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Smithsonian Hosting Innovation Festival in September

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | July 31, 2015

Smithsonian Hosting Innovation Festival in September

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Inventing new and unique creations has been part of the American dream since the country’s inception, and The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will be hosting an Innovation Festival in September.

The Smithsonian is reporting that the Innovation Festival will be a collaboration between the museum and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the event will take place on Sept. 26 and 27.

Participating in the event is a privilege. Presenters will explore how today's inventors are creating the world of the future, and there will be representatives from 13 companies, universities, government agencies and independent inventors.

Smithsonian director John Gray released a statement about the festival, saying, “The Smithsonian may be known for documenting the intricacies of our nation's history, but it looks at innovation as a way of continuing to tell the story of America. The innovation festival gives visitors the opportunity to discover inventions and meet the people who design and create such innovations.”

Some of the inventors, academic institutions, corporations and government agencies involved with the festival include C.G.I Technology, Ford Global Technologies, Kansas State University, Mars Incorporated, NASA, NRG Insulated Block, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Solar Turbines Incorporated, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Oklahoma, Wiperfill and Zugara.

The festival participants were selected by experts from the Intellectual Property Owners Organization, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the National Academy of Inventors and the independent inventor community.

The festival is part of a five-year collaboration between the Smithsonian and USPTO, and it will feature innovative activities that reflect the missions of several Smithsonian museums, research centers and partners.

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