The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites you to its 2009 New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation symposium. This year’s event will be held on November 6 and 7 at the National Museum of American History and features an exploration of Hot Spots of Invention. The Hot Spots of Invention symposium will advance our appreciation
November 6 – 7, 2009
Since 1995 this annual symposium has brought together historians, inventors, practitioners, and a broad range of audiences to explore new avenues of inquiry into the history of invention and innovation through a mixture of scholarly presentations, family hands-on activities, educational programs, and exhibitions. This year’s event will be held on November 6 and 7 at the National Museum of American History and features an exploration of Hot Spots of Invention. The Museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required. Should you wish to R.S.V.P., please do so at http://americanhistory.si.edu/rsvp/newperspectives.
Hot Spots of Invention: People, Places, and Spaces
Whether it’s Edison’s laboratory or Silicon Valley, both scholars and the public have long been curious about inventors and the physical spaces and places that seem to spark invention and innovation. The Hot Spots of Invention symposium will feature scholars, inventors, and practitioners who will explore the creation of these centers of creativity and innovation-“hot spots”-from a variety of perspectives. Sessions on “place” will explore the evolution of particular innovative regions and explore the factors that lead to their creation. Sessions devoted to “people” will explore the role and influence of charismatic, dynamic individuals and their influence upon the region in which they live and work. “Spaces” refers to the specific locations-basement workshops to industrial laboratories-that inventors generate and manipulate to suit their creative needs.
This New Perspectives symposium will advance our appreciation and understanding of “hot spots of invention” and explore the intimate relationship among the people, places, and spaces that shape inventors’ work.
Portions of the symposium will be available for viewing on http://americanhistory.si.edu/webcast by Friday, Nov. 20.