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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.

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2015 Alva Winner
Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong, and New York.

Anderson is also the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Anderson’s awards and honors include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005); Time Magazine’s Tech 40, The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013); and Foreign Policy Magazine‘s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013).

Anderson lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.

Chris's 99U talk

After coining “The Long Tail” and helming Wired Magazine during its golden age, Chris has turned his sights to a new frontier: Drones we all can use.