Invent Future Invention Convention (IFIC) is the first student invention convention in China. IFIC 2020 is held by IDE Education, China, supported by Hangzhou Low Carbon Science and Technology Museum, Zhejiang Fuxing Sinology Institute, and Shining3D.
IFIC 2020 is consisted by two main components — IFIC Exhibition at Hangzhou Low Carbon Science and Technology Museum from 20 Sep to 18 Oct 2020, and IFIC online Invention Convention from 11-18 Oct 2020, which is powered by InventFuture.Global (IF.G). Student inventors in and out of China are invited to IFIC to show their world changing inventions. Judges from China, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Singapore, and Indonesia will be invited to join IFIC 2020 online judging.
Eligibility and Student Registration
IFIC 2020 is invitation-based event with limited seats. Students from age 5-18 in InventFuture.Global worldwide representative’s program are eligible to register. This registration is open to either individual participants or teams.
Student participants should finish registration with following information before 20 SEP 2020.
- Participant’s information, includes name, gender, grade, country, city, parent name, and Email.
- Project information, includes the name of your invention, description, the problem it solves, how your invention works.
- Photo of the inventer or the team. all team members’ faces should be clearly shown.
- Photo of the invention prototype. The invention should be either new and original or an innovation based on something that already exists.
- ppt(x) or pdf file of the presentation slides. The slides will highlight key points of the invention process. Presentation slides must be in English, no more than 6 pages. It will be presented during the pitch.
- Optionally, you may also present inventor’s log pdf file, recording the journey of your invention process. (The language of the log should be English.)
Student participants and judges are joining the judging circle using online video conference platform Zoom. Usually less than 10 projects, 3 judges, and 2 moderators are in a single online judging circle.
The whole online judging circle process will be 70-100 minutes long, including
- Warm-up activities, including equipment test and self-introduction.
- Online judging circle. Each student or team will have three minutes to pitch their invention, and five minutes to answer questions, from both peers and judges.
- Student free discussion.
After all the projects are presented, judges will evaluate the performance of each project according to the judging criteria.
Each student can join the event with only one identity: either as an individual, or a member of a team. No students can join both as an individual and in a team.
- Teams should consist no more than 4 students.
- A team needs to upload only one presentation slide set for their project.
- All team members are required to join the online judging circle, preferably from the same location.
- Teams will participate in the same judging process as individuals. Team can either choose one member to give the pitch, or do the pitch together by sharing different parts.
- Judges can designate a team member to answer questions during the Q&A.
- All pitches must include Introduction: invention name, inventor’s name, grade, and country.
- Pitches should no longer than 3 minutes. The pitch should talk about all invention process elements outlined in the criteria.
- The pitch must address the originality to your invention and the research you have done to discover what makes your invention an original or an improvement on a product that already exists.
- Student/team will use and reference presentation slides and prototype.
The presentation slides should be within 6 pages, containing the key steps of the inventing process. The language of the presentation slides must be ENGLISH.
The presentation slides MUST have:
- The name of the invention
- Student(s) Name(s)
- Student(s) Grade(s)
The logbook can contain more information and sections, but as a minimum it should address each of the Stages of Invention.
- Identifying the Problem
- Understanding the Goal
- Identifying a Solution
- Designing a Solution
- Building a Device
- Testing & Evaluating the Device
- Communicating the Results
If student/team’s native language is not English. A translator can be invited by the student/team to help translate the questions during the Q&A. Student/team can also ask moderators or judges in the judging circle to help with the translation if they are from same country and have same native language.
- Student/team must do the pitch by themselves in English.
- Only the question in the judging circle is allowed to be translated. Student/team MUST answer all questions in English.
How to Join the Online Event?
Download ZOOM software (Zoom Client for Meetings), install it in your computer. You will receive the ZOOM meeting ID and password of your online judging circle before the event. Make sure:
- You have an appropriate background. People will be able to see what is behind you and it should not be distracting or inappropriate.
- Pick a well lighting and quiet place without external noise or sounds. Lighting should be facing you and not behind you.
- You have a stable internet connection. If possible, try to get a stronger WIFI signal and faster WIFI connection.
- Log in at least 15 minutes early.
- Use computer with a camera to connect, do not use mobile phone.
- Use an external microphone if possible. So that to ensure a better voice quality.
- Ask an adult by your side, in case you need support to use the computer and ZOOM.
Frequently Asked Questions from Judge
- What problem are you trying to solve with this invention?
- How does your invention work?
- Did you make any changes to your invention? Why did you make those changes?
- Who do you think will use this invention?
- Does your invention help the world or just a few people?
- What impact on the environment do you think your invention will have?
- Identifying and Understanding
- Designing and Building
- Testing and Refining
- Market and Value
- Prototype or Model
- Presentation Slide Set
- Live Pitch and Q&A
- Most Innovative Invention Award
- Serial Inventor Award
- Industry Awards
Industry Awards are presented by
- Mentor A Siemens Business
Participating student inventors will be recognized as
- IFIC Recognized Inventor
- InventFuture.Global Recognized Innovator
Please contact InventFuture.Global Representative to get involoved.