The inventors association of Connecticut (IACT) held its meeting last night via ZOOM, and it was very interesting. Eric B. Schultz talked about the history of innovation, with an emphasis on New England. It was good to see lots of inventors from Connecticut attend this meeting. To see more information about IACT, future meetings, and past meetings, go here.
Dr. Mark Maybury, the CTO of Stanley Black & Decker will be speaking at the next IACT meeting at 1 pm on February 18, 2020 at the Dolan School Events Hall at Fairfield University. Dr. Maybury is Stanley Black & Decker’s first Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Dr. Maybury manages a team across the company’s businesses and functions and advises on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provides access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem. Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion diversified industrial with over sixty thousand employees that manufacture one half million products in over one hundred facilities in sixty countries around the world. A core aspect of Stanley Black & Decker’s 176-year journey is a legacy of industrial excellence founded on socially responsible innovation. Increasingly these products leverage artificial intelligence, for example, to anticipate falls from gait analysis, perform audio event understanding to enhance security, or to provide intelligent health care companionship to enable aging in place. Equally important is the deployment of artificial intelligence to enhance the effectiveness of supply chains and the manufacturing and distribution of these world first products. This presentation will focus on the opportunities and challenges of deploying artificial intelligence at scale at Stanley Black & Decker for those who make the world.
I plan on attending and hope to see you there! More information can be found here.
I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) Holiday Party this Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 at Fairfield Craft Ales, located in Stratford. It will be great fun seeing local inventors at this festive time of the year. The party is for members of IACT, if you are interested, please join IACT. More information on joining IACT can be found here .
I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting tomorrow night, November 26, 2019 at Fairfield University. Game and Toy inventor Mary Ellroy will be presenting on “Licencing Your Game and Toy Inventions”. Mary will talk about investigating the successful ideation and go-to-market strategy that she used. of a serial inventor and former IACT President, Mary Ellroy. Mary Ellroy has been in the toy business since 1990, and is an inventor of toys and games and an agent for toy and game inventors. She comes to toy invention with a corporate marketing background. She received an MBA from the Boston College School of Management (now the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.) Past positions included a Director position at a Fortune 50 company, a vice presidency/ownership position in a newspaper advertising firm, and various advertising and media positions. Her creative accomplishments in consumer marketing inspired her to turn that creativity to toys and games. More information on the meeting can be found here.
I attended the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting last night at Fairfield University. Warren Tuttle was the speaker, and it was a great presentation! Warren serves as the President of the United Inventors Association. He also is a member of the national non-profit Pro Bono Patent Commission. Professionally, Warren oversees the Open Innovation outside product programs for three industry leading companies: Lifetime Brands in Housewares and Table Top (Farberware, Kitchen Aid and 30 others), Techtronics Industries Power Tool Group in Power Tools and Hardware (Ryobi, Ridgid, Hart and others) and Merchant Media in Direct Response Television (Smart Spin, True Touch and many others). Warren personally interacts through email or phone with over 5,000 inventors a year and has initiated over100 new product licensing agreements which have collectively generated a billion $ in retail sales.
Warren’s topic was licensing, and told stories of his licensing deals on behalf of his clients, but he also talked about various products he helped clients develop and monetize. Very interesting. Warren’s website can be found here.
On Tuesday, April 30, 2019 I attend the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) meeting. The topic was: “Bitcoin and Blockchain – Ten Years In. What we know, what we don’t know and where we are headed.” The meeting was at the Fairfield University Library. Attorney Bill Erickson was the presenter. Bill explained cryptocurrency and blockchain. He also suggested a youtube video for an explanation of Bitcoin. The video can be found here. This was a very informative meeting on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. I hope to see you at the next IACT meeting. More information on IACT can be found here.
Cliff Ennico will be presenting at the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) meeting tomorrow night at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.
Cliff is widely considered to be one of America’s leading experts on the legal and tax problems facing entrepreneurs, small businesses and self-employed professionals. Cliff will be presenting on Equity Crowdfunding. Thanks to SEC regulations passed last year under the federal JOBS Act, it is now possible for small businesses, startup companies and other privately-owned enterprises to raise capital and sell securities via crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Cliff will discuss the pros and cons of Equity Crowdfunding. More information can be found here.