In late June, the L-MIT Program hosted it's 2009 EurekaFest, an annual celebration of inventions and innovation which featured high school InvenTeams as well as speeches by the winners of the 2009 Lemelson-MIT Prizes. For those who missed it, MIT TechTV now has a number of videos footage from EurekaFest 2009, including:
- Lemelson Foundation chair Dorothy Lemelson speaks at the award ceremony
- Chad Mirkin, winner of the 2009 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, presents the development of Nanoparticle-based biodiagnostics and the barcode assay to diagnose patients at early stages of disease and his invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography used to fabricate nanostructures.
- Joel Selanikio, winner of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, presents his open source mobile software tool that aids in disease surveillance and the collection of public health data in developing nations.
- 2009 L-MIT Student Prize winner Geoffrey von Maltzahn presents on his inventions in nanomedicine.
- The Teen Technology InvenTeam from Bridgewater, New Jersey presents on their adaptive, pedal-operated multi-grain thresher.
- The Garfield-Palouse High School InvenTeam from Palouse, Washington demonstrates their agricultural lift for people with disabilities.
- The Clarksburg High School InvenTeam from Clarksburg, Maryland shows off the multitude of uses for their pressure-sensitive illuminated computer cable.
- The Tesla Engineering Charter School InvenTeam from Appleton, Wisconsin presents on their alternative energy refrigerator for northern climates.
About the Lemelson-MIT Program
The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation. The Foundation’s programs in the U.S and developing countries recognize and celebrate accomplished inventors; provide financial and mentoring support to grassroots inventors; offer hands-on opportunities that enable young people to develop their budding scientific curiosity; and disseminate technologies that improve people’s lives.
For more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, visit http://web.mit.edu/invent