Great Inventor Events This Month!

The next best thing to the thrill of inventing is meeting others who share the same passion. If you use the Edison Nation forums, you know this to be true firsthand! With so many opportunities in October to mix and mingle with fellow inventors and share ideas and resources, we thought we’d list a few in hopes that you’ll find a great fit right in your area!

Houston Inventor’s Association Monthly Meeting

If you live in Houston or the surrounding area, you won’t want to miss this month’s meeting of the Houston Inventor’s Association. Our own Betsy Kaufman will be the speaker for the evening, sharing the story of how an Edison Nation ad on the back of a sales receipt took her on a journey from an idea to an As Seen On TV inventor. In attendance will also be Everyday Edisons Season 4 inventor, Greg Bruce and Season 4 finalist, Toni Rey. Taking place Wednesday, October 12, this is sure to be a great opportunity to meet and get advice from some very talented Houston-area inventors! For more information, visit:

Chicago Black Inventors 2011 Conference

If you’ve ever been to a Chicago Black Inventors conference, you know it’s not one to be missed. This year, the 3rd annual event will take place Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The theme will be “Innovation, Patents & Profits: Commercializing Your Dream,” with keynote speakers ranging from James E. Patrick, Chairman and Founder of Smart Medical Technology, Inc. to American Inventor: Season 2 runner-up, Elaine Fisher Cato. To learn more, visit:

USPTO Inventors Symposium

As part of a series of programs that complement the Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the USPTO and the SAAM are sponsoring a FREE Inventors Symposium, Thursday, October 27, 2011 and Friday, October 28, 2011. The unique two-day event will dedicate a day to providing information on the newly enacted America Invents Act, while day two will feature a number of experts, including our own Louis Foreman, to address how inventors and entrepreneurs can take their ideas and innovations to the next level. To learn more, visit:

Chicago Young Inventors Challenge

If you know a child in the Chicago-area who loves to invent, this fun and FREE event is the perfect opportunity. Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18; participants create their own original toy or game inventions to be judged by popular vote by the fair’s 20,000-plus attendees. In addition to great prizes to be won, top toy and game industry representatives will be on hand to provide advice, recognition and encouragement to all young inventors! While the event won’t take place until November 19, the deadline to register is October 31. To learn more or register, visit:

Do you know a great event in your area taking place this month? Post it below and let’s keep the list building!