• Nancy Tedeschi and Snapit Screw: A Local Inventor's Story

    For our Fall meetup come and meet Nancy Tedeschi, inventor of the Snapit Screw. Nancy will talk about her inventing and entrepreneurial journey. Free dessert and prizes! Bring a friend and you each get a Snapit Screw! Please send questions to Sam ahead of time so he can get Nancy prepared. The Snapit Screw Story: My mother was doing volunteer work in a 3rd world country and she broke her glasses. She took her earring out of her ear and fixed here glasses. She had this beaded earring hanging from her glasses. People everywhere would stop her and ask her where she got it. After wearing it for about a year she came to me and said “you have to invent charms for eyeglasses.” So I started the process. I invented a washer that was double slotted that would fit over the little screw. One slot was round and the other was a slot. I invented a hook that fit in the slot and we made jewelry to hang on the hook and it fit in the slot. Everyone loved them but getting this washer on the screw and back in the glasses was next to impossible. So one day while doing this I thought why can’t I put a break away tab on the washer so I did this. Once I had the washer made it was easier to now hold the washer while dropping the screw into the washer and putting it back in the glasses. One day while doing this something click and I said well if I can put a break away tab on the washer why can’t I put one on the screw? So that is how snapit was born. I just received a notice of allowance from the patent office on my charms. It is true that necessity is the mother of invention. Looking For Inventors: Are you an inventor, patent attorney, product developer, or someone in the field of invention, who would like to present? Do you know anyone who would like to present? We are looking for future presenters. Please message Sam if you have someone in mind. Mission: Our mission at CDIEM is to help inventors and entrepreneurs navigate the business world. About the Venue: Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity. Within the walls of this 15,000 sf facility -- spread over two floors of an award-winning historically renovated former department store -- you will find: 3D Printers Fiber Arts Area Electronics and Microprocessors Metal Shop Co-Working Space/Amenities Innovation Studio Space Meeting and Class Rooms THINQubator (STEAM Education) Laser Cutter Woodshop Glass and Enamel Shop Model Shop Welding Shop Prototyping Center Hope to see you there! Best, Sam

  • CDIG NY Summer Meetup

    30 3rd St

    We are doing a collaborative event with the Tech Valley Game Space. Matt Nuccio will talk about the Toy and Game Industry. Desserts will be catered by Bard & Baker. Matt Nuccio's BIO is below: In addition to running Design Edge, for 4 years Matt co-chaired the Toy Association (TA) associate panel representing all designers and inventors in the toy industry. Currently, Matt sits on the Board of Directors of the United Inventors Association of America (UIA) advocating for inventor rights and patent reforms in Washington DC. Matt also sits on the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) advisory board as well as the education committee of the Toy Association (TA). For over a decade Matt has contributed a monthly column in Toy Family Entertainment magazine focusing on the industry, and Matt is a regular lecturer at New York Toy Fair, ASTRA, Chicago Toy and Game Fair and Hong Kong Toy Fair as well as inventor clubs and private cooperations around the world. In 2018, Matt was honored to be identified as an “American Innovator” and selected to lecture at the National Security Agency (NSA) while being simulcast to 45 other locations around the the globe.

  • Capital District UIA Spring Meetup

    30 3rd St

    FREE PIZZA AND DRINKS, special guest speaker Warren Tuttle, President of the UIA, Bio below. Warren Tuttle has served as President of the Board of Directors for the United Inventors Association since 2010, the largest 501C3 non profit inventors association in the US, and is a prolific speaker at inventor clubs and industry trade shows, where he shares his his extensive knowledge and expertise to help educate aspiring inventors, patent holders and product developers. In addition to his own commercial successes, including Smart Spin and Misto - the Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer, Warren has also helped numerous inventors obtain licensing agreements with major US manufacturers, and has counseled many inventors who went on to start their own small businesses. Warren currently serves as the Open Innovation Director for: Lifetime Brands (the world’s largest manufacturer of kitchen utensils and a major supplier of food prep and table top products to America’s major retailers) TTI Group (power tools and accessories under the Rigid, Ryobi, Milwaukee, and AEG brands), and Tuttle Ditect for direct response (As Seen on TV) products. http://www.tuttleinnovation.com WHO: Inventors, patent attorneys, or anyone with an idea WHAT: United Inventors of America Capital District Group WHERE: Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd. St. Troy, NY In the SEFCU ROOM WHEN: April 18th, 7-9PM, Quarterly meetings to follow WHY: To network and learn about new opportunities