MACAY Labs is a start up technology company comprised of five high school and college students. Each of us has a passion for engineering and see MACAY as an opportunity to share our ideas with the world.
It all began a long long time ago – well not really that long ago. December 15th, 2016 – this is when our story began. It was on that fateful day Motorola hosted their very first Mod the Future Hackathon. The five of us, all of which decided to attend at the very last minute, formed a team in hopes of merely having some fun. After 24 hours of soldering, coding, testing, Red Bull highs, and minor sleep deprivation, we finally had our finished hack. We presented with no expectation whatsoever of winning. Imagine our surprise when our team was announced as the winner. That day, after the shock subsided, tears were shared, memories were formed, contacts were exchanged, and everything was set in motion.
Since the December hackathon, we used our prize money to refine and prototype the idea. Before we knew it, we were incorporating as an LLC, signing NDAs with Motorola, filing a provisional patent, and counting down the days to pitch day in Chicago.
Chicago was our most intimidating accomplishment as of yet. After a nerve-racking four months, we finally got the chance to pitch our mod to Lenovo, Verizon, and, of course, Motorola. To our surprise, we were (once again) named the winners. More tears were shared, more memories were formed, more contacts were exchanged, and everything was set in motion once again.