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We're growing and looking for new talent to grow even faster!

If you're looking for a dynamic, fulfilling career that helps others realize their dreams, you've come to the right place. Please fill out the form below and connect with Make48 today.

Who we are


Make48 started and continues as the world’s largest televised invention competition. We foster invention and education through a growing community of motivated inventors and makers. Celebrating innovation, creativity, and the maker movement, Make48 is providing a stage for those to showcase their skills, present ideas and connect with others.


Built on the principles of collaboration and community, Make48 starts from the ground up by creating an innovation ecosystem. We do this by leveraging local universities, makerspaces, and corporations to bring the community alive through innovation. 


Unlocking the tools needed to build and sharing the talents of everyday people, Make48 is growing. We are bringing programming and competitions to some of the nation's most innovative cities and colleges and this is your opportunity to join a growing team.

Event Planner


Job Description


We are looking to add an Event Planner to our current staff!  Make48 is a fun and friendly place to work with a highly motivated and upbeat team.  Our Event Planners are responsible for organizing our Make48 competitions including VIP events and general coordination and planning of each event. Their duties include meeting with clients to discuss their needs, maintaining partnerships with vendors and caterers and overseeing the planning, set-up, execution and cleanup of events.  Must be highly organized, friendly & outgoing and be able to stay on task and report status at any given time.  Once a month travel is required being gone for 6 days at a time.  Applicants must be based in Kansas City, MO. Be a part of the excitement of Make48!

Maker in Residence


Job Description


We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are committed to bringing Make48 events to makerspaces and innovation studios around the country.  We have a unique opportunity to partner with our friends at Operation Breakthrough and hire a “Maker In Residence” within their new Ignition lab. This position will have two primary roles…


1) To be the lead Maker (Tool Tech) at our Make48 events around the midwest and 
2) Work within the Ignition Lab when based in Kansas City.


Not only will Make48 be able to use the lab space to build Make48 related products and projects, it will also play a role in teaching and mentoring the 300 students who are a part of the OB community. 
At Event Responsibilities: 

  • Travel to Make48 events (up to one week per month)

  • During Make48 events the role will be Lead Tool Tech that covers several disciplines

    • Plan all equipment and tools before the event

    • Drive truck and large trailer to events. (Pick-up truck)

    • Set up makerspace tools

    • Determine and remove any conflicting sponsors tools

    • Fabricate prototypes on behalf of the competing teams during 48 hours OR play a role behind the scenes in all organization and execution of the event.

    • Pack up, organize and load tool trailer in planned order

    • After event, source new tools and materials for NEXT event


Maker In-Residence Responsibilities: 

  • MAKER will be situated in the Ignition Lab Makerspace (3 weeks per month)

  • MAKER will be guided by M48/OB leadership and will primarily have set hours to match the student classes.

  • When the students are NOT in session, MAKER can assist in building special Make48 projects such as: prototypes, assist in filming segments, and/or running online classes.

  • MAKER will simultaneously be "mentoring" students about innovation, how machines work, etc. 

  • MAKER will assist in preparing and filming segments for This Old House/PBS/In-class Curriculum

  • Responsible for setting up and on-going maintenance of tools and equipment as per makerspace guidance.

  • Sharing workshop-related social media posts of projects on Make48’s channels.

  • Aspects of this role will be making and building products including: Prototypes, Gifts, Trophies, Merchandise, Signs, Etc.

  • Students can learn and be publicly credited for helping assist making products for Make48 events and media. 

  • MAKER to lead a team (Employed by Make48) to help with growth as needed.

  • Teaching about and documenting workflows for design, machine use, and safety.

  • Developing lessons and leading student projects that build competency and valuable skills in using a wide variety of maker tools. 

  • Responsible for ordering and organizing materials for the Fabrication Lab.


Must Have Experience/Qualities:

  • Skill set in woodworking, prototyping, CAD design, coding, CNC, 3D printing, laser cutting, screen printing, welding and comfortable with general hand tools and equipment.

  • Knowledge of maintenance on ALL equipment and willingness to learn and maintain new equipment.

  • Heavy lifting of products and equipment.

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communications skills. 

  • Confident in public speaking and leading group meetings.

  • Strong time management skills, organizational skills and excellent forward planning abilities.

  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude and high energy.

  • Willingness to complete and finish important tasks and deadlines outside of the preplanned hours. 

  • Flexible to evolving responsibilities in a fast-growing company. 

  • Excellent people skills and patience with younger students.

  • Willing to be flexible and able to pivot and problem solve with short notice.

  • Take pride in work product with attention to detail.

  • Excellent safety practices.

  • Be First Aid certified or willing to be certified.

Potential candidates will be subject to: 

  • Criminal background check

  • Driving record background check


About Operation Breakthrough and Ignition Lab:
The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. The Ignition Lab is a workforce development program where 300 students ages 14 to 18 spend time each week getting real-world experience in fields ranging from culinary arts to automotive and engineering.


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