Kansas City Invention Convention Virtual Awards Ceremony

Join us in congratulating young inventors from the inaugural Kansas City Invention Convention. Prizes will be awarded in grade categories along with a Best-of-Show winner. Five Kansas City- area inventors will also be invited to compete in the National Invention Convention sponsored by The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Samuel Morey

Samuel Morey, an American inventor, was born Oct. 23, 1762.   Morey was similar in many ways to another New England inventor, Rufus Porter, who has been profiled by Ben Gross in this series, except that Morey is less well known than Porter, and Porter is not very well...

Ottmar Mergenthaler

Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German/American inventor, was born May 11, 1854. Mergenthaler invented one of the least heralded but most vital components of the modern information age: the Linotype machine. Around 1880, the composing room was the principal bottleneck in the...

Friedrich Koenig

Johann Friedrich Gottlob Koenig, a German inventor, was born Apr. 17, 1774. Koenig came out of his apprenticeship as a printer/compositor with a deep desire to improve the printing press, a device that had hardly changed since Gutenberg’s day.  He wanted to make...

Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt, an American inventor and manufacturer, was born July 19, 1814.  Colt began making firearms in the 1840s, setting up the Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company in Paterson, New Jersey.  His principal innovation was the revolving cylinder to allow multiple...