Calling all young inventors! (deadline May 7)

The next big thing: Will one of your Scouts invent it?

Encourage that future Ford, Fulton, or Bell to enter the Boy Scouts of America and Edison Nation Challenge, where creative thinkers could get help turning their ideas into products.

Edison Nation, an “idea-to-shelf product developer,” has teamed up with the BSA to promote this challenge. But despite the collaboration, the challenge is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 21, regardless of BSA membership.

Couple this news with the recent release of the Inventing merit badge, and there’s no better time to get your Scouts to think about their new ideas.

Here’s how it works:

  • Inventors submit their ideas by Monday, May 7, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • Edison Nation will select winning inventors and invest up to $1 million to develop the selected ideas and help bring them to market.
  • Selected ideas will receive a $2,500 minimum advance on 20 years percentage of sales. Plus, Edison Nation will split the royalties 50-50 with inventors on the products they select.
  • Selected inventors will be named the “inventor” on any issued patents and will have an opportunity to appear on the award-winning Everyday Edisons television series on PBS.
  • It’s $25 to submit an idea (or $10 for current BSA members).
  • Ideas should be “well-communicated” and include sketches, images, or other media to support them.

Find more information and get started at the official Edison Nation page.

Some day soon, perhaps one of these inventions will appear in Scouting magazine’s Great Gear section. How cool would that be?

Check out this video for more details:

4 thoughts on “Calling all young inventors! (deadline May 7)

  1. Bryan, when I did a quick read of the submission agreement for the contest, I didn’t see anything indicating that Edison Nation would hold the submissions confidential. If I remember my patent law correctly (I’m a retired Registered Patent Agent), disclosing an invention without an agreement that the recipient of the information would keep the information about the patent confidential, would render the invention unpatentable under 35USC§102(a) (A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—the invention was known or used by others in this country….). Hope I missed something. I have the same issue with requirement 6 of Inventing merit badge if the counselor isn’t a patent professional. Obviously, if the Scout has filed a patent application it doesn’t matter in either case.

  2. Ed,

    I’m the Assistant General Counsel for Edison Nation and am responsible for handling our legal agreements with our inventors as well as the licensing agreements we negotiated with retailers who license our selected products. While our standard innovator agreement does not contain a standard confidentiality provisions for submitted ideas, Edison Nation’s review process for submitted ideas is conducted solely by Edison Nation staff members; moreover, ideas that inventors submit to us are not shared with any outside party or entity during the initial review process. Our employees are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and Edison Nation prides itself on the foundation of trust and fair dealing we have established with our inventor community.

    When a submitted idea is selected as a finalist for a search and Edison Nation presents the idea to the search sponsor for consideration of possible licensing, Edison Nation has a stringent confidentiality agreement in place with the company and its employees that bars any type of public disclosure of the idea, and equally as importantly, the development of any IP associated with the idea outside of an exclusive licensing deal with Edison Nation.

    I encourage any inventor new to Edison Nation to create a free membership and introduce yourself to other Edison Nation members in our forums and share any concerns or questions you may have. I’m confident you’ll find the inventor community at Edison Nation to be friendly and informative and address any questions you have about submitting an idea to Edison Nation.

    Rich Holmes, Assistant General Counsel
    Edison Nation, LLC

  3. My son has chosen to complete this Meritt Badge at a Saturday Camp. We have exhausted all of our thoughts in trying to come up with an invention idea. Does anbody out there have any ideas for us? Thanks

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