Meet Colin and Chris, friends from Lawrence, Kansas with the experience of designing products. With a passion for creating (and snacking!) C&C Co. was excited to test their skills at Make48!

What made you want to be a part of Make48?

The challenge and chance to compete with other inventors. Also, to try something new.

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

It was definitely a bonding experience. You spend over 48 hours straight with your team and you’re under a lot of pressure.

How did you go about putting your team together?

We both share similar interests in creating and building things so it was pretty natural to work together.

What advantages did each of you bring to the team?

Chris is very skilled at design and was crucial for helping us physically create our prototype. Colin is good at snacking and thinking outside the box.

What was the most difficult part of the competition? 

Coming up with the initial idea took a lot of time, but once we decided on our product things started coming together.

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

The event challenges you in unique ways and it makes you realize that you don’t always need to overthink things. Going into the event neither of us had done anything like Make 48 and it wasn’t until we finished that we actually knew we could make something completely original in such a short time. It will definitely give you confidence.

Looking back, anything you would’ve done differently?

The main thing we’d do different is winning next time. That, and we only had two people on our team and it’s a lot of work for two people. So having another person to fetch us snacks might have helped.

Overall what was the best part of the Make48 experience?

During the competition you don’t really know what everyone is building, so for us, the best part was at the end during the final pitch, when you finally got to see what everyone created.

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