Innovative Lives: with inventors Theresa Dankovich and Madison Maxey (May 10)

Eric Hintz Discussion

Join the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center in-person at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday May 10 for a special Innovative Lives program featuring inventors Theresa Dankovich and Madison Maxey.

The 2023 Innovative Lives program series focuses on the theme of "Places of Invention" to celebrate the Lemelson Center's award-winning exhibition, which closes in late summer 2023 after an 8-year run.

 In an increasingly global, virtual world the importance of place to the invention ecosystem has evolved. Both Theresa Dankovich and Madison Maxey have traveled across the globe to find their places of invention. Dankovich invented germ-killing water filters as a graduate student and co-founded Folia Water in 2016. Maxey works in electronic textiles and her company LOOMIA creates fabrics that act like circuit boards for innovative products such as heated ski gear and medical wearables to monitor patients.

Before the program begins, we invite you to enjoy a light reception, tour the “Places of Invention” exhibition, and purchase a copy of the Places of Invention companion book. Our panelists will take the stage at 7:15 pm with moderator Monica M. Smith to share their stories of invention and innovation as it relates to place. An audience Q&A will follow the conversation. The in-person program will be recorded and posted to the Lemelson Center YouTube channel.


Innovative Lives: with inventors Theresa Dankovich and Madison Maxey

Date: Wednesday May 10, 2023

Time: Doors open at 6pm; Reception 6:15pm; Program 7:15pm; Ends 8:30pm

Where: In-person at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Free Registration required:


About Innovative Lives: Now in its 28th year, the Lemelson Center’s Innovative Lives program series gives participants the opportunity to engage in a public conversation with diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs about their pioneering work and careers.

Accessibility: The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Accommodations are available upon request; please email