Invention Convention 2017

Invention Convention 2017

Young Inventor of the Year 2017


Invent Idaho, the premier student invention competition in the Northwest for over 30 years, inspires and celebrates young inventors for their innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Every year over 1000 young inventors in grades 1-12 throughout the state of Idaho participate in the Invent Idaho Invention Convention program, competing at three Regional events around the state and culminating at the Invent Idaho State Finals, hosted by the University of Idaho.

Winning inventors advance to compete at the National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Idaho’s young inventors shine at Nationals, bringing home major awards such as Best Prototype sponsored by Stanley-Black and Decker, the Zero Hunger Zero Waste Award sponsored by Kroger, and even a Free Patent Search, won by a second grader at the National Invention Convention in 2020.

Our most famous Invent Idaho Best of Show winner, Alex Knoll, inventor of the “Ability App”, appeared on the Ellen Show as a fifth grader! Invent Idaho is changing lives!

Invent Idaho 2017 State Finals 2

Keynote Host


I’ve had the privilege of hosting the Invent Idaho – Young Inventor of the Year – Awards for many years now, and they remain one of the most important engagements of my year. It’s such a thrill to inspire the next generation of inventors!!!

Since the 2017 Invention Convention Idaho competition, I’ve been lucky enough to host and emcee the

Invent Idaho State Finals Awards March 2017 with Gray Bright host on stage at the microphone as a GIF

Awards Ceremony


Fun Interviews


One of the most fun parts of my day at the event was setting up the backdrop from my Live Late Night Talk Show, The Tomorrow Show, and hosting mini interviews with the Young Inventors. It was so much fun and the Young Inventors were such great guests!!!

invent Idaho 2017 State Finals Tomorrow Show Interviews of Gray Bright at the desk interviewing a Young Inventor
invent Idaho 2017 State Finals Tomorrow Show Interviews of Gray Bright at the desk interviewing a Young Inventor
invent Idaho 2017 State Finals Tomorrow Show Interviews of Gray Bright at the desk interviewing a Young Inventor
invent Idaho 2017 State Finals Tomorrow Show Interviews of Gray Bright at the desk interviewing a Young Inventor
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