iCAN 2017 Report
iCAN 2017 “The Preliminaries” was launched on January 1st of this year as an open-base, first round series of the 2nd annual iCAN taking place online for all inventors to submit their contest forms within a 6-month period of time, expressing their ideas through documentations. The long-term application period was provided to potential applicants in order to provide them with ample time to fully prepare their invention/innovation applications, relative paper works and supporting documents, reports, visuals, and references as much as possible to maximize their documented presentations. As a result, it proved to be a very efficient way for inventors to express their ideas in versatile ways not only as applicants from various industries, but it also served as a useful practice generally for inventors living in this digital, data technology era. With 1-month extension of the application deadline, applicants were able to secure their time to register invention entries throughout winter and spring. The quality of their idea presentation was a vital factor in iCAN and more so for the Preliminary Evaluation Criteria.
International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, iCAN 2017 “The Finals” function took place of August 26th for a full day at North York Memorial Community Hall in uptown Toronto. Aside from the participants from Canada, Finalists from 15 countries were in attendance during the finals: the United States, Malaysia, Egypt, Chile, the Philippines, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Hong Kong, Qatar, Poland, Kenya, Angola, and Saudi Arabia.
The Finals consisted of 3 major events: the Finalists’ Exhibition and Judging, International Seminars, and the iCAN 2017 Award Ceremony. The exhibition allowed participants to vastly share diverse ideas with one another, allowing numerous opportunities for the participants to expand their own network amongst both local Canadian inventors and international inventors form overseas. Meanwhile, the Finals evaluation criteria for the Top Award Category Selections placed its main focus on physical presence of the inventor(s) and invention(s) as well as the exhibitors’ vocal presentation skills on describing their innovation and key ideas.
Projects were showcased in various forms: actual inventions, prototypes, product samples, PPT for demonstrations along with invention posters. Furthermore, some long-distance Finalists who couldn’t travel to Canada also enriched to send their posters prior to the event and their posters were printed and displayed at the exhibition as well. A total of 121 inventions were exhibited in two major showrooms: the Burgundy Room and the Gold Room at North York Memorial Community Hall.
In the course of the Preliminaries, the organizing committee sought out for jury candidates from around the world and assembled a panel of judges from both local and international sectors; high-profile professionals in the field of innovative research, IP and branding experts, experienced professors in applied sciences, tradeshows & inventor organization delegated from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia united and formed a strong jury board to maximize the competition’s knowledge base upon evaluating Finalists’ exhibits.