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Congrats to the FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award Winners!

This year, Edison Nation had the pleasure of serving as the “Go-To-Market Sponsor” for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2012 Global Innovation Award, which took place Tuesday, June 19. The challenge encouraged the participating FLL student teams to come up with an invention idea that promotes food safety.

With several great ideas to choose from, the ceremony concluded with TWO teams being named winners:  Moderately Confused for their “Erasable Barcode” and S.I.S. Robotic Revolution for their “Smart Sticker”! As their prize, the teams will receive up to $250,000 in development services from our crew here at Edison Nation, along with the opportunity to appear on Season 5 of Everyday Edisons. Congratulations both of the winning teams! We can’t wait to help bring these great product ideas to market!

Kartik & Judah Move Forward in the Innovation Fund Process!

Today, we’re excited to share another new selection from our Innovation Fund search! Congrats to EN members and inventing duo, Kartik and Judah! Their idea submitted to our Innovation Fund (“open consumer” search) has been selected to move forward!

Learn more about these two inventors and how their idea came about below!

Born in India and raised in Culver City, Ca, Kartik relocated to New York City, where he met his friend (and invention partner) Judah, a native New Yorker. Both business development professionals, Kartik and Judah became friends at work and consider their idea to be a product of their lives. Between work and families, the two found themselves always on the go, and each cherished any moment they could relax – something hard to find in New York’s hustle and bustle.

Kartik recalls the “a-ha” moment:

“After a really stressful day at the office, I came home in search of an elusive moment of escape in my tiny one bedroom apartment. Not finding much space to call my own, I receded into the shower, where the steam provided a momentary break.  It’s there that I came up with a new idea that could help others relax without leaving their homes. I realized I could convert the normal shower experience into something a bit more luxurious with a simple innovation.  So over the next few evenings and weekends, Judah and I worked up designs and some crude models. Once we knew it would work, we started to look for ways to get the project funded and to market. While both of us want to be entrepreneurs in the truest sense, neither of us could afford to be without income for very long, so building our idea completely on our own was not going to work.  I explained the situation to a friend of mine who suggested we submit the idea to Edison Nation, and after doing some research, we became comfortable with the company and its honest approach and fairness. Now, we are both very excited about being first time inventors and are looking forward to seeing our idea hit the shelves. Thank you Edison Nation for your support and partnership!”

Congratulations Kartik and Judah. We, too, couldn’t be more excited about this product and look forward to working with you to make it a reality!

Toni LaCava & John Vilardi Reach “G8″ in our ASOTV Search!

As our As Seen On TV (ASOTV) 2012, Quarter 2 search prepares to close on Monday, we have an announcement that just might inspire you, as you prepare your final submissions. Please join us in congratulating Toni LaCava and John Vilardi! Their idea submitted to our ASOTV 2012, Quarter 1 search has reached Stage 8, also known as “G8″ status in our review process – the final stage, which means selection! From here, we’ll complete the development of their As Seen on TV product  idea and it will launch for a testing period in the DRTV space!

Read below to learn more about Toni and John, and how they partnered to make their product idea a reality with Edison Nation!

As a former real estate broker and business owner, Toni LaCava simply sought a better a solution for her struggles with sleep apnea, so she began working to create a solution on her own. While visiting a local inventor’s group held at the neighborhood library, Toni met a fellow inventor who introduced her to Inventors Digest magazine. Reading through the publication, Toni learned about Edison Nation and quickly joined, becoming an active member and inventor. Brainstorming for new ideas became a regular activity for Toni, and building many friendships on the Edison Nation member forums, she would often invite her “forum friends” to collaborate on submissions. One of those friends was John Vilardi, whose graphic communications background, love for art, and great ideas were a perfect addition to the new kitchen product concept Toni was working to create. Together Toni and John perfected the idea and have now found their way to G8 success!

Congratulations Toni and John!

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June #InventChat: “Inventor’s Block” – Tuesday, 6/12 at 2pm ET

June #InventChat Topic:
“Inventor’s Block: Keeping creativity flowing when you’re running out of steam”

You most commonly hear of “writer’s block,” but lapses in creativity or “blocks” are inevitable with any activity that requires creative thinking – and inventing is no exception!

Join us for this month’s #InventChat to weigh in on the topic: “Inventor’s Block: Keeping creativity flowing when you’re running out of steam.” The chat will take place on Tuesday, June 12 from 2-3pm ET.

Along with the always fun opportunity to chat with your fellow Inventweeps, this month we’ll be randomly selecting one lucky participant at the close of the chat to win a free Edison Nation idea submission!

We can’t wait to see you there!

P.S. If you’re new to #InventChat, (or need a refresher) check out an introduction and our official chat rules to get up to speed, then be sure to join us on Tuesday!

Meet the EN Team: Chris Root

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. I am a web developer. In a nutshell, my job involves maintaining, creating new features, and fixing any issues that arise for websites created and run by Edison Nation.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. I’d have to say that it’s a toss up between the environment and the challenges that I encounter every day. The environment here at Edison Nation is phenomenal, as are the people. Whether you want a caffeine free Diet Cherry Coke from the Coca-Cola Freestyle® machine or a pleasant conversation, you can always count on both. Also, to me, it’s important to have a position that challenges me. I’ve had a couple “easy” jobs and the monotony is dreadful. I want a job that makes me think, allows me to learn, and is constantly changing, allowing me to do new things. I get all of those working here at Edison Nation.

Q3. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A. I’d have to go with blue. I have blue eyes and people always tell me to wear blue. No other reason for this other than people telling me. :)

Q4. What are 3 items you can’t live without?

A. Sandals, iPad (or Macbook), and a basketball. I wear sandals whenever I physically can, I’m a tech junkie so I love my toys, and basketball has and always will be my favorite sport.

Q5. Betty or Veronica?

A. Not a clue. Do I have to answer all of these questions!? HAHA!

Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A.  Neil Armstrong. He seems like an extremely nice, caring guy and I’d love to relive the day he stepped foot on the moon. I can’t imagine a moment like that and I bet the look back to earth is amazing.

Q7. What are the 3 things on your bucket list?

A. Own a home with a wrap-a-round porch and big yard, learn to box, do my best to make my mom happy (sounds sappy but she’s a big part of my life and important to me).

Q8. If your life had a soundtrack, what’s at least one song that would be on it?

A. “Retrospect for life” by Common featuring Lauryn Hill

Q9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A. I’m actually going to give two: The first is from Jim Valvano because I think the speech he gave at the 1993 ESPY Awards was one of the greatest speeches of all time…

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

It’s short but powerful. The second quote is more of a humorous one from Bobby Knight…

“When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.”

By the way, it’s not a coincidence that they’re both sports related. I’m a huge sports fan, so that came naturally.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. I was going to say the internet, but I’ll take that further and say high-speed internet. Could you imagine if we were still using dial-up nowadays?


Stay tuned for next month’s “Meet the EN Team” where you’ll meet another member of our staff!

Troy Smalley & Mark Viau Reach “G8″ in our ASOTV Search!

Exciting news for two more of our Edison Nation community members! Congratulations to Troy Smalley & Mark Viau; their  idea has reached “G8″ status in our As Seen On TV (ASOTV) search! Below learn more about Troy and Mark and how their idea came about!

In March of 2010, Troy Smalley was studying to receive his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, when he was tasked with a school project to develop a product. As he tried to think of an idea to complete the assignment, Troy recalled an act that many parents must perform when feeding their young children – one he’d experienced many times with his own daughter – and thought to himself, “There has to be a better way…”  Troy successfully developed the product for his assignment, and realizing he was on to something, began selling it online. Despite overcoming the hurdle of development, Troy still needed assistance with licensing and marketing the product, so when he met fellow entrepreneur, Mark Viau, in December 2011, the two decided to join forces and submit the idea to our As Seen On TV search. Our team saw great potential in the product and now look forward to working with Troy and Mark to take it to the next level!

Please join us in congratulating Troy Smalley and Mark Viau on this exciting success!

Molly Sims Wants to See Your Ideas for Moms

Molly Sims, actress, host and entrepreneur, well known for NBC’s hit TV series Vegas, and recently as host of Lifetime’s TV series Project Accessory, is going to be a new mom very soon. To go along with her expanding family, she’s also expanding her brand and partnering with Edison Nation to find the best, stylish and most helpful product ideas for moms, moms-to-be and their babies.

Molly has great style and loves to help other women look and feel beautiful – even while juggling business and baby – so keep that in mind while inventing the ‘Next Big Thing’. What products would be helpful for new or soon-to-be moms?

Watch the video below to hear from Molly what she hopes to find through this innovative search, then submit your idea today! Your invention could end up with Molly Sims, and on store shelves nationwide.

Six Exciting “G8s” in our Medical Innovation Fund Search!

Today, we’re pleased to share with you that not one… not two… but EIGHT of your fellow community members (and six ideas!) have been selected to move forward in our Medical Innovation Fund search! Read below to learn a little about the faces behind our newest “G8″ successes, then join us in congratulating each of them on this exciting step toward success!

Patrick Ottuso & Vincent Sneider
A dermatologist in Vero Beach, FL., Patrick Ottuso is married to his high school sweetheart and is the father of two daughters. In 2007, like many, Patrick was moved by the terrible attacks that took place at Virginia Tech University, so he channeled his concern into inventing – designing a safety device for personal use. A few years later, Patrick was shown an article by a friend and fellow inventor, which discussed the use of feminine hygiene products to aid injured soldiers in Afghanistan. Feeling strongly that there should be something more available to them, an idea was born and the two began collaborating on the product’s development. Getting on in years, however, Patrick’s friend decided to turn his responsibilities over to his son, Vincent Sneider. Vincent picked up where his father left off, and together the two have created a product that has great potential for use in both military and civilian venues.

Cory Carter
With a background in the orthopaedic device industry, and as a former athlete and inventor – having developed a baby/toddler product with his wife – it was only a matter of time before Cory Carter would meld his experiences to create a medical innovation. Cory’s athletic days resulted in several injuries and thirteen surgeries over the years. Gaining a keen insight into the rehab and recovery process, Cory noticed a particular discomfort when he slept that not only disrupted his sleep, but also had the potential to prolong the recovery process, so he decided to create a solution. Cory submitted his idea to Edison Nation, where our team saw the same potential in the idea and have now selected it to move forward!

Larry Blazek
Larry Blazek has worked in the graphic design field for 31 years, though he recalls an interest in inventing dating back to ages 3 or 4 years old, when he would tinker with things and take them apart. At age 37, with Prostate Cancer running in the family and at the urging of his wife, Kathy, Larry began undergoing regular screenings (despite the recommended age being 50 years old) – he received a positive diagnosis on his 44th birthday. Larry was placed on a catheter for three weeks following surgery, which introduced him to a deficiency in current devices and sparked the idea for a new innovation. Larry was able to come up with a viable solution, however, he continuously ran into one problem – most companies were looking for a commercially viable product – not a specialty medical device like his. That’s when a friend told Larry about the Medical Innovation Fund search through Edison Nation. Larry submitted his idea and caught the attention of our team!


Mark & Ron Bilak
Both holding backgrounds in electrical engineering, father and son Ronald and Mark Bilak routinely invented separately, though in 2005 began inventing together. Back problems have always persisted in their family, so when a particularly notable episode occurred for Mark, the two decided to put their innovative thinking skills to the test. Ron and Mark created a product to aid those like themselves who suffer from back issues and together submitted the idea to our Medical Innovation Fund search, where it will now move forward with the potential for development!


Tim Hayes
Lakewood, OH resident, Tim Hayes’ first invention was a “quick seed planter” he created in middle school. Tim later studied and earned a BFA in Industrial Design, a major he chose to help him one day create his own inventions and ideas. Aspiring to invent full-time, Tim continually sought out opportunities to invent new things, so when his mom who is a nurse, gave him one of her personal medical devices to test out and see if he could find ways to improve upon it, he did just that, coming with a great new innovation that is now moving forward in our Innovation Fund process!


Mogie Pillay
Born in Durban, South Africa, Mogie Pillay left during the apartheid era 25 years ago to settle in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and two kids. There, he works as a Civil Engineer for a small Engineering Consultancy. Tinkering with classic and vintage cars most of his life, Mogie often adapted tools and parts to suit the demands of the job, marking his first steps into the world of invention. When it comes to his medical innovation, Mogie initially intended for it to make a routine domestic chore easier –  but the direction soon changed. His wife, an infection preventionist, shared the issues of bug transmission with him, and upon examining outbreaks like SARS, Avian Flu, and H1N1, Mogie quickly realized that his invention would be a useful tool in the fight against these and “healthcare-acquired infections.” Mogie submitted his great idea to our Medical Innovation Fund search, and now our team looks forward to moving it forward toward development!

Jason Watson Moves Forward in the Innovation Fund Process!

Today, we’re excited to announce a new success for one of our EN community members! Please join us in congratulating Jason Watson on the selection of his idea from the “Pet Category” of our Innovation Fund searches!

About Jason Watson

Working in sales throughout most of his career, it was Jason Watson’s love for pets, dogs in particular, that launched him into the world of inventing. Coming up with his first idea in 2006, Jason created a dog collar made of a non-pourous polymer, which he named “The Original All Style, No Stink” collar. From there,  Jason decided to dive into the business of pet accessories full-time by launching his own company, the Dublin Dog Co., a website selling dog collars, leashes, toys, and tags.

It was an unexpected incident in the car, however, resulting in a quick tumble and an injured chin for Jason’s German Shepard puppy that led him to invent a device to prevent a similar situation from occurring again and keep dogs safe in cars. Jason took initial steps to pursue his idea, naming the device a name and even obtaining a patent, however, still needed assistance moving the product forward.


I simply never had the time, energy, or resources to get this product off the ground, said Jason. I came across Edison Nation one day and I noticed there was a pet innovation fund, so I entered my idea on a whim.

Jason’s quick decision paid off, with our team selecting his idea to move forward into our Concept Research Phase. There, we will further research the landscape of his idea to work toward bringing it to store shelves!

When asked what else he would like the Edison Nation community to know about him, Jason shared:

“The wonderful thing for me about this entire process was that it came about out of a need, as most products on the market today come about. As such, I became so passionate about this idea and the process of inventing that everything I began to think about revolved around pets, specifically dogs. It was because of this one incident that my entire life changed. I quit a well paying job in the hi-tech marketing field to begin making products for dogs full-time, yet never in my life had I untapped that side of my brain. Once I did, it was as if I had opened the faucet to a stream of creativity and unconventional thinking that I had not fully realized. While I never had the time or resources to take this initial idea to market due to all of the new areas in my life, it was this particular event and passion project that has led me down the path to where I am today.”

Congratulations, Jason! We look forward to working with you as you continue down that path!

May #InventChat: How to Turn a Million Dollar Idea Into a Million Dollars

It’s time for our May #InventChat tweet chat! This month we’re hosting a special “National Inventors Month” edition with Edison Nation CEO, Louis Foreman. Louis will share his expert tips on the topic “How to Turn a Million Dollar Idea Into a Million Dollars,” and as always, will be available to take your questions all hour long.

The chat will take place Tuesday, May 8 from 2-3pm ET. Be sure to follow @EdisonNation, @LouisForeman, and of course, use the hashtag #InventChat to participate.

Learn more about our monthly #InventChat here.

See you there!