America's Greatest Makers
America's Greatest Makers was a reality TV show that aired in 2016 on TBS. Twenty-four teams of Makers competed for a $1 million prize and the judging panel consisted of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Kevin Pereira, and Carol Roth. It was produced by Emmy-award winning producer Mark Burnett and MGM Television.
Guest judges included: Kenny Smith, Mayim Bialik, Shaquille O'Neal, Massimo Banzi and Mike Rowe. The show also had an in-depth second screen presence on their website with video segments hosted by Cara Santa Maria and guest correspondent Chris Hardwick of Nerdist. The show included 24 teams with 8 mentors. Three of them were mechanical/hardware mentors for these teams: Shallu Bhalla, Greg Spilman and Norvin Cuentas.
Season 1: Teams, inventions and eliminations
|ASEAH||Delta Glove||Episode 8|
|Aurora Dreamphones||Aurora Dreamphones||Episode 6|
|Mohyi Labs / Bladeless Drone||Bladeless Drone||Episode 2|
|CAT Clutch||CAT Clutch||Episode 2|
|Chroma Colour||Chroma Colour||Episode 2|
|Tabor||The Quill||Episode 4|
|Transfiguration Bustle||Transfiguration Bustle||Episode 1|
|Zackees Fashion Glow Jewelry||Zackees Fashion Glow Jewelry||Episode 7|
Season 1 Episodes
The series premiere aired on April 5, 2016 on TBS. It aired at 9 pm PDT/EDT (8pm Central). The episode was Part 1 of 2, featuring 12 teams of makers as they presented their inventions to the judges and guest judge Kenny Smith. Of the 12 teams, 4 were eliminated leaving 7 spots open for the next 12 teams that would present their inventions in Episode 2.
This episode aired on April 12, 2016 and was a continuation of Episode 1 where the final 12 teams presented their ideas to the judges and guest judge Kenny Smith. Of the 12 teams 5 were eliminated. This meant that 15 teams were moving onto the "Make or Break" round. In this stage the teams will compete against each other in groups of three, with $100,000 on the line every week for the winning team. After the five weeks of this round, we will end up with 5 finalists who make it to the final round and the chance to win $1,000,000
Episode 3 was the first round of the "Make or Break" stage, and aired on April 19, 2016. Mayim Bialik was a guest judge. VENN and Telekinesis were eliminated, and Grush, with a smart toothbrush, won the round and moved on to the finals.
The second round of the "Make or Break" stage aired on April 26, 2016. Massimo Banzi, cofounder of Arduino, was a guest judge. ASEAH's Delta Glove which automatically identifies and tracks the kind of exercise its user performs won the round and $100,000, and moved on to the finals. WithMe and Tabor were eliminated.
In the third "Make or Break" round, team NWTN competed with HerdDogg and SlapBand, and walked away the winner. The show aired on May 3rd, 2016.
The fourth "Make or Break" round aired on May 10th, 2016. Shaquille O'Neal was a guest judge. The episode pitted Aurora Dreamphones, PowerBobber and MotivateMe against each other. PowerBobber won the round and $100,000, and joined NWTN, Grush and ASEAH in the finals.
The fifth and final "Make or Break" round aired on May 17th, 2016, with Shaquille O'Neal again as a guest judge. The final winner of this stage was team HandsOn, which beat out Zackees Fashion Glow Jewelry and Collarator, and advanced as the last contender to the final round.
Episode 8 was the finale of the first season. It aired on May 24th, 2016. In the finale, the 5 winners of the previous 'Make or Break' rounds - Grush, NWTN, ASEAH, PowerBobber and HandsOn - competed against each other for the grand prize of $1,000,000 dollars. The teams all presented their inventions one last time to the panel of judges, which included special judges Kenny Smith and Mike Rowe. The winner of season one's grand prize was Grush.