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 and around the world.

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 for the second year in a row. Created in 2010, the contest promotes project-based STEM learning and encourages invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship among students before they get to college.

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

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The Nexans-Edison award spotlights the use of alternative energy in these projects such as wind and solar and awards the team with the most innovative use of that power.

By encouraging the use of sustainable energy early on in students' learning careers, Nexans and the Edison Innovation Foundation can help educate students about the environment and the shift towards a more sustainable future.

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2023 Thomas Edison Pitch Contest

The registration period for the 13th Thomas Edison Pitch Contest, for which Nexans is a Gold partner, closed in early February. This year, 825 students in 289 teams from 105 schools will participate in the contest, which will allow them to live the same experiences that made Thomas Edison a great inventor and businessman.

Nexans and the Thomas Innovation Foundation are delighted with the growing number of participating schools from 37 states in the US and, for the first time, competitors from France and Canada are in the contest.

This year's Nexans-Edison Special Award highlights the use of alternative renewable energy in the projects submitted and rewards the most innovative use of this energy. The winning team invented a solar powered robot that cleans solar panels, boosting their efficiency and saving consumers money on maintenance while maximizing energy production.

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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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