San Diego Inventors Forum
September 2015
SDIF's new year and our first as a 501c3 starts this month! Thursday's topic is Harnessing Creativity. 

Here is our 2015-2016 meeting schedule. As always, our presentations are designed to educate and help you, the inventor. New in this year's schedule are presentations on Kickstarter and Focus Groups 101. Attending all 101 classes earns you an SDIF Graduate Certificate!

If you missed the invention contest in August, you can watch the videos here. Michele Hoff-Nash wrote a great article about the contest for Industry Week magazine.   

Thursday, September 10 - Doors open at 6:30 for Networking
Conference Center at AMN HealthCare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
Meeting starts at 7:00  
$10 includes a snack and drink (correct change appreciated!)

SDIF - The Place to Be
SDIF monthly meetings are the ideal place to get help on all aspects of inventing as well as make new contacts. Unlike other inventors' organizations, we have no costly annual dues or membership requirements. All you need is a desire to learn about the world of inventing and to network with like-minded people. Whether you're an inventor or a service provider to inventors, SDIF is the place to be the second Thursday of each month!

New SDIF Videos Posted
Thanks to our volunteer videographer, Sidney Wildesmith, you can now watch online videos of all the SDIF presentations for the past year.  

Here are some new videos just posted:

Sidney, you're the best!  Watch all SDIF videos...
Free Biomimicry Trainings in San Diego
FREE Biomimicry trainings coming up on September 16th at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. These trainings will be held by Jacques Chirazi, who presented at our June meeting.
View the flyer here and email Jacques Chirazi for more information.
Edison Nation Looks To Back A New Generation Of Inventors
Touting a direct pipeline to Amazon's Launchpad program and sporting $50 million in commitments to help finance the businesses of young inventors, Edison Nation is preparing to embark on a nationwide tour to find the country's next great tech invention.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company, whose business model is akin to the faltering Quirky, took in $50 million from a group of undisclosed backers to finance businesses that show up to its Amazon Inventions Tour, beginning in Atlanta on September 25. Edison Nation is taking 1,000 applicants who are willing to hawk their wares in front of the company's panel of experts to see if they're worth some Edison money to further develop the product or take the idea to market. Learn more on the Edison Nation website
Volunteers Needed for Maker Faire in Balboa Park Oct 3-4

Can you help with this special event?  Details here. 
America's Greatest Makers Competition
Intel, Turner Broadcasting, Mark Burnett, the Producer of "Shark Tank", "Survivor", and "The Apprentice", and his United Artists Media Group are searching for inventors with the next big technology innovation for a new television series, "America's Greatest Makers". 

Intel is taking its "Make It Wearable" challenge to the next level and is looking nationwide for contestants to create the next big wearable or smart-connected device using Intel's Curie Module™. This new series will chronicle the competition among the finalists who will be mentored by Intel engineers to make their ideas a reality. The winner will be rewarded with a million dollar prize! For more information, visit the America's Greatest Makers website.

New SDIF Website Coming Soon

SDIF member, Grazyna Krajewska of AmberDot, LLC, is building our new SDIF website which will have new features and easy navigation.  Stay tuned for progress on the new site.


Thanks, Grazyna!

Hope to see you on Thursday!         

Adrian Pelkus  


Adrian Pelkus, Chairman
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