Another Make48 competition is in the books! Our fourth Make48 event was held at the Kansas City Art Institute on October 28-30, 2016. There were 17 teams from all over the country in attendance and it couldn’t have been a better competition. The big difference between this event and ones in the past, is that the 3 winners’ products will be taken to market! This is unheard of in invention competitions and everyone is excited to showcase this for a television series that will air in the summer of 2017. The competition kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony. It started off with three speakers, all industry experts who spoke about various topics. Mikal Belicove from Entrepreneur Magazine discussed why strategy is so important to understand. Next, Denise Sylvester from the United States Patent and Trademark Office spoke about how easy it is to obtain a patent.
Lastly, Aaron Deacon from KC Digital Drive spoke about his experience in the digital world and how it can relate to Make48. After all our speakers, the challenge theme was finally announced. The teams did not know the challenge beforehand, so they were excited for the announcement. The 17 teams had to create… an Innovative Household product! It had to be something that could be used inside the four walls of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and garage. Something new we introduced this year was having team mentors! Our friends from Wet & ForgetandSquatty Potty mentored the teams throughout the entire process.
Their experience came in handy when the teams had questions regarding the type of product, creating their prototype, and how to market it. The teams were off brainstorming and even started to use the Ultimaker 3D printers, Epilog lasers, and ShopBot tools Friday night! Saturday morning came quick, and the teams got ready to go on a supply run at 7 am to Westlake Ace Hardware. They were given a $200 gift card to get anything they needed to create their product or showcase it during the pitches. Teams purchased anything from plastic pipes to wood for their product. A team even bought a toilet for their display! After the supply run, teams worked hard until the focus groups that afternoon. The focus groups were an important part of the competition because it marked hour 24 of the competition. Teams pitched their idea or product to a panel of industry experts and received feedback. Some chose to use that feedback and some did not. Saturday flew by, and the teams were hard at work all through the night. As Sunday approached, the teams were finalizing their pitches and product videos. Included in the pitch was a presentation of the product, a 1-minute video, and Q&A with the judges. They had to fit all of that into 8 minutes! When the 48-hour clock hit zero, the teams gathered around to present their products to the audience and panel of judges. Judges included QVC, Indiegogo, The Handy Camel, andPivot International.
All 17 inventions were amazing and could be used inside the home. The judges had a tough time deciding which three products would be taken to market. Here are the winners: First- G-Code Second- Hatch Innovations Third- Marquee Design Best Presentation– KC Space Pirates People’s Choice Award for best product- G-Code Overall, this event at the Kansas City Art Institute was a very special one and it went off without a hitch. You will be able to see the journey of the event and the innovative products being taken to market on the television series airing next year.
Mr. Guerrera has enjoyed National Media exposure. He has recently been nominated by LMJ as one of the top 25 Lean Experts in the world. He has been featured on Good Morning America Shark Tank and was the MC of the Shark Tank panel for the MAKE48 competition hosted by the Smithsonian Lemelson Center in Washington DC. He was featured with Christina Tosi of Fox’ TV hit series MasterChef. He participated in a Good Morning America National Commercial campaign featuring anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, Jessie Palmer and hip-hop singer Flo-Rida. Interviewed by Good Morning America’s meteorologist Ginger Zee as part of the GMA Sunshine moment, served as a key Shark Tank panelist for the MAKE48 moderated by Stephen Key, interviewed by Kathy Ireland for her Modern Living national syndicated television show, interviewed by Michael King of Home Talk, featured alongside Scott Phillips of The American Woodshop Show, interviewed by Amy Coveno ABC’s WMUR news anchor for NH Chronicle, featured alongside of Mike Otis for CNY @home, featured on the front page of the Syracuse NY Post Standard Business news, interviewed by Mike Morin as the featured spot light for New Hampshire Business Review and is engaged with the History Channels Operation build “game changers”. He has products displayed at recent trade shows alongside such household name products as Scrub Daddy®, Squatty Potty®, Paint Brush Cover®, Drop Stop®, and ReadeRest®, all products that have achieved mass distribution & sales after their appearance on the reality TV series ‘Shark Tank.
Hi Chris and congratulations,
I am the editor of The LMJ, a monthly publication all about lean, operational excellence and continuous improvement. You have been nominated by a colleague and peer to be included in The LMJ Lean Top 25. This is an annual report that celebrates those people who are doing great things in lean, continuous improvement and operational excellence. Myself and The LMJ editorial board judged the entries and looked for individuals who demonstrated the following characteristics;
It was deemed that you fit the bill and will be included in our annual report as an exemplary figure in what you do in your field! Massive congratulations!!!
There will be a ceremony at The LMJ OpEx Annual Conference that will celebrate your achievement and will reveal the others on the list as well.
LMJ Lean 2016 Top 25 announced
The best lean practitioners from across Europe have been recognised for their excellence in continuous improvement at a ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in Amsterdam.
The inaugural Lean Management Journal (LMJ) Lean Top 25 aims to celebrate the great work done in lean.
Despite being a worldwide methodology that has helped countless organisations for decades, lean’s reputation continues to fly under the radar. The LMJ Top 25 aims to help break this by removing the myths around lean and highlighting the dedicated individuals who have worked for years to help their organisations and improve productivity.
Recipients were nominated by the editorial managing team of the LMJ, its editorial board and several well-known consultants including Lean Competency Systems, Tecla Consulting and XCL Ltd.
The recipients came from across a broad range of industries and sectors including legal, finance, aerospace, manufacturing and logistics.
The recipients were nominated for one of three reasons:
Innovation – A lean practitioner whose ideas and enthusiasm have led them on a new path of lean, whether it be a minor tweak to the existing way of implementation or a revolutionary idea that has been a game changer.
Championing – A person publicising lean and helping its reach grow. Someone who is driving more knowledge of lean and creating awareness of continuous improvement.
Involvement and waste reduction – Someone who has passionate about lean and has created or managed a lean implementation or continuous improvement change that has seen a significant rise in profit margins of increase in production.
This summer, put some good in your morning with GMA! Christopher Guerrera sure did with a National Commercial on Good Morning America with the anchors and he got a chance to bring along some of his close friends.
Filmed a National commercial with the Good Morning America anchor team, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, Jessie Palmer and singer Flo-Rida
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Featured on Good Morning America Shark Tank with Barbara Corcoran–Interviewed by Kathy Ireland’s for her Modern Living Television programFeatured on NH’s ABC WMUR Chronicle and visited their studio LIVE onset with Amy CovenoPlayed in an air hockey challenge with Boston Bruins captain and all-star Zdeno Chara
Attended an Eagles game with Scrub Daddy’s Aaron Krause biggest winner in Shark Tank history Interviewed by Amy Coveno anchor of ABC WMUR in NH for “THE WAY HOME” charityDinner with CJ Fair Indiana Pacers professional basketball playerLunch with Hall of Fame baseball player David WinfieldFeatured on The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips Featured on CNY @home with Mike Otis Working with History Channel’s Operation Build Alexi Pano’s for their “game changer” segment Threw out the 1st pitch for the Syracuse Chiefs baseball game with Tony Gwynn Jr, son of the great and late Tony Gwynn Sr. who later signed my ball and gave me the hat of his head, signed it, same hat from his father’s day tribute remembering his father Featured on the MAKE48 Shark Tank panel moderated by Stephen KeyFeatured in the Business news of the Syracuse Post Sunday paper Interviewed by Michael King for the Home Talk network Discussed the PACE system with MayorTed Gatsas of Manchester NHDeveloped a partnership with Jim Joseph of LeMoyne College for student co-op programLive on Good Morning America with Ginger Zee for the GMA Sunshine moment Interviewed by CEO Center state in Syracuse NY for the PACE implementation and Oneida Air Transformation
Attended the Walmart’s Corporate US Manufacturing SummitInventor Spotlight for the Handy CamelInterviewed by Mike Morin for New Hampshire Business ReviewVisited Scrub Daddy Corporate Office to discuss MAKE48The PACE system Transforms Oneida Air SystemsPACE World Class Manufacturing Systems delivering unthinkable results