Louis Foreman can and should be considered an extremely successful inventor. Over the past 18 years, he’s created countless new inventions, founded five successful startups and directly assisted with ten others, and received nine patents. He aids other inventors by teaching small business classes at the local college and acting as a mentor. Foreman is also the executive producer for the PBS program “Everyday Edison’s”, about which I have written in detail.
I wanted Foreman to give you, my readers, an even more complete concept of “Everyday Edison’s”.
“The premise of the show is that everyone has great ideas, but for whatever reason, they don’t follow through with those ideas. We don’t want to leave our day jobs, we don’t have the funds, or we simply don’t understand the process or know where to begin. Everyday Edison’s is dedicated to actualizing the ideas of 12 selected inventors, “ Foreman explains.
The show isn’t based on competition. No one is going to be “thrown off the island”, Foreman adds, or humiliated. Everyday Edison’s is about education – educating the public at large about the real process of innovation, of bringing a product to market. In a period of 12 months, the ideas will undergo every element of that process, including design and engineering, prototyping, branding, manufacturing, and finally, display on a retail store shelf.
Is there a “typical” type of inventor on the show? Does someone need to fit a mold to be selected? The short answer is “NO”.
“The individuals on Everyday Edison’s are ordinary people with extraordinary ideas. On season one, the inventors were incredibly varied. We had a retired NYC firefighter, a grandmother from Greece, and a middle-aged husband and wife team. The show’s members are very representative of your friends, family, and neighbors,” Foreman clarifies.
Foreman does inform me that there are certain qualities and situations the show doesn’t desire of its members.
“The program is really for people who don’t possess the means or ability to bring their product to market themselves. An inventor with experience or extensive funds and resources isn’t a good candidate for the show. We just want people who can communicate their idea to the judges.”
Although the five original casting calls for season three of the show have already taken place, there is a last option for remaining inventors.
“We guarantee that at least one of the final twelve ideas will be taken from the ‘sixth’ casting call. You can submit your idea online through our website, edisonnation.com,” Foreman says. The additional casting call was added after Foreman received a huge response from inventors who weren’t able to attend the casting calls in person.
A successful product will have a large market potential, be able to be patented, and that can be fully developed in 12 months. Check out season one’s successful products, a number of which are currently on the retail shelf, at the Everyday Edison’s online store.
Season two of “Everyday Edison’s” airs on June 19th. Check your local listings for further information, or visit PBS.org/everydayedisons!