Saluting Innovation at Hasbro for partnering with 3DSystems to develop children’s play products powered by 3D printing. 3D printing is the process of creating three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model by laying down thousands of layers of liquefied plastic, metal and glass. Hasbro President and CEO, Brian Goldner, believes that 3D printing offers endless potential to bring incredible new play experiences for kids. Combined with Hasbro's portfolio of toys and games and brand recognition, the collaboration is meant to "define, shape and lead the entire digital play space” said the CEO of 3D Systems. We salute Hasbro for being a leader in this space and co-developing innovative toys for future generations.
Saluting Innovation at Top Golf for transforming a trip to the driving range turn into to a tech-enabled entertainment experience. Unlike typical driving ranges, the Top Golf range resembles a large colorful dartboard spread out over 200 yards. You shoot from one of the 102 golfing bays equipped with interactive touch screens and TV’s at each.
Saluting Innovation at PicoBrew Zymatic for creating an automatic beer brewing machine that anyone can use in the comfort of their own home. Bill Mitchell and Jim Mitchell, former Microsoft employees and brothers, have figured out how to produce top-notch beer in any flavor you can imagine with a touch of a button.
Saluting innovation in the US Air Force for hosting the National Security Forum in the Air War College. Every year this program provides an extended opportunity for candid engagement of ideas on future and current national and international security issues among the Air War College students, faculty, and invited guests of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Saluting Innovation at JM Smucker for exceeding the industry standard of revenue growth from innovation. In 2013 JM Smucker set their internal target for new products to contribute 1% growth; their products introduced last year delivered 9% of the company’s net sales. Smuckers booming success is largely due in part to their keen eye on market trends.
Saluting Innovation at Novartis for their portfolio transformation focusing the company on leading businesses with innovation power and global scale. April 22, 2014 marked the biggest industry deal since 2009 as Novartis announced their transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly valued at $28.5 billion.
Saluting Innovation at Merck for creating a channel that combines the next generations’ ideas with the expertise of experienced industry professionals. The Merck Serono Innovation Cup is a summer camp that brings together the brightest students from all over the world to develop new ideas to address unmet medical needs to help patients live a better life.
Saluting Innovation at Bush Brothers and Company for using sustainable food packaging that benefits the global environment. Bush Brothers and Company is a private family – owned company founded in 1908, producing a large variety of canned beans. Their sustainable food packaging features lighter cans in order to reduce shipping weight to keep fuel cost low.
Saluting Innovation at Lynx for turning the most amateur griller into a professional grill master with a simple voice command. Lynx created a voice-activated smart grill that cooks food automatically based on commands directly from you. A fly-by-wire system drives the primary functions of the grill with an automated system that cooks pre-programmed recipes to perfection every time.