If you have submitted an entry and don’t see it online yet check back Monday afternoon. We still have a couple hundred submissions to post on the website.
The 50 candidate submissions will proceed to preliminary judging by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), University of South Florida Chapter on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. NAI will select the top 10 finalists which will compete live on February 11, 2013. The 40 submissions not selected will receive special Honorable Mention innovation medals.
We will call the parents and teachers of the 10 selected finalists the afternoon of Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Once we have called (or left messages) for the top 10 finalists we will post the names of the top ten finalists the evening of Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Finalists Presentation Workshop
The 10 finalists should plan to attend the presentation workshop at USF’s Tampa Campus the morning of Saturday, February 9, 2013. The presentation workshop gives the finalists one-on-one access to expert speakers, engineers and business consultants.
All finalists, participants, friends, and family should save the date of Monday, February 11, 2013, 5-8 pm. The finalist competition will be held at the USF Patel Center (Tampa Campus). An Innovation Showcase (5-6 pm) will allow media, guests and the public to view the top 10 finalists’ inventions and interact with the competitors and judges. Food and beverages will also be provided.
At 6 pm the competition will start with the introduction of the judges, a few special awards (including the Outback Steakhouse Top Trademark Award), MOSI’s award to the finalists, and a special surprise presentation.
The 10 finalists will then present their inventions to the panel of six judges. Immediately after the presentations, the judges will deliberate for a 30 minute intermission and then return for the awards ceremony the same night wherein all prizes will be awarded.
Kevin Harrington, Chairman of TVGoods.com, LLC is widely acknowledged as pioneer of the “infomercial” industry. Since producing the industry’s first infomercial in the 1980s, Harrington has financed more than 500 product launches resulting in sales of more than $4 billion worldwide with 20 products reaching sales of over $100 million each, and creating dozens of millionaires. Due to his extensive resume, Kevin was selected as an investor “Shark” on the ABC television series Shark Tank produced by Mark Burnett. The show gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their products to a panel of acclaimed judges in hopes of turning their ideas into a successful business reality. He recently released a book entitled “Act Now: How I Turn Ideas into Million-Dollar Products” that chronicles his life and experiences in the DRTV industry.
Bill Green is an eighteen year veteran of HSN and one of its best known hosts. HSN is a $3 billion multi-channel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise. Bill began his career in radio at the age of 16 and has logged thousands of hours on television through HSN. One of his primary objectives is to convey the value of new products to customers worldwide. He is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and is widely considered an expert on presenting complex product features to an audience.
Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc. is Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. He is the author of more than 500 scientific articles, and thirteen books, with over 10,000 citations to his work. Dr. Sanberg is an inventor on approximately 40 health-related patents and founded the National Academy of Inventors.
Jen Holloway, former Bay News 9 anchor, is also an accomplished inventor and finalist on Every Edisons with her innovative exercise product Workout 180. Jen graduated with a degree in Journalism from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. She also started her broadcast career in Atlanta at WTLK TV-14 as host of the city’s only week night, live, entertainment program. After Atlanta, Jen worked at KPRC Channel 2 in Houston, TX for a couple of years…..then on to Tampa Bay where she is one of the area’s most recognized journalists.
Israel Morejon is CEO and President of LEDNovation, a developer and manufacturer of environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art LED lighting technology. He founded Integrated Engineering Technology (IET) designing technology for lighting, hearing aids, kidney dialysis systems, robots and the core waveguide technology used in speed guns. A prolific innovator, Mr. Morejon holds over forty (40) granted patents in a variety of technology areas. Mr. Morejon is an engineering graduate from the University of South Florida.
Sebastian Dewhurst, Ph.D. In 2000, Dr. Dewhurst developed the concept of a new Rapid Application Development software product, later to become EASA which serves Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Zurich Financial, and Canon. Dr. Dewhurst obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oxford in 1988, with an internship at NASA. Dr. Dewhurst obtained his Doctorate from Oxford. He also held lectureships in Mathematics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Oxford.