About Kate Wiley

Kate Wiley is the Public Affairs Specialist for the Lemelson Center.

Welcome to Bright Ideas

What’s in a name?

As many inventors can attest, picking the right name for your invention is an important part of the process. It represents your invention to the world, conveying its purpose (like the Snurfer—a way to surf on snow) and sometimes comes to signify a product regardless of who makes it (do you say Post-its® or sticky notes?).

We took the naming of our new creation—this blog—just as seriously as any inventor.

So welcome to Bright Ideas, a blog by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. We hope this name indicates what you will find here: our bright ideas on how invention and innovation have influenced and will continue to influence our lives; other people’s bright ideas told through the research that we do and, particularly, through the objects in the collections at the National Museum of American History; and, most importantly, your bright ideas.

We hope you’ll be back here to learn more about the Lemelson Center—who we are, what we do, what we’re interested in, and what inspires us—and to share with us who you are, what you do, what you’re interested in, and what inspires you.

In true inventive spirit we’re in the “try it” stage of invention. Be sure to let us know what you think and we’ll “tweak it” along the way!

Happy Reading,

The Lemelson Center Team