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Invention Contests: Three Reasons They're Worth Entering


Have a few hours on your hands? Why not enter an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. Tim gives us three reasons why we should spend a free afternoon entering an invention contest instead of watching TV.

Here's his article:

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Every year, you'll find about a dozen opportunities to enter national invention (or other idea-related) contests. Some hold out the promise of bringing a product to market, some just financial incentives. read more »

How to Sell Your Idea in 27 Seconds


ElevatorElevatorWonder what you would do if you were riding in an elevator with one of the judges from the American Inventor TV show?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips on how to pitch your invention in 30 seconds or less.

Here's his article:

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In the marketing/branding world, there's this thing called the "elevator pitch." read more »

What Does Staples Really Think About Invention Quest?


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestThere's an inventor inside everyone of us. I don't know of a single person that hasn't had at least one great idea. Ever wonder whether you should enter into the Staples Invention Quest contest with that great idea?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some of his thoughts about the Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article:

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For as much fun as I had making it to the finals of the 2005 Staples Invention Quest, there was always an undercurrent of corporate agenda that made some of us finalists wonder if we were being naïve about Staples' true intentions for the contest. With some of those elements intact for the 2006 version of IQ (www.staples.com/iq), I think it merits some discussion so the naivete isn't passed to a new generation of entrants. read more »

Six Insider Thoughts on Winning Staples Invention Quest


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestEver wish you had insider's guide to what's going on in an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips for Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article: read more »

Inventor Advice: Prototype or Drawing?


Trying to decide whether you need a prototype of your invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Frank Morosky, is an Entrepreneur Consultant. He assists people with business ideas or inventions get their business started quickly and on a tight budget. His website is at fmorosky.home.mchsi.com. He wanted to share his experiences with prototyping with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Insider Expose on Invention Promotion Firms!


Did you ever wonder how some Invention Promotion Firms actually work?

Our Guest Blogger, Terri Phillips, is an inventor of numerous products. She has worked at an Invention Promotion Firm. She now works in marketing, packaging, and product development for an inventor service company that provides a means of distribution for inventors to sell their products through AccessInventors.com. Terri's goal is to educate inventors from the inside out, so she wrote this article exclusively for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Modern Marvels Invent Now Invention Contest


Modern Marvels Invent NowModern Marvels Invent NowThe Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge is a contest that invites the independent inventor to share his/her vision and ingenious design with the world. The most remarkable invention submitted will be named the 2007 "Modern Marvel of the Year." The Challenge celebrates American ingenuity and provides a unique national forum for the independent inventor.
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Intel is Paying $1 Million for Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs


Intel ViivIntel ViivIntel is offering $1 million in prizes to PC designers and manufacturers who can come up with smaller, sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box". Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2007 11:59 pm PST and systems must be received by Intel for evaluation no later than March 2, 2007 11:59 pm PST. If you want to read Intel's news release on the Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, click read more.

Thanks to our friends over at therawfeed.com for letting us in on this challenge.
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More Good News!


Technorati 4904Technorati 4904Hi Everyone:

AmericanInventorSpot.com has some great site related news to share:

First, we want to welcome Lexi Schuh to AmericanInventorSpot.com as our newest Featured Blogger.
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ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors


Eric & DanardEric & DanardPRESS RELEASE

ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors

As most of America knows, Mr. Thompson was awarded $50,000 from the hit ABC show for the rights to his Catch Vest, but what might surprise you is what he did with the money. After saving his house from foreclosure, Mr. Thompson took the majority of his winnings and started a company, "Belykewater Productions." read more »

Green Innovation Contest for College Students


ecomagination challengeecomagination challengeThe mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge is asking individual and teams of college students from around the country to develop new, creative ways to green their campus. They are looking for innovative and groundbreaking ideas that can have a positive impact at the local level or the global level - or both. read more »

Want to Help Inventors?


It is very difficult to be a successful independent inventor. We want to change that, and with your help, we think we can.

We at InventorSpot.com are committed to making the invention process easier and less fraught with risks for individual inventors. If we are able to pool our collective knowledge and resources more effectively, we believe that Inventors will have an easier time turning their dreams into reality.

We are already the most popular invention related website in the world. But we also want to be the best. Please join us in building the best website for Independent Inventors on the Planet!

Here are some of the ways you can help: read more »

Yankee Inventor Expo in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 19-21, 2006


Yankee Invention ExpoYankee Invention ExpoYankee Invention Expo 2006 and Yankee Entrepreneur Workshops will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 19 through 21, 2006 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

 

The Yankee Invention Exposition is a three day event where inventors can showcase their products to ... read more »

Oxymoronic Invention: the Electric Composter


NatureMill's ComposterNatureMill's ComposterDo you know of any self-contradictory or "oxymoronic" inventions? You know ... inventions that defeat its own purpose?

Our guest blogger, Phil Jones aka "bottleslingguy", is the inventor of his own brand of nursing bottle slings (you can check them out at http://www.bottleslingguy.com/ ). Phil is an avid fan of AmericanInventorSpot.com (he's been with us since the beginning), he loves to pick on Doug Hall and plans on changing the way people bottlefeed their children. Auditioning right after Robert Amore and Francisco Patino of ABC's American Inventor, his two minutes of fame never made it past the cutting room floor. Now he likes to hang around here and remind people to check out his invention and let us know about an invention that seems just doesn't seem right.

Here's his article:


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Staples Invention Quest Invention Contest Starts Today


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples (the office supplies superstore) Invention Quest is back. Staples has broken the competition into three separate categories:

* Invention Quest (19 years and older),

* Invention Quest Kids (18 years and younger), and

* Invention Quest Associates (for Staples Associates).
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Get Your Idea to Market WITHOUT an Invention Submission Firm


Invention: Power Pitch HorseshoesInvention: Power Pitch Horseshoes

Did you know you don't need to use an Invention Submission Firm to show your ideas to manufacturers?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools,
toys and a kitchen utensil without the aid of an Invention Submission Firm. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He graciously agreed to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice. Here's his article: read more »

Green Innovation Contest


GreenGreenKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ("KPCB") is a big technology venture capital firm that believes that our planet is facing a green crisis and that entrepreneurs will be the ones to combat that problem. To accelerate and encourage innovation, KPCB has launched its annual $100,000 KPCB Prize for Green Innovation awarded for the best technology or policy innovation in Greentech.


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Inventor Calendar is Up


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Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that we now have an Inventor Calender on AmericanInventorSpot.com. It will the be the central location where we will put all the contests, conventions, and any other interesting inventor events.

To find it, just go to the navigation bar to FOR INVENTORS, then scroll down to INVENTORS CALENDAR. Presto, like magic... it appears.

If you come across an inventor event that you would like to share, please contact us . You can either click on the blue link here or go up to the navigation bar to CONTACT. Thanks in advance for any information.

Alexis
http://AmericanInventorSpot.com
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Invention Contest for Pet Products (yes, another one)


 

My Pet IdeaMy Pet IdeaDrs. Foster & Smith Partners with PetSafe to Present "My Pet Idea" $25,000 Pet Product Invention Contest Starts Today

RHINELANDER, WI - September 6, 2006 - Have you ever wished you had a product for your pet that hasn't been invented yet? Now you have the chance to help bring that product to market and win up to $25,000 - just for having a great idea for your dog or cat!

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