May 19, 2017
Great Inventors, Great Ideas is the theme of the Oregon #MESADay2017 where 350 students compete for an opportunity to present their inventions during the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition, held later this year.
May 3, 2017
Zach Korth of Portland, Oregon brings invention to life for his students. Partnering with our grantee Oregon MESA, Zach helps his students identify problems worth solving, and find solutions that could improve people’s lives. Most important, he helps them grow, take risks, and be creative.
April 7, 2016
Jerry Hosier pays tribute to Jerome Lemelson’s prolific career in inventing at The Lemelson Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in DC.
December 10, 2015
The Lemelson Foundation supports inventors through every step of their development – from the moment they’re inspired to solve a pressing problem, to the education they need to gain vital skills and knowledge, to the incubation of viable businesses that will transform their ideas into products, and get those products into the hands of people who need them. This “Inventor’s Pathway” is crucial in transforming ideas into life-improving solutions.
November 18, 2015
Slideshow of prize winners from the Lemelson-MIT programs various prized over the last 20 years. Presented as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015.
November 18, 2015
Slideshow showcasing the history of VentureWell and their work in educating and incubating the next generation of inventors. Presented as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015.
November 17, 2015
Emmah Wangaru Karanja, a student at Mary Leakey Girls High School in Nairobi Kenya, talks about her experiences working on a solar invention for use in her country as part of a program with Global Minimum (GMIN). Supported by The Lemelson Foundation, GMIN works to enable youth in Africa to harness their creativity and STEM skills to make solutions to problems they face. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Students from an Oregon MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) team talk about the challenge of developing a prosthetic device aimed at low-resource countries. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Abigail Orona, a student at Cesar Chavez High School in Arizona speaks about her experience as part of a high school InvenTeam, developing a therapy chair for medically fragile students in their community. Supported by The Lemelson Foundation's long-term partnership with the Lemelson-MIT program, InvenTeams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Matt Callahan of One Break talks about their new approach to addressing one of the most difficult problems in critical care medicine: Delivering high precision, high reliability mechanical ventilation at an affordable cost. OneBreath Ventilators is supported by Villgro, a long-time partner of The Lemelson Foundation. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden of Rice University talks about a collaboration with a university and hospital in Malawi to develop neonatal technologies for under-resourced places like Malawi. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Abhishek Sen of Biosense Technologies talks about their innovative work in developing new non-invasive medical diagnostics in India. Biosense is supported by long-time The Lemelson Foundation partner Villgro. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
Luke Pinkerton of Helix Steel talks about the alternative to rebar he developed as part of funding from VentureWell, a long-term partner of The Lemelson Foundation. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
2015 Lemelson-MIT student prize winner Alexander Richter talks about his game-changing innovation to solve global food scarcity. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 17, 2015
AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Jay Harmon of PAX Scientific talks about how the study of nature led to his breakthrough invention in fluid dynamics that's has the potential impact in a variety of sectors. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. The day’s events featured speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 16, 2015
On Sept. 18, The Lemelson Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary with a day of speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future.
November 16, 2015
Panel discussion on inspiring the next generation of inventors and innovators. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. Graham Pugh, The Lemelson Foundation; David Coronado, The Lemelson Foundation; Jeff Brodie, The Smithsonian Lemelson Center; Michael Cima, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
November 16, 2015
Panel discussion focused on how to foster future inventors through educational programs. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. David Coronado, The Lemelson Foundation; Joshua Schuler, Lemelson-MIT Program; Chelle Myrann, Cesar Chavez High School; Abigail Orona, Cesar Chavez High School; Elli Suzuki, Global Minimum; Rose Wairimu Waiganjo, Mary Leakey Girls High School; Emmah Wangaru Karanja, Mary Leakey Girls High School
November 16, 2015
Panel discussion focused on how to create invention-based business with impact and how to foster an ecosystem for invention. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. • The Potential to Create Businesses with Impact: Bilal Zuberi, Lux Capital; Eben Beyer, Ecovative; Evan Edwards, Kaleo, Inc.; Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell • Don’t Do Nonsense: Lessons Learned from Burt Swersey’s “Inventor’s Studio” (video) • Building an Ecosystem that Fosters Invention: Bilal Zuberi, Lux Capital; Paul Basil, Villgro Innovations Foundation; Nicole Etchart, NESsT; Kamau Gachigi, Gearbox; Sorin Grama, Promethean Power
November 16, 2015
Series of discussions focused on invention as a means of creating real impact by addressing some of our biggest challenges. Filmed as part of The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, 2015. • Ability of Inventions to Ignite Change: Steven Johnson, author of “How We Got to Now” • Problems Worth Solving: 50 Breakthroughs for Global Development: Steven Johnson, author of “How We Got to Now”; Shashi Buluswar, Institute for Transformative Technologies • Catalyzing Impact: Steven Johnson, author of “How We Got to Now”; Angela Belcher, MIT; Harish Hande, SELCO Foundation; Steven Sasson, Steven J Sasson Consulting; Jay Whitacre, Carnegie Mellon University
November 16, 2015
On Sept. 18, The Lemelson Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary with a day of speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention on ways invention can ignite change in the future. Closing remarks by: Carol Dahl, The Lemelson Foundation; Robert Lemelson, The Lemelson Foundation
November 10, 2015
Villgro, a long-time partner of The Lemelson Foundation, is an Indian-based organization that works to incubate innovations that improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in rural India, and support the social entrepreneurs behind those innovations. Villgro provides seed funding, mentoring, coaching, and more for innovation-based businesses. These aren’t just any businesses. They are enterprises that improve the lives of India’s poorest people and solve pressing problems with exciting new products.
November 4, 2015
Supported by the Lemelson-MIT Program's InvenTeams, in 2013 students at Natick High School near Boston invented a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of conducting search-and-rescue operations in iced-over waters. The vehicle can traverse the surface of the ice in just a few minutes, then lower a submersible into a hole in the ice with a boom and pulley system.
October 21, 2015
On September 18, 2015, more than 300 of The Lemelson Foundation’s partners and peers gathered in Washington, DC. It was an opportunity to celebrate the Foundation's 20th Anniversary and to share a visions for ways invention can ignite change in the future.
September 22, 2015
The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990's, and led by the Lemelson family, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $185 million in grants and Program-Related Investments in support of its mission.
January 19, 2015
T. Patrick Walsh of Greenlight Planet talks about his company's solar lantern, which was invented for use in developing countries with the assistance of a VentureWell E-Team grant. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
January 19, 2015
Ashifi Gogo, founder of successful former E-Team Sproxil, talks about how VentureWell helped the company in its early stages. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
January 19, 2015
Former E-Team Ecotech Marine discusses their inspiration for revolutionizing aquarium technology and how an E-Team grant from VentureWell helped them make waves in their industry. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
January 19, 2015
Former E-Team Pumani discusses their inexpensive bCPAP device, which they created for use in the developing world, and how critical their E-Team grant was in the early stages of prototyping their idea. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
January 19, 2015
Kaleo founder Evan Edwards tells the story of developing a lifesaving medical product, thanks to a grant from VentueWell. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
January 19, 2015
David Sengeh, winner of the 2014 $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Cure it!” graduate prize for the National Collegiate Student Prize Competition, is designing the next-generation of wearable, mechanical interfaces that improve comfort and mobility for amputees. His approach, which uses quantitative and human data, merges magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 3D printing resulting in customized prosthetic interfaces that reduce socket pressure on the human body.
January 12, 2015
Eben Bayer of Ecovative Design talks about how a VentureWell E-Team grant helped his company mushroom from a great idea in the classroom into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Through a partnership with VentureWell, The Lemelson Foundation helps to: Provide nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development, mentoring, and investment (E-Teams); and provide faculty with funding for courses and programs in tech entrepreneurship, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking (Course and Programs Grants).
September 26, 2014
VentureWell works to launch new ventures from an emerging generation of young inventors driven to improve life for people and the planet. They were established in 1995 with support from The Lemelson Foundation, as part of the vision of Jerome Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy. The Lemelsons believed invention was essential to American economic success and vitality and envisioned a program that would foster the next generation of collegiate inventors and help them bring their ideas to impact.
July 19, 2014
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education.
July 19, 2014
Katelyn Sweeney from the Natick High School InvenTeam discussing her experience on InvenTeams, a national grants initiative from the Lemelson-MIT Program that allows students to pursue year-long invention projects. The Lemelson-MIT Program, founded by Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
May 3, 2006
Dr. Robert Lemelson, speaking at the 2006 Lemelson-MIT Award Ceremony, held May 3, 2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He provides an update on The Foundation support in U.S. education as well as The Foundation's Invention for Sustainable Development program.
April 22, 2005
Eric Lemelson, speaking at the 2005 Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony, held April 22, 2005 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). He discusses the latest initiatives at The Foundation, including expanding the Invention for Sustainable Development program.
April 23, 2004
Eric Lemelson, speaking at the 2004 Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony, held April 23, 2004 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lemelson discusses the founding of The Lemelson Foundation to help Americans understand the contributions of inventors and for young people to experience the spark of creativity that forms the process of invention.
April 23, 2003
Robert Lemelson, speaking at the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony, held April 24, 2003 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, MA. He introduces The Foundation's new international program initiative designed to mobilize the "power of invention and innovation to attack the problems plaguing the develoing world."
April 24, 2002
Robert Lemelson, speaking at the 2002 Lemelson-MIT Award Ceremony, held April 24, 2002 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). He announces a new Lemelson Foundation initiative to promote and encourage new inventions and technologies in the developing world.
April 11, 1996
Inventor Jerome Lemelson, founder of The Lemelson Foundation, speaking at the 1996 Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony.
May 25, 1995
Inventor Jerome Lemelson, founder of The Lemelson Foundation, delivers the keynote at the Inaugural 1995 Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony.
April 1, 1995
Inventor Jerome Lemelson, founder of The Lemelson Foundation, discussing the importance of invention education at the opening of the Smithsonian Institution's Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in 1995.