Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Even as kids, Adam Wegner and Ron Sloat loved inventing things, most of which didn't work out exactly as planned. As adults, they started combining their passions for engineering, design, art, and music by making amplifiers out of upcycled materials. Besides wanting to make a cool product, Adam and Ron have always enjoyed the intersection of education and life. They began visiting schools to encourage kids towards sustainability, music, engineering, and education as a whole. "When you connect education with something kids already view as 'cool,' education becomes cool by association. If you can show kids the end goal of what they're learning now, you just might set them on track to start their own successful companies down the road," says Adam.