The 2016 Edison Awards was held on Thursday, April 21 at the New York Academy of Sciences and The Capitale.

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Meet the Innovators Forum & Innovators' Showcase

Participate in executive-level networking, presentations and panels involving a wide spectrum of innovators and experts. Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy winner and “Dateline NBC” correspondent John Hockenberry, host of National Public Radio’s The Takeaway, will moderate the panels. A casual lunch and networking breaks will offer an opportunity for you to circulate throughout the venue, connect with your fellow innovators, and view the displays included in the Innovators' Showcase.

The Innovators’ Showcase will be held throughout the day at the Meet the Innovators Forum, allowing Edison Award Finalists to display their new innovations to an audience of hundreds of innovators and media professionals.

Our program offers you a vital mix of thoughtful presentations, inspiring stories, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet your fellow innovators. In the long history of the Edison Awards, we've seen many new collaborative relationships arise following a chance meeting at one of our events, leading to fruitful and profitable new ventures.

The New York Academy of Sciences (View Map)
40th Floor, 7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

7:30 am
Registration Opens

Registration for the Meet the Innovators Forum will begin at 7:30am in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center. You'll pick up your badge and head to the fabulous lobby of the New York Academy of Sciences on the 40th floor, where the views will astound you and a continental breakfast will be served. Attire: Business casual.

8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Innovators' Showcase
The Innovators’ Showcase will be held throughout the day. Browse the displays of award-winning new innovations and enjoy one-on-one time with the innovators themselves.
9:00 - 9:05 am
Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • John Hockenberry, Host of NPR’s The Takeaway – PROGRAM FACILITATOR
9:05 - 10:15 am
“Internet Of Things & Smart Cities: Are Today’s Cities Ready For Tomorrow?” – Panel Discussion

Three of America’s top executives share their visions of tomorrow’s communities—from the village to the globe.

  • John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Systems and 2016 Edison
    Achievement Award Honoree
  • Martin G. Travers, Executive Director & President, Telecommunications,
    Black & Veatch
  • Amy Huntington, President, Philips Lighting America
10:15 - 11:00 am
“Fire, Aim, Ready: Smart City” – Panel Discussion

What are our cities doing to be plugged-in and prepared for the connected world?

  • Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, City Of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft
  • Clint O. Robinson, P.E, Associate Vice President, Director Of State & Local Government Affairs, Black & Veatch
11:00 - 11:30 am
Networking Break & Innovators’ Showcase
11:30 - 11:45 am
“Innovation and Edison’s Long Shadow”

Presentation includes a live demo of TouchCast Studio—the most powerful mobile app for creating videos that literally puts a TV studio in your hands.

  • Edo Segal, CEO and Co-Founder, TouchCast, and Founder, incubator bMuse
11:45 - 12:00 pm
“The Exploration of Pluto by New Horizons”
  • Alan Stern, Ph.D, Principal Investigator for NASA New Horizons
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Lunch & Innovators’ Showcase
1:15 - 1:30 pm
“Raising Companies’ innovation IQ”
  • Nancy Tennant, Ph.D, Vice President, Unleashing Innovation Emeritus at Whirlpool, faculty member, Notre Dame
1:30 - 1:40 pm
“Edison Universe Spotlight on CAPS: The High School Experience You Wish You’d Had”

CAPS is a revolutionary program that infuses businesses with innovation and entrepreneurial thinking by incorporating students directly into companies and collaborating across disciplines.

  • Corey Mohn, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)
  • Clint O. Robinson, P.E, Associate Vice President, Director Of State & Local Government Affairs, Black & Veatch
1:40 - 1:50 pm
“AI: The Future of Security”
  • Stuart McClure, CEO, Cylance
1:50 - 2:15 pm
Networking Break & Innovators’ Showcase
2:15 - 2:30 pm
“Making Atoms Work Harder and Smarter”
  • James M. Phillips, CEO, NanoMech
2:30 - 3:30 pm
“Digital And Its Role In The Industry” – Panel Discussion
  • Tom Bucklar, Director Of Innovation & Digital, Caterpillar
  • Mike Docherty, CEO, Venture2 Inc., and Author, Collective Disruption: How Corporations & Startups Can Co-Create Transformative New Businesses
  • Jake Carnemark, Founder & CEO, Aligned Energy
3:00 - 3:45 pm
“Shark Tank”

Watch as two Edison Awards finalists, BackSpin Tee and Touchjet, pitch their companies to the investor and star of Shark Tank Australia

  • Andrew Banks, Founder, Talent2 International, and Shark, Shark Tank Australia
3:45 - 4:00 pm
  • John Hockenberry wraps up the events of the day before we adjourn to prepare for the evening’s Edison Award Gala.

Edison Awards Gala and VIP Reception

Enjoy cocktails with fellow innovators beginning at 6:00 pm, and dinner starting promptly at 7:00 pm, while we recognize and honor the best in innovation and innovators. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Edison Achievement Award to John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco. Comedian Gary Gulman will be the Gala Master of Ceremonies. Attire: Black-tie preferred.

The Capitale (View Map)
130 Bowery
New York, NY 10013

6:00 - 6:45 pm
Cocktail Reception
6:45 - 10:00 pm
Dinner And Awards Presentation
10:00 pm
VIP After Party
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