Toy Inventors Workshop Northamptonshire September 22 2015

Lego and Hasbro Toy Design Gurus to Speak at the Inventors’ Workshop

Inventors Workshop for toy and board game designers, 22 September, Northamptonshire, UK – www.inventorsworkshopevent.com

Budding toy and board game inventors will have a unique opportunity to meet professional toy designers from some of the world’s biggest toy companies at this year’s Inventors Workshop.

Samuel Thomas Johnson, a toy designer with LEGO Group, and Hasbro’s Dougal Grimes are among those confirmed to speak at the one day event, which takes place on 22 September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

The workshop provides both new and experienced toy and board game designers with a chance to take part in life-changing face to face ‘pitch’ meetings with leading toy companies as well as benefit from a morning of educational sessions covering critical issues including funding, toy safety, legislation, intellectual property protection, using technology and pitching to retail

Hasbro’s Dougal Grimes will lead a panel session called How We Made It!, which will see Samuel Thomas Johnson, Jenga inventor Leslie Scott and Crazy Cart creator Ali Kermani deliver a rare insight into life as a toy designer and the secrets behind the success of some of the industry’s best loved products.

“It’s always important for new toy and game inventors to understand the challenges that others are going through,” said Dougal Grimes, Hasbro. “And it’s important for toy companies to support the inventor community because if they are successful they’ll invent more, and we want to keep that community alive.”

Also on the How We Made It! panel is Gillian Logan, who attended the inaugural conference as a delegate last year with her idea for Skinny Sketcher drawing kits. A major toy manufacturer signed Gillian on the spot and her product is now in production and on the cusp of going on sale.

“Getting to pitch your ideas to the toy industry’s major players is a fantastic opportunity for inventors, some of whom have been trying to get in front of the decision makers for years, and everyone who attended last year came away feeling inspired, energised and better placed to get their products on toy shop shelves,” Gillian Logan, Skinny Sketcher.

Billy Langsworthy, Inventors Workshop conference director, finished by saying: “Toy and board game inventors could not be more important to the toy industry because, without them, there would be no new toys, no new play experiences the industry would stagnate.

“The tricky part for inventors who know they have a great product is getting in front of the right people. They can spend years patiently knocking on doors in the hope of getting their products noticed and picked up. We launched the Inventors Workshop to expedite that process and their frustration and we’ve stepped things up this year with an inspiring conference programme and the life changing One2One sessions that will give inventors an even greater chance of connecting with the right business partner.”

Tickets to the Inventors Workshop are on sale now for just £99. This early bird rate is applicable until 7 August and can be accessed here http://www.inventorsworkshopevent.com/buy-tickets/.

UK Nationwide Innovation Competition for Inventors

D2M have recently launched a new, nationwide Innovation competition for inventors, to have the chance of having their idea fully designed, manufactured and retailed at no personal cost. Applications are being taken from April the 1st 2014, but people can register their interest now.

Shortlisted applicants will go before a Dragons Den style panel to pitch their idea and the winner will receive expert support to transform their idea into a commercial reality.

For more information please visit  http://www.design2market.co.uk/competition.html

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Interested In Startups? Check Out Leicester Launch48 Weekend 2013

For anyone interested in being part of a new startup and meeting interesting people this sounds like a great idea especially if you are anywhere near Leicester UK.I’d go if I hadn’t already got something on that weekend.

What is Launch 48?

From the website:

The Launch48 weekend is a unique experience for building web startups with a group of teams from a range of backgrounds and different sets of skills.

For each team, the goal is simple: pitch, build and launch a startup in 48 hours.

The Launch48 weekend is different from most hackathon’s and entrepreneurial events because:

  1. We focus on the business and ensuring you understand your customers. Check out the agenda for more information.
  2. We have a great set of mentors that work with groups to develop their business
  3. Each team has about 10 people working on each idea from a broad range of backgrounds
  4. We don’t allow pre-existing teams.
  5. Participants meet, learn from, and work with many people throughout the event
  6. All aspects of a business are covered including planning, marketing, PR, branding, design, finance, and development

When: Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2013.
Where: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE (see directions)

Find out more at http://leicester.launch48.com/

Leicester Launch48

Interview with Inventor Jim Tryfon Creator of the Zeus Multi Tool

In this inventor interview Jim Tryfon talks about creating his invention the Zeus Multi Tool which includes many DIY tools all in one.

Inventor Jim

Tara: What is Your name, invention name and website URL?

Jim: My name is Jim Tryfon and my invention is the Zeus Multi-Tool. www.zeusmultitool.com

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about where you are based, your background experience how you first started inventing?

Jim: I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia where I live. Inventing has been in my veins you could say, with my dad and I building what I thought was a first at the time – a three wheeled billy cart with pedals I called the ‘ambulance’, when I was 11.

My folks certainly gave me good grounding and encouraged me to follow my passion. I got a solid education and worked my way up in the corporate arena yet something was missing. Building business units does not allow you the creativity inventing does, and why I feel I have now come back to my creative roots.

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about your invention, what it is, and how you came up with the idea?

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Jim: The Zeus Multi-tool was born from an idea to equip the average urbanite and outdoor enthusiast with a tough tool that’s compact, yet extremely functional. It’s flexible enough for all those home and office DIY jobs, while tough enough for the avid camper, snowboarder or fisherman. It includes a flip screwdriver with 16 bits, triple function pliers, knife & saw, flip hammer, detachable spirit level and LED light housed in a small unit – 46mm (height) x 40mm (width) x 130mm (length).

Last year, I underwent back surgery – spinal fusion for a desiccated disc. This was a good opportunity to re-evaluate where I was in my life and how the idea behind the Zeus Multi-Tool came about.

Essentially, I could no longer work my office job, and so I moved out of the apartment I was renting and moved in with my sister. As, part of the packing process, a mate and I wanted to disassemble some IKEA type furniture and put it in storage, yet I quickly found I didn’t have the right tools. By the same token, I wanted to make some changes to the room I occupied in my sister’s place; a lock on the door and hang some artwork.

When I had a screwdriver, I needed an allen key. When I had an allen key and screwdriver, I also needed a hammer. When I had a hammer…well I’m sure you get the picture…

That’s when I came up with the idea for a handy single unit that could house multiple functions and the idea behind the Zeus Multi-Tool was born.

Tara: What were the first steps you took after having your idea?

Jim: I sketched the idea on paper and then engaged a local company who engineered it into computer aided line diagrams and 3D rendering designs. To be on the safe side, I downloaded a confidentiality agreement from the internet and had them sign it.

Tara: Did you get presentation drawing sheets produced or make a prototype of your invention, how did you go about this?

Jim: Well, once the designs were completed, the company fabricated a number of prototypes – first with plastic, then with metal. I am I now trying to raise funds via a crowdfunding campaign to commercialise the invention including moulding, tooling and a first production.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-zeus-multi-tool/x/3868130

Tara: Did you try and patent or protect your idea in any way and how did you go about it?

Jim: Yes, I secured a US Provisional patent & Australian provisional patent via the online patent process of the respective agencies websites. My brother-in-law is a lawyer so I sought his help with this as well.

Tara: Did you always intend manufacturing your invention yourself or did you look into licensing the idea?

Jim: am very proud of the Zeus Multi-Tool’s development to date and committed to seeing it through to its first production run and beyond. What initially started as a sketch, evolved into a concept and now a fully functional prototype. I may look at licensing down the track once in production.

Tara: How did you go about finding a suitable manufacturer for your invention and did you self fund this?

Jim: The same company I used for the designs has a sister company that does their manufacturing. To date, the entire project has been self-funded including CAD designs, prototypes and patents.

Tara: What have you found are the best ways of promoting your invention?

Jim: I’m finding this out now but I think having a website and using social media helps along with traditional face-to-face meetings now that I have a working prototype.

Tara: What were the most difficult elements of bringing your invention to market?

Jim: Well it hasn’t been brought to market yet, but the most difficult element to date is the lack of sufficient funding to move forward.

Tara: How long has it taken from your initial idea to taking it to market?

Jim: Well to get to the stage I am at now with a fully functional prototype has taken around 1 year. As I have funded it entirely myself, it has been a rather slow process.

Tara: Is there anything you learned developing your invention that you would now do differently if you had to do it all again?

Jim: I am pretty happy with what I have done to date and can’t say I have any major regrets. If I had to do it all again, I would look at getting partner on board from the start to share the development costs.

Tara: What advice would you give any aspiring inventor with an idea?

Jim: Stay true to your idea despite what others may say. Everyone will have an opinion and so don’t get too hung up on that. Read, read and read some more so you can to do as much as you can yourself. There are some great free information resources on the internet, particularly around DIY patenting.

Tara: Where can people find out more about you your invention?

Jim: They can visit the Zeus Multi-Tool website at www.zeusmultitool.com I also invite them to have a look at the crowdfunding campaign and share feedback.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-zeus-multi-tool/x/3868130

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Interview with Inventor Shawn Moye about the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach

In this inventor interview Shawn Moye who invented a product to help people learn how to shoot a basketball.

Shawn Moye inventorTara: What is your name, invention name and website URL?

Shawn: Shawn Moye, electronic basketball shooting coach, http://www.electronicshootingcoach.com

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about where you are based, your background experience how you first started inventing?

Shawn: I am located in Phoenix Arizona. When I first started, I did not know where to turn. I was only 16, living in Ohio, had no money, and no one around me with patent experience so I thought I was stuck. However, what I did know was that it’s important to protect your idea because what may be a dream to you may be a nightmare to someone else. So I eventually turned to turn to an invention submission company for protection. They were eager to help me following an $11,000 upfront fee. After doing an assignment an investor gave me I found out through the Better Business Bureau that the invention submission company had numerous lawsuits pending against it. I now have my Master’s in Business Management with an minor in Entrepreneurship and have been inventing for over 20 years.

basket ball coaching gadget

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about your invention, what it is, and how you came up with the idea?

Shawn: We are the creators of The Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach (EBSC), which is endorsed by college and AAU coaches and is ergonomically design to help kids develop the muscle memory needed to maintain proper form when shooting a basketball. I came up with this product while I was trying to teach my son the proper way to shoot a basketball. As I looked around the park I saw that a lot of kids were trying to learn the same thing but didn’t have anyone there to teach them properly. The adults that were with the kids didn’t have the knowledge to teach them properly either. That is when I first came up with the idea. What sets this product apart is the Chip On Board technology that allows this product to talk to you. Yes, it talks! It’s like having a coach on your arm! (Good for people of all ages). Our recently patented product is the answer to the youth’s dilemma when learning how to shoot a basketball correctly. Our product, the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach, helps create the muscle memory need to maintain proper form when shooting a basketball. The E.B.S.C is lightweight weighing only 70 grams, self contained, and easy to use. It will make learning how to properly shoot a basketball more exciting, especially for the millions of youth basketball players who are fast becoming students of the game and not just players of the game. Up until now, a novice basketball player had no accurate method to identify if they were shooting a basketball properly. When you shoot the basketball with the elbow tucked in the product will not sound but if your elbow is out when you shoot the basketball then an alarm will talk and tell you to “keep your elbow tucked in”. Speaking four different phrases when you wear this product it’s like having a real coach on your arm! We have revolutionized the way youth are taught how to shoot a basketball and have raised the bar for the industry by supplying a higher performing product, which ensures a higher performance for the consumer. Golf is next!

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Tara: What were the first steps you took after having your idea?

 

Shawn: I did not know it at the time but the library is where the first step of my thousand-mile journey began. I decided to check out a book on patents. I know its considered taboo to attempt to learn about patents but my inquiring mind wanted to know what was so terrifying. I had to find out why patent attorney’s or invention submission companies are the only entities entitled to learn about the patent process. That day changed my life forever.

Tara: Did you get presentation drawing sheets produced or make a prototype of your invention, how did you go about this?

Shawn: I found a toy designer online to build my prototype for me. Now, I am not an attorney but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to clearly state everything you want them to do for you in writing in a signed contract. I bring it up because somewhere along the process the toy designer began to love my idea so much that he asked if I wanted to renegotiate the contract we had. After I declined, he said “I wish I had asked for more in the beginning”. I did have a company make some drawings for me which helped when I began to patent my product.

Tara: Did you try and patent or protect your idea in any way and how did you go about it?

Shawn: After learning about different patents, I decided to save time and money by preparing a provisional patent on my own before developing a utility patent. The provisional patent gave me a year to conduct focus groups to find out if my product was functional before I spent thousands on a utility patent. I filed for an utility patent own my own and have just been approved for my utility patent on 6/18/2013. People said I needed a patent attorney but I didn’t. We can do anything we put our minds too.

Tara: Did you always intend manufacturing your invention yourself or did you look into licensing the idea?

Shawn: I have always intended to manufacture my product. It has been difficult but it has been fun. I got online and found companies that could manufacture my product. I am now working with off shore companies but it can be hard because when a change needs to be made it takes a longer time to have the changes made. Recently I have begun looking for licensing deals.

Tara: How did you go about finding a suitable manufacturer for your invention and did you self fund this?

Shawn: I contacted offshore agents who offered to find companies but because of my limited capital I decided to find some companies I have been blessed enough to have find two offshore companies to make my product.

Tara: What have you found are the best ways of promoting your invention?

Shawn: The best ways I have found to promote my invention is through social media sites and through my website. I have found a marketing company that has helped me get my product in desired events.

Tara: What were the most difficult elements of bringing your invention to market?

Shawn: It is hard trying to get in front of buyers for companies and raising the funding to build inventory. Most times major companies want you to have the clients and orders before contacting them but its hard if you don’t have the money to do so.

Tara: How long has it taken from your initial idea to taking it to market?

Shawn: It has taken about 3 years because I wanted to make sure I had all of my I’s dotted and T’s crossed before I tried to contact any companies. I have heard of people having their ideas stolen because they were not properly protected.

Tara: Is there anything you learned developing your invention that you would now do differently if you had to do it all again?

Shawn: I wouldn’t do anything differently!

Tara: What advice would you give any aspiring inventor with an idea?

Shawn: I would tell them to never give up on their dreams! Its going to be hard, people are going to tell you it wont work, people are going to envious, but don’t let it stop you. Take one-step at a time, put yourself around positive people, talk to people that are at the level you are trying to get too, and just do it!

Tara: Where can people find out more about you your invention?

Shawn: People can find out more about my invention at

For more information please contact Shawn Moye at shawnmoye@themoyegroup.com 480-363-5736

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