Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

hall of fameTo invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” -Thomas A. Edison

You can find that wonderful quote on the homepage of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame website.

You didn’t know there was a Florida Inventors Hall of Fame? We didn’t either.  It’s close to home, too –  at the University of South Florida!  It caught our eye with a recent news piece about Dr. Richard Jove, Ph.D., director of the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida®),joining the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Advisory Board.  The reason we haven’t heard of it, is because it’s brand new, just kicking off its inaugural year.

According to the website, the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame ” honors and celebrates those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, our state and our nation. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame encourages individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation. By commending the incredible scientific work being accomplished in the state of Florida, our state will attract interest, funding, and further the growth of our innovation sector. “

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honorees will be selected annually through an open nomination process, and reviewed by Selection Committee .  The first induction ceremony will be held in 2014.

How awesome is that?!

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About Theresa Willingham

A professional writer by trade, I'm currently co-authoring the book, Makerspaces in Libraries , for the series “Library Technology Essentials” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). I am the Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida, and a creative partner at EurekaFactory.NET , which specializes in the development of creative spaces and programming in public libraries and other institutions.
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