reconnect, reimagine, reinvigorate

Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17

Join us in-person or online


see below for details and links

2022 Keynote speakers

USPTO Director, Kathi Vidal to join fireside chat
Read more about our speakers here.

Our theme, Reconnect, Reimagine, Reinvigorate captures the energy and spirit of our community to continue connecting, learning from each other, and collaborating to jointly build the field of Invention Education.

InventEd’s vision is to cultivate the inventive mindset that exists in everyone. In collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, this year’s convening will celebrate progress toward achieving that vision, and explore where our community goes next to build awareness and advocate for Invention Education across K-12 learning environments.

Whether joining in-person or virtually, participants can expect an inclusive experience in which to build new connections, opportunities to reimagine and workshop new ideas, and to walk away reinvigorated to build and support Invention Education across learning environments and communities. See below for further details on the in-person and virtual experiences.

In-person Event

Come ready to make new connections, sharpen your Invention Education knowledge, and work with colleagues to reimagine the future of Invention Education!

InventEd's in-person event is for anyone currently engaged in Invention Education and ready to work with peers in a design sprint workshop.

  • Nov. 15: Join a pre-conference field trip in the DC area and celebrate being back together again at our kickoff reception and dinner.

  • Nov. 16: Reconnect and meet new Invention Education colleagues, share progress on projects and programs, and gather ideas for the next day's design sprint workshop.

  • Nov. 17: Participate in a design sprint challenge and reimagine the future of Invention Education. This day will culminate in a "pitch party" where we share our ideas and make plans for 2023.

This event aims to push our community beyond talk and towards collaborative action. You'll leave feeling reinvigorated to participate in building the field of Invention Education. Join us!

Registration is now open for individuals and organizations currently engaged in the InventEd network. Please visit the IN-PERSON tab to find more information about registration and logistics (including reduced rate hotel for convening attendess).

*Due to space and cost limitations, we must prioritize guests who registered for the full conference and we will not be able to accommodate additional guests to the keynote or other activities. Thank you for your understanding

*We understand the cost of travel has increased this year and we appreciate your efforts to attend the in-person sessions. This year, InventEd is prioritizing K-12 classroom teachers, keynotes and other speakers for travel funding support. Thank you for your understanding.

Virtual Event

Join us online to learn about Invention Education and connect to the InventEd community!

We invite all individuals and organizations who are newer to Invention Education to join us virtually for a curated set of programming designed to inspire and kickstart your engagement in Invention Education.

  • Nov. 15, 16 & 17: Tune into a live stream from the in-person InventEd Convening. Listen to inspiring speakers, learn from network members, make new connections, and explore opportunities to get more involved in Invention Education.

You'll walk away with new connections, fresh ideas for your work, and invigorated to participate in the InventEd community.

Registration is open for online participants. Please visit the VIRTUAL tab for registration information.

2022 speakers

Kathi Vidal

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Rory Cooper

Inventor, Founder, Director, and CEO of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL); Professor at University of Pittsburgh

Dasia Taylor

Inventor, Scientist, Student in global health at the University of Iowa

See our previous speakers below

Associate Professor of Diversity and STEM Education, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Kamau Bobb

Senior Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, Georgia Tech University

Vice President for Site Reliability Engineering, Google Inc.

Kamal Sinclair

Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects and Senior Consultant to Sundance Institute's Future of Culture Initiative.

Andrei Iancu

Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Kumar Garg

Served for nearly eight years at Obama's White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

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