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Mitch Hufnagel

Chicago Student Invention Convention Program Manager

Mitch runs the Chicago Student Invention Convention. Inspiring curiosity, confidence, and creative problem-solving in youth, the Chicago Student Invention Convention is a flexible curriculum-based program focused on critical thinking, creativity, and innovation for Chicago and Illinois students grades K-8. Mitch works with schools from across the Chicago region to implement the Invention Curriculum, which walks students through the seven-step Invention Process. The program culminates in a competition of student-built prototypes where student inventors are recognized on stage and finalists move on to the National Invention Convention.

Mitch oversees the Chicago Innovation Membership Program and the Nominee Research Coordinators in addition to pitching public relations opportunities to news sources and collaborating with the rest of the team on Chicago Innovation’s wide array of programs. Before joining the full-time team, Mitch spent the summers of 2015 and 2016 as an intern for Chicago Innovation as a Nominee Research Coordinator.

Mitch graduated from the University of Chicago in March 2017 with a degree in Economics. His passions include fantasy football, Detroit sports, and promoting the narrative of Chicago as a hub of innovation.

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