Taking the Passion of Technology for Humanity on The Road.
Join us to meet local innovators, pitch your projects, listen to great speakers and enjoy food, drink and an inspirational evening.
Pitch winners will receive prizes and mentorship. The Not Impossible Awards were created to celebrate the people and organizations that leverage technological innovation to power humanitarian efforts. Our vision is for a world where social transformation is the driving force behind technology.
Complimentary tickets are now available for each of the five-city Developer Roadshow events, and advance registration is encouraged.
The Not Impossible Awards Developer Roadshow is coming to five U.S. cities.
Highlight your tech for humanity during the Pitch Forum. If you or your team are working on a technological solution to address issues of inability and inaccessibility, we want to hear from you. You’ll get 5 minutes of mic time to pitch your product to an audience and panel of industry professionals for the chance to win Bose QuietComfort headphones, custom skateboard, a mentorship package, and be considered for a Not Impossible Award.
An extraordinary evening that brings together innovators, makers and entrepreneurs for an interactive event highlighting Technology for Social Impact and for the Sake of Humanity, and an opportunity to participate in the Not Impossible Awards.
The events include TED Talk style presentations that will inspire you to engage in Not Impossible’s mission and use your skills to create new problem-solving technology to improve the lives of others.
ENGAGEMENT AND MENTORSHIP
An inspirational segment that will help you to “think through the impossible”, meet your hardware goals, gain technology partnerships, and bring your product to market. Mentoring opportunities with us and our partners present opportunities to incubate and accelerate your projects.
INTERACTION AND NETWORKING
Connect and share your expertise and exchange new ideas at a Pitch Forum. A Call to Action asks attendees to use their skills to create technology for humanity and invites you to submit your tech as a potential nominee for a Not Impossible Award.
About the Contest
The Not Impossible Awards celebrates the people and organizations that leverage technological innovation or the re-application of existing solutions to change people’s lives. Our vision is for a world where social transformation is the driving force behind technology. The Awards seeks out the most inspiring developers creating innovative and effective social impact technology that betters the human condition.
If you or your team, are working on a technological solution to address issues of inability and inaccessibility, we want to hear from you.
Submissions will close on a rolling basis by category:
Healthcare Category - Closing February 11, 2019
Sustainability Category - Closing February 14, 2019
Adaptive and Accessibility Category - Closing February 19, 2019
Internet of Things Category & Wildcard Category - Closing March 6, 2019
Winners notified by - March 31, 2019
Not Impossible Awards Show in Los Angeles - June 2019
Each of our five award recipients will be featured in a short documentary showcasing their technology and the people it helps. The documentaries will be screened at the Not Impossible Awards show and shared on social media. Winners will also receive ongoing collaboration and mentorship from industry leaders and experts, along with opportunities to incubate and accelerate their work.
Not impossible will select five award winners for 2019 in the categories of Healthcare, IoT, Sustainability, Adaptive and Accessibility, and a Wildcard category.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Connectivity Award sponsored by Avnet recognizes and honors technology that connects physical devices to the internet allowing the collection and exchange of data addressing humanitarian problems.
The Healthcare Breakthrough Award sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield Association acknowledges and celebrates top people, platforms and products in the health and medical technology industry.
The Impact Sustainability Award honors innovative technology that addresses the needs of the present without compromising the wellbeing of future generations.
Adaptive and Accessibility
Identifies, recognizes and honors technology that enables access to services, experiences and environments regardless of personal abilities or special needs.
This is a broad reach category that acknowledges and celebrates a diverse range of technology that aligns with our core mission to inspire good while doing good for humanity.
Founded on the principle of Technology for the Sake of Humanity, Not Impossible Labs LLC is a one-of-a-kind, award winning technology incubator and content studio dedicated to changing the world through technology and story.
Hackster, an Avnet division, is the world’s fastest growing developer community for learning, programming, and building hardware.
By bringing together a global network of nearly a million innovators and hundreds of technology partners, Hackster hopes to facilitate the creation of solutions that make today's world a smarter, healthier place.
A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, named one of Wired’s “Agents of Change” and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker, and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world. He founded Not Impossible on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of "commit, then figure it out" allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that
better the world by bringing accessibility for all. Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds have inspired people across the world to do the same.
CEO & Founder, Not Impossible Labes
Arnie has an extensive track record of leading engineering, product development, and manufacturing organizations to bring complex products to market across a wide range of technologies. He currently leads Avnet’s Global Design Solutions team which is responsible for key portions of Avnet’s ecosystem including design services, manufacturing, and engineering solutions.
He previously worked as an engineer and then engineering manager at Motorola in the cellular infrastructure and mobile devices divisions. He also served as Vice President of Products at SteelSeries and later at Turtle Beach where he led the product development teams.
Arnie holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Florida International.
VP - Global Design Solutions, Avnet
VP of Demand Creation, Avnet
With over 25 years in the electronics and semi-conductor industry, he has helped numerous companies, from start-ups to large multi-billion dollar companies, move their ideas through design, production and revenue.
Prior to Avnet, Sunny was the Chief Operating Officer for Jooster, a health and wellness company and was VP of Sales for Arrow Electronics. During this time, he led the engineering team that re-designed a Corvette Stingray that was driven by a quadriplegic. Sunny also co-founded and served as CEO for 9 Fish Surfboards and was an adjunct professor for Cal Lutheran University’s MBA program where he started the school’s technology tract. Sunny holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cal Lutheran University.
Sunny also holds several patents on electronic accessories for cell phones.
A couple of fun facts on Sunny include surfing 20ft waves on the north shore of Hawaii and participating on the ballroom dance team in college.
Erich Van Stralen is an industry veteran of 25 years with extensive experience in engineering product development. His experience spans the complete lifecycle from idea to mass production and end of life. He has managed projects in all industries from consumer to medical and military. Erich’s roots are in electronic system and chip design. His career evolved over time to project management of global, multidisciplinary engineering teams to develop complete products. Erich also has experience in technical marketing and business development. One of his most exciting projects was managing the Not Impossible Music product engineering development - www.notimpossible.com/mni/