I will be attending the Inventors Association of Connecticut meeting tomorrow night, November 26, 2019 at Fairfield University. Game and Toy inventor Mary Ellroy will be presenting on “Licencing Your Game and Toy Inventions”. Mary will talk about investigating the successful ideation and go-to-market strategy that she used. of a serial inventor and former IACT President, Mary Ellroy. Mary Ellroy has been in the toy business since 1990, and is an inventor of toys and games and an agent for toy and game inventors. She comes to toy invention with a corporate marketing background. She received an MBA from the Boston College School of Management (now the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.) Past positions included a Director position at a Fortune 50 company, a vice presidency/ownership position in a newspaper advertising firm, and various advertising and media positions. Her creative accomplishments in consumer marketing inspired her to turn that creativity to toys and games. More information on the meeting can be found here.
Today I made an impromptu trip to MakeHaven in New Haven. A member, John, was working there and gave me a quick tour of their 5000 sqft facility. They have all sorts of tools and machinery that members can use, such as a working kitchen, homebrew area, quilting frame and CNC quilter, GNC router, injection molder, and of course 3D printers, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a very impressive makerspace. The operations manager Kath showed up, and we had a very nice chat. More information can be found here.
On Saturday March 23, 2019 I had the honor to be a judge for the Milford Invention Convention, where students from 3rd through 8th grade presented their inventions. The winners will proceed to the Connecticut Invention Convention at UCONN in Storrs. At the Milford Invention Convention, students think of problems, brainstorm potential solutions, prototype and refine a product, and eventually present their solution at the convention. It was great to see these young minds innovate! Information about the Milford Invention Convention can be found here, and information about the Connecticut Invention Convention can be found here.
The 2019 National Hardware Show takes place May 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. With nearly 15,000 retailers, wholesalers and distributors attending, 2019 NHS is the best place to gain maximum exposure in the industry. You may want to exhibit your inventions. According to the National Hardware Show, they are the prime time and place for face-to-face sourcing, trading and learning with over 20,000+ industry professionals, 120+ media outlets and 15+ different product categories.
The United Inventors association (UIA) is hosting the Inventors Spotlight, the area for new inventors to showcase their products. Always a high traffic area, exhibiting in the Inventors Spotlight brings an unprecedented opportunity to network with and demonstrate your product to decision-makers who know this is the place to find the most innovative products and services. Take advantage of this opportunity to be in front of retail buyers, potential inventors and industry professionals looking for fresh, new products. More information on UIA can be found here.
Sign up for the National Hardware Show here.
I just read an interesting article on How Trade Shows can Help Inventors from the United Inventors Association of America. Two sentences jumped out at my from the article. The first was: “Manufacturers often look to independent inventors to find their next great product, and might enter into a licensing agreement with you if you have that product.” The next was: “Cathie Kirik, our Trade Show Director, mentioned, ‘participating in a trade show is an opportunity for new inventors to test the waters, it can be very beneficial to practice pitching your product and even more important to listen to the feedback, good or bad.’ ”
Read the article here.
I attended the IACT Holiday Party that was presented in association with the Connecticut Technology Council yesterday. The party was at Brewport in Bridgeport, CT, a great venue. Pizza, salad, and adult drinks were supplied! I met with the president of IACT, other IACT members. Looking forward to the party next year!
Toy inventors and designers are invited to apply to The Toy Association’s inaugural “CF@TF Inventor Day,” an opportunity for select individuals with toy and game inventions to pitch to influential toy and youth entertainment professionals and manufacturing partners during Toy Fair New York. CF@TF Inventor Day is being held on Friday, February 15, the day before Toy Fair opens, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
All toy inventors and designers attending Toy Fair are eligible to participate. In addition to filling out the online submission form, applicants are required to send in a 90-second video to support their written application. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 17, 2018.
“Inventors and designers are the lifeblood of the toy industry since it is their creation of unique playthings that will inspire the next generation of children,” said Marian Bossard, executive vice president of global market events at The Toy Association. “We encourage inventors to take advantage of this program and look forward to providing a pipeline of innovation for the industry and for play innovators.”
More information and sign ups can be found here.
The Inventors Spotlight area at the PGA Merchandise Show provides a unique platform where inventors can introduce their golf inventions to industry influencers and product development experts. Independent Inventors are consolidated into a single high traffic area, making it easy for companies and execs to find their fresh products for sale or license.
Who Should Exhibit? Inventors with product in these categories: Golf training or teaching aids; Golf apparel or accessories; Golf equipment; and Golf products.
When & Where
The PGA Merchandise Show takes place: January 23-25, 2019; Orlando, Florida; Orange County Convention Center.
More information and sign-up information can be found here.