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Wednesday, August 13 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch and Keynote Speakers: Anton and Anna Hopen, USF Young Innovators Competition

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Anna Hopen is a 15 year-old hailing from Tampa, Florida about to start her second semester at St. Petersburg College where she has a straight-A average.  In 2009 she conceived of a competition for young inventors.  In 2010 the first competition was held at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Ten competitors out of 79 entries competed in a “Shark-Tank” style event.  The competition is held every year at the University of South Florida (USF) on or near Thomas Edison’s February 11 birthday.  Over 500 inventions were submitted by children around Tampa Bay in 2014.  The competition’s non-profit has received support from USF, MOSI, Outback Steak House, HSN and Bright House Networks.  Anna has appeared on television for several years now starring in public service announcements for the event.  Several of the young inventors have received patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and even appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Anna was recognized earlier this year by the Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for fostering STEM education, particularly in young girls.

avatar for Tanaga A. Boozer, Program Advisor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Tanaga A. Boozer, Program Advisor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Program Advisor, Office of Education and Outreach, USPTO
Ms. Boozer has several years of experience developing and promoting innovation and technology transfer programs in the U.S and abroad. The Program Advisor in the Office of Education and Outreach directs and coordinates intellectual property (IP) educational outreach programs and partnerships with external organizations, academic institutions and federal agencies. Ms. Boozer conducts invention education seminars for Science, Technology... Read More →

Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Hospitality Management Building 3000 Mission College Blvd. • Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897

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