IndustryWeek is delighted to be the exclusive media partner of the Industrial Research Institute's TechTournament, which will be held as part of the organization's 75th anniversary. The goal: to have you help us identify the most meaningful innovation of the past 75 years.
Entries should highlight an innovation (you can submit a short video [30 seconds to 2 minutes] or a photo with a short description), that meets the criteria in one of the following categories:
- Product and service innovations: Enter into this category an innovation that significantly improved existing or created new products and/or services, e.g., the bottle cap.
- Business innovations: Submissions in this category will describe how an existing technology was used to create a new way of doing business, either new for the company or completely new and novel business model, e.g., the Drive-in movie theater.
- Innovations that created a new industry: Nominate a product that not only address a latent need, but establish a context for futher developments and innovations, e.g., the Guttenberg press.
- Innovations that enhanced a societal good: Innovations that significantly improved social goods, resulting in cleaner air, cleaner water, improved healthcare, reduced injury, improved education, and/or an improved quality of life, should be considered for submission. An example is the development and sharing of the 3-point safety harness for cars in 1959, by Volvo, which is credited for saving an estimated 1 million lives.
Public voting and judging will take place between October 1 and November 19, with the winner announced at the IRI's Future Summit, November 20, in San Jose, Calif.
But it's not too early to get started: Share with a comment to this blog what you think is the most meaningful innovation of the past 75 years.