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Today we launched our new pipeline pages, a content series where you can keep up with the progress of inventions which have been selected for development.

Check out Helix here, and Sound Track here.

What does it mean if your submission is selected for Development?

First of all it means you should celebrate, brag to all your friends and family, and blow up your social media with the news of your incredible accomplishment. Out of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of invention submissions yours has been chosen (cue sound of a hundred angels singing).

The Development stage is where we test for viability. Can this idea be turned into a real product? Should it? Think of the Development phase as being made up of lots of additional sub-phases, and your idea now needs to pass each one of the sub-phases before going on to production and distribution. These sub-phases include:

  1. Design. We’ll put some of the industry’s finest industrial design talent behind sketching out your idea into a real tangible product.
  2. Renders. Let’s visualize the form factor in the necessary environments.
  3. Prototyping. Time to actually make a V1.0 of your product using 3D printing or other rapid prototyping technologies.
  4. Testing. We need to make sure it will work, and it won’t harm anyone. There are more safety and federal regulations around products that you can imagine, so we’ve got to check all these boxes.
  5. Sourcing. Can we find the materials and put them together in such a way that is efficient and allows us to produce the product at a reasonable cost? We all love cool pencil holders, but not ones that cost more than your iPhone X.

Each week we’ll provide updates as the chosen submissions move through these sub-phases. You’ll also get a glimpse into team meetings about your submission and some videos straight from the factory.

Sometimes the inventions won’t pass a sub-phase. That sucks, but it’s a fact of life. We’ll also use these pages to explain what went wrong, and why a product might be sent backwards, or crossed off the list.

The product development process is an incredible journey, and we’re excited to have you on board.

Welcome (Back) to Quirky

Today Quirky looks different.

What you are seeing is the first piece of a multi-phase rollout of important and necessary updates and enhancements to quirky.com.

What’s New:

First, we updated our homepage. As Quirky’s business model has evolved, so has our process for invention evaluation and development. Our new homepage is designed to educate new and returning Quirky users on these changes.

It’s also designed to help people start inventing, inspiring them with Invention Challenges and answering some of the most frequent questions we receive from users.

Next, the inventor dashboard has been completely transformed. This dashboard is the homebase for Quirksters, where they can keep track of what they’re working on, find new opportunities to invent and earn royalties and follow newly launched Quirky inventions. The dashboard is also where users can search for inventions and follow as inventions move through the newly launched invention phases: Concept, Review, Development, Production, Launched.

We’ve also integrated social sign on into the account creation process, updated the user profile page, and launched three new Invention Challenges with dedicated briefing pages.

For those inventors who have existing IP and a prototype, we’ve made it easier for them to submit their product idea without having to go through the standard submission process. We recognize it’s unnecessary given how far along they already are with their invention, and so we’ve created a more direct path for these inventors

Our FAQ’s have also been revised, and our Terms of Service have been updated to include a “Put Simply” talk track that aims to translate  what can be sometimes difficult to understand legal language. Making sure inventors understand why and how Quirky is taking ownership of their IP when they submit an idea is a priority issue for us, and these updated Terms of Service are a first step in clarifying and simplifying how it works.

There are quite a few additional enhancements and features throughout the site, but these are the main components in our first phase of the rollout.

And there’s more we want to do!

What’s Not New (But Coming Soon):

We are currently gathering feedback and testing multiple different optimizations of the invention submission process, and an improved submission process will be launched by the end of the year. .

Influence. We are experimenting with new rules around how royalties are offered and divided. Our aim is to maximize the opportunities for Quirky users to lend their expertise to other projects in order to earn and cash out their royalties.

We’re also working on new visualizations and transparency for tracking influence and royalty earnings. We’ve added basic stats now, but envision a dashboard where users can track the units sold and dollars earned around their specific products to come.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

We are utilizing a disciplined data science approach to better understand invention trends. This will allow us to create new categories and products for brands they didn’t even know their consumers wanted.

We are testing new voting mechanisms, forms of currency, communications systems, market research tools, dynamic submission forms and much much more.

Today marks a momentous day in Quirky’s story, and the next step as we start to see our (and your) vision become a reality. To suggest features for the next rollout of the website, head on over to our community boards where we have an active feature request thread.

We look forward to your participation and as always appreciate your unwavering support of our mission to make invention accessible.