Matthew Fleming

“Monster Pong” | Washington, DC

Matthew Fleming grew up collecting games and toys and moving from country to country. His love for games and toys prompted him to invent an improved version of traditional table tennis, which he brought to the Everyday Edisons casting call in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2007. Matthew waited at the casting call for hours and ended up being the very last presenter of the day. His patience paid off, however, when he and his wife, Erin, wowed the judges with their rousing demonstration and Matthew was eventually selected as a Season Two “Everyday Edison.”

Matthew and Erin demonstrated a small, portable table tennis game. The table was split in two so that players can arrange it in different configurations and at varying distances apart.

Matthew’s new spin on table tennis isn’t his only invention. He loves thinking of new ideas and frequently writes about them on his blog, www.sparkbugg.com. Matthew is a clinical psychologist who enjoys spending time with his wife and their two shih-tzus, Baxter and Barkley. The dogs will have to move over come October, however, to make room for a baby girl that’s on the way!