Digital camera inventor visiting local Camp Inventions site

By on July 3, 2017

Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera and 2011 Inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, will visit a local Camp Invention® location to speak to camp participants on Thursday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Churchville-Chili Senior High School.

Camp participants will have the unique opportunity to meet an award-winning innovator. While visiting the camp, Sasson will share his accomplishments, challenges and failures to illustrate that all experiences can pave the way to success.

In 1974, a Kodak supervisor asked electrical engineer Steve Sasson to investigate whether charge-coupled devices could be used to create an image sensor for a camera. After a year in the laboratory, Sasson created a device that captured an image, converted it to an electronic signal, digitized the signal and stored the image – the first digital camera.

Today, consumers can choose from a wide array of cameras – from cameras in their smartphones to digital cameras costing thousands of dollars. Virtually all of today’s digital cameras rely on the same structure that Sasson invented in 1975.

Sasson currently works with Kodak’s Intellectual Property Transactions Group.

Sasson was inducted in 2011 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame – the leading nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning – as well as builds problem-solving skills and encourages entrepreneurship – in a fun and engaging environment.

Since 1990, these education programs have served more than 1.25 million children, and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. For more information, visit

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