[SIGCIS-Members] PROGRAM: 25 Years of Innovative Lives: with Lonnie Johnson, Tiffany Kelley, Mike Augspurger, and Tim Pula (Jan 13)

Hintz, Eric HintzE at si.edu
Mon Jan 11 20:43:52 PST 2021

**Hi SIGCIS subscribers - we hope you can join us for our upcoming Zoom program featuring a diverse collection of inventors, including healthcare app develop Tiffany Kelley!  Eric Hintz

25 Years of Innovative Lives: with Lonnie Johnson, Tiffany Kelley, Mike Augspurger, and Tim Pula (Jan 13)

On Wednesday January 13, join the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation<https://invention.si.edu/> for a very special online 25th Year Anniversary Innovative Lives panel discussion with inventor alumni from past Innovative Lives programs.

Have you ever had an idea for an invention that you believed could be successful if only you had more space, more time, more creativity, or more money? Environmental factors, individual abilities, resource limitations, and so much more contribute to each person's inventive process, but constraints often help rather than hinder creativity by fostering a culture of problem solving. With moderator Monica M. Smith, inventors Lonnie Johnson, Tiffany Kelley, Mike Augspurger, and Tim Pula will explore how inventing within constraints can often be the best pathway to solutions.

Title: 25 Years of Innovative Lives
Who: Inventors Lonnie Johnson, Tiffany Kelley, Mike Augspurger, Tim Pula; moderator: Monica M. Smith
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Registration Link: https://25yearsofinnovativelives.eventbrite.com


Lonnie Johnson - Beyond his wildly-popular invention, the Super Soaker water gun, and his work on high-performance Nerf dart guns, Dr. Lonnie Johnson has devoted his life to solving some of the world's most complex technological problems. He has received more than 100 patents, many of which are related to clean energy.

Tiffany Kelley - Tiffany Kelley is a nurse who saw her colleagues writing details about patients on scraps of paper and even paper towels throughout their shifts. The nurses would then verbally relay this vital information at shift changes, introducing an unnecessary risk of forgetting a detail or misreading a scribbled, smudged note. She decided to bridge this communication gap with a nurse-focused app called Know My Patient.

Mike Augspurger - After starting his own bicycle company, Mike Augspurger wanted to explore the possibilities of an off-road handcycle for wheelchair athletes. He designed his One-Off handcycle to let riders pedal with their arms and steer with their chests, while experiencing high performance and the smoothest ride possible over rough terrain. In 17 years, Augspurger built nearly 200 handcycles.

Tim Pula - The Interpretive Exhibits Inventor for the Lemelson Center's Spark!Lab, Pula specializes in creating activities that encourage museum visitors to explore and engage in the history and process of invention. Some examples of Tim's hands-on activities include: Tweak a Prosthetic Hand; Invent a Piece of Protective Gear; Create a Multi-Use Space; and Produce Great Sounding Beats.

Moderated by: Monica M. Smith, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

About Innovative Lives: Now in its 25th year, the Lemelson Center's Innovative Lives program series<https://invention.si.edu/tags/innovative-lives-program> gives participants the opportunity to engage in a public conversation with diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs about their pioneering work and careers.

Accessibility: The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. CART captioning will be available for this program. Additional accommodations are available upon request; please email nmahprograms at si.edu<mailto:nmahprograms at si.edu>.

Eric S. Hintz, PhD (he/him), Historian, Lemelson Center
Office +1 202-633-3734 | Mobile +1 610-717-7134 |Fax +1 202-633-4593
Email hintze at si.edu<mailto:hintze at si.edu> | americanhistory.si.edu<http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/> | invention.si.edu<http://www.invention.si.edu/>

Author, American Independent Inventors in an Era of Corporate R&D<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/american-independent-inventors-era-corporate-rd> (MIT Press, 2021)
Co-editor, Does America Need More Innovators?<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/does-america-need-more-innovators> (MIT Press, 2019)

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