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Here’s a recap of the innovators, startups and teams that brought it all together.
Edison Nation teamed up with Amazon to host the first ever Amazon Inventions Tour that took place this past weekend in Atlanta (Friday, 9/25 and Saturday, 9/26). Innovators and startups from all over traveled by car, plane and Greyhound bus to get to Atlanta. Just how far did they come? We’re glad you asked. Here’s a handy heat map:
On Friday morning at 7am, the doors opened to the Amazon Inventions Tour. All attending innovators and startups were asked to first check in at registration where Michelle Sartori and myself greeted each one and handed out individual presentation times.
Upon check-in, all of our attendees were invited to listen in on Friday’s lineup of speakers, which included Tom Charron from 3D Systems, Mitch Cohen from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Suzanne Oldham from Suzanne Oldham Consulting, Matthew Hoffman from Greenberg Traurig, Jessica Mindich from the Caliber Collection, Geert Christiaansen from Philips Design, Paul Earle from Farmhouse, Louis Foreman from Edison Nation, Jim Irvine from Cyndx Advisors, Dr. Jean Wright, M.D. from Carolinas HealthCare System, Bradley Leong from Tandem Capital, Dan Dimezza from Sequential Brands Group, Jason Feldman from Amazon, Jonathan Wood from Bridgestone Americas, Marco Carvalho from Toys Talk and Renee Finley from GuideWell.
The weekend’s full speaker series was sponsored by Philips.
On Friday evening, event sponsor Budweiser hosted the “Budweiser Brew House” happy hour and networking reception for all. Attending innovators and startups were invited to enjoy free drinks and food, as well as the chance to catch up with the Edison Nation team, meet the Amazon innovation team and participating speakers and sponsors.
Cold beer tasted awfully nice for those innovators and startups who made it through the first day of pitching and presenting. If eating and drinking wasn’t your thing, you could network, play Cornhole and spark conversations with those around.
Saturday kicked off a new day of pitches, presentations and speakers. On the line up? David Donovick from Pivotal Living, Dipanjan Nag from Prediqtus, Craig Sampson from Farmhouse, Peter Hardigan from Theranova, David Harkins from the Boy Scouts of America, Erik Feingold from Sharecare, Tony Knight from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Jill Schmidt from JillSchmidt PR, Kate Drane from Indiegogo, Greg Johnson from Orbital Socket, Chris McIntire from Agent Authority, Milton Tjin from United Sales and Marketing, Kristi Gorinas from the Kristi G Company, Kimberly Duva from Amazon Media Group, Eric Huber from Edison Nation, Nicholas Chaillan from Nesting Partners, Brandon Adams from the University of Young Entrepreneurs, with closing remarks and a Q&A with Jason Feldman of Amazon.
While the Philips Speakers Series was happening in Hall A, innovators and startups were quietly being called back to make their pitches and presentations to either the Edison Nation or Amazon teams. We queued up inventors five to eight at a time, and they got to know each other in a short line outside of the presentation rooms.
Each pitch room had four judges waiting to hear about that innovator’s great idea. Upon arriving into the room, each individual had about two minutes to prep their invention, five minutes to present, as well as some closing time for dialogue with the judges.
This father and son inventing duo walked out of their pitch looking impossibly fresh, don’t you think?
Amazon’s head of global innovation, Jason Feldman, took the stage for the final presentation on Saturday evening. As he wrapped up his talk, he kicked off a Q&A with the crowd. To everyone’s delight, the first question asked was, “This event was awesome. When and where will you do it again?”
Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the first Amazon Inventions Tour, as well as plans for future events with Amazon. In the meantime, if you have a bright idea to share, Edison Nation is always on the lookout no matter where you are!