SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24, 2016 – Team Grush was voted the winner and awarded a $1 million prize on tonight’s season 1 finale of the tech reality TV challenge America’s Greatest Makers. All three members of Team Grush are parents and invented the interactive digital toothbrush based on their experiences of trying to get their kids to brush. The invention transforms teeth brushing into a series of fun and virtual games, entertaining and motivating children while allowing adults to digitally track brushing habits. Grush beat 23 other teams with inventions in areas as diverse as healthcare, sports and fashion – all built on Intel technology. America’s Greatest Makers is produced by MGM Television with Emmy®-winning producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice) serving as executive producer. MGM is the international distributor and the show is broadcast on TBS.
Boston-based mom and pediatric dentist, Dr. Anubha Sacheti comments, “As a dentist, I have been committed to preventing tooth decay, a common chronic disease among children. As a mother, I wanted to help end the ‘battle in the bathroom’ over brushing. This dream is now a reality, as soon as Grush will be available in America.” The winning team also includes San Francisco-based entrepreneur Ethan Schur and inventor Yongjing Wang.
Intel and Burnett, president of MGM Television and Digital Group, confirmed a second season of America’s Greatest Makers would air in the United States in 2017. Interested designers, engineers, inventors and makers can apply now through midnight on Aug. 19, 2016 by visiting AmericasGreatestMakers.com. The website will feature updated content all year, including information about season 1 teams and contributed content from the maker community.
Intel CEO and show judge, Brian Krzanich, comments: “America’s Greatest Makers has provided makers with a national stage on which to build their ideas, and it’s been great to see what they can do with Intel technology.”
The challenge received submissions from creative thinkers looking to solve real-world problems. Early auditions whittled the field down to 24 teams from across the country, and were representative of the startup community, students and hobbyist makers. The 24 teams pitched their ideas on national TV over the course of two weeks in front of a panel of permanent and guest judges.
The teams were then reduced to 15, who over the next five weeks battled for a place in the finals, a $100,000 development grant and technology mentoring to help bring their prototype to market on the Intel® Curie™ platform. The final five teams, ASEAH, Grush, HandsON, NWTN and PowerBobber, competed in a one-hour finale, which resulted in Team Grush being crowned America’s Greatest Makers and taking home the $1 million prize.
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About America’s Greatest Makers
Teaming up with MGM Television Group and Digital President Mark Burnett, Intel presents America’s Greatest Makers, a new reality competition in which inventors compete for a $1 million grand prize by creating wearable or smart and connected consumer devices using the Intel® Curie™ module. It premiered on April 5 at 9:00pm/8c on TBS*, and features 24 diverse teams presenting their innovations to the judges from fields of entertainment, sports, technology and entrepreneurship
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include Fargo (FX), Vikings (History), The Voice (NBC), Survivor (CBS), Shark Tank (ABC), Beyond the Tank (ABC), Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), Teen Wolf (MTV), 500 Questions (ABC), The People’s Choice Awards (CBS), America’s Greatest Makers (INTEL/TBS), Coupled (FOX) and Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court is currently airing its third season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
TBS is basic cable’s #1 entertainment network with young adults. Available across multiple platforms in 95 million homes, TBS features bold, original scripted comedies, including American Dad!, Angie Tribeca and the upcoming The Detour, Wrecked, Search Party and People of Earth. The network also presents exciting competition series, such as the upcoming Separation Anxiety and America’s Greatest Makers. In late night, TBS is home to CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, and the new hit Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. In addition, the TBS lineup includes popular comedy hits like Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls; blockbuster movies; and live coverage of Major League Baseball’s regular and post-season play, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the brand new eSports gaming league. TBS is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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