5 Memorable Moments from the 2016 Edison Awards

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It’s hard to believe only a month ago we celebrated innovations from over 20 countries, participated in informative panel discussions, and watched an episode of Shark Tank (Edison style) play out live at the 2016 Edison Awards. Over 500  forward thinkers in the forefront of technology and innovation gathered together at The New York Academy of Science and the historic Capitale to celebrate innovations of the past year, and to celebrate a visionary, who made history in his industry. In case you missed it here are a few of the hot topics from this year’s event.

EdisonAwards160421_EA0175Internet of Things & Smart Cities – Three of America’s top executives John Chambers, Cisco, Martin Travers, Black & Veatch and Amy Huntington, Philips Lighting Americas shared their visions of tomorrow’s communities and discussed topics ranging from the development of a smart city infrastructure and how this will impact the world we live in for years to come to lessons learned from Edison such as the importance of failure.  You can watch the discussion unfold by visiting http://bit.ly/1R52NP2.


EdisonAwards160421_EA0387Fire, Aim, Ready: Smart Cities
– A lively discussion between leading smart cities experts Bob Bennett, City of Kansas City, MO, Curt Kolcun, Microsoft and Clint Robinson, Black & Veatch offered insight into what cities are doing to become plugged in and how they are preparing for a more connected world. Learn more at http://bit.ly/27tElmH.




EdisonAwards160421_EA1185Digital and Its Role in the Industry – Leading innovation pioneers Tom Bucklar, Caterpillar, Michael Docherty, Venture2 and Jake Carnemark, Aligned Energy came together to explore the intersection between digital and its role in the industry, and what that means for big businesses and startups. Watch what our panelists had to say http://bit.ly/1VZfkM6.




Untitled-1Shark Tank (Edison Style) – The daytime portion of the event ended with a shark attack, as two Edison Award finalists pitched their companies to Australian Shark Andrew Banks. Backspin Tee took a giant swing, but in the end struck out to the advanced technology of Touchjet Pond.



johnchambers_acceptAn evening to remember – 2016 Edison Achievement Award recipient John Chambers gave a heartfelt speech thanking his Cisco “family” for all their help throughout the years. Chambers has recently stepped down as CEO of Cisco but continues to advise the company as the Executive Chairman. Watch John Chambers’ powerful and heartfelt acceptance speech here.



The 2016 Edison Awards proved to be an unique experience honoring those who are leading the way in the fields of science, technology, design, engineering and marketing. As innovators we look forward to future, and what it will bring. And as always we look forward to watching the continued success of all our 2016 Edison Awards winners. Be sure to join us in 2017, until then keep innovating!

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Mellissa Hopkins

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