Indiana may have the fastest racetrack in the US at Indianapolis’ Indy 500, but we brought the fastest invention competition to match it!
In 48 hours, seven teams from the greater Indianapolis community created a brand new idea and prototype for the Eli Lilly challenge. And with the hardworking team of Machyne Makerspace, led by Alex Bandar, the event was a HUGE success!
Lilly’s challenge was focused on Empowering Health @ Home. The teams had to create a brand new physical prototype and had to choose from two categories in which to build. A) To build a better pillbox OR B) Create a better medical/IV stand. Judging criteria included design, price point, branding, sizing, and the consumer experience. On top of those standards, teams also had to create a one-minute pitch video and a one page sales sheet.
With the help of the amazing Tool Techs, the prototypes and props were top notch. Not only did they create the teams prototypes, they also built the First Place Trophy on-site! Leading the team of techs, Stan Fernald worked with techs who came from a number of different companies including Machyne, Catalyst, Todd Perkins Design, Glassboard, Project Build Stuff, Raineman Solutions, Innovative, Peele Law Group, Ice Miller and ShopBot Tools Inc.
Putting on these events requires many hands and we’d like to thank the sponsors who brought the event to 16 Tech Innovation District and the mentors and judges who came out in support of Indiana’s makers. Indiana companies who supported this event included: Eli Lilly, Cummins, First Internet Bank, Anthem, Conexus Indiana, IUPUI, Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Innovative
It was extremely difficult picking a first place winning team. And after an hour of deliberation, judges from Eli Lilly, Anthem and the Indianapolis Recorder, crowned an Indianapolis team as the winners of the 2021 competition. Both the first place and runner up teams will go on to compete in the Nationals, slated for next March.
A HUGE thank you to the amazing teams who put in so much time and effort to create a new type of product based on the Lilly challenge. Many relationships were born and will continue to grow long after the competition ended!