I attended InventBay’s International Exposition, a tradeshow for inventors, this past weekend, October 18th, 2008. The event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Never mind the distance – how could I pass up an opportunity to network and expand my understanding of our industry?
Tradeshows can be expensive – you’ve got to travel to the convention’s location and pay for a hotel. But I cannot overstress how much I learned this weekend, and how important it is to get involved in our community. All the big players are there in full force! The value is enormous. If you have to save up, do so. Schedule one right now.
They had a speaker every hour, on the hour. And beyond simply listening to these industry experts, you could meet them afterwards! The exposition was informal and extremely user-friendly. Here are just a few examples of the event’s speakers, several of which I’ve blogged about before.
John Calvert, the former acting director of the Office of the Independent Inventor’s program and the USPTO, was one such expert. He spoke about the operating practices of the USPTO and how the independent inventor can benefit from the organization.
I enjoyed successful inventor Lisa Llyod’s presentation as well; she jumped in the field creating new hair accessories and has now licensed over seven products. Curious about the steps she took? She explained them.
The director of the United Inventor’s Association and president of the Inventive Consultant Group, Bonnie Griffin Kaake, was a speaker as well. She shared tips on how inventor’s can get their product to market as seamlessly as possible.
And one of my favorite industry professionals, Louis Foreman of the PBS show Everyday Edisons, spoke about feasibility of an idea.
But the event offered inventors even more than amazing speakers. Jay Leno’s production team was at the exposition, filming inventors and their ideas for the show! How much more exposure can you really ask for?
I’m also always advising you to establish relationships with other inventors – to network. Beyond learning from professionals, tradeshows are the perfect opportunity for you to learn from and connect with other inventors, your peers.
Why do people miss these expositions? I have no idea. Make attending a tradeshow your new priority.