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99U Conference 2017

Alva Award

Who will be the next great serial inventor—possibly even the next Thomas Edison? Someone who can not only envision incredible ideas, but also lead them to the finish line? Great inventors—and great inventions—solve problems, address real needs, and make the world work better.

99U recognizes these world-changing creators with the Alva Award and invites them to share insights from their creative process at our annual conference.

Presented by Adobe

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2012 Alva Winner
Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you’re away and guides you to energy-efficient temperatures when you are home.

Prior to Nest, Tony served as senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod digital music player and the first three generations of the iPhone.

In his 20-plus years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, Tony has authored more than 100 patents.

Tony's 99U talk

From the iPod and the iPhone to the Nest Learning Thermostat, Tony Fadell's incredible creations have disrupted industries, introduced beautifully designed solutions, and changed the way we live.

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