Steve Sasson

Inventor of the Digital Camera

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In an open and enlightening presentation, Sasson explores the reasons behind and the results of the corporations’ typical reaction to innovation: initial interest often stonewalled by fear of taking the risk. Drawing from his own story of how he brought the digital camera to the world, Sasson discusses how innovation can—and should—be used to propel corporations forward, and how to not let innovation and ingenuity be stymied by fear. Sasson’s knowledge of patents has also made him a sought after intellectual property consultant in the field of digital photography. In a separate program, he discusses how inventors can be more effective in driving new ideas within their company and how to deal with the corporate cultural challenges to innovation, intra-company public relations opportunities, intellectual property pitfalls and interpersonal skills that inventors would do well to keep in mind when championing their ideas.

About Steve Sasson

  • Steve Sasson discusses how innovation is an important part of company/corporate culture and how it can and should be used to propel an organization forward.
  • In a society where there is constant innovation and disruption, Steve explains how one can deal with the corporate cultural challenges to innovation.  This is important for employees who are pushing for and championing innovative and new ideas/ways of doing business.
  • His invention of the digital camera was the catalyst for the way we use and implement photography and photos for both social and business purposes, in the modern age.

Known as the father of the digital camera, Steve Sasson began working on the design, construction and demonstration of the first digital still camera after joining Kodak in 1973. In 1975, his first prototype recorded a black and white image onto a cassette tape. During the 1980s, Sasson also served as a group leader and contributor for a number of other digital imaging projects at Kodak, including an image transmission system and the first megapixel digital still camera utilizing image compression and image storage to digital memory cards.

Sasson holds 10 key patents in the field of digital imaging. In November 2009, President Barack Obama presented Sasson with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to scientists, engineers, and inventors. Sasson was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011. Recently, the Smithsonian acquired Sasson’s prototype of the first digital camera for display at the National Museum of American History.

Today, Sasson consults on intellectual property issues associated with digital photography.

Speech Topics

  • A Morning with Steve Sasson
  • Inventing the Digital Camera

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