Introducing the Saxa Solvers from Georgetown University

12 teams came to compete at the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace in Towson, MD.  This season teams are an exclusive group of talented and gifted college students from around the country.  With majors ranging from Architecture to Electrical Engineering to Interactive Arts, the teams all had the same goal…. To create and design a brand new product in 48 hours.  

Hoya Nation cheer on your Saxa Solvers! Georgetown University sent the only all-female team to Make48. Meet students Oluseyi, Dana, Melissa and Sarah, who are ready to represent their school.  Read what they have to say about their time during the 48 hour competition.

Saxa Solvers team on hardware run

What made you want to be a part of Make48? 

Make48 was a rare opportunity to dedicate our undivided attention to creating something valuable to add to the world. The privilege of participating in an innovation competition with a variety of valuable resources greatly piqued our interests and ultimately motivated us to apply for a spot. 

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

Although we did not have any specific expectations, working together was so much fun and we really got to know each other through the process. We delegated tasks efficiently and supported our teammates with love and encouragement. 

How did you go about putting your team together? 

Our school hosted a mixer for students to learn more about Make48 and to make connections with one another. Seyi and Melissa knew each other from their entrepreneurship course, and had a conversation with Dana. Dana reached out to them and Sarah joined later on. The team meshed well from the very beginning!

Tool Techs and Georgetown team at Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace

What advantages did each of you bring to the team? 

Seyi, a mathematician, kept all the numbers aligned. Melissa, a ball of enthusiasm, led and motivated the team throughout the 48 hours. Sarah, with a discursive nature, brought an endless stream of ideas to the table. Dana, a realist, molded the teams ideas into intelligible products. 

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

The most difficult part of the competition was deciding to continue on with our idea even when some of the advisors were pushing us in other directions. Ultimately, we decided to go with Drop Shield because we believed that it responded most directly to our issue of interest. Other than that, the long hours of brainstorming and creating proved challenging but exciting nonetheless. 

What came easier for your team? 

Our group never had any problems coming up with ideas; committing was the most difficult part.  

What did you learn from the Make48 event? 

We learned what four minds can do in only 48 hours. From the help of experts, we gained a deeper understanding of innovation and pivoting. 

Looking back, anything you would’ve done different?

We have no regrets! We gave our best effort and learned from our mistakes along the way. 

 Overall what was the best part of the Make48 experience?

The best part was engaging with other teams in the wee hours of the night and the exhilarating banter that ensued. We also really enjoyed the process of filming the competition!

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