I’m excited about an upcoming event and want you to be too. I hope this blog can serve as a venue for information about opportunities in the inventing community in addition to advice and my personal experiences. This specific event is the Colorado’s Inventor Showcase, held by the Da Vinci Institute.
What is the Da Vinci Institute? I interviewed executive director Thomas Frey, a former engineer for IBM and legitimate genius, for the scoop.
“The Da Vinci Institute was originally founded as a futurist think tank, but we made it a priority to not simply talk about the future, but help create it. We work with revolutionary thinkers like inventors and entrepreneurs – people who are trying to change the world around us. We believe that the future can be unlocked one idea, one invention, one business at a time. We seek out the technologies we believe the future is missing, the cutting edge crucial ones we need.”
One of the greatest ways the Da Vinci Institution shows support for inventors is in its annual event, the Colorado Inventor’s showcase. The event will be held on November 10th, at the Cable Center in Denver.
What can you expect to see?
“Inventor’s from around the United States come to exhibit what they’ve been working on. Products need not have a patent or be on the market. Attendees are able to go to the various displays and talk to inventors. How far along are they? What’s going on in their head? Every year the caliber of the products is raised,” explained Frey.
The event boasts an impressive panel of judges, over sixty in total. They are divided into three categories and what Frey described as “three flavors”. The first judges are from the media, involved in television or radio. The second group is financial, such as venture capitalists and bankers – people who have the capacity and interest to invest in inventors. The third group is composed of corporate executives. The judges interact with the inventors, offering both their criticism and their advice.
Clearly, the networking opportunities at this event are unparalleled. I highly recommend all inventors in the area(and across the US!) to attend and to check out the event further at “www.davinciinstitute.com/”
And on a side note, the USPTO will be holding a recruiting fair at the event at the same time – they need to hire 1200 new examiners! So if this career path is of interest to you as well, check it out.
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