GO TIME is a colaborative and open source organization devoted to encouraging and supporting the creative spirit through open communications, idea sharing and playing with robots!
The causeway challenge was one of the most important events in GoTime's history. For me, just having the conversation about product design, community connections and funding lit a spark under the effort that started to pull the product into the real world. It also helped that they were offering a cash prize too! The challenge got me moving, thinking and talking. In my mind, I had the best project, I just needed to show it off to the world. I worked hard on the Maker Racer and I saw it progress from a simple idea, into a physical product. Many ideas go that far. I felt like I was getting close, but in the end, I had no idea how far I still had to go. After a month of development and four product iterations, the causeway challenge came to a close. Unfortunately I was not one of the winners. That was a major let down. In my mind, the challenge was to be a testing ground, one the proved that my idea was viable and could find a home in the community. I did not get that validation, but I did receive another. The Causeway told me that the Maker Racer looked like a commercial product (an not a community cause) and it was a better fit at a business development center, like the CoLab. The Causeway pushed me in the direction of the CoLab, where they were so excited about my idea that they offered me an accelerator scholarship! My acceptance into the CoLab was a great form of validation, just not the one that I was expecting. So as my time at the Causeway came to a close, my time at the CoLab was just getting started.