GE and Quirky Partner to Inspire Invention

Posted ago by Baron

This morning, at a live-broadcast press conference, Quirky and GE announced the beginning of an innovative new partnership, designed to give inventors unprecedented access to some of the world’s finest product technologies and resources.

The partnership will consist of two parts: a groundbreaking platform where GE will open thousands of its most promising patents and technologies to the Quirky community for the development of new consumer products; and a co-branded initiative to build a full line of app-enabled devices for the home, revolutionizing fields such as health, security, water and air through GE’s advanced manufacturing tools and technologies. This new line of products will be co-branded Wink: Instantly Connected.

As you can imagine, this announcement is far too big for a single post, so head to Quirky.com/GE to learn more about this exciting new project. GE’s patent platform will be officially unveiled this May, but the submission process for Wink: Instantly Connected has already begun: check out Quirky.com/ideas/GE to pitch your app-enabled invention. Our first Wink Eval will be held next Wednesday, April 17th, with a ton of great events and announcements to follow, so don’t waste any time getting started!

In the meantime, if you missed the live press conference, you can watch the full recording of the event below. We’ll also be holding a GE-focused Feedback Friday broadcast this Friday at 3pm EST, so if you’ve got any questions or concerns regarding the partnership, tune in to have them answered live.

Comments (49)

Lori Stanton avatar
Lori Stanton
Congratulations Quirky, what a great deal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JonesAndJones avatar
JonesAndJones
Fantastic step outside the box. Thank you.
FluffyCloud avatar
FluffyCloud
This is a huge opportunity, awesome.
Imants Č avatar
Imants Č
So do I get it right - no access to patents until May but still submit now?
Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
You are correct sir! Once the library is up, it should be available indefinitely, and we'll be hosting Wink-specific Evals for many months to come, so there should be no downside to the delay.
Stephen Potter avatar
Stephen Potter
Is the partnership focused on consumer products only for the North American market, or also markets overseas -- including developing countries?
Joshua Hall avatar
Joshua Hall
Out of all honesty, GE has previously been viewed down upon by home inventors in the past. An invention submission to them required a digital signature and ownership release of all submitted ideas before they would even look at it. Is this merger a good thing? Time will tell, but I think Quirky will end up on the losing end. I am not impressed.
Jeroen Inventions avatar
Jeroen Inventions
Congrats! Time will tell if this is a good marriage.
Peter Goncalves avatar
Peter Goncalves
Pretty radical idea involving corporate patent licensing... I'm intrigued. Looking forward to the May release.
Denny2020 avatar
Denny2020
This is very exciting. This will attract a lot of bright minds here and we will surely see some great ideas in the not so distant future. Kudos to Quirky on this partnership.
Danon Seletkovic avatar
Danon Seletkovic
I have few active ideas which fit the category. Is there a possibility to "switch" the category now?
Denyveaus Sells avatar
Denyveaus Sells
Very smart idea! Thanks Quirky and G.E. for giving us the tools and inspiration.
Constantine avatar
Constantine
A new world of opportunity - congrat$ Quirky!
Waveybrain avatar
Waveybrain
Amazing! Ben, you rock! @GE What a fantastic pairing!!!
Deepthinker avatar
Deepthinker
i feel this is a step forward for inventors, thanks Q for forward thinking
BradyR avatar
BradyR
This is great news. For a company like Quirky to partner with a company like GE is really a big deal. Quirky has forged some powerful relationships in its short time on the grid. It seems to me that we are headed in the direction of big success for the entire community. Thank you Quirky for creating this wonderful place and giving all of us a place to be creative, have fun, and make money doing it!
Steve Rader avatar
Steve Rader
Interesting move by GE! I know a lot of the big companies are starting to dip their toe into crowdsourcing (like using innocentive for problem solving), so this makes logical sense for a big company wanting to leverage the "crowd" to find retail product applications. Looks like a win-win!!!
Thrifty avatar
Thrifty
interesting and also exciting stuff, got to spend some time catching up, i presume there will be a blog post specifically setting out how things work from a community point as well as maybe a forum post so that we can ask questions and get answers rather than blocking up the GS. it would be helpful for those that have questions to have a point of reference.
Lori Stanton avatar
Lori Stanton
Congratulations Quirky, what a great deal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JonesAndJones avatar
JonesAndJones
Fantastic step outside the box. Thank you.
FluffyCloud avatar
FluffyCloud
This is a huge opportunity, awesome.
Peter Provart avatar
Peter Provart
Brilliant!!
Sebastien Lauzon avatar
Sebastien Lauzon
Congrats, nicely done ;)
Webz avatar
Webz
+1 !
john boy avatar
john boy
this site deserves the best of votings and comments because its really very great and educative toys online
Imants Č avatar
Imants Č
So do I get it right - no access to patents until May but still submit now?
Baron Nagy avatar
Baron Nagy
You are correct sir! Once the library is up, it should be available indefinitely, and we'll be hosting Wink-specific Evals for many months to come, so there should be no downside to the delay.
Stephen Potter avatar
Stephen Potter
Is the partnership focused on consumer products only for the North American market, or also markets overseas -- including developing countries?
Joshua Hall avatar
Joshua Hall
Out of all honesty, GE has previously been viewed down upon by home inventors in the past. An invention submission to them required a digital signature and ownership release of all submitted ideas before they would even look at it. Is this merger a good thing? Time will tell, but I think Quirky will end up on the losing end. I am not impressed.
Jeroen Inventions avatar
Jeroen Inventions
Congrats! Time will tell if this is a good marriage.
Peter Goncalves avatar
Peter Goncalves
Pretty radical idea involving corporate patent licensing... I'm intrigued. Looking forward to the May release.
Denny2020 avatar
Denny2020
This is very exciting. This will attract a lot of bright minds here and we will surely see some great ideas in the not so distant future. Kudos to Quirky on this partnership.
Danon Seletkovic avatar
Danon Seletkovic
I have few active ideas which fit the category. Is there a possibility to "switch" the category now?
Denyveaus Sells avatar
Denyveaus Sells
Very smart idea! Thanks Quirky and G.E. for giving us the tools and inspiration.
Constantine avatar
Constantine
A new world of opportunity - congrat$ Quirky!
Waveybrain avatar
Waveybrain
Amazing! Ben, you rock! @GE What a fantastic pairing!!!
Deepthinker avatar
Deepthinker
i feel this is a step forward for inventors, thanks Q for forward thinking
BradyR avatar
BradyR
This is great news. For a company like Quirky to partner with a company like GE is really a big deal. Quirky has forged some powerful relationships in its short time on the grid. It seems to me that we are headed in the direction of big success for the entire community. Thank you Quirky for creating this wonderful place and giving all of us a place to be creative, have fun, and make money doing it!
Steve Rader avatar
Steve Rader
Interesting move by GE! I know a lot of the big companies are starting to dip their toe into crowdsourcing (like using innocentive for problem solving), so this makes logical sense for a big company wanting to leverage the "crowd" to find retail product applications. Looks like a win-win!!!
Thrifty avatar
Thrifty
interesting and also exciting stuff, got to spend some time catching up, i presume there will be a blog post specifically setting out how things work from a community point as well as maybe a forum post so that we can ask questions and get answers rather than blocking up the GS. it would be helpful for those that have questions to have a point of reference.
ken-y avatar
ken-y
Baron - Am I correct in assuming that Quirky will also continue as normal, with idea submissions, UC, Thursday evals, product development, etc? Will there be a different place/website to work with/vote on Wink idea submissions or will they be mixed in with the rest? How will influence work there, same as usual? Does an idea have to be based on a GE patent, or can it just be something that is more complex than the usual Quirky idea? I'm sure we will have more questions, but this is a start to help the community get on their feet and understand what is going to happen.
ampwashere avatar
ampwashere
So, the problems with awarding influence for good input missed by the staff and being required later to make products salable to retailers, will be of much more significance now. If they are attracting bright minds and quirky doesn't recognize and value the input, this thing will implode. We've had waves of really good minds and ideas leave because of this problem. Until it's resolved, this is going to be a brick wall to the success of this. . And since GE pays staff to do this stuff, now are we being used as free labor and costing people jobs? I want to know more about the funding and commitment by GE.
Peter Provart avatar
Peter Provart
Brilliant!!
Sebastien Lauzon avatar
Sebastien Lauzon
Congrats, nicely done ;)
Webz avatar
Webz
+1 !
Terry Harsh avatar
Terry Harsh
THIS COMPANY/ORGANIZATION IS TRULY GOD SENT...to know of this new partnership with GE all I can say is GEEE-GE ..I BELIEVE AND FEEL THAT THIS COMPANY-IS GOING TO CHANGE AMERICA AS WE SEE IT..I SEE JOBS AND MONEY BEING MADE IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE HERE.....TO KNOW THAT THE IDEAS I HAVE BEEN CARRYING AROUND FOR DECADES-LET ALONE EVERYONE ELSE OUT THERE-BEING INTIMIDATED IN PATENTS, ATTORNEYS AND ON AND ON AND ON IS NO LONGER A ISSUE-ITS TIME TO ROCK AMERICA..""BEN"" -THIS IS TO YOU WE ARE GOING LITERALLY GOING TO ""LIGHT UP"" AMERICA WITH A COUPLE OF MY PRECIOUS GEMS, ALONG WITH THE OTHERS I HAVE..GOT MY STICK PERSON IN ORDER TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PEACE
ken-y avatar
ken-y
Baron - Am I correct in assuming that Quirky will also continue as normal, with idea submissions, UC, Thursday evals, product development, etc? Will there be a different place/website to work with/vote on Wink idea submissions or will they be mixed in with the rest? How will influence work there, same as usual? Does an idea have to be based on a GE patent, or can it just be something that is more complex than the usual Quirky idea? I'm sure we will have more questions, but this is a start to help the community get on their feet and understand what is going to happen.
ampwashere avatar
ampwashere
So, the problems with awarding influence for good input missed by the staff and being required later to make products salable to retailers, will be of much more significance now. If they are attracting bright minds and quirky doesn't recognize and value the input, this thing will implode. We've had waves of really good minds and ideas leave because of this problem. Until it's resolved, this is going to be a brick wall to the success of this. . And since GE pays staff to do this stuff, now are we being used as free labor and costing people jobs? I want to know more about the funding and commitment by GE.
Terry Harsh avatar
Terry Harsh
THIS COMPANY/ORGANIZATION IS TRULY GOD SENT...to know of this new partnership with GE all I can say is GEEE-GE ..I BELIEVE AND FEEL THAT THIS COMPANY-IS GOING TO CHANGE AMERICA AS WE SEE IT..I SEE JOBS AND MONEY BEING MADE IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE HERE.....TO KNOW THAT THE IDEAS I HAVE BEEN CARRYING AROUND FOR DECADES-LET ALONE EVERYONE ELSE OUT THERE-BEING INTIMIDATED IN PATENTS, ATTORNEYS AND ON AND ON AND ON IS NO LONGER A ISSUE-ITS TIME TO ROCK AMERICA..""BEN"" -THIS IS TO YOU WE ARE GOING LITERALLY GOING TO ""LIGHT UP"" AMERICA WITH A COUPLE OF MY PRECIOUS GEMS, ALONG WITH THE OTHERS I HAVE..GOT MY STICK PERSON IN ORDER TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PEACE
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