Are you a K-12 Inventor or Entrepreneur with a project, prototype, or product?
You could be a candidate for the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo!
For 2017, we are launching an At-Large Application process for students without an Invention Convention program near them, to access the invitation-only National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo. The At-Large Application process is an online competition from which a select number of students will then be invited to participate along with the State Invention Convention Program Finalists at NICEE 2017.
There is a $50 fee to apply to the At-Large Application process.
Those selected as At-Large Finalists for NICEE will need to register like other State finalist attendees. The NICEE event registration fee is $50 for the K-2 online only competition and $175 for those students who are invited to travel to Washington D.C.
See NICEE Registration for more information.
Who is eligible for At-Large Application?
K-12 students who cannot otherwise participate in an existing state invention convention program.
- Students without a state or regional event, including home-schooled students
- Students whose grade is not currently included in their state or regional program
- Students residing too far from their state or regional program’s convention to participate
- Students whose state or regional program has already passed (and they did not participate)
At-Large Application is NOT a second-chance competition for those who entered and did not win their state competition.
|California||California Invention Convention||San Jose State University||3-6|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Invention Convention||University of Connecticut (UCONN)||K-8|
|Georgia||K-12 InVenture Challenge@Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||K-12|
|Idaho||Invent Idaho||University of Idaho||1-12|
|Illinois (Chicago)||Chicago Student Invention Convention||Roberto Clemente High School||K-8|
|Iowa||Invent Iowa||University of Iowa||K-12|
|New Hampshire||Young Inventors Program Regional Invention Convention||Southern New Hampshire University||K-12|
|South Carolina||Duke Energy Invention Convention||TD Convention Center||4-8|
|Tennessee||MTSU Invention Convention||Middle Tennessee State University||4-6|
How to Apply
With parental consent, student inventors and entrepreneurs register their invention or product with the following information. The judging criteria is the same as what is used at NICEE; see NICEE Competition Rules for details. If selected to participate at NICEE, there will be an additional $175 registration process and fee; see NICEE Registration for more information.
Parent name, email and contact phone number
Is the Student Inventor submitting an Individual or Team project?
- If Team, list the Student and Parent Contact Information for each team member
- Student Inventor name age, and address
- What grade is the Student Inventor in or considered to be equivalent to?
- What is the name of the Student Inventor’s School or is he/she home-schooled?
- Is the Student Inventor a member of an entrepreneurship, invention, engineering, robotics, or science club?
- If yes, what is the name and address of the club and its lead program person’s name and contact info
- Was the invention or product developed as part of membership in the club?
Tell us about the Invention:
- Name of the invention
- Purpose of the invention (What problem does it solve?) – 75 words max
- Brief description of how the invention works – 75 words max
- Besides the team members who else helped with the invention process?
- Target Market – Who would use this invention?
- How do you know someone has not already invented this invention?
- Cost of your prototype?
- Materials used in your prototype?
- Materials you would expect to use for the invention, if different from the prototype materials
- What Industry category best fits the invention?
- See NICEE Competition Rules for category list
Show us the Invention:
The following items will be used in the judging process to select the Finalists who will be invited to compete at NICEE. See NICEE Competition Rules for details.
- A 4-minute video that features:
- Each team members introducing themselves
- The story of how you recognized the problem you solved, what’s the need, who would use your invention, would they buy it
- Description of the invention you built to solve the problem
- Challenges you overcame to arrive at your final design
- Explanation or demonstration of the prototype (need not be working)
- Video cannot be “produced;” it is expected to be a continuous 4-minute video. It is ok to be prompted by a parent with questions during the video. (limit 50MB per file)
- A log book that documents the steps taken in your design and development process
- Scan of logbook (pdf preferred, limit of 50MB per file)
- A project display board that illustrates your design and development process
- Picture (jpg) of the invention and poster (Up to 5 images, limit of 50MB per file)
Image of inventor(s) with their invention, logbook and/or poster (for publicity and award presentation purposes —limit of 50MB per file)
At-Large Application Timeline:
- Applications will be accepted from March 12 – April 12, 2017
- Entries will be reviewed for eligibility for the At-Large Application program on a rolling basis during the application window
- An email will be sent confirming eligibility and the receipt of the video and other required elements. (allow at least 1 week for notification)
- Finalist will be notified of their invitation to NICEE on or before Friday, April 17, 2017.
- Grade K-2 Finalists must register for the online competition by Friday, April 21, 2017.
- No additional video or display submissions required.
- Grade 3-12 Finalists must register for the in-person competition at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA by Friday, April 28, 2017.
- No additional video or display submissions required.
- If Finalists do not register by Friday, April 28, 2017 they will lose their slot and their invitation will be offered to the next candidate.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the Student’s grade and State along with your question.