Places of Invention

The 12x18-foot garage in Palo Alto, CA from which, in 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard launched their business.

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History is planning a new exhibition called Places of Invention. The exhibition will explore several questions about creative communities, including:
• What social, psychological, and spatial elements spark creativity?
• How do these elements give rise to places where invention thrives?
• How does collaboration affect innovation?
Through a series of design challenges hosted by The Tech Virtual, the Lemelson Center invites the public to develop and prototype design concepts for the Center’s next exhibition about modern and historic “hot spots” of invention and innovation.

The public can contribute ideas in one or all of these categories: design an interactive exhibit space that allows museum visitors to model their own place of invention; design an activity that encourages museum visitors to practice collaboration, a key feature of many innovative communities; or use a virtual environment or other design tools to model the contributor’s own place of invention.

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