Nexans partners with the Edison Innovation Foundation

The Edison Innovation Foundation is building the next generation of pioneers to solve tomorrow's energy challenges. Nexans is proud to be a part of the Edison legacy and actively participates in the transition to sustainable energy in North America.

Nexans is proud to announce it has joined the Edison Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Edison legacy, as a Gold Partner of the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest. Created in 2010, the contest promotes project-based STEM learning and encourages invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship among students before they get to college.

Starting January 2022, in the role of Gold Partner, Nexans will co-sponsor the competition with the Edison Innovation Foundation. The annual competition, open to U.S. students in grades 4 through 12, encourages invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. As a Gold sponsor, Nexans will sit on the judging panel to select the team that best incorporates alternative energy in their invention.

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The Nexans-Edison award will spotlight the use of alternative energy in these projects by providing students with wind and solar power devices to include in their projects and awarding the innovative use of that power.

By encouraging the comprehension and practice of a more sustainable energy early on in students learning careers, Nexans and the Edison Innovation Foundation can confront climate change and make the shift towards a more sustainable future.

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Supporting girls in STEM

The Edison Innovation Foundation also encourages students, especially girls and minorities, to embrace careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Created in 2010, the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest not only provides students with the chance to learn more about STEM but brings more opportunities to the most underrepresented communities, including girls. Currently, close to 60 percent of participants are girls, of which 80 percent are finalists.

2022 Thomas Edison Pitch Contest

1st Place & Nexans-Edison Award: Team Telluric, from Cupertino High School, California.

This team’s invention reduces the need for artificial lighting in vertical farming, a more sustainable and affordable solution for worldwide food shortages. They’ve created a working, smart prototype powered by alternative energy that can be used by home gardeners and small farms alike – Earning them not only a top spot in the finals but the Nexans-Edison award for the most innovative use of alternative energy.

Tommy Award: Nexans

A special award was also given by the Edison Foundations to Nexans! This year’s Tommy Award, which celebrates Edison-like innovation and humanitarian, was given to the gold sponsor for their support of STEM and dedication to sustainable energy.

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