Kevin Mako Announces Dreamvention Finalists with Frito-Lay and Robert Herjevac

by | Oct 25, 2017 | Community Initiatives, Company News, Mako Official Partner, Product Design, Prototyping

With over 13,000 applicants to the Dreamvention contest from across the United States, we’ve finally decided the top 5 inventions created by some brilliant young minds. In partnership with Frito-Lay and ABC’s Shark Tank star Robert Herjevac, our product development firm brought the finalists’ inventions to life! For a quick refresher on the Dreamvention contest, check out the national announcement of it on the Ellen Degeneres show.


Our Product Development Firm Surprised the Young Inventors

The finalists and their parents were flown out to Austin, Texas thinking they were just one of many semi-finalists in the competition. Little did they know, our product development firm had already created their invention idea, they were 1 of 5 finalists, and have won $10,000! Our Founder Kevin Mako surprised them with this exciting news when they arrived at our studio and debuted their professionally designed inventions by our product development firm. To watch Kevin Mako share the news and the ecstatic reactions from the kids, click on the video below!


The Dreamvention Finalists

It was both our Toronto and Austin product development firm that worked together to bring these inventions to life. With that, we are proud to introduce the finalists:

  1. The Storm Sleeper: A pillow-like device that you put around your head which plays music while there’s a storm (or while your dad is snoring!)
  2. The Toaster Shooter: It shoots your toast right out of the toaster and onto your plate – hands-free!
  3. Chalkers: A device you attach to the tip of your shoe, so you can create chalk art with your feet and avoid getting your hands messy.
  4. Pleasant Awakening: Instead of an annoying alarm going off in the morning, this device uses a feather to gently tickle you awake.
  5. Shoe Purse: Inspired by a young girl who lost her earrings while playing soccer, this pocket-sized purse attaches to the back of your shoe, so you can tuck your jewelry away while having fun!

You can vote for your favorite product at, where the winner with the most votes wins an enormous grand prize of $250,000! Our product development firm has placed our votes. Submit your vote and let us know your favorites in the comments below.

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm in North America for providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, inventors, and small manufacturers. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices from coast-to-coast to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories.



  1. Isabela

    How i vote to win $1.,000.I saw in a snack bag

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      Hi Isabella,

      You can vote for the winner at We’re so glad you’re voting and we can’t wait to see the results!


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