These are the official rules of The Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2021, powered by The Henry Ford.
The Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2021 will be an online competition this year. As such please review the below rules as many of the requirements of past years have changed.
This is an invitation-only event. Each Invention Convention Worldwide Affiliate partner is allocated a certain number of invitations to extend to the top-scoring invention projects of their respective programs. A limited number of invitations are also allocated for the top scoring inventors from Invention Convention Worldwide’s Independent Inventor Program. If you are a school not in one of our affiliated areas, you can connect with our event through our Independent School Program
Inventors from grades K-12 who have entered affiliate member competitions and/or Invention Convention Worldwide’s Independent Inventor or School Programs and won an invitation to our event are eligible to take part in this competition. This competition is open to both individual and team competitors.
All projects must have:
- An unedited and continuous video of the pitch. Please see the video presentation guidelines for instructions.
- As there will be no in-person judging this year, your video presentation will be how judges score your invention and your presentation. As such, the maximum length of the video has been increased to follow the presentation guidelines. This video will also be used to for the purposes of originality scoring, specialty awards, and for judges to use in case of a tie during the competition. We understand that health and safety guidelines will make it impossible for some to have all their team members present for the video presentation, therefore teams are encouraged, if necessary, to pick one member of their team to present their invention, or to use an a teleconferencing platform (Zoom, Microsoft teams…) to record a group presentation with the team members from their own homes.
- A prototype (which may be non-working)
- We understand that inventors may no longer be in possession of their prototypes, but the judges must have something to view. If re-creating their prototype is not a viable option, please upload pictures, if available, or drawings, or blueprints.
- An inventor’s log (logbook or journal) (click here for the logbook policy and logbook judging criteria)
- Inventors must upload a copy of their logbooks to be viewed by judges. Logbooks must be entered as a . There is no maximum page limit.
- You must record the journey of your invention process in a log or diary. Every time you work on your invention, you should document your process, challenges, failures, and triumphs. You should be sure your invention is new and original, or an innovation on something that already exists. You may use the USPTO website to search patents and/or type in keywords that describe your invention into search engines/shopping sites. Working with experts is also a great way to enhance your project.
- A poster board/trifold (click here for display board criteria )
- You must design a display board about your invention. The board will highlight key points of the invention process. The requirements for the board are listed on the, but we also encourage your creativity!
- In 2021, because of the need for virtual learning, digital display boards such as powerpoints or flipgrid will be accepted if they are submitted as a PDF. We encourage all student inventors who are using a PDF to still reference their virtual display board during their presentation. This special exception will be just for the 2021 US Nationals.
- Teams may compete against individuals, and vice versa, for select award categories.
- Teams are limited to four or fewer members.
- Health and safety guidelines may make it impossible for all team members to participate in the video presentation. Therefore, not all team members must be present during the video presentations, but their names must be stated during the video.
- Teams only need to submit one logbook and/or display board for their project.
- We ask that all team members upload photos of themselves with their invention prototypes and names for purposes of the award ceremony presentation.
Each student can enter only one entry into the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals. No student can participate in both the team and individual competition.
Teams will take part in the same judging processes as individuals. Rules for teams will mirror those of the individuals. Students will classify their inventions upon registration and will be judged in that category unless changed by the judges. Students may also choose which Specialty awards they wish to be considered for. The Invention Convention U.S. Nationals staff and judges reserve the right to combine and/or reconfigure awards categories.
Please click here to read the detailed official rules governing this competition.