The Kansas State School for the Blind recently hosted the 1st regional city event of the year. The 48-hour competition showcased the creativity and ingenuity of its students where they had a challenge to design an accessible Skill or Action Game. With an emphasis on innovation and easy usability, the competition was intense and inspiring.
Teams and Leadership
Six teams, each led by team captains from prominent local and national companies, participated during the weekend competition. The team leaders hailed from The DeBruce Foundation, Wet & Forget, MTI Events, MarkOne Electric, Cyderes, and Kadean Construction Company. Their expertise and guidance were invaluable in guiding the students through the process of developing their game concepts.
Design Edge, a renowned player in the toy and game industry, took charge of the challenge. Matt Nuccio, President of Design Edge, will carefully review the teams' ideas and marketing videos, with the intention of showcasing the winning prototype to potential clients and further advancing its development.
The success of this event was made possible by the generous support and contributions of several companies. Westlake Ace Hardware, ShopBot Tools, Fastenal, Lincoln Electric, Kreg, Wagner, TotalBoat and the trusted Tool Techs all played a vital role in bringing the event to life. Their involvement and commitment to fostering innovation deserves special recognition.
Road to Nationals
The 1st and 2nd place winning teams from the regional event will have the opportunity to compete at Nationals in North Little Rock this November. The event will be hosted by the Innovation Hub at Winrock International, providing a platform for the students to showcase their imagination on a larger scale. The challenge will revolve around Tiny Homes. Additionally, there is a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000, adding an extra layer of motivation and excitement to the competition.
Make48 will be releasing full episodes of the KSSB event on This Old House Makers Channel this fall. By watching these episodes, viewers can get a closer look at the teams' journey and witness the unveiling of their remarkable creations. Stay tuned for the release of the full episodes and join in celebrating the achievements of these inspiring young inventors.