Dean L. Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born in Rockville Centre, In 1989, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program for students to get people interested in science, technology, and engineering. One competition started and run by FIRST is the FRC or FIRST Robotics Competition. In 2016, over 20,000 students attended the championships held in St. Louis, MO. Kamen says that the FIRST competition is the invention he is most proud of, and predicts that the 1 million students who have taken part in the contests so far will be responsible for some significant technological advances in the future.