THE NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT 15 LUMINARIES WHO ARE DRIVING INNOVATION FORWARD
The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation Brings Together our Nation’s Brightest Minds on May 3-4 in Washington, D.C.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Feb. 24, 2017 – The National Inventors Hall of Fame®, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will host the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation on May 3-4 in our Nation’s Capital. Events will recognize and celebrate 15 pioneers who have significantly contributed to society through their scientific breakthroughs and patented innovations, culminating in a formal Induction Ceremony on May 4.
This year’s class of Inductees includes innovators such as Iver Anderson (Lead-Free Solder), Marshall Jones (Industrial Lasers), Frances Ligler (Portable Optical Biosensors), and Howard Head (Laminate Ski; Oversized Tennis Racket), just to name a few. To view the full list of 2017 Inductees, visit: https://prn.to/2lgdW84.
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The two-day event will feature:
- Illumination Ceremony, May 3, 2017: The Ceremony will take place at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters in Alexandria, Va. This intimate event gives the 2017 Inductee class the opportunity to place their personalized, illuminated hexagons into the Gallery of Icons™ exhibit, forever commemorating their Induction into the Hall of Fame. This private event is not open to the public.
- 45th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, May 4, 2017: This black-tie affair will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent and host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
- The general reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the formal dinner and awards Ceremony beginning promptly at 7 p.m. The night will culminate with an Innovation Celebration After Party at 9:30 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to engage with the 2017 Inductees. This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.invent.org/buy-tickets/.
Additional AssetsFast Facts about Dr. Iver Anderson Fast Facts about Dr. Marshall Jones Fast Facts about Dr. Frances Ligler 2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Bios Fact Sheet and Social Media Toolkit
The influence of the National Inventors Hall of Fame extends beyond the May events, as both past and present Inductees join together to inspire the curriculum of the nationally renowned Camp Invention® education program and judge the annual Collegiate Inventors Competition®.
“Each year, I am inspired by the intelligence, perseverance and ‘never give up’ mentality our Inductees possess,” said Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. “We are proud to honor these Inductees and help tell their stories to the American people. These great visionaries not only changed the world as we know it through their innovations, but they also paved the path for future generations of STEM innovators.”
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation, please call 330.849.6874 or view sponsorship packages here.
Tune in to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Facebook and Twitter pages on May 3-4 to receive updates from the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation in real time. Portions of the Illumination and Induction Ceremonies will also be streamed via Facebook Live.
About the National Inventors Hall of Fame:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier non-profit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also to ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and challenging collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NIHF has served more than 1 million children and 125,000 educators and interns, and awarded more than $1 million to college students for their innovative work and scientific achievement through the help of its sponsors.
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