Albuquerque entrepreneur to showcase product at SXSW

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a unique product about to take the stage at South by Southwest. It’s just an inflatable bag, but the brains behind the operation says it can fix a buckling sidewalk in just a couple of hours.

“The product is a device and a system that actually makes the repair of a buckled sidewalk faster and more economical,” said John Ayala, BuckleDown Systems CEO

John Ayala created BuckleDown Systems nearly a year ago. Here’s how it works: a bag lifts up the two slabs, workers cut away the excess and lower them back into place.

“With my system, it takes two hours for two workers to make the repair. Whereas a normal way, it can take days to tie up,” said Ayala

The city says a property owner foots the bill when it comes to fixing up their own sidewalk. That could cost thousands.

“We save 50 to 70 percent of the cost over the normal method of repairing them,” said Ayala.

So far, John has fixed two sidewalks in Albuquerque. His next goal is to sell his product to companies and train them to use it.

“I saw the need was there as I researched and it occurs all over the country,” said Ayala.

John is hoping exposure at South by Southwest will do the trick.

“To make as many connections as possible with other cities outside New Mexico, that way I can have some introductions to pursue sales,” said Ayala.

A patent is pending on BuckleDown Systems. John says it’ll take about a year for it to get approved.

John won a pitch contest with New Mexico Tech. As a prize, he won a trip to showcase his product at South by Southwest. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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