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Make48 goes to college.

Host Make48 at your college and recruit the best!

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are presented with a challenge and tasked to build a physical prototype, create a sales sheet, produce a 1-minute marketing video and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Participants are supported by a team of tool technicians in a Makerspace full of equipment and tools to help them build nearly any solution their imaginations can conceive.

Collaboration is the key to success.

In real life, everyone has big ideas, but only about 5% have the skills either physically or digitally to make a prototype. To build complex solutions you need collaboration, often many different materials and various pieces of equipment to finish a product. Make48 accelerates the process in a fun, fast-moving, and educational event!

Host College Benefits

Recruitment opportunity to highlight the benefits of attending your college or university and connect high schools in your community and across the country

A new way to connect with industry to find the next round of well prepared talent

Hands-on experience for your College students as tool and digital media techs assisting high school students build prototypes and documenting the event or for your students to participate on a team

Work closely with businesses to identify an industry problem and offer students real world experience

Or partner with local nonprofit organizations to solve community problems and offer students a one of a kind service opportunity

Ideal to have corporate/foundations see the makerspace for future sponsor opportunities

Potential for local media coverage

Event cost generally paid by sponsorships

High School/College Team Benefits

Any student can compete & win

High school/College STEM and maker programs can showcase their accomplishments

Students get a first-hand look at a potential college for post-secondary education

High school guidance counselors can meet university staff and discuss programs of study and benefits in attending the university

Students learn collaboratively with their teammates from college students in the program

Early exposure to the process of innovation substantially increases the chances that students become innovators in their chosen field
A unique opportunity to innovate a real product for a real company that could equal financial gain or IP ownership

Teams can consist of friends or of students with different skill sets- i.e. marketing, engineering, sales etc.

Sponsor Benefits

Spend 3 days engaged with college & high school students with a focus on recruitment

Challenge Sponsors call the challenge, help judge, decide on prizes including cash, scholarships, equipment, etc. and can create IP based on products created during the competition

Sponsors can network with industry and education leaders and support up and coming innovators and future colleagues

Engagement sponsors help reach potential students by assisting in the event and helping students with their builds

Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with college and high school students, promoting their company as a good place to work after graduation

Sponsorship offers tangible ways to support education and link a sponsor's brand with innovation and forward thinking

About as Turn-Key as you can get

The Make48 blueprint includes the planning tools needed to run a successful competition.  You will have access to planning timelines, detailed checklists, and promotional materials to share with your prospective teams & sponsors.  Our expert staff will meet with your team to start the process four months ahead of the event and every two weeks to ensure goals are met.  Between meetings, Make48 staff are available by email and phone anytime.  Before your event, you will receive a pallet full of Make48 swag, gift cards, sponsored tools and materials, and a countdown clock. After the event, you will have access to an event sizzle reel and dedicated page on the Make48 site that can be linked to by participants, hosts, and sponsors.

Apply now, it only takes a minute!

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