National Inventors Month celebrates invention and creativity during the month of May. This month also celebrates the latest round of Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, including Steve Jobs. Edison Nation is also celebrating and encouraging the spirit of invention this month with a special casting call for its television program.
Edison Nation produces the Emmy award-winning television show, Everyday Edisons, where successful products like the Gyro Bowl, Mister Steamy and Emery Cat got their start. The site advises would-be entrepreneurs and inventors for an upcoming May 31 deadline to think about these three things when preparing an invention submission (there is a US $20 fee to submit, but discounted in honor of National Inventors Month).
- Can your idea or product appeal to a broad or mass market?
- Does your idea or product have the potential for high marketing and sales volume?
- What is the competitive landscape for your idea or product?
After reviewing the ideas and picking the best of the best, Edison Nation will fly up to 50 inventors to Charlotte for an in-person extravaganza. At the conclusion of the entire casting process, the Everyday Edisons team will select 10 great ideas to develop and feature on the show! You can learn more about Edison Nation here.
I was inspired by another program they recently ran featuring a special Innovation Challenge for The Boy Scouts of America to encourage and discover cool, new products among the Boy Scout community. Edison Nation will invest up to $1 million to develop the winning products and make them a reality. The organization is regularly ‘inventing’ its own partnerships and alliances to develop more inventions and nurture inventors.
‘Do you have a child, Scout or know of a particularly inventive kid who always seems to come up with exciting new ways to do things? Maybe they’ve dabbled with making, breaking and prototyping new product ideas that could change the way we live, the way we work and the way we play?’
Here is a bit more about National Inventors Month from About.com:
‘National Inventors Month. A month long event celebrating invention and creativity. National Inventors Month began was started in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest magazine.’
Forbes post on the Inventors Hall of Fame Induction. Here is a brief overview of the highlights:
‘Most of the 2012 honorees were on hand, including Barbara Liskov, whose innovations in the organization of computer programming can be found in almost all modern programming languages; C. Kumar N. Patel, whose carbon dioxide laser developed while at Bell Labs is an essential component in the medical, industrial and military arenas; and Gary Starkweather, who while with the Xerox PARC facility invented the laser printer. They were joined on stage by 21 previous inductees.’
Edison Nation is also celebrating and encouraging the spirit of invention this month.