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The Alva Award: Recognizing Remarkable Inventors

Who will be the next great serial inventor, perhaps even the next Thomas Edison? The 99% and GE introduce the first annual Alva Award.

Who will be the next great serial inventor – possibly even the next Thomas Edison? Someone who can not only envision incredible ideas, but also lead them to the finish line, time and time again? Someone who will make a real impact on the way the world works in the future?

Great inventors – and great inventions – solve problems, address real needs, and make life better. When it comes to making ideas happen, no figure is more iconic, more representative, than the inventor. That’s why Behance and 99U have decided to recognize the next generation of world-changing creators with a new prize: The Alva.The Alva takes its name from the legendary inventor who inspired us: Thomas Alva Edison, who said that “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” It’s fitting then that the prize will be presented with the generous support of our friends at GE, a company that has been committed to innovation since its founding by Edison over 130 years ago.

The Alva Award: Recognizing Remarkable Inventors

Given to one person each year, The Alva Award will recognize a remarkable, serial inventor who has shown the ability to create useful, innovative new products and/or services that contribute toward a larger vision and make an impact on the world. The inaugural Alva award-winner will be announced at this year’s sold-out 99U Conference on May 4, 2012 in New York City, where he/she will share a sneak-peek into the creative process that drives their incredible inventions. The Alva Emerging Fellowships: Providing Seed Grants for Young Inventors What’s more, we will be cultivating the next generation of creative visionaries with our exciting new Alva Emerging Fellowship program. Through an open application process, we will identify three promising young inventors and provide them with seed grants to take action on their ideas, a ticket to the 2012 99U Conference, and access to GE’s manufacturing expertise and resources. –> Learn more about the Alva Emerging Fellowships & how to apply

The Alva Award Selection Committee

To help us choose wisely, we’ve assembled an Alva selection committee of leading minds from across the design, tech, education, and business communities, including: Beth Comstock /// SVP and CMO, GE Diego Rodriguez /// Partner, IDEO Gary Vaynerchuk /// Founder, Wine Library TV Ji Lee /// Communication Designer, Facebook John Maeda /// President, Rhode Island School of Design Josh Rubin /// Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cool Hunting Lesa Mitchell /// VP, The Kauffman FoundationMark Hatch /// CEO, TechShop Michael Ventura /// Founder, Sub Rosa Scott Belsky /// CEO, Behance Sheryl Connelly /// Manager, Ford Global Trends & Futuring Tom Wujec /// Fellow, Autodesk

What’s Next for the Alva Award?

Follow us @99U to stay tuned into Alva Award updates, as we lead up to the big reveal at this year’s 99U Conference on May 3-4, 2012 in New York City. — For any general or press inquiries about the Alva Award, please send us an email.

More Posts by Jocelyn K. Glei

A writer and the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei is obsessed with how to make great creative work in the Age of Distraction. Her latest book is Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distraction, and Get Real Work Done. Her previous works include the 99U’s own bestselling book series: Manage Your Day-to-Day, Maximize Your Potential, and Make Your Mark. Follow her @jkglei.

Comments (1)
  • 99designs vs Crowdspring

    It’s difficult to imagine life without the things we enjoy today like television, mobile phones, the internet, satellite navigation, fax machines and so on. Take them away and life comes to a shuddering halt. For all the mystery and intrigue surrounding the life of this remarkable inventor one thing is certain for all of invention, recognised or not, All Inventors was truly a men ahead of their time and deserves to be remembered.

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