Founder's Reception

Bedford, NH - Friday, January 5, 2024

There will be a reception on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at WestWind, the home of Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST. This event is by invitation only, and we ask that all guests be post high school adults, ages 18 years or older.

Two adult mentors may attend the event on behalf of your team. We ask that all attendees have graduated from high school; current high school students will not be admitted. Please consider sending a team member who has not attended in previous years or a team sponsor. An official confirmation will be sent via email to those who RSVP through the FIRST Dashboard. Registration is open from October 5, 2023 - December 14, 2023 Noon ET. 

This is a private home and event, so we ask that you please use common sense, good manners, and Gracious Professionalism® during your visit. Please refrain from using cameras, video cameras, or other recording devices. We also ask that guests not touch or handle items that are on display. Please be sure that all food and beverages remain in the designated food-service area. Your cooperation at this event is very much appreciated.

We continue to create a focused event with limited invitees, in order to allow participants a better opportunity to meet and speak with others. We hope our veteran mentors and strongest Advocates will welcome our new members into the FIRST family by sharing their experiences and best practices.

Notes for those attending the event:

  • Business Casual attire
  • Food & Non-alcoholic beverages provided
  • Shoe covers will be provided at the door, in the case of inclement weather
  • Prior to the event, an email will be sent to registered attendees containing additional information about the Founder's Reception.


Transportation to the Founder's Reception

Information about parking will be available later this year.


For More Information

Please contact FIRST Team Support at 800-871-8326 ext. 0 for general questions, or email

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