On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® CEA7202-1569.jpghonored Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) with the inaugural Innovation Policy Ninja Award, and named Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and DISH CEO Joseph Clayton as Digital Patriots. These four unique award recipients were recognized for their instrumental roles in advancing technology the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The industry will honor the year’s foremost industry and policy leaders who are behind both superior cutting-edge technology and the legal and regulatory framework which allows our industry to flourish. Read more.

Honorees are chosen because they understand that innovation drives our economy and improves our lives, and they are dedicated to ensuring that the US remains the world’s technology leader. To learn more about the 2013 Digital Patriots and the dinner program, please view the Digital Patriots program book.

2011-Official-Headshot-Senator-Jerry-Moran.jpgThe Honorable Jerry Moran (R-KS)
United States Senate   
polis_official_photo.jpgThe Honorable Jared Polis (D-CO)
United States House of Representatives
Joseph P. Clayton
President and CEO, DISH

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) will also be honored with the Innovation Policy Ninja Award which recognizes a policy maker who is forward thinking and advances public policies that will spur innovation for decades to come.

The Honorable Greg Walden (R-OR)
The U.S. House of Representatives

This year proceeds from the Digital Patriots Dinner will go to Bright Beginnings Inc. and the CEA Foundation.


Bright Beginnings Inc., a nationally-accredited child and family development center, provides comprehensive educational, therapeutic, health and family services program for homeless families with young children. Our mission is to provide homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a safe, nurturing educational environment; prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn; and support homeless parents to stabilize their home lives and become self-sufficient. Bright Beginnings’ educational, therapeutic and family services for 150 homeless children and their parents each year is a critical intervention that prepares children for kindergarten and school success; addresses children’s therapeutic and health needs; and promotes parent involvement and parenting growth that supports their children’s education. Bright Beginnings implements proven strategies for preparing homeless children for kindergarten by teaching critical pre-academic skills and identifying and addressing therapeutic and health needs that might be obstacles to learning.


The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association. It was established with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. The Foundation is focused on strategic support of programs to impact these communities and launched its first series of grants in 2012. It also serves to facilitate dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders around these important issues.

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