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Young inventors to gather at MIT on March 4

MIT's Public Service Center will host the first United States-based Young Inventors Inventing the Future Conference on March 4.

The annual conference of Young Inventors International, traditionally held in Canada, brings up to 65 university-based entrepreneurs and innovators together with established entrepreneurs to work through a case study.

The conference provides numerous networking opportunities, including connections to potential employers and investors, said Anne Swift, founder and president of the not-for-profit organization, which serves innovators under the age of 35.

The case study will be available for review and comment on the Young Inventors web site starting Wednesday, Feb. 15. Swift described it as "a commercialization plan for an enterprise that benefits society."

Conference themes will include identifying market niches for a new technology, protecting intellectual property, creating a business plan and raising financing.

The keynote speakers are Colin Angle, the CEO and co-founder of iRobot, and Gururaj Deshpande, the chairman and founder of Sycamore Networks.

Also on hand will be Gloria Kolb, the president and founder of Fossa Medical; Dr. Thomas Fogarty, a cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner; Panos Panay, founder and CEO of Sonicbids; and Lahav Gil, CEO and founder of Kangaroo Design; among others.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 1, 2006 (download PDF).

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