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Join the ranks of previous winners including 3M, Disney, Craftsman, Johnson Controls, Dyson, and Logitech and nominate your company's innovative product or service. The value of an Edison Award™ is powerful in terms of its ability to boost recognition and market visibility.

How to Enter

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


All completed nominations will be reviewed by the members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee as well as an ad hoc panel of professionals, all of whom are senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific and business backgrounds who are recognized experts in their fields. Upon conclusion of this primary review process, a ballot of Finalists is prepared.

Our Panel of Judges, which is comprised of more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics, then review the ballot of Finalists and choose the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, acknowledging the Finalists' excellence in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the powerful Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009, as well as hundreds of past Edison Award winners, marketing professionals, scientists, engineers and academics. Winners will be announced during the April, 2014 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner, which is part of a two-day comprehensive networking event.

The Process/Timeline

The Edison Awards nomination process begins each year on September 1 and winners are announced in late April of the following year. Winners are encouraged to promote their award the remainder of the year and actively participate in the Edison Awards community.

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • September 1 through Early December

    Open call for nominations. Submitted online through a link on our website.

  • October 1 through Early January

    Steering Committee reviews nominations and conducts multiple conference calls to discuss/vet the field.

  • Mid January

    Steering Committee and EA senior staff develop the ballot of Finalists, re-assigning categories and assigning sub-categories as dictated by the nominations.

  • Late January

    Nominations who did and did not advance to Semi-Finalist status are notified.

  • Late January through Early February

    Ballot of Semi-Finalists is sent to Panel of Judges, who determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category and sub-category, which comprise the Finalists.

  • Early through Mid February

    Finalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist status, but are not told whether they have achieved Gold, Silver or Bronze status.

  • Mid February

    Finalists are sent the "Finalist Kit" so that they can prepare to attend the event and promote their status, etc.

  • Mid February through Late April

    Finalists are contacted by EA representatives to plan to attend the Awards event and coached on how to promote the win (seal license, etc.)

  • Late April

    The Winners are announced at the
    annual Edison Awards Gala.

  • Late April through June

    Winners are contacted by representatives to ensure they are maximizing opportunities to promote the win.

About Decipher, Inc.

The Edison Awards has partnered with Decipher, Inc. to power its 2014 Awards nomination process. A marketing research services provider, Decipher specializes in online survey programming, data collection, data processing/reporting and custom technology development. Utilizing Web-based applications, Decipher integrates state of the art technology with traditional research techniques. DecipherDecipher's survey tools and data reporting suite provide users with the ability to automate post field production, significantly increasing the accuracy and quality of research reporting. For more information, visit

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