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.
Food & Refreshments
Appetizers and refreshments will be served from 5:00 – 7:30 pm
General admission is $50 in advance and $55 at the door. ($10 discount for members) Register here.
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. Click here to register your family.
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.) Click here to register 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.
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.
Keynote Speaker – Louis Foreman – 5:30 pm
Louis Foreman is the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons and serves as the Executive Producer. The show is in its third season and appears nationally on PBS.
In 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 20 year old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation. In July of this year, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.
In 2008 he was appointed to serve for a three year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Over the past 20 years Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 400 more.
Keynote Speaker – Joshua Schuler – 6:30 pm
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.
Steve Spangler from 9News interviews 3 inventors live at the 2008 Colorado Inventor Showcase
This year’s event will include over 60 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. Here are a few of the talented people we’ll have judging this year’s exhibits:
VP – Ball Aerospace
Good Day Colorado
Founder of Aerogrow
Founder of MapQuest
Colorado Software & Internet Assoc
Joshua Schuler Executive
Allison Taylor Founder of Paravox
Senior Fellow at the
Burke Forte CEO of the 8th
David Allen Assoc VP – CU
Director of Tech Transfer
Vic Ahmed Angel Investor
Michael Cote Managing Editor
VP of Oracle
Janice Jensen Television Producer
Mt Evans Pictures
Radio Show Host
Chamber of Commerce
Mark McIntosh Host of Colorado & Company
Gina Schreck President, Synapse 3Di
Dave Taylor Web Guru
David Wolf Principal at
Gordon Miller Career
Brett Green Chief Marketing Officer for Oxstein Design Labs
Tom Franklin Intellectual Property Attorney
Townsend & Townsend & Crew
Todd Siler CEO & Founder
Think Like a Genius
Joy Milkowski Founder of
Senior Fellow at the
Steve Baker Author of Pushing
with a Rake
Joel Comm Web Guru
Cate Lawrence Founder of
Lawrence Research Associates
Scott Perlman Co-Founder and COO
Think Like A Genius
Former VP First Data
w3w3 @ Talk
and Business Trainer on
Ilan Shamir Keynote Presenter,
Founder and CEO
Karen Storsteen Founder of
Natalie Tysdal News Anchor
FOX 31 KDVR
Paul Bauer IT Professor & Dept Chair – DU
Senior Fellow at the
Matthew Starr Chief Technology Office
President of TriSynergy Consulting LLC
Dave Johnson Co-founder of Sprint
Co-founder of Catapult Growth Partners
Brian Tsuchiya Founder of StartupGuru
Mike Taylor Editor
Karl Dakin Co-Founder of
Senior Fellow at the
Catharine Merigold General Partner
Jonathan Manske Author, Speaker,
Business Mindset Coach
Kent McBride Co-Founder of Make the Difference Network
Michael Moore Rouge
Michael Cushman Speaker Engaging Change Guru
Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute
Mitch Jelniker News Anchor
Founder of Denver Mastermind Group
Senior Vice President
Advanced Platforms and Services CableLabs
Jim Ball Founder
Executive Director of Western TechSet
Rick Wilking Senior News Correspondent
Viveka von Rosen Social Media Expert & Speaker
Brian Schwartz Author of
John Funk Chief
Louis Foreman Producer of the PBS series “Everyday Edisons” and publisher of
Managing Director, Emerging Business Team, Microsoft Corporation
Dave Drach Managing Director
Emerging Business Team
Founder of Insightful Endeavors International
Bert Vermeulen Senior Fellow at the
Founder of Corp21
Partner, VP Operations & Energy Services
CXO To Go
Stonehenge Growth Capital
Former National Sales Manager
Agenda – November 3, 2009
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 – NY Times best selling author
5:30 pm – “From Epiphany to Profitability” – Louis Foreman – Producer of the PBS series “Everyday Edisons” and publisher of the Inventor Digest
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
Photos of past year’s events:
Jay Walker Video
Video of Jay Walker at the Colorado Inventor Showcase 2008 - Jay S. Walker was the Founder of Priceline.com and is chairman of Walker Digital, a private R&D laboratory based in Stamford, CT. He founded the lab in 1994 with the guiding vision that new consumer applications for large-scale networks represent the key growth opportunity for many industries. Walker holds around 250 U.S. patents. In total, Walker Digital has invented about 1,000 applications for the Internet, cell phones, credit-card networks, and casino networks, as well as vending machines and lottery and retail networks. The company employs teams of inventors, engineers, designers, and attorneys. Typically, it partners with Fortune 500 firms to bring its inventions to market. Walker is best known as the founder of Priceline.com. He also founded Synapse, which became the world’s largest seller of magazine subscriptions and is now a unit of Time Warner.
Colorado Inventor Showcase 2008
Joy Milkowski takes us on a journey inside the Colorado Inventor Showcase 2008