iCAN 2022 was held on August 27th, Virtually in Toronto, Canada
International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, iCAN 2022 Report
The 7th annual edition of the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, iCAN 2022 was held virtually in Toronto, Canada. This was the 3rd year in which the event was held virtually. The competition progressed in two stages: (1) The Preliminaries and (2) The Finals.
The Preliminarie: The Preliminaries was open for a 6-month period (January 15 – July 15) where applicants were required to complete and submit their application forms by email. The Preliminaries was the initial stage for the applicants to qualify for the competition and further proceed to the Finals. All applications were reviewed by the Organizing Committee & Jury Members to verify the legitimacy of presented entries (inventions, innovative products, scientific research projects, etc.) and to check if the nature of ideas meet the qualification protocols for entering the competition. Once applications pass the initial checks, the ideas are then evaluated through word descriptions, images and/or other external links and media sources. Through the 6-month period, the Organizing Committee & Jury reviewed a total of 722 applications from 81 countries and qualified 526 applications to proceed to the Finals. The jury examined the written descriptions and visual data provided in the application forms to nominate the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners and to further proceed them into the Finals.
Any incomplete applications or proposals with unacceptable contents/themes of hazardous means were initially filtered out and disqualified from the Preliminaries. Applicants who failed to maintain a consistent email communication with the iCAN Team (Management & Coordination of the Registrar) were also eliminated from the competition roster for holding a long-term incomplete status for their submissions.
The Finals: Applicants who have fulfilled the essential requirements of the Preliminaries were qualified to proceed to the Finals where they were asked to submit a video presentation of their nominated innovations for further examination and review by the Jury for the selection process of the Finals Award Winners. The Finals Awards featured the Grand Prize, Semi-Grand Prize, Best Invention Awards (Various Categories), Canadian Special Awards by the host organizations (TISIAS & The Inventors Circle), and International Special Awards sponsored by official delegations allocated in iCAN 2022.
On August 27th, the following contents were uploaded on the official website for iCAN 2022 “The Finals”:
▪ iCAN 2022 “The Finals” Award Winners Announcement (by List)
▪ Keynote Speakers’ Presentations (Howard Lim, Bob Huybrechts, and Mike McFarthing)
▪ iCAN 2022 “The Finals” Movie Showcase
▪ iCAN 2022 Official Catalogue Online
All video files submitted by the Finalists were examined to select the winners of the Finals Awards by the Organizing Committee & Jury as well as the International Delegation Leaders. The videos were also utilized on creating the iCAN 2022 “The Finals” Movie as mixed footages. This year, the Finals featured 3 Keynote Speakers’ Presentations of their selected topics. The Catalogue provided the general and overall information of the event, congratulatory messages by the committee, partners, and international delegations followed by the directory of exhibits.
The main purpose of iCAN is to build a special platform to unite creativity and innovation initiatives of Canadian inventors with the rest of the world by providing everyone with the golden opportunity to expand their international network, business activities, promote their inventions, new products and research projects while achieving a new milestone of winning iCAN Awards from Canada for the worldwide inventors’ beneficial gain of a unique international success.
The 7th International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, iCAN 2022 organized by Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS), supported by the Innovation Initiative Co-operative Inc. “The Inventors’ Circle”, International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) and The Patent Invention Magazine was held virtually on August 27, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.
iCAN is the premier event of Canada for worldwide inventors which has shown continuous growth and improvement since its first edition in 2016 through 2021. This year’s iCAN 2022 “The 7th Edition” has yet again marked the event’s highest record of all time in terms of number of total participants, participating countries/regions and collaborating organizations.
iCAN 2022 was entered by a total of 722 inventions from 81 countries and regions from all continents around the world: North/South/Central Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. All applicants initially competed in the competition Preliminaries for the evaluation for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Awards. Furthermore, the Organizing Committee and the Jury qualified 526 inventions to proceed to the Finals where the Finalists were examined for their additional submission of video presentations. In the Finals, the jury selected winners for the Grand Prize, Semi-Grand Prize, Best Invention Awards and Special Awards.
Participating Countries and Collaborating Organizations
Participating Countries: A total of 81 countries officially participated in iCAN 2022 which marked the event’s highest record of participating countries than the last 6 editions (2016~2021).
iCAN 2022 was joined by participants from all over the world in almost all continents and regions: Asia, North/South/Central Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania.
Collaborating Organizations: A total of 80 units/organizations around the world including national invention associations, universities, research institutes and inventor clubs joined to collaborate with iCAN 2022 Organizing Committee and Team.