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Outside of Make48, Eric and Karl are experienced inventors who applied as individuals at the National Hardware Show casting call last Spring. Make48 put them together as a dynamic duo to compete. Read more about their team, Team Inertia Forces, and their experience on Make48.

What made you want to be a part of Make48?

Eric: It was an exceptional opportunity to meet like-minded people who share similar passions and be part of a larger exercise in the Maker-Invention movements. As well as compete in a new and thrilling timed competition.

What was it like working as a team? Was it what you expected?

Karl: Well it ended up as Eric and I which made it difficult because all the other teams had 4 members so we had to double up on the work! It may have been an advantage because we each took on tasks, and we didn’t have to ask for other opinions because it was just us two. Eric & I had been skyping from the beginning and we knew each other but never met since Eric lives in France and I live in North Carolina.

We had our expectations before coming but we are both inventors with different opinions and experiences. We knew we had to move faster than others, we did not want to run out of time without all the tasks being completed.

How did you go about putting your team together? 

Eric: We were the exception to the rule as we were put together from participation at the National Hardware show 2017 in Las Vegas.

What advantages did each of you bring to the team?

Karl: Both of us are tinkers and we like to create and build different things, we came with the spirit to win. We planned ahead of time to have ideas in our back pocket that we could use if we had an opportunity. 

Eric: And we have different backgrounds and competencies but years of tinkering in just about everything, so the culmination of so much knowledge was helpful in the hands-on process of inventing. 

What was the most difficult part of the competition? Roadblocks, setbacks? 

Eric: Roadblocks and difficulties for me was the time element and knowing that as much as I wanted to build an extraordinary product, we had to choose something simple to design and prototype within the budget and time allotted.

What came easier for your team?

Karl: Agreement once we figured out what we were going to make!

What did you learn from the Make48 event, how did the experience help you as an inventor?

Eric: Time! Time! Time! Mentors and people of goodwill are out there, we should always find time to be one and query those that would help us on our way.

Looking back, anything you would’ve done differently?

Karl: I would have liked to have more time getting to know the other teams. There was a lot of talent there and we did not find out who they were.

Eric: Yes and I would have asked more questions from Karl, my teammate, and the mentors made available (Time permitting of course!)

Overall what was the best part of the Make48 experience?

Eric: It allowed me to meet and make new friends and contacts as well as give my children a positive experience to the daily struggle of what to watch on TV since there are very few interesting creative programs that have real-world consequences!

Karl: Knowing that we can make a difference in helping others with products we designed during and after the show. It ended up to be a great experience and Eric is a lifelong friend. 

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