The Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest is ready to take nominations for the 2023 Innovators Awards.
The awards, which started in 2005, focus on innovation in Northwest Indiana's seven counties.
“Innovation is part of our heritage here in Northwest Indiana and needs to be celebrated,” said Sheila Matias, executive director of the Society of Innovators, in a press releas. “From the early days of manufacturing and the steel industry to the present, we have seen innovation create positive change for our communities. Recognizing innovation can be a compelling catalyst that encourages others to take their aspirations and ideas from conception to market.”
Nominations from all industries, with or without technology as its focus, are encouraged to apply. The 19th awards will feature categories for individuals and teams.
The selection committee will focus on these key questions:
- What problem is being solved?
- What is the innovation? (The solution to that problem)
- What new value is the solution creating?
- How is the solution unique?
- What is the impact of the innovation?
Past winners range from high school students to retirees. Last year's recipients included a candy maker, programming for high schools, parenting resources and a lifetime achievement award.
“The Society of Innovators was founded on the belief that anyone can be an innovator and that innovation can come from anywhere. Nothing exemplifies this more than our annual awards program,” said Jason Williams, assistant director of the Society of Innovators. “It is always exciting to hear about all of the problems being solved across our region each year, and to learn the stories of the people behind the solutions.”
Nominees must live or work in Northwest Indiana. There is no nomination fee, and self-nominations are accepted. The deadline to nominate a person or team online is July 31.