November 3, 2009 - Tuesday
Inventing the Economic Engines for a Better Tomorrow
Event Video Available
Announcing the Winners
“We had a remarkable group of inventors this year,” said Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. “From technical to consumer to medical, they represented the top innovators in Colorado and surrounding states. It’s the inventors that make our Showcase a success and we thank them for exhibiting with us. We firmly believe that inventors are the hope of our future and we will continue to offer a platform to help them gain visibility and recognition for their brilliant ideas.”
The inventors receiving awards and honorable mentions are:
- Inventor of the Year Award - Steve Schmutzer - Infusion Management System by Firefly Medical – http://www.fireflymedical.com/ - “The ‘Infusion Management System,’ or IMS, is a disruptive new product category designed to replace the outdated and unsafe IV pole in hospitals.
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Philip Hartman - A steam cleaning windshield wiper (no website)
- Commercial Product of the Year Award – Pete Tovani – ET Squared – www.etsquared.com - BioReactor is a waste to energy system which is part of the clean/smart energy grid design
- Consumer Product of the Year Award – Gordon Nuttall – Rocky Mountain Imaging - The Rocky Mountain Imaging mobile scanner is a portable and versatile scanning solution that simply and quickly converts photos, images, and pages to digital
- Software Product of the Year Award – Roger Toennis – Loyal2.ME by Liquid Media - www.liquidmediasw.com - The Worlds First “Personal Loyalty Program” designed for the Social Media generation.
- Peoples’ Choice Special Award – Craig Jenkins – EZ Shot Basketball - www.ezshotbasketball.net - EZ Shot is a patented fully-automatic basketball return machine well suited for training, recreation and entertainment
- Honorable Mention - Mark Felker at WebRecept - www.WebReceptChat.com - WebRecept™ is a proactive, web-based, customer relations management service that provides live website chat interaction and site monitoring through trained, qualified agents that increase a company’s online sales conversions by engaging visitors and building personal relationships from your website.
- Honorable Mention - Kirk Dennis – TelePresence Tech – www.telepresencetech.com - TelePresence Tech offers 3D TelePresence solutions designed to offer an enhanced communication experience for either corporate communications, or customer service applications.
- Honorable Mention - Rocky Mraz – Electronic Target - (No Website) – Electronic training target designed for remote viewing of target
- Honorable Mention - Richard Sweeny – UFO Micro Furnace - www.goldco-mining.com - It is the world’s smallest, lightest, most portable, easiest to use and most affordable furnace for performing assays of precious metal ore.
- Honorable Mention – Kip Kusser – Zip-Zac Towels – zip-zac.com - A towel with a patented innovative zippered pocket lined with water resistant nylon.
THE EVENT: They use their hands to fashion the components, their minds to create function and strategy, and their hearts to feed the passion that drives their work forward. In our tough economic times, inventions bring hope and inspiration to everyone they touch.
Inventions being unleashed upon the world today are a powerful force. In fact, our future is being created inside the minds of these inventors. They live a life of passion and dreams, driven by a desire to make our world a better place.
These are the dreams that inspire. These are the dreams of hope.
The Colorado Inventor Showcase is one of those rare opportunities to meet the inventors, feel the intensity of their spirit, touch their creations, and experience the transformation as they step us from the here and now to a better tomorrow.
Join us on this incredible voyage of into the land of invention. Bring your family and friends as this will be an event you will never forget.
General admission is $50 in advance, $55 at the door. ($10 discount for DaVinci Institute members)
Exclusive VIP Attendance
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Exclusive VIP Attendance is your opportunity to come early and meet the Celebrity Judges, Speakers, and Inventors during a special food and cocktail hour. Register here to attend this special event as a VIP.
Family Pack Admissions
With a growing request from parents wanting to bring their children we have created a $69 package deal for a family of four to attend. To register as a family, please call Jan at 303-666-4133. Register here for your family to attend.
We often get last-minute requests for groups wanting to attend. For this reason we have created special group rates for groups of 5 or more, and an even better rate for groups of 10 or more. To register your group, please call Jan at 303-666-4133.
For college students wishing to attend, we have created a special student rate of only $25. (You will be asked to show a student ID at the door.) Register here as a student.
Colorado Inventor Showcase Supports FISH Food Bank
Help us support Broomfield’s FISH Food Bank by bringing non-perishables or toiletries to the Colorado Inventor Showcase. More details here.
Food & Refreshments
Appetizers, food, and refreshments will be served from 5:00 - 7:30 pm
This year's event will include over 70 Celebrity Judges reviewing the entries including TV personalities, VCs, business leaders, corporate execs, magazine editors, and many more. Each Judge is personally commited to helping inventors and helping to build a more vibrant inventor community.
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EVENT: Colorado Inventor Showcase 2009
DATE: November 3, 2009 - Tuesday
LOCATION: Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Boulevard Denver, CO 80210
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $50, Members: $40, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: Inventing the Economic Engines for a Better Tomorrow
SPEAKERS: David Brin, Joshua Schuler, Louis Foreman
SPEAKER: David Brin
NY Times best selling author, scientist, and futurist
David Brin, Ph.D, has a triple career as scientist, public speaker, and author. Several of his novels, such as The Postman and The Uplift War, have been New York Times Bestsellers and won multiple Hugo, Nebula and American Library Association awards. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends like the World Wide Web. A 1997 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on The Postman. Another novel, Startide Rising, is in pre-production at Paramount Pictures.
In his 1998 non-fiction book — The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? — Brin deals with a range of unexpected threats and opportunities facing our wired society during the electronic age. His chief argument, that openness fosters freedom more effectively than secrecy, has created intense controversy.
Brin shares unique and humorous insights to the way technology may affect our human future. He was a fellow at the California Space Institute and the Jet Propulsion Lab. David Brin lives in San Diego County with his wife, three children, and a hundred very demanding trees.
SPEAKER: Joshua Schuler
Executive Director of Lemelson-MIT
As executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, a non-profit organization within MIT’s School of Engineering, Joshua Schuler focuses on advancing strategic goals that support the program’s mission to recognize outstanding inventors, encourage sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enable and inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. He has been responsible for managing the daily operations of this educational initiative and leading a staff of six, since he began this position in July 2007.
From August 2003 to July 2007, Schuler held the post of InvenTeams grants officer, a supervisory position for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s national initiative to inspire a new generation of inventors by awarding high school teams grants of up to $10,000 each to develop an invention that solves a problem they have identified. Through Schuler’s vision, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, InvenTeams evolved from a pilot that served three New England teams to a pedagogical prototype for hands-on problem solving that funded grants for as many as 20 schools from Alaska to New Mexico to Florida. Schuler also established continuation grants as a means for former grantees to sustain inventive communities through the experiential learning of InvenTeams.
Prior to joining the Lemelson-MIT Program, Schuler was a consultant for Axxon Biopharm, Inc. from 2001 to 2003. He also served as a consultant on the Renault-Nissan Alliance for Renault from 2000 to 2001, at which time he also earned his MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France.
Schuler received his S.M. in technology and policy at MIT in 2000, where he was involved in several positions as a teaching and research assistant, and completed a rotation with The Far East Organization, an international real-estate developer, in Singapore.
A native of Ithaca, N.Y., Schuler also served as chief aide to the Mayor of Ithaca and concurrently as a volunteer firefighter through AmeriCorps from 1996 to 1997. He received his B.A. in political science and B.S. in environmental science from Tufts University in 1995. Schuler is an avid rower who has also enjoyed coaching and teaching the sport.
SPEAKER: Louis Foreman
Founder and Chief Executive of Eventys and CEO of Edison Nation
Louis Foreman is a prolific inventor, product developer, innovation enthusiast and small business entrepreneur. He is the CEO of EdisonNation, publisher of Inventor’s Digest, and producer of the Emmy Award winning PBS series Everyday Edisons.
In addition to being an inventor, Louis is also committed to inspiring others to be innovative. Louis is the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons, and serves as the Executive Producer and lead judge. The show is in its fourth season and appears nationally on PBS. In 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 25 year old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation. In 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.
In the past 20 years, Louis has created nine successful startups and has been directly responsible for the creation of more than 20 others. He has 10 patents personally and his firm has been responsible for the development of over 500 more.
12:00 pm - Exhibitor Setup
1:30 pm - Celebrity Judge and VIP Preview
3:00 pm - Official Opening of the Colorado Inventor Showcase
3:00 pm - Special 30 Minute Kids Program - Meet Leonardo DaVinci
4:30 pm - "Inventing Our Future" - David Brin
5:30 pm - "From Epiphany to Profitability" - Louis Foreman
6:30 pm - "Inventing the Economic Engines to Create a Better Tomorrow" - Joshua Schuler is the executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program
7:30 pm - Announce the Winners
8:00 pm - Thank You for Coming