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Marcy McKenna Reaches As Seen On TV Success!

Please join us in congratulating one of our newest As Seen On TV (ASOTV) search successes, Marcy McKenna!

About Marcy McKenna

Born into a family of inventors in Laguna Beach, CA, Marcy McKenna considers inventing a way of life and has been experimenting with product ideas since she was a child. Marcy kept a binder of all of her inventions for ten years before finally taking the leap to bring one of them to market and has continued on a road to success ever since.

In addition to being an active Edison Nation community member, Marcy auditioned for (and ultimately won) Kelly Ripa’s TV show “Homemade Millionaire” which aired on TLC in November 2010.  As a result, Marcy has formed a partnership with HSN to bring  her winning product (The Style & Go Hair Care Valet) to life, and currently has 17 more in development.

Marcy’s most recent invention, a collaboration with her friend Christian Johnson, is a travel organization idea that came about due to Christian’s frustration with rising baggage fees, prompting a desire to maximize space in his suitcase. As a mom of three young children who was fed up with overstuffed drawers, Marcy found a way to take Christian’s idea to a new level by adapting it for use in the home.

Marcy submitted the concept to our quarterly As Seen On TV search, and it has now been selected for commercialization!

Congrats to Marcy on yet another great invention! We’re excited to work with her on this product in hopes of making it a commercial success!



Two Members’ “Students of Invention” Ideas to Hit Bed Bath & Beyond Store Shelves

We have some incredibly exciting news to share about two of our Edison Nation community members! Many of you may remember a search we hosted in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond® titled “Students of Invention,” which called for new dorm room product ideas.

From that search we are excited to announce that two inventors, Stephanie Boynton and Jonathan C. Smith, have had their product ideas selected, developed, and will see them launch in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores this August!

Stephanie’s Gearbox Deluxe Bedside Caddy — a pocket-sized bedroom storage organizer — was a bit of a labor of love for the California mom and professional prototype designer/maker who loves to stay organized:

“I am an organizer by nature and my daughter is a college student. I would tell my daughter ‘I have a surprise for you!’ and she would reply ‘It’s an organizer isn’t it?!’ I live to organize, and I am always on the lookout for a better way to pack and store things, so I took advantage of this opportunity to create!

I wanted to develop an innovative way to create more storage within the confines of a dorm room and its restrictions. I am beyond thrilled that my product will now debut!”


For Jonathan, a Nashville, TN resident and Industrial Designer, his Bed Lifts — unique, dual-functioning bed risers, which feature a built-in AC outlet and USB charger — was birthed from his personal experiences during his college dorm room days:

“While in college I lived at the same dorm for all three years, including most summers. Having the same room each year meant I accumulated a lot of things. Space is a premium in college dorms and I needed a way to create more space in my room, while not changing the dynamic of the space too dramatically. I recalled seeing bed risers at Bed Bath & Beyond and thought that they would be perfect, so I picked up a pair and they provided me with an extra 12cuft. of space under my bed. While this was a great solution, I also wanted to make them more functional. When I saw the Edison Nation Bed Bath & Beyond search, I decided to dust off this concept and submit it.”

Stephanie and Jonathan’s products will be available as a part of the “back-to-school” merchandise lineup in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores and online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

Please join us in a HUGE congratulations to both Stephanie and Jonathan!


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Vote for the Enventys/Edison Nation team in the Red Bull Creation Challenge

When Red Bull put out a call for inventors to go head-to-head in a “hack-and-make-a-thon” for a chance to win $5,000 and a trip to the World Maker Faire in New York City — our engineering and design teams decided to answer the call!

Team “Designated Drinkers” entered the “Bullduino” opening round of the 2012 Red Bull Creation with a unique party desk concept, and was named one of 12 finalists to qualify for a 72 hour build-off, which ran from July 19 at 9 p.m. until July 22 at 9 p.m.

The team received the theme for the build-off (“Game of Games”) only moments before the build-off began, then were tasked with creating a concept in the allotted time, all while streaming their process live on the web. During their 72-hours of brainstorming, making, breaking (and drinking lots of Red Bull and beer), the Designated Drinkers emerged with a finished product — “Fools Ball.”

Now, it’s up to the public to vote and decide which teams are named the winners, and we need your help. Below, check out the short video to see how Fools Ball works, then follow the instructions to vote!

Note: You must have a Facebook account to vote.

1. Go to the Designated Drinkers team page
2. Click the orange “vote” button
3. Allow the pop up and log into Facebook
4. Click “Go to App”
5. Re-click the “vote” button

The Edison Nation team and “Designated Drinkers” appreciate your support!

As Seen On TV Product Selection for Jamal Rollins

Congratulations to one of our new As Seen On TV (ASOTV) search selections, Jamal Rollins!

About Jamal Rollins

Before becoming a chemical operator in Hackensack, N.J., Jamal Rollins spent a year working as a personal trainer. One day while working out, Jamal realized that a machine designed to work a relatively small area of the body was much larger than it needed to be. He felt there had to be a more convenient way to get the same workout with less equipment required — but when he discovered there wasn’t — he decided to create it.

Jamal submitted his fitness concept to our As Seen On TV search, and it has now been selected for commercialization!

Please join us in congratulating Jamal on this exciting success as we work with him to bring his idea to market!



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Introducing Edison Nation Medical!

New medical innovation platform, Edison Nation Medical

We are pleased to finally share with you an initiative that has been in the works for quite some time. Our team here at Edison Nation has joined forces with the Charlotte, N.C.-based health care organization, Carolinas HealthCare System, to form an all-new innovation platform and online community known as Edison Nation Medical.

Following the model of EdisonNation.com, Edison Nation Medical will partner with leading health care manufacturers, retailers and distributors to discover and license new innovations focused specifically within the medical field. The goal will be to help expedite innovations within this sector that ultimately improve patient care, create operational efficiencies and lower costs without sacrificing the quality of care that patients deserve.  Edison Nation Medical’s online portal will be the source for doctors, nurses, administrators, patients and everyday people who have a great idea and want to see that innovation commercialized.

To learn more about this exciting new platform for health care innovators — or to sign up for a free account, visit www.edisonnationmedical.com. You can also connect with Edison Nation Medical on Twitter @ENMedical.

July #InventChat: Made in America

With July being the month of Independence Day, at this month’s #InventChat, we’ll be discussing the topic: “Made in America.”

The chat will take place on Tuesday, July 10 from 2-3pm ET. Come answer questions, share your thoughts, and hear the thoughts of others on American Made Innovation, how it affects our everyday lives, and ways to encourage continued innovation in the U.S.A.

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!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Meet the EN Team: Emily Dillinger

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

A. I work within our Public Relations department to help gain earned media for Edison Nation, our inventors and products, the television series Everyday Edisons, as well as a few other projects we may have on our plates at any given time. As a team, our daily life consists of quite a bit of writing and media relations.

I am also involved in the Live Product Searches, helping to coordinate our search sponsors through the set-up and launch of their Live Product Search.

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

A. I enjoy the variety of work – my to-do list spans multiple initiatives and projects and I enjoy having a broader scope of the work we do all throughout Edison Nation.

Q3. What is your favorite food?

A.  This one is a toss-up. I think I could eat sushi and pasta every day – although I try to contain myself.

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

A. A journal, my phone (sad but true!) and watermelon chapstick – I keep at least three with me at all times… it’s quite the addiction at this point.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up! But, as a child, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer, and even made my own “business cards.” I’ve loved animals and the ocean for as long as I can remember, and dolphins were a favorite of mine for years.

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

A. Hmm… probably Kate Middleton, just to be a princess (-er- Duchess) for a day!

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

A. To visit Greece, buy a second home on the water somewhere, and — most importantly — to write a novel.

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

A. Ben Folds, “The Luckiest.” It reminds me of being a teenager, and how I felt when I met my then-boyfriend, now-husband. I still feel extraordinarily lucky.

Q9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A. I love quotes- so this was hard for me to choose. But, I really like the playful yet serious nature of the quotes from a company called StoryPeople, which features little stories and illustrations within prints, books and other items by artist Brian Andreas. This one speaks well to my project-management-type mind:

“This is a machine that’s supposed to make people good and true and kind and the funny thing is that it works best when it’s completely broken down so everyone has to stop what they’re doing and get together and figure out how to fix it.” – Brian Andreas

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

A. The internet, for the wealth of information and new communication channels it offers.

Stay tuned for next month’s edition of “Meet the EN team” to meet another member of our staff!

Bill Ward & Carl Adams Score “G8″ with BRICA!

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In October 2011, we held a Live Product Search in partnership with BRICA, Inc. — a leading innovator in auto, home and travel products for babies — to find new children’s travel and bath innovations. As a result of that search, we are excited to announce that members, Bill Ward and Carl Adams, have had their product idea selected by the BRICA team! Learn more about this inventing duo below!

About Bill Ward and Carl Adams

Meeting in college, Bill Ward and Carl Adams (aka Adam) have continued their friendship though an annual flyfishing trip over the last 15 years. Though Adam works in outside sales and Bill is the owner of two restaurants, the two men always discussed invention ideas, and eventually joined in a partnership focusing on toy ideas and juvenile products. They named their business Toyminers, Inc. to represent mining their imaginations for toy ideas!

As a part of Toyminers, Bill and Adam came up with a great juvenile product idea, and after learning of Edison Nation through Everyday Edisons, they submitted what proved to be a perfect fit for our BRICA search!

We asked Bill and Adam what they would like the EN community to know about them, and Bill shared:

“Adam and I love the invention process, and both believe that the potential to be a great inventor is inside of everyone. One must simply give the process time and attention on a regular basis. We love being able to take part in the creative side and hand over the rest to Edison Nation.”

Please join us in congratulating Bill and Adam!


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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!