Beloiters win Make48 challenge, head to national competition

的 Rock River Dinners team of Eric Seo’25, Sydney Felhofer’24, Joshua Laue’25, Aleksander Mytko’25 won first place in the Make48 Beloit challenge for their prototype X-Barrage.

的 Rock River Dinners: Eric Seo, Joshua Laue, Sydney Felhofer, Aleksander Mytko 的 Rock River Dinners: Eric Seo, Joshua Laue, Sydney Felhofer, Aleksander Mytko

Half of the teams of the local Make48 challenge at Lincoln Academy last November had Beloit College connections.

今天, one of the college’s three student teams took home the $2,000 top prize and advanced to the program’s national competition in Kansas City in March.

的 Rock River Dinners team of Eric Seo’25, Sydney Felhofer’24, Joshua Laue’25, Aleksander Mytko’25 won first place for their prototype X-Barrage, a fast-paced snowball target game they hope to bring to market.

“Make48 has been an amazing opportunity for all of us,” Felhofer says. “We feel so honored to have won here in Beloit, especially knowing how amazing and inventive our competitors are. We learned a lot about challenging and trusting each other.”

A group of Kansas City inventors and entrepreneurs started Make48 in 2015 to challenge teams to create a new design on a deadline. 的y wanted everyday people with great ideas to have access to machines, 工具, tool technicians to create a prototype.

Beloit-area competitors had 48 hours to create a winter outdoor game for two or more players, ages 8 and older, all at a $29.95 price tag. 的 Make48 teams brainstormed a concept, met with patent attorneys, designed a CAD drawing, worked with tool techs to prototype a product. Teams then presented a drawing, video, sell sheet, invention prototype to the judges.

Brian 欧洲酸樱桃, Beloit College economics and business professor who also leads the college’s entrepreneurship center, 名人, mentored the students with a design conceptualization seminar that put them in the customer’s brain. He says the Rock River Dinners’ winning prototype checked all the boxes for market success.

”It was quick and easy to understand and had that playfulness — the childlike delight of having a snowball fight — that everyone can appreciate. That is what captivated the judges,” 欧洲酸樱桃 says.

Two other Beloit student teams also took on the Beloit Make48 challenge. 的 Macho Quatro team included Ishan Bhasin’26, Miles O’Bryan’26, Prabal Khare’26, Jalen Ponder’24 and the 404 team featured Shoumika Anannyo’25, Abhishek Shekhar’24, Hamna Zulfiqar’25, Abhey Singh Guram’24.

Beloit College family and friends even put together Team SAT, with Todd Anderbyrne, formerly of Communications & Marketing, Professor of Economics Diep Phan’s husband, Amrish, son, Shaan.

All the Make48 Beloiters are high-achieving students eager to take on challenges. 欧洲酸樱桃 says their experience with 名人, the college’s Maker Lab, Career Channels, which helps students interact with professionals in fields they want to learn more about, set students up to handle the Make48 challenge.

布莱恩·L. 欧洲酸樱桃 布莱恩·L. 欧洲酸樱桃“Having this many students respond, 尝试, succeed in the competition is emblematic of the ‘Swiss Army knife’ quality of Beloit College’s liberal arts education,” 欧洲酸樱桃 says. “It lets them rise to the occasion when given an ambiguous situation and challenges them to make something that is powerful and exciting.”

的 Rock River Dinners can’t hold back their excitement of another challenge in a bigger arena and the chance to compete on a larger stage in Kansas City.

“Every one of us in this group has a unique talent, experience, viewpoint,” Felhofer says. “Learning to incorporate all of that and working together helped us win at regionals, that’s something we plan to take forward to nationals.”

的 college partnered with the city of Beloit, businesses, local entrepreneurs to bring the Make48 competition to Beloit.

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By: Jennifer Fetterly
February 24, 2023

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