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The team at BALLOON TIME is working to solve some popular balloon pain points and have enlisted the help of the Edison Nation community to come up with some solutions!

Check out the search to learn more and submit!

Derrick James
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Hmmm. 

This challenge isn't child's play, you'll need a smart technical solution to fill and tie off so many balloons in an affordable and easy way.

Derrick James
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I have an idea, but it seems so obvious that it's Probly already out there.  Hmmm...  guess I've got some work to do.  :)

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The "obvious" ideas are the ones that are intuitive and get licensed. If it survives your prior art search, you might be in great shape. 

Derrick James
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Do your research, and if the path is clear, and it looks good, GO FOR IT Kim.

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This is so exciting. I had 3 ideas but chose to go with just one.

After 4 thought out design fails, I think I got it.

Not sure if I can develop a prototype plus a video in time though, but this is definitely great fun.

Robert Pontius
Derrick James
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Glad you're having fun with it Karen.  Hope you come up with something good.

Robert Pontius
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Need a little inspiration for this search? Check out this blog post!

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This is so exciting! Not sure I am going to make the deadline for entry though. Still trying!

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You have plenty of time Karen.  Search doesn't close till June 5.  You don't have to have your prototype perfected before the deadline.  If you are confident in your idea, just submit it and keep working on the prototype and add it later.

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Thank you Derrick I didn't quite understand that part of the process.
Do you know how much time there is after submitting an idea there is until a prototype can be added?

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Karen, you can wait until they ask for one.  As long as your idea is easy to understand without it, they may not even need one. If it's key to getting what you're doing, then you can always enter the search before the deadline and then add it as soon as it's ready - although you do run the risk of the team not understanding the idea if they review it before it's added. It usually takes a few days after you enter for them to get started, but the later you enter, the quicker they tend to do their initial review.  Hope that helps.

Derrick James
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Thank you Kim! Yes that does help a lot. 

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Hi Karen!

We do not require a prototype to be added to a submission to evaluate it. That being said, you're welcome to update any submission with imagery and/or prototype information if you have it available up until Stage 7. 

We are working with our web team to update our notification process for when submissions are changed, but until then, please always send a note to questions@edisonnation.com noting the title of the idea and that you updated it to doubly-ensure that the additions are reviewed.

Best of luck!

Derrick James
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Ok Michelle thank you so much for letting me know!

I apologize as I am unfamiliar with the process but excited to finally be able to try something with EN.

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No apologies necessary Karen.  Just keep on asking questions, that's the only way you'll learn.  Use the community as a learning resource.  That's what the forums are for.  Also, Michelle and Kristina are here to provide official responses from EN, and they do a good job of explaining the process and answering other questions.  

Enjoy this search, but try not to stress over it too much as you move through the different stages.  It can be an exciting ride, but it's never fun to see those nasty red X's (actually it's more of a white X with red background shading, but the effect is still the same) especially when they happen at stage 8 (R8).  Stay green!!!

Kim L
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I  understand completely Derrick and none of us at our respective ages have gotten this far without a few red X's at some point in life.

My excitement is purely an opportunity to work on something that I can hopefully submit to EN.

Typically I do novelties and most are seasonal.

Michelle Sartori
Derrick James
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Hello all,

Is BalloonTime looking for a tool that can be used to seal the balloons or some type of accessory/clip/tie that goes with each balloon?

Thanks,

Josh

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Hi Josh!

There is no limitation on either idea. They are looking for ways to seal balloons as well as ways to inflate multiple balloons. Anything to solve these two common pain points.

Best of luck!

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Hi Michelle.

I don't remember hearing about the part about them also looking for ways to inflate multiple balloons.  Did I miss that somewhere, or is this the first mention of it?

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Derrick,

"You forgot to blow up the dozens of latex BALLOONS you bought!

You've got the Balloon Time helium tank, but you have less than an hour!

How are you going to get it all done?"

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Hi Derrick!

Jim cited it within the search, but yes, the need to blow up multiple latex balloons with helium quickly is another pain point they'd like to address.

Best of luck!

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Ok, I see. Somehow I got it in my mind that the search was all about balloon tying, so everytime I read the search description, I automatically relate it to the issue of tying.  

In my mind the tying part is the more challenging task to solve.

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Hey guys!

A quick reminder, this is the last weekend to submit to the Balloon Time search! It closes on Tuesday, 6/5, at midnight EST

I will say that we've been very impressed with the submissions coming in. For a niche search, you guys are coming up with some very creative solutions to these pain points!

Good luck!

Robert Pontius
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Hi guys!

A reminder...this search closes TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT PST!

Get those ideas in now! 

Best of luck to all!

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I've got 3 ideas I've been developing and testing over the last few months - now the challenge is to get them into submittable form before 3AM my time!

Derrick James
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Here's how I'm feeling right now.......almost there!!!

Kim L
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LOVE this Derrick!

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Best of luck to those still in!

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How's everyone doing in this search? I've got 3 submissions still "alive" but have a strong suspicion that I'm going to lose at least one soon. 

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Thank you

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Jim, if you have submitted to this search, you can click on your submission and the presentation date is listed at the bottom.

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Robert, hurry and get yourself some balloons to celebrate when this search puts you over a million points!

Derrick James
Robert Pontius
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@RobF - I have already purchased what seems like a lifetime supply of BalloonTime balloons and helium for prototyping - I should have enough left for celebrating!

You're not far away from the 1,000,000 mark yourself - early congrats to you!

Rob F
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@Robert P, it would be quite fitting if it was the balloon search that "lifted" you up to and above, the million point mark!  Could happen for you by tomorrow (or even today yet)!!   Early congrats to you as well.  Enjoy the lifetime free Insider membership.

Rob F
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Thanks Derrick - hopefully I don't get my balloon(s) popped in this search. Though if I do get my hopes deflated in this search there's always the next search to look forward to!

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As this was such a pointed problem that was presented,  i wouldn't doubt if some ideas were close to (or exactly) the same.

Kim L
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Rex, this was definitely a niche search.  Little subtleties in a search like this make all the difference.

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Well Derrick, your prediction proved true: https://www.edisonnation.com/forums/announcemen...

Michelle Sartori
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Congratulations Robert.  That's quite the milestone.  Enjoy the rewards.

Robert Pontius
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So if at 500,000 insider points you get a phone call with Louis, after 1,000,000 points do you get another call with him?

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