In Honor of National Inventors’ Day: A Look Inside Tapad’s New Inventor-Dedicated Conference Rooms

Happy National Inventors’ Day! Falling on Thomas Edison’s birthday, this annual event gives us an opportunity to recognize the enormous contributions inventors have made throughout history, and continue to make today.

At Tapad, we like to celebrate inventors every day. Our aim is to adopt an inventors’ mindset by questioning commonly held assumptions, being open minded, and applying a creative, solutions-oriented approach to our everyday work.

That’s why when Tapad’s NYC headquarters moved into a new office space, the team voted to name the conference rooms after notable inventors who inspire us. Below we’ve included images of our new conference rooms, the visual displays our creative team designed for each room, bios, and some fun facts about each inventor.

We hope this post inspires you too!

Inventor: Melitta Bentz

Inventor of: The coffee filter

Dates: January 31, 1873 — June 29, 1950

Roots: Germany

Bio: Bentz was a housewife in search of a way to make a better tasting, grounds-free cup of coffee. The first two-part filtration system she created consisted of a brass pot and a piece of blotting paper. When her coffee was well received, she obtained a patent for the system, and started a coffee company.

Fun Fact: Her coffee business, Melitta, is still operating in Germany today.

Chosen by: The People Team

Inventor: Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of: The internet

Dates: June 8, 1955

Roots: England

Bio: Berners-Lee is an English engineer & computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He is currently a professor at Oxford University and M.I.T. and sits on several boards, including the World Wide Web Consortium, where he oversees the continued development of the web.

Fun Fact: In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work on the World Wide Web.

Chosen by: Leadership at Tapad

Inventor: Martin Cooper

Inventor of: The cell phone

Dates: Born December 1928

Roots: USA

Bio: In his 29 years with Motorola, Cooper built and managed the company’s cellular and paging businesses. He also led the creation of liquid crystal displays, AM stereo technology, as well as various mobile and portable two-way radio product lines. In 1973, he made the first successful cell phone call in Midtown Manhattan.

Fun Fact: Cooper’s first cell phone, the DynaTAC, was 9 inches tall and weighed 2.5 pounds. It took 10 hours to charge and allowed for roughly 30 minutes of talk time.

Chosen by: The Marketing Team

Inventor: Leonardo da Vinci

Inventor of: The flying machine and lots of other things

Dates: April 1452 — May 1519

Roots: France

Bio: A true Renaissance man, da Vinci was a renowned inventor, painter, and scientist, whose ideas were centuries ahead of his time. Though many of his designs were not fully realized in his lifetime, they were accurate, workable, and inspired many future inventions including the car, airplane and submarine.

Fun Fact: da Vinci never had any formal schooling. He was taught to read and write at his father’s house.

Chosen by: The Product Team

Inventor: Rudolf Diesel

Inventor of: The diesel engine

Dates: March 1858 — September 1913

Roots: France

Bio: In the 1890s, Diesel determined that 90% of energy was wasted in steam engines. In turn, he designed and obtained a patent for a compression-ignition engine. He was posthumously inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1978.

Fun Fact: Diesel died suspiciously at sea when traveling to a meeting of the Consolidated Diesel Manufacturing company. Some believe his death was caused by foul play, as Diesel refused to grant German forces exclusive rights to his invention.

Chosen by: The Sales Team

Inventor: Eldorado Jones

Inventor of: The airplane muffler

Dates: 1860 — 1932

Roots: USA

Bio: Jones (AKA "The Iron Woman") was an American inventor who is best known for inventing the airplane muffler. She was a proponent of women's rights and opened an all-women factory in Moline, Illinois, where she sought to hire only women over the age of 40.

Fun Fact: Jones was such a promoter of women's rights, that she placed a ban on men working at her company.

Chosen by: The Finance Team

Inventor: Margaret Knight

Inventor of: Paper bag making machine

Dates: February 1838 — October 1914

Roots: USA

Bio: Knight is the first woman to be awarded a U.S. patent. Her invention, the paper bag machine, which folded and glued paper into bags, is similar to those used in factories today. Other notable inventions she patented between 1902-1915 include lid removing pliers and a numbering machine.

Fun Fact: Initially, Knight’s paper bag machine idea was stolen and patented by the craftsman she enlisted to create the first model of the device. She filed a lawsuit to reverse his patent and was awarded her own in 1871.

Chosen by: The Finance Team

Inventor: Hedy Lamarr

Inventor of: WiFi

Dates: November 1914 —January 2000

Roots: Vienna

Bio: Lamarr, who starred in 30 Hollywood films, was also an inventor credited for developing the technology now used in wifi, GPS, and bluetooth. She earned multiple awards for her inventions including the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, and was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Fun Facts: Howard Hughes, one of the few who knew of Lamarr’s inventiveness, gave Lamarr access to his team of scientists and engineers to help bring her inventions to life.

Chosen by: The Legal Team

Inventor: Ada Lovelace

Inventor of: The first algorithm

Dates: December 1815 — November 1852

Roots: England

Bio: Lovelace was an English mathematician, widely known for her work on Charles Babbage's mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. This inspired her to publish the first algorithm, making her the first to recognize that computers had applications beyond simple calculation, and the first computer programmer.

Fun Fact: In an attempt to keep her from following in her father, Lord Byron’s, poetic footsteps, Lovelace’s mother began tutoring her in science and mathematics at the age of 4. This was highly unusual for a woman, let alone a child, living in 19th century England.

Chosen by: The Engineering Team

Inventor: Matti Makkonen

Inventor of: The text message

Dates: April 1952 – June 2015

Roots: Finland

Bio: Known as the “father of SMS," Makkonen was a mobile communications engineer credited with developing the modern day text message. Much of his career in the telco industry was successful, and in 2008, he was awarded The Economist’s Innovation Award for his achievements.

Fun fact: According to Makkonen, the concept of a text message came up casually over a slice of pizza with a journalist.

Chosen by: The Marketing Team

Inventor: Satoshi Nakamoto

Inventor of: Bitcoin

Dates: ?

Roots: ?

Bio: Satoshi Nakamoto, the still unidentified person or group, developed Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, in 2009. Bitcoin introduced the world to blockchain technology and decentralized digital currencies. At its peak in 2017, a single Bitcoin was worth over $19,000.

Fun Fact: Despite being anonymous, Nakamoto was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2016.

Chosen by:
The Product Team

Inventor: Adam Osborne

Inventor of: The portable computer

Dates: March 1939 — March 2003

Roots: Thailand-born, British American

Bio: Osborne is best known for introducing the Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer. Until then, many questioned whether there was a market for personal computers. However, at its peak in 1981, over 10,000 units were sold in a single month, proving that there was, in fact, plenty of consumer interest.

Fun Fact: The Osborne 1 had 64kb of memory, a 5 inch screen, 2 floppy disc drives, a full sized keyboard, and weighed in at 24 pounds. It was sold for $1,795.

Chosen by: The People Team

Inventor: Dennis Ritchie

Inventor of: C programming language

Dates: September 1941 — October 2011

Roots: USA

Bio: Ritchie is best known as the creator of the C programming language, which was developed from 1969 to 1973. It has helped influence most modern day programming languages, and is widely used in operating systems, applications, and embedded system development.

Fun Facts: Despite defending his PhD thesis at Harvard, Ritchie never officially received his PhD degree.

Chosen by: The Engineering Team

Inventor: Alan Turing

Inventor of: The Turing machine

Dates: June 1912 — June 1954

Roots: England

Bio: Turing is considered to be the “father of theoretical computer science & A.I.” He is best known for the invention of the Turing Machine which, to this day, is capable of expressing all tasks accomplished by modern day computers.

Fun Fact: It is estimated that Turing shortened World War II by up to two years by inventing a code breaking machine, Bombe. This device allowed the British to intercept and decipher up to 4,000 German messages a day.

Chosen by: The Engineering Team

Inventor: Alessandro Volta

Inventor of: The battery

Dates: February 1745 — March 1827

Roots: Italy

Bio: Volta is credited with inventing the electric battery. In 1799 he invented the Voltaic Pile, which proved that electricity could be generated chemically. Prior to this, it was thought that electricity could only be generated by living beings. The S.I. of electric potential, the volt, was named in his honor.

Fun Fact: Volta clearly had a competitive spirit, as the invention of the battery was sparked in an attempt to prove a fellow scientist wrong.

Chosen by:
The Sales Team

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