How our competitions work.

Inventing against the clock.

Makers apply as teams and compete to develop a new commercial product in a 48-hour invent-a-thon weekend. Teams have 48 hours to plan, prototype, and pitch a new idea, within the specifications of a challenge.

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Inventor teams build a prototype within challenge specifications.

Teams utilize a variety of tools, materials, work spaces and expert guidance provided by a resource-rich fabrication workshop.

Teams have access to qualified expert “Tool Techs.”  Tool techs will assist teams with the provided fabrication tools to prototype ideas of ranging complexity for competitors. No prior invention experience necessary!

Create a promotional video.

Pitch your "looks like feels like" prototype to the judges.

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The smell of victory!

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The Winning team receives:

 

     Cash Prize

 

     Custom Make48 Trophy

 

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ALL TEAMS will receive:

Exposure
Showcase your talents and idea to top brands, investors and industry experts.

Education
Learn about the tools, materials and tricks available to help you prototype an idea! Led by fabrication experts, see and experience, hands-on, prototyping techniques with the latest tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters and molding/forming machines.

Networking
Meet speakers, sponsors, other team finalists and VIP guests. Influential and knowledgeable people in the invention community, gathered to share, help and see you amaze.

Lots of FUN!
Teams will take away more than they expected and do more than they thought they would…or could!

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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2 to 4 members per team, captain must be over the age of 18

  • Team applications will be reviewed and finalists notified personally

  • If selected, you’ll receive a packet with guidelines that must be signed and a schedule of events

Our past competitions were awesome!

Make48 | September 2022 | Indy City Series

 

Location

Fishers Maker Playground, Fishers IN

Competition Theme 

Food Preservation & the Supply Chain: Food at the Right Place at the Right Time

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Make48 | August 2022 | Madison City Series

 

Location

FabLab Stoughton, Stoughton WI

Competition Theme 

Sustainable Mobility

Make48 | July 2022 | Milwaukee City Series

 

Location

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee WI

Competition Theme 

Interactive Outdoor Play

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Make48 | June 2022 | Wichita City Series

 

Location

GoCreate, A Koch Collaborative, Wichita KS

Competition Theme 

Community Gardening

Make48 | March 2022 | Season 5

 

Location

GoCreate, A Koch Collaborative, Wichita KS

Competition Theme 

STEM Toys

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Make48 | October 2021 | Hartford City Series 

 

Location

MakerspaceCT, Hartford CT

Competition Theme 

Outdoor Lifestyle

Make48 | September 2021 | Indy City Series

 

Location

Machyne @ 16 Tech, Indianapolis, IN

Competition Theme 

Empowering Health @ Home

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Make48 | August 2021 | Madison City Series

 

Location

The Bodgery, Madison WI

Competition Theme 

Outdoor Play

Make48 | June 2021 | Wichita City Series

 

Location

GoCreate, A Koch Collaborative, Wichita KS

Competition Theme 

Sustainability & Environmental Stewarship-Doing More with Less

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Make48 | March 2020 | Season 4

 

Location

Science City, Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme 

Storage Solutions

Make48 | August 2018 | Season 3

 

Location

Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace in Towson, Maryland

Competition Theme 

Emergency Preparedness - College vs. College

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Make48 | September 2017 | Season 2

 

Location

Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme 

Outdoor Entertainment

Make48 | October 2016 | Season 1

 

Location

Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme 

Innovative Household Products

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Make48 Lemelson Center

Make48 | June 2016

 

Location

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

Competition Theme 

Eco-Friendly Household Products

Make48 | October 2015

 

Location

Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
 

Competition Theme 

Barbecue

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Make48 | April 2015

 

Location

Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
 

Competition Theme 

Kitchen