Team 3GEN: “We Are Family”

By August 24, 2017Team Profile

3 Generations- Grandpa, son-in law, and grandsons competed together in Season 1 as Team 3GEN. They give us the scoop on what it’s like to compete in a high-pressure invent-a-thon as a multi-generational family unit!

When they first heard about Make48, both Elwin and Kenji were self employed, and Sage and Kai were both high schoolers. “We all like making things and often talk about new inventions,” said Kenji. In fact, “Sage and Elwin have [previously] worked on a tool to make horse tack”.

“Make48 was the real deal,  nothing was fake like some junk we see on reality TV shows.  It helps us to understand what kind of process it takes to get things on the market”

3GEN’s 48 hours

When the 48-hour clock started, it was time for 3GEN to come up with an original product idea, “I am not sure how it came about but the tool tech who was with us was really encouraging.  We went from one room to another, trying to brainstorm.” We can’t exactly tell you what they came up with… but we are just weeks away from the airing of the TV show on public television across the country!

Then it came time to make a prototype, team 3GEN found a lot of support in the mentors and tool techs-  “I could tell that the mentors and techs loved being there for us. And that created a great atmosphere for each team to compete with great spirit. We couldn’t have done much without them.” In fact, team 3GEN felt particularly supported by the Wet and Forget mentors, and even the support of other teams! “Awesome tool techs, and Wet and Forget representatives! Also, Team 801 gave us a lot of helpful hints.”  We are thrilled to know that even within a competition, there is support and solidarity among the teams.

This support didn’t end, either! When it came time for 3GEN to pitch their product to the judges, a mentor helped overcome another obstacle. “Every time we needed help the Tool techs, advisers from different sponsors, and experienced teams were there to help. My favorite moment was right after Sage rehearsed for the pitch when he unplugged the mini HDMI cable, he broke the line.  However, a guy from Wet and Forget was there to suggest us to show our video through an online source. Sage did a great job.”

Overall this team told us, “Make48 is an experience we’d like to have over and over again. It was the real deal,  nothing was fake like some junk we see on reality TV shows.  It helps us to understand what kind of process it takes to get things on the market.”” Check your public listings now to make sure you don’t miss team 3GEN in action, this September on public television.

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