The Edison Awards has the pulse on the future innovations that will change our world. On April 4th, the 2019 Edison Awards winners of game-changing new products and service were announced. Proving innovation has reached into all categories, the winners covered AI, robotics, consumer electronics, consumer goods, medical, and social innovation.
With more than 500 senior executives and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a Gala dinner held at the Capitale in New York City. The diverse group of attendees represented many nations including Australia, Canada, Philippines, Israel, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Dubai, and the United States.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements that changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world.
“After 32 years, it never ceases to amaze us how innovations that we could only dream about become our reality. Once again, the winners created innovations that are revolutionizing industries and becoming indispensable.” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.
One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. Over the past seven years, Ms. Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history. The company has become the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business and garnered the most patents in history.
In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day Meet the Innovators Forum and the Innovators’ Showcase, which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products including IBM Q (quantum), DropKey Studio in a Bag, Power Dolphin and more!