Every year, R&D Magazine’s annual R&D 100 Awards issue is a special project for the editorial team as we recognize the top technology innovations of the previous year. This year, “special” takes on extra meaning, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the awards program.
An established tradition like the R&D 100 Awards is more than a record of the past. It is a demonstration of the progress of technology and serves as an inspiration for the future. In the September 2012 R&D 100 issue, we take a quick look back at the history of the awards. We invite all past winners to share their stories of success—the development challenges, moment of discovery, and success of the award-winning products. Contact us at RDeditors@advantagemedia.com with your story.
We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s individual winners—more than 1,100 researchers from industrial and high-technology companies, universities, and government and independent research laboratories around the world. In this commemorative issue, we profile the 100 winning products, which represent the leading technologies introduced in 2011.
The winning technologies—and the developers behind them—will be honored at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet, a black tie gala, on Nov. 1, 2012, at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, in Orlando, Fla. At the event, the editors will announce three R&D 100 Editor’s Choice Awards, recognizing our favorite technologies from this year’s winners.
The editors would like to extend thanks to the members of this year’s judging panel. Our volunteer judges represent all areas of research life, from small and large businesses, to universities and major laboratories. These experts play a vital role in the awards program, reviewing detailed, lengthy entries, and providing insight into the value and potential of the entries.
Innovation does not end here with the 50th anniversary celebration. We are looking ahead to the 2013 edition of the R&D 100 Awards. The editors are now accepting applications for the 2013 competition.
Any product or process that was first available for sale or licensing between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012 is eligible. Entrants must complete an entry form and submit the application, entry fee, and supporting materials by March 29, 2013. You can download an entry form, read details instructions, and learn tips for improving your entry on www.RD100Awards.com.
That’s a starting point to joining the R&D 100 Awards tradition.