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Inventor Calendar

You can find out about the latest invention contests and inventor events by checking Arnold Carreiro's Got Invention Ideas blog.

WARNING: This page is no longer being updated, so refer to our Inventor Forums and to the Got Invention Ideas? blog for the most current information. We have left the outdated information on this page so that people can get a rough idea of some of the events and contents that go on throughout the year.

This section is intended to update inventors on all the invention contests, invention events, invention trade shows and whatever else that's going on of interest to inventors.

Please make sure to look at our daily blog postings on Contests and Events to get the latest new as this inventor calendar only gets updated periodically.



January 2009


2009 Northern Plains Inventors Congress - January 13, 2009

The Northern Plains Inventors Congress (NPIC) will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota on January 13, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Admission is Free) in cooperation with Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, organized by U.S. Senator Kent Conrad. All inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses and service providers are invited to attend this annual event that attracts individuals from across the United States.

Competition Deadline: January 21, 2009

Make it a Pencil DANDAD Award

Last year it was “make it a pen.” Check it out!

Competition Deadline: January 30, 2009

2009 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition

Metropolis Magazine challenges young designers to apply their innovative talents to our energy addiction and rethink the broken models that represented 20th-century life and work. The magazine seeks entries at all scales of design-urban, landscape, building, interior, object, communication-and for every aspect of the man-made environment.

Competition Deadline: January 21, 2009

2009 Ontario Engineering Competition – February 6 – 8, 2009

The 2008 Ontario Engineering Competition is the largest provincial level engineering competition with over 240 competitors.

Competition Deadline: January 21, 2009

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2009

With around 11,000 entries from over 60 countries, the red dot design award is the world's largest design competition.

Competition Deadline: January 26, 2009

Ho!Ho!Ho! Christmas

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Tree Shops is looking for new holiday decor items and gifts to put under the tree! Challenge ID: CTS186
As a subsidiary of the home product wonderland Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops has 40 stores serving up year-round holiday cheer. One of the country's most beloved retailers, Christmas Tree Shops sells not just the expected holiday decor and decorations but also just about any gift you could ask for under your tree.

Competition Deadline: January 31, 2009

Live EDGE Global Environmental Challenge

Entries are invited for the $100,000 USD Live EDGE global environmental challenge for 2009. To enter, your design must be original and innovative, use electric and/or electronic components, and positively impact the environment, such as by increasing energy efficiency or reducing carbon emissions.

Competition Deadline: January 31, 2009

Braun Prize 2009 International Design Contest

Braun 2009 is an international design competition open to young industrial designers who are still studying or who have graduated within the last two years. Students are invited to submit their product concepts to Braun. The total prize money amounts to EUR 36,000.

Competition Deadline: January 31, 2009


Intel’s INSPIRE•EMPOWER Challenge is a contest open to all individuals, developers and organizations worldwide, as well as the general public. The Challenge is for the creation of innovative solutions addressing one of four global issues - education, healthcare, economic development, and the environment.

Competition Deadline: February 13, 2009

AIA Ideas Competition 2009

Architects, students, and allied design professionals are invited to submit sketches to the international 2009 COD Ideas Competition, titled "Listening to the Past, Looking to the Future: A House for Today." In this unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the legacy of modernist design through a concept design problem.

Competition Deadline: February 28, 2009

Invented in Utah

The event is open to Utah-based individuals and small businesses with less than $5 million in annual revenues, and whose inventions have not yet generated formal sales revenues.

Competition Deadline: February 28, 2009

Hammacher Schlemmer Challenge (No longer active)

Your submission must be unique and protectable. Your item must fall under our merchandising strategy of offering the best, the only or the unexpected. Your item should be a product that will appeal to a well educated, well-traveled, affluent and mature customer base. Our customer is wealthy but avoids conspicuous consumption. They want quality.

Competition Deadline: March 1, 2009

2009 Imagine Cup

This year's theme is "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today." The competitor’s charge is to address The United Nations hardest challenges in the world today, identified in its Millennium Goals. The competition categories include software design, embedded development, game development, robotics and algorithm, IT challenge, and MashUp. Each category has its own rules of entry.

Competition Deadline: March 3, 2009

2009 R&D 100 Awards

Entries are invited for the prestigious R&D 100 Awards that have been helping companies provide the important initial push a new product needs to compete successfully in the marketplace. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year. Any new technical product that was first available for purchase or licensing between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2008, may be entered. An “early bird” deadline has been set for February 15, making it possible to submit your product a second time with input from the R&D Awards Committee. All winners will be notified of the judges' decision by July, 2009.

Competition Deadline: March 31, 2009

BKFK Invent A Game Contest

The BKFK “Going Green Challenge” invites entries from children between the ages of 5 and 19 to enter new online games. You don't need technical or illustrative skills to enter, all entries are expected to be entirely conceptual. The winning game will be produced by Electronic Arts and will be rewarded with $10,000 Face Value U.S. Savings Bond.

Competition Deadline: April 30, 2009

Samsonite Baby Travel Design Competition 2009

Samsonite Baby Travel contest encourages the design of innovative travel products related to traveling with babies and toddlers. Eligibility extends to all students, designers, engineers, and inventors over the age of 18. Your product should represent real innovation and fulfill the main criteria for traveling; compact, lightweight, easy to use, safe and durable. Prizes include: €5000, €3000 and €1000 for the first three winners; five Judges Special Awards of €500 will be awarded.

Competition Deadline: April 30, 2009

International Bicycle Design Competition

The Bicycle Design Competition is sponsored by the Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. and managed and produced by the Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center. The sponsors anticipated that it could become a channel of communication among bicycle designers, manufacturers and aficionados from all over the world. We hope that through the coming together of different design concepts and cultures, bicycle product design can be promoted worldwide. Moreover, we also wish that a way of life incorporating bicycling could be spread worldwide, and make a contribution to improve environmental conditions. We take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the ONLY worldwide bicycle design competition!

Event Date: May 2, 2009

Student Invention Competition, 26th Anniversary Connecticut Invention Convention

Event Dates: May 5, 2009 through May 7, 2009

64th National Hardware Show, Inventor's Spotlight, Las Vegas, 2009

Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center

Event Dates: June 12-13, 2009

2009 Invention &Idea Show, Redwood Falls, MN


Oct 14, 2006
by Margaret Back (not verified)

When is casting for American Inventor Season 2?

I have been searching and searching for any morsel of information on when the casting call will be for LA for Season 2 of American Inventor. Does anyone know? Last year was Nov 17th at the Renissance but it seems it it getting awefully close to that date and the website still says "in the coming weeks"

Any info is appreciated!

Margaret Back

Oct 16, 2006
by Alexis

Hi Margaret

Rumor has it that casting calls for season two will be later than casting for season one. We have not received confirmation on this and that's why you haven't see a big ole article on our home page about this. As soon as we know for sure, we'll let all our readers know.

American Inventor Spot Team

Nov 1, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)


It would be nice if ABC could let Inventors know when the Auditions start so that we know how to schedule the Holiday season.

Nov 9, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

american inventor

You'd think that ABC and Freemantle would have a little more respect for people. At least give an update or report.

I think season 2 will be fantastic because nobody even knew about season one until it was already cast. I didn't even know the show existed until i saw it on TV.

Nov 13, 2006


So 2nd season AI hasn't even started yet out west (I'll be going to Atlanta, hopefully)??? Should it be after the holidays? ABC, please tell us something!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the hold-up?

Jun 17, 2007
by TOMMY (not verified)



Jan 27, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Is there a season 3 for ABC

Is there a season 3 for ABC American Inventor?

Jun 23, 2008
by Anonymous


i have been trying to market a game that has been around for about one hundred years.i have been trying since 1995 how could i get the word out that this game is in the market to buy

Dec 14, 2011
by Anonymous