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Machyne is hosting Indianapolis' dreamers and creators | Meet Your Make48 Teams!

In just a few weeks innovators and makers will create and build a brand new idea for Eli Lilly & Co. in the category of Empowering Health @Home challenge.

Eight teams from the Indiana region will be creating at Machyne, a brand new state-of-the-art makerspace which opened earlier this year at 16 Tech, an innovation district located in downtown Indianapolis. The team members have varying skills, experience and backgrounds that will help them create something awesome in 48 hours.

Now meet your teams!!

One Hale of a Team

Meet family members Lavinia, Hyrum, Joseph and Lenora from One Hale of a Team! Lavinia is the mother of 8 creative makers and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!


Lavinia stays quite busy keeping the home fires burning, or more often keeping the soldering iron or hot glue gun from burning the home. I guess that's what you get when an artist marries a physicist (awesome husband Jacob Hale)! But she always manages to find some time to plein air paint, garden, and even laser cut a thing or two.


With a stash of server gear the size of his bed, Hyrum loves computer systems networking, but being Senior Class President, on the soccer team, and managing the theatre lights keeps him on his toes. His lego design skills, though currently latent, are mind blowing.


Whether it's coding an Arduino, drone flying, taking apart a motor, or photography Joseph has his hands and mind all wrapped up in developing new projects. At 15, he's not sure exactly what his career plans are, but it definitely includes lots of making.


Always adding her creative flair to projects, Lenora loves to draw and paint especially whimsical illustrations. At 13, Lenora confidently leads her peers with her dependable, cheerful attitude.

Maker Playground

Meet Cassy and Daniel from Maker Playground Makerspace in Fisher, Indiana. They’re both looking forward to using their skill sets in the 48-hour competition!


Cassy is a graduate of Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing in Furniture Design and Sculpture. She loves learning to make use of innovative design tools and enjoys experimenting with functional design utilizing different materials — primarily focusing on fiber, wood, acrylic, and metals.


Dan is a California transplant who came to Indianapolis to pursue a career in the motorsports industry. With a background in precision manufacturing and rapid prototyping, he went back to school for a degree in motorsports engineering. Working at Fishers Maker Playground has offered Dan a flexible, rewarding work environment where he can share his experiences with members of the community in a fun and engaging way. Dan is looking forward to putting the breadth of his skill sets to use in the Make48 competition.

Welcome Ivan, Samuel, Miles and Anya to Make48! Dr. Ivan Hicks founded, an urban co-working space in Northwest Indianapolis and the team is looking forward to developing a winning idea.


In 2012, Dr. Ivan Hicks founded The Grindery (TheGrindery.Org), a non-profit business consulting organization that has since worked with over 200 entrepreneurs to help them establish businesses. A proud alum of Morehouse College in Atlanta, he was a campus leader and community organizer and founded the Morehouse Mentoring Program in 1989. Dr. Hicks has served as the Senior Minister of the historic First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, Indiana since April of 1999 and currently resides in the city of Indianapolis with his bride of 24 years, Christia and twin daughters Austynn Lene’ and Ashley Rene’ and 13-year-old Anya Madison.


Miles is a thirteen year old eighth grader at the Orchard School. In his free time, he likes climbing, playing basketball and working on STEM. He has loved physics and engineering since he was very young. It’s a very big interest of his and he’s glad to share it in this competition.


Anya is 13 years old and was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Like Miles, Anya also attends The Orchard School. She enjoys creating, building, learning new things and also plays the violin and is on the debate team.

Team Asclepius

Named after the Greek God for healing, Team Asclepius have a background in medicine and are passionate about helping people. Meet Nick, Brian, Timothy and Sachin.


Nick is a Director of Information Security at IU Health and the IU School of Medicine. He has an extensive career in Information Technology and Information Security. Nick is currently a second year PhD student at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute studying medical device security.


Brian is the manager of the IU Health 3D Innovations Lab, where he specializes in medical based 3d printing applications. He loves to design and prototype new ideas for solutions that help people. Brian has a degree in Radiation Therapy and treated cancer patients for 18 years before becoming a full-time innovator for IU Health.


Tim has a BA in Economics and a passion for technology. He has a broad set of technical skills including coding, 3D printing, CAD modeling, and troubleshooting hardware/software problems. His main goal in life is to make the world a better place.


Sachin is an interval medicine physician with a background in biomedical engineering. His passion is the development of medical devices to address unmet clinical needs.

Loose Screws

Meet the dads with engineering backgrounds, Herb, Chris and Ryan. This trio is excited to create a new idea for their Indiana neighbors!


Herb is a high school softball coach, former Army Officer, and an engineering, construction, and manufacturing teacher at Adams Central Schools in Monroe, IN. Married for 28 years to Laura, with two grown children, Herb has been teaching for 21 years and coaching varsity sports since 1994 (minus a few years while in the military).


Chris is a Christian, husband, father of 3 daughters, engineer, runner, pilot, youth volunteer, farmer, hiker, outdoorsman, scuba diver, and tough mudder. In his spare time, he does construction around the house, auto repairs, and enjoys reading on the patio. He won’t be found on social media, try to find him if you dare.


Ryan, the son of a small-town farmer, is an Industrial Manufacturing Engineer currently working as a Mechanical Engineer in the special machinery industry. He is a 10+ year veteran girls softball coach and mentor, a volunteer fireman, a woodworker, and a hunter. Ryan is a Believer in Jesus Christ, 26+ year husband to Melissa, dad to three adult daughters, and grandpa to one granddaughter. He is a blessed man!

Fit Designs

Dylan, Robert, Roman and Joe are extremely excited to join the other teams at Machyne this Fall and collaborate with others! Introducing Fit Designs!


Dylan is a maker by both hobby and trade. After leaving a role in the financial industry, Dylan became a “full-time hobbyist”, doing everything from 3D printing to furniture restoration to starting an online store. He’s had a life-long fascination with new ideas, discovering how things work, and believes that no knowledge is out of reach.


Roman loves taking things apart to learn how they function and to understand how they were put together. This interest led to the manufacturing space where he is a Control Automation Engineer by trade. Outside of his professional life, he is a tinkerer, building CNC machines, designing furniture, and developing an IOT product. He is excited to put some of his skills in design and manufacturing to work in the competition!


Joe is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology. He’s worked as an HVAC controls engineer for Open Control Systems in Indianapolis for a little over 3 years. Joe has experience in simplifying processes, troubleshooting code and electrical issues, as well as creating streamlined solutions for clients. He was very interested when hearing from a friend about Make48 and extremely excited to be a part of it.

The Mallorys

Meet The Mallorys! Andy, Amanda, Drew and Gregg are educators and a maker family who are ready to put into practice what they teach.


Andy is a high school STEM teacher and robotics team mentor as well as the father of two boys. When he’s not focused on science and technology, he enjoys getting outside and being in the natural world. An interesting fact about Andy- he once canoeed from Indianapolis to New Orleans.


Drew is the lead instructor at Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, IN. He has been coaching middle & high school students in making and design thinking since 2013. He’s excited to participate in Make48 and put into practice what he has been teaching.


Gregg teaches Design and Engineering at Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. Besides teaching for the last 15 years, he’s spent the last 20 plus years working as a professional prop builder in both the film industry and for private collectors all over the world. Currently, you can hear Gregg as one of the co-hosts for the Prop History Podcast.


Amanda is the mother of four and a registered nurse currently employed by Purdue Polytechnic High School.

Chicas Rudas

Consuelo and Alejandra are team Chicas Rudas! Meet the duo involved with Indianapolis’ maker and artistic creatives.


Consuelo is a Guatemalan Functional Artist who was adopted at the age of 3 by American parents and was raised in Traverse City, Michigan. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design and attended GRCC for their 18 week job training Welding/ Fabricating program. She moved to Indianapolis and ran Ruckus Makerspace for 3 ½ years, which led to the launch of the Latinas Welding Guild Inc, a need-based program focused on creating barrier-less education and the advancement of women in a field that has traditionally been less accessible to them. Consuelo continues to advocate for more opportunities for the Latino community but also families within the education system.


Alejandra is a landscape designer, who was born in Mexico in 1989, and came to Indianapolis at the age of twelve. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture at the same institution. In 2019, she became the Art Engagement Coordinator at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. In her current role at KIB, she manages and coordinates the Indy Art & Seek program. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and riding her bike while exploring Indianapolis.

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