Important Dates & Times

Wednesday March 04, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Friday April 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM

In order to participate in the California Invention Convention, there are certain restrictions and requirements.

• Remember that animals are not allowed at the California Invention Convention, so if the invention is for animals,it must be demonstrated in pictures – or on a stuffed toy. Demonstrations/presentations may not include human beings or living creatures.

• The display board must be no larger than 24”’ with the wings folded in.CAM_8406.png

• Each inventor must have a COMPLETED, SIGNED Invention Log.

• The invention does not have to be a working model, but the inventor needs to be able to explain how it would work. If it can be operational, it should be.

• Inventors may not use lighters, matches, candles or any other open flame or heat source or anything material or liquid considered combustible.

• Inventions may not contain biohazards or utilize any materials that are, or could become dangerous.

• Other restrictions include: electric stun guns, martial arts weapons, guns, replica guns, ammunitions, fireworks, knives of any size, mace, pepper spray, razors, boxcutters and balloons.


California Invention Convention is an initiative to bring invention education into California schools and to celebrate the young inventors with a state-wide event.  In the 2015-2016 school year, we did a proof-of-concept at Pacific Elementary in Davenport with 20 children from Grades 5 and 6 inventing and sent 4 of these young inventors onto the 2016 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) in Washington DC. During 2016-17, we ran our pilot program — with 20 plus schools participating — some in Santa Cruz County and some in Santa Clara. 

Our first California Invention Convention was held April, 2017 in Santa Cruz with amaCAM_8756.pngzing results. Over 50 inventors were there and 6 were chosen to represent California at the 2017 NICEE.

At the 2018 California Invention Convention, 130 young inventors participated. For the 2019 state-wide invention Convention  We are expecting 200 inventors from around the state of California.

Winners from the 2019 California Invention Convention will go on to the 2019 NICEE at The Henry Ford in Dearborn MI May 29-May 31st, 2019

The goals of the California Invention Convention

  • Bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) invention education to 1,000,000 K-12 students throughout California by 2021
  • Provide opportunities for students to be recognized and valued for their inventions through Regional and State Invention Convetions
  • Include all qualified student invention programs as part of a state-wide California Invention Convention program

California Invention Convention is a tax exempt entity in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status.  We are an affiliate of The Henry Ford

Public Display

The Exhibit Hall will be open to the public from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  All visitors will need to have a security badge issued.


The California Invention Convention is being held this year on Saturday April 13th at Maxim Integrated,  160 Rio Robles Road, San Jose.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM:  Student Check in. Parents / chaperones can help students to cheCAM_8675.pngck in and set up their inventions in the Exhibit Hall. After the invention is setup, the students and parents / chaperones have the opportunity to view other inventions

9:30 AM:  All parents / chaperones must leave the exhibit hall.  Parents / chaperones may not return to the Exhibit Hall until 11:00 AM. There is some space available at Maxim where parents / chaperones may wait.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Judging of inventions.

11:00 AM -12:00 PM: Exhibit hall open for public viewing. 

12:00-12:30 PM. Inventions must be removed from Exhibit Halle. The Exhibit Hall must be cleared of inventions by 12:30 PM.

12:00 - 1:45 PM:  After invention is removed from Exhibit Hall, students and parents are free.  There are both inside and outside spaces available for those who bring their lunches. We will give parents / chaperones a list of nearby restaurants.

1:45 PM:  All inventors and parent/chaperones return.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM:   Awards ceremony.








Agriculture, Pets and Animal Care
includes Agriculture (Food, Machinery, Tools), Pets and Animal Care
Consumer Goods and Fashion
Consumer Goods and Fashion - if invention doesn't fit into any of the other categories and it is something a person would buy, then it is consumer goods
Earth, Environment and Geosciences
Education (Technology, Systems, Hardware, Tools)
Education (Technology, Systems, Hardware, Tools) - anything that helps students or teachers in the classroom or students with their homework.
Energy Efficiency, Clean technology, Energy Generation
Energy Efficiency, Clean technology, Energy Generation
Health and Medical Technology
Health and Medical Technology
Home Organization
Home Organization
Home Technology
Home Technology including Smart Homes, Appliances
Household Tools
Household Tools - Any invention used around the house that doesn't fit the other Home categories
Public Safety / Public Good
Invention can be used for for improving the safety of the public or used for the public good
Sports, Games, Entertainment and Toys
Sports, Games, Entertainment and Toys
Technology Wearables
Technology Wearables - technology with a purpose that can be worn.
Transportation - Invention improves the means of transport or travel from one place to another

Judging Criteria

Each participant must have:

  • An inventor’s Invention Log completed and signed.CAM_8265.png
  • A poster board/trifold describing problem, solution, process.
  • A prototype / model / invention (which may be non-working) but inventor can explain how it would work.

Inventions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Ability to clearly define the problem
  • Originality of the invention or how it is an improvement over similar inventions
  • The process the inventor used
  • Effectiveness - does the invention solve the stated  problem?
  • Practicality of the solution
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