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2021 Edison Awards Category Spotlight

As the fall sets in on us on the east coast, we are reminded of nature's perseverance and all of the measures necessary to preserve the world we live in. This is also the start of the 4th Quarter of 2020, a year that has awoken us all to some degree. At the Edison Awards, we feel honor and privileged to have the opportunity to host our unique program recognizing those around the world that are continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible.

In previous newsletters, we outlined COVID-19 Innovations and Critical Human Infrastructure. Each category is shining a bright spotlight on how innovators solve the world's critical problems and create solutions that many have never even heard of.

This week, that spotlight is squarely on advancements in "Aeronautical Innovation," "Engineering & Materials Science," and "Education."


More than a century before they became realities, Thomas Edison accurately predicted an aeronautical world that included space travel and drones. Each day we are looking at the horizon and realize that "the sky's the limit" sets too low a bar for today's inventors who are ushering in the future at supersonic speed. The Aeronautical Innovation category encompasses all innovations that relate to aviation and space.

Edison's advances in incandescent lights established just how crucial it was to get the right materials for durable filaments. Materials improvements underlie high tech electronics, aerospace, transportation, and more. Advances in this area also enable new technologies such as modern construction, packaging, sports equipment, water purification, and much that we take for granted. The Engineering & Materials Science category recognizes advances in the materials that extend what is possible, covering the manipulation of structure and properties, whether through nanotechnology, chemistry, metallurgy, or formulation.

Largely self-taught and homeschooled, Thomas Edison embodied the essence of education as he deeply immersed himself into an infinite array of subjects, as evidenced in this quote: "My refuge was the Detroit Public Library. I started, it now seems to me, with the first book on the bottom shelf, and I went through the lot, one by one. I didn't read a few books. I read the library." The Education category is for products and services that embody innovation in the ever-evolving field of education.

In the past, we have seen entries from some amazing companies and hope to see your entry this year be recognized for the amazing work you are pioneering. START YOUR NOMINATION HERE.

If you have questions, please email Justin Starbird directly ( more

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