Congratulations on your selection as a National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
It is our privilege to welcome you to our family of Inductees at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), and to invite you to attend the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation®.
Induction Event Details
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NIHF Museum, Alexandria, Virginia
May 6, 2020
- 4 p.m.
Dinner will immediately follow at 6 p.m. at Mastro's Steakhouse.
Induction Black-Tie Dinner and Ceremony
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
May 7, 2020
- 6:30 p.m. General Reception
- 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
- 9:30 p.m. Innovation Celebration After Party
NIHF Induction event attendees include past NIHF Inductees, United States Patent and Trademark Office leadership, the intellectual property community, sponsors and other constituents.
Hotel accommodations are included:
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
A travel coordinator on the NIHF staff is available, if necessary, to assist with travel arrangements. We will be happy to work with you or your assistants to customize your travel. We highly recommend you arrive on Tuesday, May 5, but please plan to arrive no later than midday Wednesday, May 6.
Each Inductee receives four complimentary seats at the Induction Ceremony (Inductee plus three additional), and two complimentary seats at the Illumination Ceremony (Inductee plus one additional).
We are happy to discuss options for accommodating additional guests. Please provide complete contact information for any corporate, academic or personal contacts who may like to attend the Induction Ceremony, and we will extend invitations.
Your NIHF Legacy
Your induction is just the beginning of what promises to be a rewarding partnership as you join a long and illustrious list of world-changing inventors.
Like many NIHF Inductees, you can build on your legacy of innovation and make a direct and lasting impact on the next generation through your involvement with our education programs and competitions, reaching emerging innovators in preschool through college.
We invite you to view the resources below to learn more about how our Inductees have expanded on their legacies and helped to ensure the future of American innovation.
Nominee to Legacy
To be considered for nomination, inventors must meet the 4Ps.
- Patent: Nominees must have a U.S. utility or plant patent
- Progress: The invention should progress society.
- Perseverance: Nominees should show determination in improving society.
- Passion: Nominees should be passionate about their field and developing the next generation of innovators.
NIHF Inductee Frances Ligler places her name in the Gallery of Icons™ during the Illumination Ceremony.
NIHF Inductees Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke are honored on stage after being inducted for the invention of OLED technology.
Inductees can take part in many of the programs offered by NIHF. Inductee Sumita Mitra shares the importance of creative problem solving with the next generation of innovators at Camp Invention®.
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Inductees provide valuable mentorship to future innovators by volunteering as judges at the Collegiate Inventors Competition® event. Inductee Jim West, co-inventor of the Electret Microphone, tells a Finalist how he can take his invention to the next level.
Beyond programming integration and mentorship, Inductees like Steve Sasson embody the characteristics of an innovation legacy. Watch his story unfold as we celebrate his journey from nominee to legacy.
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Your portrait will be featured on our website, in NIHF Museum exhibits and in marketing campaigns. To accommodate a variety of uses, we ask for the best quality photo you are comfortable sharing.
Appropriate specs for digital photos:
- TIFF, JPEG
- Min. 300 dpi (higher if possible)
Appropriate specs for printed photos:
- Print size 8”x10” (larger if possible)
Please reach out to your NIHF contact with any questions.
Press and Public Relations
We encourage companies affiliated with our 2020 Inductees to share their own press releases. We can connect our PR team with your organization’s contacts, and we welcome suggestions of any media outlets we should target with the official release.
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