At-Large Application for NICEE

Are you a Grade 3-12 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 and teams without an Invention Convention program near them, to access the invitation-only National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). 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. 

See NICEE Registration for more information about participating at NICEE.

There is a $50 fee to apply to the At-Large Application process.


Who is eligible for At-Large Application?

Grade 3-12 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)


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.

Note: If invited to participate at NICEE, there will be an additional registration process and a $175 fee per student; see NICEE Registration for more information.

Application 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?


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 accepted from March 12 – April 27, 2017
  • Entries will be reviewed for eligibility  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.
  • Finalist will be notified of their invitation to NICEE on or before Thursday, April 27, 2017.
  • Grade 3-12 Finalists must complete their registration for the in-person competition at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA by Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
    • No additional video or display submissions required.


At-Large Application is NOT a second-chance competition for those who entered and did not win their state competition.

These are the state programs currently affiliated with NICEE.

State Program IC Location Grades
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
Ohio Invention League Ohio State Fair K-8
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


Send questions to and include the Student’s grade and State along with your question.





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