How to participate

Schedule for May 15, 2022 Hybrid WNY Invention Convention

ONGOING Inventors Start/Finish/Improve/Film their Inventions

Download our forms and guidelines which include:

•   Presentation Guidelines for Online Event(NEW!!! Lots of info about how to create the required Video Presentation
•   Student Invention Log (Submission not Required for Online Event though use is strongly recommended)
•   Original Invention Development Guidelines
•   Goodwill Industries Re-Invent Guidelines
•   Scoring Rubric Form (this is used by the Judges and can help your students refine their presentations)

3/01/22 Registration for the Event opens

Register Inventor and Inventions at

This is the place where ALL information is stored, including the Photos & Presentation Video links that are accessed by the Online Judges.*

It is recommended that the parent/caregiver assists in registering the inventor. If there is an issue with access, then it is recommended that the teacher assists.

A maximum of 15 Inventions may be submitted by each program. A school-based invention event is NOT required for 2022 Hybrid Event

4/30/22 Registration Closes

All materials (Video Submission, Photos, Inventor Logbook, and any supporting docs must be uploaded)*

This deadline includes the decision to attend/not attend the Inventor Showcase event which is LIVE at the Buffalo Museum of Science. The decision to attend tis OPTIONAL event will NOT affect the online judging- all awards will be ADDITIONAL.

*Test your video link before uploading to your registration! Instructions for uploading the video are in the Presentation Guidelines

5/01/22 Online Judging Begins

All Category and Grade Awards will be based on the Online Video Submissions and supporting material associated with the Video submission

5/09/22 Top 5 Winners Announced

Top winners will be invited to register  and participate in the National Invention Convention. All other winners will be revealed at the Online Awards Ceremony.

5/15/22 Inventor Showcase at the Buffalo Museum of Science

This is an OPTIONAL event where participants present their inventions in-person to judges. They will hone their confidence and communication skills while answering questions about their invention process. The Inventor Showcase Award Ceremony will be held at the Buffalo Museum of Science with special activities and events for the participants. A variety of Communication awards will be presented which are separate from the awards presented for the online video submissions and have no bearing on Category or Grade Awards or participation at the National Invention Convention.

Date TBD Online Award Ceremony

See which Inventors won their Grade Categories and  other Special Categories. This Event will be streamed online. Details to come!

5/31- 6/3/22 National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI