Hartford, CT


Video Credit: Makerspace CT

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Challenge Theme

Outdoor Lifestyle

Join us for this fast-paced innovation challenge, hosted in Hartford's premier community makerspace!

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. First place team wins $2000 and advances to the nationals in March 2022.

In real life, everyone has big ideas, but not everyone has 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!


Hartford is fast becoming a hotbed of activity and innovation, and MakerspaceCT is in the middle of it all. Their 25,000 + sq. ft. of well-equipped working space is quickly becoming a focal point for collaboration for businesses and individuals. MakerspaceCT's mission is to be a valuable community resource by providing a large, well-equipped space where people and projects will thrive. They empower you with Equipment, Community, and Education so that you can develop skills, make connections and launch ideas.

Stanley Black & Decker has been a trusted brand of tools and innovative solutions since 1843, and is recognized around the world as the company for makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place.

Event Date: October 7-9, 2021

Team Application

The spirit of innovation is a part of all of us. We're looking for diverse teams to compete in Hartford now! If selected from the applications, you will be required to attend a Casting Call on the morning of July 31st at MakerspaceCT. Applications close July 30th!  NOTE: By applying by July 16th, you will be entered to win a tool pack prize from Stanley Black & Decker! Winners will be announced at the Casting Call. The First place team at the competition wins $2000 and advances to the nationals in March 2022.



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