering has been delivered and made available to the marketplace.. Finally, we are interested in how the value proposition of the offering is being achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace.

IMPACT: Sustainability, Social Responsibility & Potential

Edison devoutly believed that real innovation not only demonstrated commercial success but also sustained sensitivity to broader implications. We would like to understand the immediate and longer term impact the innovation has on the environment and society as a whole. We are also interested in how the offering may establish a vision or be the basis of a larger system or platform of innovations and how it might be an inspiration to future innovation and innovators.


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Thomas A. Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison
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