There’s something unique about being an inventor. Let’s face it: waking up and creating something new isn’t easy – especially when one success often evolves from many failures. This is why IV loves transformative inventions and the inventors who work so diligently to make them happen. On this Behind the Breakthrough, we’re reflecting on what our participants described as the most meaningful aspects of invention:
“You could say that I’ve been an inventor since I was a kid. I used to mess around with science and electronics since I was 10 or 11 – dissecting technology and trying to make something new out of it. I even had this “tinker space” all through school. But beyond the general love of inventing, I’m an inventor because I want to create things that deliver important value to society. My team and I strive to make a meaningful impact wherever we can – the medical world, materials, energy, anywhere. So my work is something I love to do and it makes the world a better place. It’s a great combination.” – Dr. Michael Manion
“Inventing as a group can be extraordinarily productive. My ideas get cross-pollinated with the knowledge and ideas of other inventors, and vice-versa. Sometimes it can take a dozen people to take an initial idea and morph it into a patentable invention. That is always a fascinating process – someone has an outside-the-box idea and we all harshly critique it and then offer constructive suggestions and suddenly it all clicks. I love this form of invention because I always have crazy-sounding initial ideas that sometimes end up having quite a bit of utility.” – Pablos Holman
“To me, invention means creating something that is good for humankind in any form, whether it’s abstract like a computer algorithm or something more solid, like a robot. Invention ideas are often improved with collaboration and StudentRND is really helpful because it provides such a powerful community. Being surrounded by people who share similar inventing interests is both beneficial and inspiring.” – Pat Pataranutaporn
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