The Edison Awards is thrilled to bring its annual event to Fort Myers, Florida, April 21-23, 2021. The conference will begin Wednesday evening with an opening reception at the former winter home of Thomas Edison. Thursday will be a day of educational sessions and conference activities, culminating with the 2021 Best New Product Awards™ ceremony and gala in the evening. Enjoy a relaxing day on Friday with a tour at the Edison and Ford Winter Estate.Note: Schedule details are subject to change.
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The Edison Awards is committed to hosting a safe event during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit our Covid-19 page for responses and policies at participating facilities.
An opening reception will be held at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on on Wednesday, April 21st, the evening before the 2021 Edison Awards. All registered guests are invited to attend. Get to know fellow attendees and start cultivating connections. 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. We encourage you to participate and make the most of the experience.
Suggested Attire: Business Casual. Keep in mind that event is outdoors.
A trolley will run on a loop from the Luminary Hotel to the Edison Ford Winter Estates for entirety of this event. Pick up the trolly at the valet area at the Luminary Hotel.
Trolley Timing: 4:30-8:30PM
April 22 (Daytime)
Meet the Innovators Forum & Innovators' Showcase
Celebrate Earth Day at Babcock Ranch, an innovative new town that sets a whole new standard for sustainable, responsible growth. Participate in executive-level networking and presentations involving a spectrum of innovators and experts with topics ranging from water to space. Connect with your fellow innovators and view nominated products and services included in the Innovators' Showcase. Award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien will host the daytime events and Edison Achievement Award honorees Jennifer Holmgren and Reinhold Schmieding will speak. Suggested Attire: Casual. Note that SW Florida is very warm and this is an outdoors event.
Registration Check-in Opens
Shuttle from the Luminary Hotel to Babcock Ranch/Continental Breakfast
Welcome / Intro to Innovation in Southwest Florida
Edison Awards Steering Committee Member, Clinton O. Robinson will introduce the daytime host, Miles O'Brien, who will give us his opening remarks on innovation in Southwest Florida.
Miles O'Brien, Journalist, PBS NewsHour, CNN, NOVA View Bio
Clinton O. Robinson, Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch View Bio
Panel – Future of the Space Economy
Dale Ketcham, Vice President Government & External Relations, Space Florida View Bio
Samer Elhoushy, 9th Grader at The Weiss School, Palm Beach Gardens, FL;
Student Co-Investigator of the NASA-selected CapSat-1 mission View Bio
Panel – U.S. Sugar: American Farmers Feeding American Families Sustainably
Michael Ellis, VP of Strategic Environmental Affairs, U.S. Sugar View Bio
Ryan Duffy, Director of Corporate Communications, U.S. Sugar View Bio
Gene McAvoy, Associate Director of Stakeholder Relations, University of Florida View Bio
- Sustainable Water Management Tour
- Project Based Learning, Fostering Future Generations of Innovators, Babcock Neighborhood School
Interview with Bob Maughon (pre-recorded)
Interview with Jim Fitterling (pre-recorded)
Lunch - Food Trucks (Wicked Streatery, Gator John’s BBQ, Lauri Belle’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Red Roc Cravings)
Panel - Lewis Latimer Black Innovators
Patrick Pennie, Founder, President & CEO, EmCyte View Bio
Carmichael Roberts, Business Lead, Investment Committee, Breakthrough Energy Ventures View Bio
Rayvon Fouché, Director of the American Studies, Purdue University View Bio
Panel - Future of Power - LIVE from Babcock Ranch
Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO, Kitson & Partners, Developer of Babcock Ranch View Bio
Mario Azar, President, Global Power Business, Black & Veatch View Bio
Matt Valle, Vice President of Development, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) View Bio
FireSide Chat - Creating a Carbon-Smart World
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech View Bio
Fireside Chat - The Future of Active Aging
Reinhold Schmieding, Founder & President, Arthrex View Bio
Shuttle to Luminary Hotel
April 22 (Evening)
Edison Awards Gala
Celebrate with fellow innovators while we recognize and honor the best in innovation and innovators at the beautiful, new Caloosa Sound Convention Center. Attire: Black-tie Preferred.
All physical attendees of the 2021 Edison Awards must be registered by April 16th. If you are unable to join the audience in Fort Myers, attend our virtual event. The Edison Awards Gala will be presented live on April 22, 2021.
Mingle with those you met earlier in the day while sampling decadent hors d’oeuvres.
Dinner & Awards Presentation LIVE from Fort Myers
The 2021 Edison Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced and prestigious Edison Achievement Awards will be presented to Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech and Reinhold Schmieding, President and Founder of Arthrex.
VIP After Party
All winners are invited to celebrate at a reception after the awards ceremony at the Luminary Hotel, Fourth Floor Pool Lounge.
Breakfast & Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Enjoy U.S. Sugar Virtual Harvest Tour Breakfast at the OxBow Bar and Grill from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. The breakfast is first-come, first-served and limited to 25 people.