MI Dengue Named Edison Awards Finalist

MI Dengue Will Be Recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 25 in Chicago
Feb. 15, 2013 - PRLog -- Belo Horizonte, Brazil Feb. 15, 2013 – MI Dengue has been named a 2013 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™.  MI Dengue by Ecovec is a Finalist in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category, one of twelve categories honored by the Edison Awards.  The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

Ecovec is a technology leader in intelligent dengue monitoring solutions. MI Dengue provides an online platform for real-time, city-wide surveillance of mosquitos that transmit the dengue fever virus. The system uses novel low-cost mosquito traps, an Aedes aegypti specific attractant, and a mobile software platform to generate real-time maps that allow optimized mosquito control and help prevent dengue outbreaks. The MI Dengue system has helped to protect more than 18 million people in 60 cities over the past seven years from the dengue virus, and, according to clients, has conserved the amount of insecticide needed to control mosquitos by up to 60%.

“More than any year, this year's slate of Finalists demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus, market awareness and game-changing success,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director.  “It’s exciting to see companies like Ecovec continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

“Dengue fever is the fastest spreading neglected tropical disease on the planet, and MI Dengue is an innovative solution to put the brakes on the spread of this disease,” said company director Luis Felipe Ferreira Barroso. “It is a great honor to be recognized for our innovative approach to fighting dengue fever, especially by the Edison Awards, an organization that perfectly embodies the spirit of innovation and encourages creating a positive impact on the world.”

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.  The Panel includes members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), the American Association Advertising Agencies (4As), the Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO), the Design Management Institute (DMI), the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Association of Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  Also on the Panel are hundreds of past Edison Award winners, marketing professionals, scientists, designers, engineers and academics. Award winners will be announced April 25, 2013 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom at historic Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization  dedicated to fostering  future innovators.  The 2013 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, and USA Today.  For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
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