Inventors Network of the Capital Area 


The Inventors Network of the Capital Area is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1993. Our members are interested in patents, the innovation process, product design, marketing, licensing, prototyping and other product development issues. Visit the Contact Us page if you have questions.

See the Meetings page for a schedule of upcoming meetings, directions, and more information. For announcements about additional upcoming events join the Inventors Network of the Capital Area Meetup Group or join/visit the INCA Google Group.

Meetings are free and open to the public. We invite you to attend our next meeting to participate in networking over pizza, snacks, and drinks.  If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming meeting, or would like to recommend a speaker, visit our Speakers page.

If you are interested in prototyping your invention check out TechShop in Arlington, Virginia or Fab Lab Baltimore in Catonsville, Maryland.


Current Meeting Schedule:


The June 20, 2016 INCA Meeting – Meeting will be held at TechShop, 2100 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Presentation will be by: Ara Bogosian – “Design for Manufacturability” – over 20 years of mechanical and product design engineering experience. In this lesson, participants will learn about the multiple phases of Product Design for Patenting, Prototyping and Manufacturability.  An invention is worthless if it can’t be manufactured. Most inventors and designers know this but may assume that these problems will be resolved during the prototype phase – at the inventors expense.  Ara will highlight the primary considerations, and pitfalls, of product design – when preparing your inventions for prototyping, patenting and manufacturing – helping you reduce many expensive and idea-killing surprises during the product development process.


Please note that future INCA meetings will not be at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library as the library is undergoing renovation for about eighteen months. INCA meetings may be at other local Virginia libraries, NOVA Labs, or the US Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

More About Our Monthly Meetings:

Every month we host a meeting with a speaker and time for experienced and beginning inventors to network. Private sector speakers at past meetings have included successful inventors, and experts in: marketing, branding, patenting, licensing, prototyping, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Speakers at previous meetings have also included officials from the US Patent & Trademark Office of Independent Inventor Programs and representatives of government small business assistance programs. For more details on past speakers and meeting topics see the Past Meetings page.



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