I have Inventors’ Alliance (IA) meeting on every first Tuesday of the month, starting last month. Actually, it’s my brother-in-law who’s invited me to this meeting. It’s interesting. As stated in their website, Inventors’ Alliance is a non-profit association dedicated to helping inventors develop their business through education, recognition, friendship and support.
Tonight’s guest speaker was Michael Perks from Three Innovation in London, Ontario. Here I quoted from IA about him:
Michael Perks has ten years of design experience covering a wide range of inventions, from playgrounds to automation equipment, to drawer slides and ergonomic equipment. He is the owner of “Three Innovation”, a product design firm located in London, Ontario. His business envelops a large scope of activities, from product design and development, mechanical design, logos, to corporate identity and website construction. Being an inventor himself, he realizes that professional design is an integral component to any successful invention. His topic title is: “Invention and the Role of Design”.
Tonight he talked about ergonomics and environmental implications in design. For example SUV and cellular phone. Does SUV an environmental-friendly car? Is the small and sleek cell phone merely designed to satisfy designer’s appetite but not consumers’ needs and convenience?
Following are some articles addressing these mentioned issues.
I wouldn’t elaborate about his presentation but I found it interesting. And, more interesting was the chance to meet people with ideas and they’re willing to share their experience with everybody in the room. After Michael’s presentation then came four others that presented their ideas and engaged us in brainstorming and discussion session.
Kris Schantz, the co-owner and creator of Happy Worker Inc. (Toys for Big Kids) shared his experience on how to materialize his idea to make toys. He used to be a programmer in a computer company. But, when the bust came… he was let go. He then pursued his long-time dream to make toys. It took him two years from designing his toys until successfully put them in the market. Interestingly, he had to travel to China to make his toys, because he couldn’t make them in Canada. He participated in toys exhibition in New York (the largest in North America)couple months ago and got media coverage. Right now he has about 200 retailers that carry his products. Happy Worker website: www.happyworker.com.
Greg from Cardchess International Inc. He had this idea about providing games for the whole family. So, grandparents can play with their grandchildren without having to lower down their level of playing fields, or vice versa. So far, he and his friends have invested around $600,000 to create and produce about seven games such as Cardchess, Crossword Pyramids, Mouse Chaos, Dominoes2, Pompeii – The Last 37 Minutes, Oh-No-Ah – The Last Flood, and Control Your Destiny. He said that he will participate in the world game this year in Germany. I know games are big in Europe. They are keen on online gambling too, especially during soccer matches. The latter is still not permitted in North America. Cardchess International Inc. website: www.cardchess.com.
I forgot the next guy’s name. His invention is a set of cards for any occasion… he claims that it’s good for ice breakers too.
J. Mark Ellwood, President of Pace Productivity Inc. He is one of the most successful inventors in Canada, having sold over $2 million in products and services related to his unique TimeCorder time tracking system sin ce 1989. He is an internationally known productivity consultant. He said he ‘s had huge hits to his website but he expects more people buying his training programs. We suggested him to provide real results from real CEOs, and then publish his research. Hm, is there any CEO willing to take his test? If you have suggestion please let him know. Pace Productivity Inc. website: www.getmoredone.com.
Although Joanne Crone, President of Daedulus Interactive Limited didn’t give presentation but it’s nice talking to her and having the chance to know about ehr company. Daedulus Interactive website: www.daedulusinteractive.com.
Inventors’ Alliance website: www.inventorsalliance.com. If you’re interested with the program and would like to hear other people’s ups and downs when pursuing their dreams, you can join the program every first Tuesday of the month at North York Memorial Hall, 5100 Yonge Street (underneath the Central Library in North York Center) for $15.