Edison Awards


Edison Universe

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor invention, recognize achievement and celebrate success, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bridging students to industry.

Edison Universe is focused on nourishing the possibilities, opportunities and foundations of success to empower the imaginations and vision of tomorrow's inventors and innovators. Motivated by Edison's unique vision, unbridled optimism and insatiable curiosity, Edison Universe is committed to inspiring educational institutions and supporting the business world.

Edison Universe is leading achievement by collaborating and engaging with new partners and actively working with Edison Award winners and Lifetime Achievement honorees to:
  • develop new innovation curriculums
  • sponsor educational programs
  • design new education toolkits
  • support new innovation laboratories
  • host live, mobile innovation fairs
  • organize conferences
  • fund educational scholarships
  • ...and more

Examples of Edison Universe in Action

Congress of Innovators

Edison Universe has partnered with RadMatter, a game-based talent development platform, to bridge college students to industry. Edison Award Innovation community members provide challenges/missions for innovation students to solve. This program showcases students' skills, develops future talent, and provides the students with valuable feedback about their ideas.

Empowering Youth

To address at-risk middle school students, Edison Universe has partnered with the scienceFIST foundation. The 12-week after school science clubs provide innovation studies, mentoring, and hands-on student innovation. Edison Award Innovation community members provide show & tell style presentations about their innovative companies and many personally mentor (remotely) five students on a weekly basis.


Influences, Inspirations and Insights

The Edison Awards are about the triumphs of today, while Edison Universe is about empowering the imaginations and vision of tomorrow's inventors and innovators. For more information on fostering innovation in education, visit the following resources:

Recent Films on Education

Education at TED

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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