The Edison Awards is thrilled to hold its annual event to Fort Myers, Florida, April 20-22, 2022.
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The schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Wednesday, April 20



Welcome Reception

All registered guests are invited to attend the opening reception at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. 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.

Attire: Resort Casual/Business Casual. Keep in mind that the event is outdoors.

Parking/Trolley: There is ample parking at the Winter Estates. For those riding the trolley, onboard directly in front of the Caloosa Sound Convention Center stairwell on Edwards Drive.
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Tour the Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Trolley departs promptly at 3:50 PM and 4:00 PM for the venue tour.
5:30 PM - Sunset
Welcome Reception
Gravity Industries Live Jetpack Flight Demo. Trolley departures will loop continuously beginning at 5:30pm until sunset, for both pick up and return drop off trips. The ride is approximately 7 minutes each way.
Sunset
Dine Around Downtown Fort Myers, Florida
Enjoy the lively nightlife of the downtown area, dine outdoors, enjoy a rooftop drink, or a sweet snack. A wide variety of food options and activities are waiting to be explored during this self-paced optional excursion time.

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Thursday, April 21


Meet the Innovators Forum & Innovators' Showcase

Participate in executive-level networking and presentations involving a spectrum of innovators and experts with diverse topics. 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.

Attire: Business Casual.

7:30 AM
Registration Check-in Opens
Continental Breakfast until 8:45 AM.
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Innovators' Showcase
Open throughout the day, the Innovators' Showcase gives guests a hands-on look at nominated products between sessions. Talk one-on-one with the innovators of today or show off your own award-winning product or service. Contact your Edison Awards representative for booth reservation information.
9:00 AM
Morning Sessions
Meet the Innovators Forum Welcome,
Miles O'Brien, Journalist, PBS NewsHour, CNN, NOVA // BIO
Achievement Award Honoree Keynote
Bracken Darrell, President & CEO of Logitech // BIO
Securing the Future: Interconnected-Systems, Food Security, and Economic Development
Sandy Clark, Infosec Research Scientist and Cyber Security Analyst, Apple
Carl Stringer, Vice President of Information Technology, US Sugar // BIO
John Talmage, Director, Lee County Economic Development Office // BIO
Critical Human Infrastructure: The Role of Technology and Entrepreneurship
Irvin Bishop Jr, EVP, Global Chief Information Officer, Black & Veatch // BIO
Dr. Christine Gulbranson, Innovation Strategist, Renewable Energy Innovator, Entrepreneur, and Author // BIO
Crystal Stiles, Senior Director, Economic Development, Florida Power & Light // BIO
Young Edison Challenge
Ashley Maher, CEO, Charlotte Community Foundation // BIO
12:00 PM
Lunch / Innovators' Showcase
1:30 PM
Afternoon Sessions
Achievement Award Honoree Keynote
Carmichael Roberts, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Material Impact and Co-Lead, Investment Committee, Breakthrough Energy Ventures // BIO
Meet the Lewis Latimer Fellows

The Global Perspective: Building Sustainable Communities
Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO of Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch // BIO
Bob Maughon, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Technology and Innovation and CTO and CSO, SABIC // BIO
Diana Zhou, Venture Partner, Eclipse Ventures
4:30 PM
Adjournment
We will wrap up the day's activities and adjourn to prepare for the evening’s Gala.

Thursday, April 21


Edison Awards Gala

Celebrate with fellow innovators while we recognize and honor the best in innovation and innovators at the beautiful Caloosa Sound Convention Center. Start the evening with a cocktail reception and mingle with those met earlier in the day while sampling decadent hors d’oeuvres. The 2022 Edison Awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze Winners will be announced and the prestigious Edison Achievement Award will be presented to Carmichael Roberts, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Material Impact and Co-Lead, Investment Committee, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Bracken Darrell, President and CEO of Logitech.

Attire: Black Tie Formal.
6:00 PM
Opening Reception
7:00 PM
Dinner & Ceremony


VIP After Party

All winners are invited to celebrate at a reception after the awards ceremony at the The Oxbow Rooftop. Enjoy panoramic riverfront views on the Caloosahatchee River, just a short walk from the Caloosa Sound Convention Center.
10:00 PM
VIP After Party

Friday, April 22


9:00 AM
Mimosa Breakfast & Advisory Solutions Meet and Greet
(RSVP Required) Location: Luminary Hotel, main floor, ‘The Workshop’ room
12:15 - 3:00 PM
Babcock Ranch Tour
(RSVP Required) Praised as America's First Solar Powered Town, Babcock Ranch is designed as a research and development hub for clean energy methods. Vibrant, engaging, and interactive community places, gathering spaces, nature trails, roadways, and waterways create memorable experiences. The bus will depart at 12:15 PM and will return to the convention center by 3:00 PM. Box lunch will be provided.

Experiential Learning Day

Enjoy an exciting day designed to engage students and the community at large in future-forward thinking! See Gravity Industries demonstrate their Jet Suit, watch Edison Award winning innovators present their new product or service to a panel of professional athletes, enjoy a live concert, and more! The event is open to the public but registration in encouraged.

Attire: Smart Casual.

Register For Friday's Events



10:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Dr. Ken Savage, Lee County Superintendent // BIO
10:05 AM
Gravity Industries Presentation & Live Flight Demo
Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot, will demonstrate the world’s first patented Jet Suit
10:30 AM
Pro-Athlete Pitch Panel
Watch Edison Award winning innovators present their new product or service to a panel of professional athletes in a 'Shark Tank' style format. Panelists will ask questions, provide feedback and potentially invest in the new innovations!

Timothy J. Cartwright, Partner, Fifth Ave Family Office - MODERATOR
Byron Jones, Cornerback for the Miami Dolphins
Josh Childress, Founder and CEO of LandSpire, Retired Professional Basketball Player
Brandon Rule, Founder and CEO of Rule Enterprises
Derrick Morgan, Founder and CEO of Kngdmgroup, Former Linebacker for the Tennessee Titans
11:15 AM
Insights from Insiders
The Pitch Panel Athletes will share inspirational stories from their own journeys through life. Please enjoy these phenomenal examples of dreaming big and working hard.
11:30 AM
Lunch & Live Entertainment
The Champ Jaxon Band; Aiden Persaud, Violinist; and Collin Roberts, One-man Band
12:15 PM
On-Stage Competition
Crowd-sourced Participants
12:30 PM
Meet the 2022 Young Edisons
Sonia Patel, Pria Sawhney, Maggie Zhang
1:00 PM
Youth Pitch Panel
Dylan Kiesling, David Liu, William Mayville
1:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Ashley Maher, CEO, Charlotte Community Foundation // BIO
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