DaVinci Inventor Showcase – 2011

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7th Annual – DAVINCI INVENTOR SHOWCASE TOOK PLACE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2011

 

2011 Award winners included:

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Inventor of the Year award winner Dan Hobson (center) with Tom Franklin (left) and Thomas Frey.



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Louis Foreman, Diana Urbine, Deb Frey and Thomas Frey at the 2011 DaVinci Inventors Showcase.

 

Inventors are our heroes at the DaVinci Institute. We are always excited when their eyes light up as they tell us about their latest project.

Every invention that we saw at the 2011 DaVinci Inventor Showcase was the culmination of numerous hours of energy, research and testing that has born fruit in unique ways.

Thank you for helping to make this a truly remarkable event.


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Joy Milkowski in front of Noah’s

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Diana Urbine gave a very informative talk about the workings of  QVC.

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The room was attentive to Diana Urbine’s speach.

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Louis Foreman gave a very compelling talk about being an inventor.

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The NeverWet demonstration in progress.

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Skymall Product Scout Matt Genandt with Louis Foreman.

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Photos above courtesy of Steve Sokolik and Soko Photos.

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November 5, 2011 – Event Schedule

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Keynote Speaker

Diana UrbineDiana Urbine – QVC Expert & On-Air Personality. Diana is the Executive VP Sales and Broadcasting for Spectrum Rep Group in Lancaster, PA.   Diana has been an on-air guest personality and manufacturers’ rep for over 10 years at QVC, which includes over 1,500 live on-air appearances. Seasoned and experienced in all aspects of live television production, preparation and presentation, her background includes over 16 years in corporate and retail sales, marketing and training for both print media and live television. Diana has represented numerous long standing successful brands both as an on-air presenter and as a manufacturers’ representative, as well as, hundreds of first timers and single product companies. She has worked with companies domestically and internationally to help them sell their products and build their brands through the television marketing venue. Her extensive knowledge and experience of the QVC processes and expectations has helped hundreds of clients successfully present and sell their products to QVC.

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The $25 Million Innovation Fund Partnership

25M Innovation Fund 3The DaVinci Institute has formed a partnership with North Carolina-based Edison Nation to fund promising inventors through a newly established $25 million innovation fund. As part of this arrangement, Edison Nation founder Louis Foreman, will be a featured speaker and celebrity judge at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase where he will give a short keynote address announcing special invitations for 3-5 inventors exhibiting at the event to take part in the Innovation Fund process.

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Featured Speaker

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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 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.

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- Event Location -

Noah’s Event Center – Map
11885 N. Bradburn Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80031

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Celebrity Judges

This year’s event will include over 100 Celebrity Judges reviewing the entries including TV personalities, VCs, business leaders, product scouts, corporate execs, magazine editors, and many more. Each Judge is personally committed 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:


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Diana Urbine
QVC Expert &
On-Air Personality

Ken Clark
News Anchor
Good Day Colorado
KDVR FOX-31
Louis Foreman
CEO of
Edison Nation
Gregg Moss
News Anchor
9News

Su Hawk
President
Colorado Software
& Internet Assoc

Ed Greene s Donna Petrocco Berny Dohrmann Ron Bills s michael bissonnette s

Ed Greene
CBS4 Weather &
News Anchor

Donna Petrocco
President
Valley Bank
Berny Dohrmann
Founder and
Chairman 
CEO Space
Ron Bills
CEO
Envirofit
Michael
Bissonnette
Founder of
Aerogrow
Mike Cote s Michael Brown 652 Janice Jensen s Pat Engstrom Robert Reich
Michael Cote
Managing Editor
ColoradoBiz
Magazine

Michael Brown
Radio Talk Show
Host KOA

Janice Jensen
Television
Producer
Mt Evans
Pat Engstrom
Founder of
Prana

Robert Reich
Founder
OneRiot
Founder
Boulder Denver
New Tech Meetup

Gina Schreck s2 davetaylor Richard Albair s bert-vermeulen Brett Greene s
Gina Schreck
President,
Synapse 3Di
Dave Taylor
Web Guru
AskDaveTaylor.com
Senior Fellow
DaVinci Institute
Richard Albair
Business
Development
Expert
State of Colorado
Bert Vermeulen
Senior Fellow at
the DaVinci
Institute,
Founder of
Corp21
Brett Green
Chief Marketing
Officer for Oxstein
Design Labs
Thomas Franklin 304 David Sandusky s4 Tracy Houston 693 s2 Joy Milkowski s1 Steve Baker 384 s

Tom Franklin
Intellectual
Property
Attorney Kilpatrick
Townsend

David Sandusky
President
Founder
Recruiting Partners
Tracy Houston
Chairman of the
Board at iCAST
Joy Milkowski
Founder of
Access
Marketing
Senior Fellow
at the DaVinci
Institute

Steve Baker
Author –
Pushing
Water Uphill
with a Rake
Senior Fellow
DaVinci
Institute

Joel Comm s Lida Citroen s Sam Rediess s Nicole Glaros s jeffreysamson
Joel Comm
Web Guru
Founder
Info Media
Lida Citroen
Owner and Principal
of LIDA360
Sam Rediess
Senior Director
Oracle
Nicole Glaros
Managing Director
TechStars
Jeffrey Samson
Founder
Samson Design
Larry Nelson Mike Schmidt 762s Matt Genandt 2 Michael Sitarzewski s2 Melanie Romero 833s
Larry Nelson
Co-founder of
w3w3 @ Talk
Radio

Mike Schmidt
CEO
Ensemble
Ventures
Matt Genandt
Product Manager
SkyMall
Michael
Sitarzewski

Founder and
CEO
HyperSites.com
Melanie Romero
Inventor of the
SnapBagger
Scott Cooley 738 Scott Tibbitts s Brad Bernthal 831s Jerome Rifkin s Homer Knearl 907s
Scott Cooley
Product Scout
McGuckin’s
Hardware
Scott Tibbets
Executive
Director
eSpace
Incubator
Brad Bernthal
Professor at CU
Entrepreneurial Law
Jerome Rifkin
“2010 Inventor
of the Year”
Founder & CEO
Tensegrity
Prothetics
Homer Knearl
Patent
Attorney
Natalie Tysdal s Paul Bauer 2s Tim Miller Dale Halling 446 Brian Baker
Natalie Tysdal
News Anchor
FOX 31 KDVR
Paul Bauer
IT Professor & Dept
Chair – DU
Senior Fellow  at the
DaVinci Institute
Tim Miller
CEO
Rally
Software
Dale Halling
Intellectual
Property
Attorney
Halling PC
Brian Baker
Founder
Small Planet
West
Christine Mahoney s Brian Tsuchiya s Dixie Daly 2s Karl Dakin 5s Mike Taylor s
Christine
Mahoney
Former Anchor
9News
Founder of
Honk Media
Brian Tsuchiya
Founder of
StartupGuru

Dixie Daly
HSN Product Scout
Founder & CEO
Tickled Pink
Boutique

Karl Dakin
Executive Director
Sullivan Chair for
Free Enterprise
Regis University
Mike Taylor
Editor
ColoradoBiz
Magazine
Catharine Merigold s Gene Branch 933s mike-moore Michael Cushman 3s
Catharine
Merigold

General Partner
Vista Ventures
Gene Branch
Intellectual Property
Attorney
Perkins Coie
Michael Miller
VP, COO
Engage
Communication
Group
Michael Moore
Rouge
Philosopher
Michael
Cushman

President
Key Change
Institute
Senior Fellow
at the DaVinci
Institute
Kevin Anderson 2 Anita Edge s3 Richard Hackathorn George Tyler s
Kevin Anderson
Sci-Fi Writer
Author of over 
100 books
Anita Edge
Founder of Denver
Mastermind Group
Mark Soane
Managing
Director
Appian
Ventures
Richard
Hackathorn
Founder
Bolder
Technology Inc
George Tyler
Partner, VP
CXO to Go
Ryan Parker 571 Rob Reuteman s2 Frank Armbruster 562 Brian Abe Mike Casey 673
Ryan Parker
Actor & Producer
Backyard Genius TV
Rob Reuteman
Freelance Writer
Former Business
Editor Rocky
Mountain News
Frank
Armbruster

Inventor and
Licensing Expert
Founder Colorado
Bootstrap, Inc
Brian Abe
Product Scout
Evergreen IP
Mike Casey
Radio Show Host
99.5 The Mountain
Heather Lutze 3 Rod Stambaugh 1 Kevin Weller s Ted Walhler Steve Hirsh s
Heather Lutze
Internet Marketing
Expert
Author of The
Findability Formula
Rod Stambaugh
Founder, past CEO
Mocapay
Kevin Weller
President & CEO
ASAP WebSoft 
Ted Wahler
Founder
WorldWide
Outsource
Solutions
Steve Hirsh
Founder Hirsh
Precision
Products, Inc.
Chris Meyers 677s Viveka von Rosen s Brian Schwartz rich morrow 2 Scott Tibbitts s
Chris Meyers
Co-founder/SVP
BizDev/Marketing
Meetrix & CEO
Chris Incorporated
Viveka von
Rosen

Social Media
Expert & Speaker
Brian
Schwartz

Author of
50 Interviews:
Entrepreneurs
Rich Morrow
Founder & CEO
quicloud
Scott Tibbets
Executive
Director
eSpace
Incubator
Ingred Elfver 2s Susan Grafton s Charles Gray s Les Juhasz 736s Cart Pierson 762s
Ingred Elfver
Founder
Born Celebrity
Susan Grafton
Director of Economic
Development,
Westminster, CO
Charles Gray
Patent Attorney
Kilpatrick
Townsend
Les Juhasz
Owner at Liberty
International
Development
Cart Pierson
Dir Business
Development
Ernst & Young

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Mike Hardaker Ron Yeager s Mark Lusher 451 Eric Zeitlin 812s
Yvonne Lynott
Founder
Lynott & Assoc.

Mike Hardaker
Editor & Founder
Mountain
Weekly News

Ron Yeager
President
DaVinci Quest
Mark Lusher
CEO
Omnidant
Erik Zeitlan
Product Designer
Lead Consultant
at SBDC
Lisa Calkins 087 Jim Turner 768 Nikki Kayser s Michael Humecki s Matt Dombrow s
Lisa Calkins
CEO
Amadeus
Consulting
Jim Turner
“2007 Inventor
of the Year”
Founder & CEO
Optibike
Nikki Kayser
KGNU
News & Public
Affairs Producer
Michael Humecki
Principal
Larkspur &
Associates
Matt Dombrow
CEO and
Cofounder
Clixo
Fred Mitchell Steve Schmutzer Christie Ward s QVC Mike Gionfriddo s
Fred Mitchell
CEO
Beacon 
Biotechnology
Steve Schmutzer
Founder
Firefly Medical
Christie Ward
Founder
Impact Institute
Product Scout
from
QVC
Michael
Gionfriddo

VP of Technology
Blackhawk
Network 
Bill McHenry Bob Williams 2s Robert Kistner Bill Shirley
Bill McHenry
Product Scout
Envision
Marketing
Dave McCloskey
Founder
Superstructs
Waba Fun
Bob Williams
Serial Inventor
Former United
Airlines Pilot
Robert Kistner
President & CEO
Energy Planning
Consultants Inc.
Bill Shirley
Executive
Leadership
Coach
Steve Meyer 670 Traci Brown 2 Robert Reich Gordon Nuttall s Enrique Gutierrez
Steve Meyers
Founder
Mainstreet
Pedicabs
Traci Brown
Three time
US Collegiate
Cycling Champion
Professional
Speaker
Robert Reich
Founder
OneRiot
Founder
Boulder Denver
New Tech Meetup
Gordon Nuttall
CEO and
Founder
Couragent
Enrique Gutierrez
Small Business
Ambassador
CenturyLink
Bill Miller s Rob Parker 1 Tom Brock s Andrew Novick Alexia Parks
Bill Miller
Founder
Dust Off
Your Dreams
Rob Parker
aka “Poppy”
Technical Adviser
Backyard Genius
Tom Brock
CEO
Brock Media
Andrew Novik
Electrical 
Engineer, 
Time Metrologist, 
Pop Culture-O-Phile
Alexia Parks
Author, speaker,
and columnist for
Huffington Post
Jon LaClare s Pat Engstrom Teresa Grobecker Bailey Dan Sturges 254s
Jon LaClare
Product Scout 
Sell-on-TV
Harvest Growth
Partners
Pat Engstrom
Founder of 
Prana
Teresa Grobecker
Silicon Valley
Funding Liason

Bailey
On-Air
Personality
93.3 FM

Dan Sturges
Transportation
Designer &
Consultant

 

Past Winners

Winners of the past DaVinci Inventor Showcases can be seen here.

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Videos

 

http://www.vimeo.com/30221121

Thomas Frey talking about the upcoming Showcase

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Videos of some of the exhibitors at the 2009 Inventor Showcase can be seen here.