2018 California Invention Convention

The 2018 California Invention Convention will be held on April 14th, 2018 at Maxim Integrated in San Jose.  Our thanks to Maxim for supporting this incredible event!!


  • All attendees must be registered by April 1st using the online registration instructions supplied by their teacher.  If your student is an Independent Inventor please contact us.  If you are a teacher and have not received the instructions, contact us.
  • On the day of the event, all inventors must display their invention – either a working model or prototype – their Invention Log or Journal, and their Display Board.  Regulations regarding size of display board and inventions are reviewed during the registration process.
  • While it is not mandatory, we are hoping that all inventors will stay for the Awards Ceremony and cheer each other!!


The Schedule for the event:

Friday, April 13th:
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. We are offering early check-in where students can set up their inventions, Invention Logs, and  display boards, as well as pick up their materials.  The next day, students can skip the line and go straight to the Exhibit Hall

Saturday, April 14th:

8:00 am – 9:30 amInventor check-in.  All inventors must have set up their inventions, Invention Logs, and display boards and be ready for judging no later than 9:45 am

10:00 am – 11:00 am Judging of inventions.  Only students, judges and volunteers are allowed in the Exhibit Hall.  There is an area available at Maxim where parents / chaperones will be able to wait.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Exhibit Hall open to the public.  This is a great chance for parents / chaperones to see all the various inventions.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. Clearing Exhibit Hall. All inventions and display materials are removed from the Exhibit Hall.  We must clear the space so we can set up for the Awards Ceremony

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm. Lunch break.  There will be an area set aside at Maxim to eat your own packed lunch.  There are no refrigeration facilities available, so pack the lunch accordingly!! There are several casual, inexpensive restaurants within a 4 miles radius of Maxim and we will be handing out a list on the day of the event.

1:45 pm – Return for Awards Ceremony.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  Awards Ceremony.  The top inventions from each grade are announced, along with Most Marketable and Maxim Best in Show awards.  Those finalists invited to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (May 31-June 2) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI) are announced.

Week of April 16th:  Results will be posted here.



"Kids Inventing Their Future"