in-person Event

Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17

Alexandria, VA

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.

REGISTRATION is now open!

Early registration is open for organizations currently engaged in the InventEd network. Please register by Thursday, September 15. We will open up in-person registration to a wider audience in late September, space permitting.

You may be wondering: why can't I also invite my colleagues and network connections to attend the in-person event? We have capacity limitations on the number of attendees we can support. To address this issue, we are inviting people who are newer to Invention Education or those who cannot attend the in person event to join us for our free, VIRTUAL event. We welcome your colleagues to join us online to hear from students, educators, program providers, researchers and more on Invention Education.


The convening will be held at the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) and the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, November 15 to 17th, 2022. Click here for hotel information, logistics and our COVID-19 policy.

In-Person Agenda

*Note: All times are in EST and are subject to change

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

10:00 - 1pm: Reconnect: Diversity of American Ingenuity. Guided tours of the Hispanic American exhibit at the National Museum of American History and the African American Museum: Focus on invention and inventors

2- 4 pm: Reconnect: Pre-conference tour and activities at KID Museum in Bethesda, MD

5 - 6:30 pm: Opening reception at National Inventors Hall of Fame @ the USPTO

6 :30 - 9 pm: Dinner with keynote speaker Dr. Rory Cooper @ the USPTO

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

7:45 - 9 am: Breakfast

9 - 10:30 am: Welcome and keynote by Dasia Taylor

  • Welcome by Lemelson Foundation and USPTO staff

  • Keynote followed by Q&A

10:30 - 11 am: Reconnect: Networking break

11 - 11:45 am: Reinvigorate: 45-minute breakout sessions by community members

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch with affinity groups

1:00 - 2:45 pm: Reinvigorate: 45-minute breakout sessions by community members (cont'd)

2:45 - 3:30 pm: Reconnect: Structured networking opportunity

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Reinvigorate Panel: Educational trends and their intersectionality with Invention Education

4:30 - 5 pm: Reimagine Panel: Invent Ed’s 10-year vision and introduction to the Grand Challenges

6 pm: Reconnect: Dine-arounds

Thursday, November 17, 2022

7:45 - 9 am: Breakfast

9 - 10 am: Reinvigorate Panel: Preparing ourselves for the long game: strategies and approaches to long term sustainability of Invention Education

10 - 10:30 am: Reimagine: Overview of Design Sprints

10:30 - 11 am: Break, move to breakout rooms

11 am - 12 pm: Reimagine: Design Sprints based on the Grand Challenges

12 - 1 pm: Lunch

1 - 2:30 pm: Reimagine: Design Sprints based on the Grand Challenges (cont'd)

2:30 - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm: Reconnect: “Pitch Party” where Design Sprint teams report back

3:45 - 4 pm: Closing Remarks