Your city, your event.

Host Make48 in your city and win!

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are given a challenge, must build a physical prototype, sales sheet, and a 1-minute marketing video, and then pitch it to judges. The twist is that we have tool technicians and access to a Makerspace full of equipment and tools to help the teams build almost anything their imaginations can come up with to solve the challenge.  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 anything you need collaboration, often many different materials and various pieces of equipment to finish a product. Make48 allows this process to be achieved under a timed, fun, fast-moving, and educational event!

Host Benefits

A unique recruitment opportunity to highlight the benefits of becoming a member of your maker-space and connect with area residents


Hands-on experience for your maker-space members and staff assisting everyday people as tool technicians in the maker-space


Potential local media coverage


Event cost generally paid by sponsorships


Our Make48 blueprint gives you full step by step guidance on how to execute the event, full online & call support from Make48’s event planning team. This includes materials to share with prospective teams & sponsors, a finished sizzle of the captured 48 hours of action & a dedicated webpage all about your event that can be used by all involved.

Team Benefits

Teams get a first-hand look at a potential maker-space to become a member

A competition that allows teams to be creative with all the support of tool techs and equipment

Teams are learning skills from maker-space staff and members-a unique way for them to learn and build their skills

Teams gain a valuable perspective of a real-life collaboration between those that make and those that invent

The chance to innovate a real product for a real company that could equal financial gain or IP ownership

Sponsor Benefits

Sponsors are promoting that they are looking for innovation.

Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with teams, promoting that they are looking for bright talent.

There is a range of Sponsorship levels including Challenge Sponsors, Event Party Sponsors, and Product Placement Sponsors.


The Challenge Sponsor can call the challenge the teams will solve, judge the competition, and can decide on prizes including cash, scholarships, equipment, etc.

They can create IP around the products created at the competition.

Sponsors get to be a part of celebrating their community.

Sponsors get to mingle over 3 days of excitement and get potential PR at the local and national level

It all builds to the National Competiton

The Nationals Competition is filmed for Season 5 of Make48 on PBS. City winners move on for the chance to participate in this National competition for big prizes and bragging rights as the top maker team in the US! Join an event today!

Apply to be a city host today, it's fast!