Join Lemelson-MIT and partners MED-EL Medical Electronics, Deaf Kids Code and Invention Convention for a webinar that will offer insight into ideas4ears, a children’s invention contest that aims to come up with solutions for people living with hearing loss. MED-EL, who organizes ideas4ears, is a global innovation leader in hearing loss solutions, its founders having been the first to develop the microelectronic multi-channel cochlear implants. The contest was created to “improve children’s understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment.”

Topics to be covered include:

  • Explanation of the contest and its background
  • Details into the application process
  • Related invention example from a past ideas4ears winner 
  • Shared insight and invention resources from partner programs 

Speakers

Stephanie Couch 
Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Geoffrey Ball
Head of ideas4ears Judge and inventor of VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE middle ear implant, MED-EL

Avery Bennett "Kid Inventor"
2018 ideas4ears contest winner

Shireen Hafeez 
Founder and President, Deaf Kids Code

Veronica Lynagh
Director, Invention Convention

Agenda

Schedule is Eastern Time

6:30 – 6:35 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions: Lemelson-MIT Program

  • Importance of nurturing young inventors from an early age
  • Opportunity from MED-EL sparks creativity and empathy
  • Introduce speakers & topics

6:35 – 6:40 p.m.
ideas4ears winning invention:  Avery Bennett, 2018 MED-EL ideas4ears contest winner

  • how idea was conceived

6:40 – 6:45 p.m.              
Contest Overview:   Geoffrey Ball, MED-EL

  • story of inventor Geoffrey Ball and how the ideas4ears contest began

6:45 – 6:50 p.m.              
About Deaf Kids Code:  Shireen Hafeez

  • Resources available

6:50 - 6:55 p.m.
Invention convention in your community: Invention Convention

  • Resources available

6:55 – 7:00 p.m.            
Wrap up and Q&A:  Lemelson-MIT Program