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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!

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.