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5 Student Teams' Cutting-Edge Innovations Win 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition

A glimpse into the future of American innovation and emerging technological trends from the nation's brightest young innovators — from bioadhesives to cancer treatments — were recognized and honored this week at the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition®, an annual competition for college and university students and their advisers.

2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists Show Future of American Innovation

The Collegiate Inventors Competition, an annual competition that has rewarded innovations, discoveries and research by college and university students and their faculty advisers for 30 years, announced today its 2020 finalists.

22 Innovators to Be Inducted as the National Inventors Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 6-7

Latest Stories

The Army’s First Standard-Issue Parachute Was Invented by a Trapeze Artist Turned Pilot

Without his circus act and the accident that almost killed his beloved wife, Hilder, Floyd Smith might never have invented the backpack, ripcord, free-fall parachute, which earned him a spot in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2021.

How The Muppet Show Turned Kermit, Piggy & Co. Into Style Icons

Polly Smith’s memories of working behind the scenes on The Muppet Show sound a lot like Kermit the Frog’s experience onscreen as the show’s emcee. The costume designer, who started on the show in 1978, four seasons into its five-season run, admits things were usually chaotic.

A ‘Supportive’ Eureka Moment

“More bounce to the ounce” was a slogan once popular with Pepsi Cola ad executives, but it has never been a favorite of women who enjoy jogging.

Thus was the sports bra created.

Rice Team Tops Collegiate Inventors Competition

A team of Rice undergraduates took home first prize and $10,000 in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition, an initiative of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Arrow Electronics.

JHU Team's Acoustic Sensor Wins Runner-Up Award in CIC

A team of Johns Hopkins University graduate students that invented a sensor that ignores background noise and could improve everything from telemedicine to Zoom calls has won the runner-up award in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

SCS Students Chosen as Finalists in Collegiate Inventors Competition

An idea for creating augmented reality (AR) overlays by exploiting the status lights on everyday appliances such as routers, power strips and parking meters has landed a pair of Carnegie Mellon University computer science Ph.D. students in the finals of the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

Richmond College Student Picked as Finalist in National Inventors Competition

Erica Grant, a graduate student at The University of Tennessee, is one of 10 finalists in the Collegiate Inventors Competition for her invention called the "Quantum Lock."

8 Historical Inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 includes historical inductees whose inventions transformed their fields. These famous inventors designed new paradigm-shifting technical marvels that created more efficient processes and improved society.

Celebrating Women of Invention on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, it seems a perfect opportunity to recognize the six remarkable women who will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame® this May.