Team Churgler’s 3 Inventions

By March 30, 2017Team Profile

Team Churgler has been a part of Make48 events for a long time, having competed in 3 events alongside other Make48 veterans like Team 801, and created new, fantastic products at each turn. Team Churgler is made up of Ruth Church and Simon Langler, a husband-and-wife team, “Ruth was and still is, a Registered Massage Therapist. Simon is a Retired Police Officer and is now a part-time First Aid and CPR Instructor.”

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Team Churgler @ Make48

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“We have had the fortunate opportunity to compete at the three of the four previous Make 48 events. We really enjoy the camaraderie, competition and mostly the steep learning curve of all things involved with creating a product for market. Our first Make 48 we created a more useful and unique vegetable peeler; our second event we created a pancake dispenser and our last [shall remain a secret for the time being]!” (Hint: to find out what their third invention was, don’t miss the Make48 TV show, airing this fall 😉 )

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Team Churgler’s past inventions!

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We asked Ruth and Simon what it was like to go through this competition as a married couple. Their answer? “A Bonding challenge”. “We are a husband and wife team and have stayed that way for each of the three competitions. There are difficult times when it comes to reaching deadlines, but the frustration is a positive one that helps keep us moving forward. I would say it is a bonding challenge because it’s a unique experience where we can say we created something together and share in each others’ strengths.” We were curious to hear more about the experience of facing the 48-hour deadline, but this team is up for the challenge! “The tight deadline is part of the fun! We’ve learned to try our best to have our final idea ready to go before the end of the first day – although it doesn’t always turn out that way. We slept very little in order to make up as much time as possible.”

Simon @ Make48


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Team Churgler really highlighted their experience with Make48 Mentors and Tool Techs as extremely positive. “We had immense help from many of the staff and volunteers. Basically, anyone we went to was able to help us themselves or was able to direct us to the exact person who could. The tool techs are indispensable”. In fact, the team found that their meeting with company mentors from Squatty Potty and Wet and Forget were among their event highlights! “We really enjoyed meeting the mentors from Squatty Potty and Wet and Forget. Their stories of overcoming setbacks helped keep us moving forward. Getting to know the volunteers and hearing about their design experiences has been probably the best part of all, as they really make you feel like you’re part of a bigger community of creators and innovators.

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Mentors and tool techs have been highly professional and helpful in aiding those who have very little experience – like we did at the very beginning (and every time since!). I think the playing field is equal because even if there is a team that is strong in say, design, there are so many other stages of the process; idea brainstorming, research, prototyping, selling on paper, selling to the judges… not to mention needing perseverance and the ability to constantly course correct. Everybody needs help in one department or another, and the tool techs and mentors have been remarkable.”

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We often find that contestants are most nervous about either pitching or being in front of the camera. This team, however, overcame any nervousness that was tied to their pitch, “pitching was surprisingly comfortable. We had some difficulties with our power point that we’re not obvious to the viewers, and we were able to make up for it on the spot. As we were so strapped for time, it wasn’t as polished a presentation as we had been known for in the past, but we had to finish!” It’s all about getting there in the end! We were thrilled to hear that the film crew contributed to this team’s experience, “the film crew made it a positive experience for us. They helped us remain comfortable and gave us the space we needed to get our job done. We only wish Ruth’s voice had been in better shape so that Simon wasn’t left doing all the talking!” The team also noted that they’ve recently become comfortable around the cameras, but this wasn’t always the case… “side note: the first make 48 had a lot of cameras rolling, and it was really unnerving… I guess we just got used to it by the third time around!”

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We wanted to know what it is specifically that teams gain from competing in Make48,
and we absolutely loved Team Churgler’s answer:

“Make 48 has opened our eyes to the possibility that one day we could have our very own product out there on a store shelf. Prior to Make 48, it seemed like that was something that other, more qualified people did…. but that was just incorrect thinking. Anyone who has an idea is qualified because at one stage or another, everyone needs help – and that help is more available than we realized.” That’s exactly what Make48 is all about! Everyone’s got a big idea!

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