TAMPA, June 6, 2014. Anna Hopen was recognized by Tampa’s Centre Club’s Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for her conception and work on the University of South Florida Young Innovator’s Competition. Going into its 6th year, the competition features a “Shark-Tank” style competition for students in the Tampa Bay region. Several of the competitors have since received patents and appeared on national television.
Casting producer David Garcia advised that he received so many great submissions from the USF Young Innovator competition he wanted us to reach out again. The deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The February 19, 2014 segment entitled “Tonight Show Fallonventions” sponsored by GE was such a success they are seeking more young innovators. Marissa Streng, inventor of the patented Puff-N-Fluff, was a featured guest on the first aired segment. Streng, the 2011 USF Young Innovator Competition grand prize winner, created the dog drying invention while she was in the third grade.
Interested? We invite you to make a 1-2 minute video that showcases the inventor and invention. Keep it simple – you can use the video camera on a smartphone.
Make sure the inventor says the following things:
- Invention Name
- How they got the idea for the invention
- Show how the invention works
You can email the video (or a link, if it’s easier to upload it to Youtube or Vimeo) to David Garcia at “The Tonight Show” (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make sure that email includes:
- Inventor’s name, age, hometown
- Invention name
- Parents name, phone #, email address
DEADLINE – Tuesday, March 18, 2014
2011 USF Young Innovator and U.S. patent holder, Marissa Streng appeared on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to demonstrate her Puff-N-Fluff dog drying invention. USF Story.
The University of South Florida Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors® welcomed 2013 Young Innovator winner Mica Jadick as an honorary member. Mica invented a cereal sifting device that filers out the crumbs that make the last bowl of cereal unpalatable.
Competition director Anton Hopen announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office will participate in the 2014 competition providing a workshop for finalists seeking to patent their inventions as well as judging in the live competition on February 11, 2014.
The deadline for invention entries is January 24, 2014. Forms and rules can be found at the USF Young Innovator Competition website.
Bright House Networks (BHN) is donating a $15,000 media grant to the USF Young Innovator Competition. This grant will enable the organization to broadcast a 30 second public service announcement throughout the Tampa Bay media market (8-counties). We are continually grateful for the support of BHN.
Full story at http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=5167&z=210