CCC students bring home prize for stage lighting invention

Students Dustin Jablonski, Ethen Andrews, and Mike Weston practice social distancing while accepting their InventOR prize outside of CCC’s Industrial Technology Center. Photo credit: inventoregon.org

Clackamas Community College students Dustin Jablonski, Ethen Andrews, and Mike Weston brought home the prize for Best Community College from this year’s Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge. The “state’s only college-level prototyping competition,” was live-streamed over inventoregon.org on Sept. 18.

According to Jablonski, their invention “Broadway to Go,”, is a wireless professional stage lighting system intended for small to medium-sized venues. Unlike previously existing models, theirs is more compact for an “easy” way to light outdoor gatherings such as theater performances and concerts.

The local organization helps college students at all levels take their concept from an idea to reality. “Broadway to Go” was one of 18 competitors in the fourth annual competition. Upon winning the prize for best community college invention, the team also won a prototype grant of $500. “It dovetails really nicely into the sort of considerations we’re all having to make now,” said Jablonski.