Win Big by Making Prototypes
Making prototypes is an important stage in product development. A prototype marks progression from your idea being a concept in your head or drawn out on a napkin to a tangible product in your hand. Making prototypes is a very important stage in product development as well because it teaches you how your product works and allows you to make alterations before moving forward into sales or manufacturing. Learning about making prototypes is exceptionally useful for students who are looking to go into the product development field in the future. MAKO Design + Invent is helping students doing exactly this with our MAKO @GeorgeBrown Invention Awards.
On Thursday February 19, MAKO’S Vice President of Strategy, James Chalmers, visited the Career Centre at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario to speak to students about the MAKO @GeorgeBrown Invention Awards. The students, who were largely from the Building Automation program, were very excited to attend the information session. Being from such a hands on program, making prototypes were a big topic of discussion. Many of the students were already familiar with making prototypes from their course work, which will be sure to come in handy in the competition.
Making Prototypes Comes Easy to George Brown
George Brown’s Building Automation Lab has very well prepared students for a competition such as this. Yathuzhan, a third year student in the Building Automation program, was extremely pleased with the information session. “I have had a couple of ideas but I wasn’t sure how to go about developing them just yet. I was curious about the awards and I am very happy I decided to come and listen to James speak. I am excited as ever to get started!”
It wasn’t just the students who were ecstatic about the awards. The staff at George Brown was just as excited to have MAKO at their school. Leo Salemi, an associate professor in Building Automation encouraged his students to come out to the session, as he finds it an extraordinary opportunity. He was also kind enough to show James and some of the MAKO team the impressive Building Automation Lab. The projects he has in the works are truly one of a kind, and exactly what MAKO sees as groundbreaking inventions.
If you are a George Brown student and were not able to come out to the event, do not worry – you have until March 25th to apply. Good luck to all applicants and we are looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 MAKO @GeorgeBrown Invention Awards on April 10th!
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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