The Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC) is a long time friend and partner of LI4E, and we’re delighted to welcome them to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014, where they’re hosting the Florida Inventors Showcase. We talked to Wayne Rasanen, president of TBIC, to learn a bit more about his great organization and what they’re bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon.
GCMC: What do you do?
WR: I help coordinate the Tampa Bay Inventors Council meetings and activities plus, plus, plus…
GCMC: Why do you do it?
WR: Inventors need guidance to avoid getting ripped-off by bad actors so TBIC provides a forum where inventors can meet to share their experience.
GCMC: Why do you think it’s important or valuable?
WR: America is great because of the ideas we generate and the businesses we build. Helping that process is vital.
GCMC: How long have you been part of TBIC?
WR: Although I first attended in 1996, I have been active with the board since 2003 and president for the past eight years.
GCMC: What do like best about TBIC?
WR: I like helping people learn and connect with opportunities. When an inventor makes it on the market I’m thrilled to have helped.
GCMC: What are you bringing for folks to see or do at Gulf Coast MakerCon?
WR: TBIC has been involved with Maker events for several years and know that it is a rewarding place to be. I will be bringing my keyboard innovation but several inventors will be showing what they are working on.
GCMC: What do you hope to get out of your Makercon experience?
WR: Feedback on product development is a big plus but it is great to see what others are doing to help fuel our creative minds.
GCMC: Anything else you’d like to add?
WR: Come hungry to learn and you will leave all filled up!
As you can see, Wayne’s a busy man of few words – but as you’ll be able to see at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014, he’s definitely a man of action, leading a great group of not just thinkers but awesome doers! Among the inventions that will be on display on behalf of TBIC:
- S.A.C. See Around Camera
- Bait Dipper
- Window Watcher
- Pedicure Pedestal
- The Tiger Tiller and
- Wayne’s own In10Did, one hand mobile keyboard
So head out to Gulf Coast MakerCon April 5th and 6th, come hungry to learn – we’ll fill your plate up!