“Through the whole process, I actually began to see my design turn into a prototype, and now my prototype might actually become a patented reality. By the end, I was so happy that I had chosen to take a chance on myself and do something that brought my engineering and hooping life together.”
“I thought of this product two years ago—I wrote it down and kind of forgot about it for awhile. And I realized that if I didn’t do it, I’d always regret it, so I just decided to pursue it. The competition is a great outlet for anyone interested in innovation and development. The experience gives you the tools to develop the idea and the confidence to continue.”
Lift Buddy: A device designed to eliminate physical strain and potential injury in lifting objects of up to 100 pounds.
"We made two prototypes and made changes at many stages. It gave us a lot of hands on experience in the machine shop. This is all hot-rolled steel. It took a while to machine. There are a lot of aluminum parts in the channels and platform. Making the prototype changed our whole design." — Jacek Kawecki
Innovators: Ryan Abler, Dan Wick, Kristen Terry, Kate Christianson and Jacek Kawecki