Why should I nominate my product for an Edison Award?
The Edison Award brings a unique distinction to your product or service by recognizing all of the intellectual capital, research, planning, engineering, design, strategy and marketing that has gone into making your product or service a success. The Edison Award also recognizes the persistence and excellence that characterized Thomas Edison's work. The prestige of winning the Edison Award can be a catalyst to propel your product/brand to even greater notoriety and bottom-line success. Read more about the value of an Edison Award.
Who may make an Edison Award nomination?
Any individual, inventor, innovator, team or company involved in product or service innovation may make a nomination for any category of the Edison Award. Marketing professionals and agencies may make nominations on behalf of their innovative clients.
What are the criteria for evaluating an Edison Award nomination?
The nominations for The Edison Award will be judged for their excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact. Read more about the criteria.
What do I have to do in order to make a nomination?
Once nominations are opened (September 1, 2016), complete the online nomination form and submit it, along with the appropriate entry fee, before the deadline. Review all the 2016 Nomination Guide and fill out the form linked from the Nominations page.
Are there any fees involved?
Yes, there is a one-time entry fee (see Nominations for details), which will be used to defray the expenses of the judging and administrative processes involved in awarding the Edison Awards. A portion of your nomination fee will be donated to the Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering future innovators in the K-12 and community college levels.
What is the judging process, and who is involved?
The Edison Awards Steering Committee and a cadre of ad hoc industry experts will review all nominations and develop a list of Finalists within each of the Edison Award categories. This list of Finalists will then be submitted to a panel of more than 3,000 judges, comprised of senior business executives and academics who will cast their ballots for the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.
When are the winners announced?
The winners of the Edison Awards are kept strictly confidential until they are announced at the Edison Award Gala in late April. All nominees, finalists and other interested parties are invited to attend the two-day networking event, which includes the popular Meet the Innovators Forum and Innovators' Showcase exhibits as well as the black-tie Gala evening.
What happens if our nomination is a winner?
If you win an Edison Award you have the freedom to publicize the great honor. We will provide a template press release or you can write your own. Winners may leverage the Edison Award winning seal and participate in our customized marketing plan that includes product sampling, social media, product reviews, morning show pitches and national media outreach.
Can we order additional awards for our winning team?
Winners may order additional awards from our partner, U.S. Patent Services, by visiting our Ordering page and following the link to their website.
If we win an award, how can we use it to the best advantage of our product, service or brand?
The Edison Award winning seal is proven to increase awareness and sales. We encourage companies to license the seal and promote winning one of the world's most prestigious innovation awards. Read more about licensing here.