Inventors Compete for Distinction at the Annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase

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Inventor of the Year – Jerome Rifkin, Tensegrity Prosthetics

The DaVinci Institute’s annual Inventors Showcase featured 39 inventors showcasing all manner of creations, from audio-enabled greeting cards to jewelry to roving robots inspecting the show floor.


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DaVinci Institute Annouces Awards at DaVinci Inventor Showcase

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Several winners were announced as top inventors for 2010

The DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank and host of the 6th annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase announced the award winners at the event held November 13th at the Rotors of the Rockies in Broomfield, Colorado. Winners in the five categories accepted their honors as the evening came to a close.  The DaVinci Institute also extended its thanks to Colorado and surrounding states for participating in this year’s event. Seventy celebrity judges from venture capital, the media, high profile businesses and academia selected the award winners based on their innovation and value of their creations to society.


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Is Coworking Right for Your Business?

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Coworking is a social work environment designed
to combat the loneliness and isolation of the home office

One modern compromise between working completely virtually and committing to a lease is working at a coworking space. These office spaces provide a work environment and an alternative to coffee shops for independent workers.
Campbell McKellar discovered the value of coworking spaces when the company she worked for left their expensive traditional office and started working virtually. The move allowed her to work from anywhere, and she chose Maine. “I was trying to do work in a cottage with family members and dogs running around,” she said. “I loved being fully mobile and independent, but I also wanted to have a platform to do my work.”
LooseCubes, the company McKellar founded in May, runs a website that matches independent workers with coworking spaces and spare desks in other companies. Quite appropriately, it’s currently being run out of a coworking space. McKellar says that working from the space has helped her launch.
“Especially if you’re in a creative business, the best way to get ideas is to meet new people,” she says. “You can get stale by talking to the same five people every day.”
Coworking allows McKellar to “unintentionally network” with the other people in the space, to seek advice from other entrepreneurs, and to host meetings and work with her team at a place that isn’t her living room.
On the other hand, coworking has its challenges and might not be a great fit for every company. Coworking spaces can be distracting, and most of them are set up in a way that requires people making phone calls to seek silence in the hallway.
“For us, quiet and privacy is very important,” Fried says. “So, coworking spaces and coffee shops don’t work for us.”
McKellar admits that on days when she’s “under the gun,” she chooses to work at home. And there is a point at which a company outgrows a coworking space. LooseCubes, for instance, plans to move to its own office space sometime in the next three months.

One modern compromise between working completely virtually and committing to a lease is working at a coworking space. These office spaces, like The Vault run by the DaVinci Institute, provide a work environment and an alternative to coffee shops for independent workers.

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World’s Most Challenging Competition – Race to the Core

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Race to the Core competition

On Wednesday, Thomas Frey, executive director of the DaVinci Institute, serving also as the organization’s Senior Futurist, announced what may be the world’s most challenging competition, a contest that will involve sending a probe to the center of the earth.


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Top 20 Brainiest Cities in America


Boulder, Colorado has been rated  America’s #1 Brainiest City

Where do the biggest brainiacs in America live?  Boulder, Colorado, tops the list of America’s brainiest metros. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado and was recently named by BusinessWeek as the nation’s best place for startup companies. In addition to CU, Boulder is the home of NCAR (National Center of Atmospheric Research), NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology), the DaVinci Institute, the Space Science Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Boulder is also home to a vibrant startup community headed up by groups like TechStars, the Boulder NewTech Meetup Group, and Startup Guru. Located next door in nearby Louisville is The Vault, the DaVinci Institute’s famed coworking space for startups.

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The Vault – A Rising Trend in Coworking


Ted Wahler, left, and Dave Taylor take advantage of the workspace in the Vault.

Five kids, a wife and two dogs make for a very nice home, but they don’t make for a very nice home office.

Telecommunications attorney Erik Cecil learned that the hard way, as he tried to conduct business with clients and administrative law judges while chaos unfolded around him at his Rock Creek house in Superior. (Pics)


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Unusual Domain Name Sale Fundraiser Launched by DaVinci Institute

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Selling domain names are a clever way to launch a fundraiser

In the world of web properties there is great value in a name, and some people are willing to pay substantial amounts to purchase a great domain name. At least that is what the people at the Louisville, Colorado based non-profit DaVinci Institute are counting on.

A total of 24 domain names are currently listed on their DaVinciFundraiser.COM website as part of a fundraiser designed to raise money DaVinci Institute programs and the Museum of Future Inventions.

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Rethinking Scarcity in an Abundant World


Science fiction has long dreamed of a post-scarcity society, and it’s become quite common to hear discussions about transitioning from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. But for all the good intentions and creative thinking, our limitations, both human and material, will be an ever-present force in society and a very necessary one. The trick is understanding which aspects of society will flow towards abundance and which ones will not.


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Shooting Hoops for FISH Food Bank at the Colorado Inventor Showcase

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Colorado Inventor Showcase collecting non-perishable donations for the FISH Food Bank

On Tuesday, the DaVinci Institute will collect donations as part of the fifth Colorado Inventors Showcase. The event is from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the University of Denver`s Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver.  School children who bring non-perirshable goods will be able to get in free to the student program from 3:00 – 4:30 .  Registration is required so please contact Deb or Jan at 303-666-4133.


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Mark McIntosh Offers Strategies for Change, Adversity at Startup Junkie Underground

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Mark McIntosh, ‘Comeback Coach’, at the Startup Junkie Underground

Former Sportscaster and current contributor to KUSA-TV’s “Colorado and Company” Mark McIntosh delighted the DaVinci Institute audience at August’s Startup Junkie Underground with an enthusiastic and energetic presentation of his three strategies to success in the face of adversity. According McIntosh life is “not about adversity” but rather “it’s the outcome.” A star high school athlete recruited to play quarterback at the University of Missouri and expected to be a first round selection in the amateur baseball draft, McIntosh had his athletic career abruptly ended by a collision in a high school basketball game that limited his depth perception and left him deaf in one ear among other injuries. After this incident, McIntosh says he “lost [his] identity” for several years, partying his way through college and beginning his career in a variety of “dead end sales jobs.” McIntosh’s life began to turn around when he saw Ron Zappolo interviewing John Elway in 1983 and decided to enter graduate school to pursue a career in sports casting.


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Job Market Explodes On Twitter


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Jobs on Twitter

While Twitter seems a bit like the Wild West these days with lots of unknowns and rumors of potential riches, it may hold promise for people in unexpected ways: new jobs. With around 13 million current users (and a projected billion, as predicted by the unauthorized leaking of proprietary Twitter corporate documents), Twitter promises free access to a market ripe for a constant stream of new, value-added information on a minute-by-minute basis — that we know.


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