(Written in 2018)

I'm August Rosedale and I'm 17 years old and going into my senior year of high school. I have always been very entrepreneurial and this is my first big project that I am trying to bring to the market. I've worked hard on this project for the past year and a half on top of keeping up with my school work, and teaching guitar as a part time job.

Gimme Shade is the world's first motorized patio umbrella base that uses your SmartPhone to position your patio umbrella. No more blown-over umbrellas or having to awkwardly move heavy umbrella stands. Gimme Shade can be heavy enough to withstand winds. Yet, since it's motorized, it's always easy to move with the GimmeShade SmartPhone app.

Using Bluetooth Low Energy, your phone connects to Gimme Shade instantly. That means no more waiting for your phone to pair! Just open the Gimme Shade app and click on your Gimme Shade to move your umbrella forward, backward, or rotate it around its center to reposition for optimal shade.

Gimme Shade is solar powered, so it never needs a charge or new batteries.

Put aside that awkward umbrella stand, and put your umbrella in the Gimme Shade base. It's also versatile. It can be used as a table for your poolside beverages, an ice chest, or even a planter box.