20th Anniversary Celebration


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. The day-long event paid honor to the enduring legacy of our founder Jerome Lemelson, and featured a compelling mix of speakers, panels and presentations by the world’s leading minds in invention. View the full agenda

Watch videos and see photos from our panels and inventor spotlights:

The Lemelson Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Improving Lives Through Invention: Discussion of Jerome Lemelson’s vision in establishing the Foundation

Inspiring the Next Generation

  • Introduction: Graham Pugh, The Lemelson Foundation
  • Moderator: David Coronado, The Lemelson Foundation
  • Jeff Brodie, The Smithsonian Lemelson Center
  • Michael Cima, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Slideshow: 20 Years of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners

Invention Spotlights: K-12 Inventors

Education to Foster Future Inventors and Innovators

  • Moderator: 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

Invention Spotlights: Developing Countries

Turning Ideas Into Impact

Invention Spotlights: Addressing Problems

Impact Inventing

Closing Remarks

  • Carol Dahl, The Lemelson Foundation
  • Robert Lemelson, The Lemelson Foundation