2024 California Invention Convention

Planning has begun and final dates and convention format (virtual, live, hybrid) have not yet been decided. We will post details as they are determined.  In the meantime, this general timeline provides some guidance.

Teacher Registration  Opens November 8th – instructions here 

  • November – January – School notifies CaIC if classes/school will be participating.
  • January 31st  — Student Registration is open.
  • March 27th– Students must be Registered. All required invention documentation must be submitted through the registration system. (Check Requirements, Restrictions and Creating Invention Documentation through the Educators page on the web)
  • April 13th —  State-wide California Invention Convention
  • April 19th – Awards Show
  • June 5-7 – National Invention Convention– The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Finalists from CaIC attend the National Invention Convention. Details for National Invention Convention can be found at

2023 California Invention Convention

This year’s event was a virtual competition. This is the capstone event of our program. We are celebrating our 8th year of inspiring confidence in applied STEM, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurship in schools and after school programs across the state.

This year, as in years past, student inventors in Kindergarten through high school were asked to identify a problem in their own lives, or that of their families, or the community – and engage in the iterative process of creating an invention to solve that problem. Finalists from throughout the state submitted videos of their winning invention prototypes, along with supporting documentation, to compete in the state competition. Winners earned prizes and have the opportunity to compete at Nationals competition, held by the Invention Convention Worldwide and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Click here to read all about the participants and award winners.

The Awards Ceremony was broadcast on May 5th, 2023.  It was recorded and the link will be posted here when it is available.

Our thanks to Analog Devices for their sponsorship and for making this Awards Ceremony possible. We are so grateful to them!


National Invention Convention:

Americas Invention Convention:


"Kids Inventing Their Future"