Seth, Angel, Caleb and David are multi-generational family from Florida and Maryland who applied together to compete at the fourth season of Make48. Seth is a practicing and teaching Emergency Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine physician in Miami, FL and brother-in-law David is a helicopter pilot in Maryland, piloting both celebrities and life saving organs awaiting transplant to various destinations. Angel is a retired electrical engineer and inventor, holding over 30 US patents and Caleb is an eight-year old loaded with energy and imagination.
Due to a work emergency at the last minute, David was unable to travel to Kansas City and that left Seth, Angel and Caleb one person down. How did that affect their team? Keep reading….
Why did you apply/want to compete on Make48?
There are always opportunities for things that I can do outside of medicine for me that aren’t going to set my soul and allow me this creative outlet. You can’t say, oh, this is cool, let me do this in the hospital and it won’t fly. It’s got to get through all the tape.
By doing competition and inventions, it allows creativity to blossom a little. For me, that was important for wanting to be on Make48. But the key answer amongst my fellow teammates, my nine year old and my father-in-law, was that everything was family-geared towards like a fun family event. A competition is fun, like my father said, and my eight year-old son wanted to compete for the ten thousand dollar prize.
Why did I want to compete? Because it was kind of a milestone I came for…. I competed, hopefully win the challenge, be with family and be able to create something.
It also had a deadline, which is really important. Competing on Make48 with a deadline is different than competing on something with no deadline, which is what I’m doing right now with two or three other things.
What was the most difficult part about the competition?
The most difficult part for me was the category topic and restrictions. I felt that we were competing in a saturated market, against corporations like Rubbermaid, who do this day in and day out, but I was impressed by some of the other participants who went outside the box of storage. For example, like the team put a mirror in the back of the refrigerator. It helps with storage, but it’s not storage and I thought that was really creative and thinking outside the box.
Did you learn anything new from doing the competition?
The future and potential of 3D printing. I was first exposed to 3d printers at the Maker Studio and now I love it.
To get your vision forward, whether it’s a commercial product or not, everybody is involved. I don’t need to know how to do everything. At the competition we worked with Chelsea (3D CAD tool tech) who prototyped our model.
Now I know I can hire a freelancer to CAD for a reasonable cost, and puts out stuff that’s far superior to what I would ever be able to do, even if I put in hundred of hours into learning the program. I’ve bought a 3d printer since getting back from Make48 and have hired freelancers at UpWork.
Looking back, is there anything you would’ve done differently?
I would have spent more time selling the idea through an exceptional marketing plan than focusing on the prototype product. I think I could have possibly won their hearts and minds. I did convert a few heads there. Guests from big companies that came through at the end, came up to me and said, “you know, I didn’t get it at first. I totally get it now and I really like it.” You can just see them coming around, but all that comes from selling, and you’ve got to sell the idea, not ‘oh, we’re making a container for pizza.’ That doesn’t work.
That’s what we had to work with at the time. An eight year old (who wanted to play in the science museum with the dinosaur), a sick 75-year old, and we lost a team member. My brother-in-law couldn’t make it, due to work in Maryland.
And we spent twenty-four of our forty-eight hours on another idea. We weren’t even working with a pizza container. We had this whole other idea! Our Make48 hours was really like 22 hours.
Looking back, what would I have done differently? I would want to be supercharged and ready.
Overall what was the best part of the Make48 experience?
Three generations. My son, my father-in-law, and me (my father passed away when I was 52). I love my father-in-law, and he resonates a lot with me and his character. So to be able to be on a project with my father-in-law, my son and creating something with technology, because he is an electrical engineer, that for me was the best part.
We all love to travel, so we got to go somewhere new, do something new, do it with the people we care about, and have another experience. Instead of going to the D.R. and going to Parrot Jungle, we went to Kansas City on Make48. It was another purposeful event, but this one had its own different significance. So that was my favorite part. I would definitely do it again.