Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2015 Program Kickoff with Chicago Ideas Week Lab!

The CIW Lab “Invent, Incubate, Pitch!” is co-hosted with the Chicago Inventors Organization and will take place on October 16, 2014 at BLUE1647, 1647 S. Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608.

Chicago, IL – The Chicago Student Invention Convention will kick off the year by co-hosting a Chicago Ideas Week Lab on Thursday October 16, 2014, 6:00-8:30 p.m, at BLUE1647. Co-hosted with the Chicago Inventors Organization, participants in the Chicago Ideas Week Lab “Invent, Incubate, Pitch!” will learn how to pitch a product and use free online 3D design software (

Craig Terrill, a Faculty Advisor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, focused on advancing the New Products Development Labs Program and coaching innovation teams, will provide pitch coaching for participants.  Student inventors from the Chicago Student Invention Convention will serve as guest judges for product pitches presented by participant groups.

A representative from the Chicago Inventors Organization will provide a demo and instruction on free online 3D design software.  Participants will then conclude the lab with a tour of BLUE1647, a tech incubator in Pilsen with its own 3D printing lab.

During Chicago Ideas Week, 42 schools across Chicago Public Schools will be recognized via Chicago Student Invention Convention social media channels as participants in the upcoming 2014-2015 Chicago Student Invention Convention program.

About Chicago Student Invention Convention: The Chicago Student Invention Convention empowers students K-8 to solve problems and promotes creative thinking and innovation. The Invention Convention is a flexible curriculum focused on critical thinking, creativity, and innovation.  It is supported by activities and lesson plans and culminates in a final competition of student built prototypes. 

The Chicago Student Invention Convention is a program of Sustain Foundation (  Sustain Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that focuses on community based programs in education and health. 


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