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Madison, WI

Make48 logo


Fab Lab Stoughton logo

and the Innovation Center Stoughton

Challenge Sponsor:

Challenge Theme

Sustainable Mobility

Trek logo

New Year, New Location.  See what happened at the FabLab in Stoughton!

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are given a challenge for which they build a physical prototype, create a sales sheet, and produce a 1-minute marketing video, all to pitch in front of industry-leading judges. The twist is that we have tool technicians and access to a Makerspace full of equipment and tools, all to help the teams build almost anything their imaginations can come up with to solve the challenge.  To come out on top, collaboration is the key to success. The team that claims first prize will win $2000, and advance to the Nationals in March 2023.


Everyone has big ideas, but few have the skills physically or digitally to make a prototype. You need collaboration, often many different materials, and various pieces of equipment to finish a product. Make48 allows this process to be achieved in a timed, fun, fast-moving, and educational event!


Students and community members alike foster elements of play, curiosity, independence, collaboration, career and skill building, critical thinking, problem solving and perseverance at the Fab Lab.

It is used in high school classes, middle-level summer school, and also open to the community for free workshops and student-led tours.

At Trek, they believe the bicycle is a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems—from climate change to traffic congestion, equitable mobility, and more. That’s why they’re committed to supporting organizations and causes that use bikes as a force of good for our planet and every person on it. We can't wait to see what challenge they come up with to have our Make48 teams solve!

Get Involved!

Event Date: August 12-14, 2022


Team Application

We're seeking diverse teams to compete in Madison - The spirit of innovation is a part of all of us!    First place team wins $2000 and advances to the nationals in March 2023. Team applications are now CLOSED!



Sponsor The Event

We need your help...get in on the spirit of innovation and engage with your community by sponsoring.

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Tool-Tech Tech Volunteer

The heart of this competition is collaboration. Provide your talents during this event as a Tool-Tech.



General Volunteer

The energy of these events is contagious. Don't want to compete but would love to help?

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Our Sponsors

trek logo
stanley black and decker logo
onshape logo
AprilAire Logo
alliant energy logo
Fastenal Logo
wisconsin economic development logo
Stoughton Trailers logo
boyle fredrickson logo
Brodbeck Ironworks Logo
Lincoln Electric Logo
airgas logo
glowforge logo
Black Diamond Pigments logo
famous yetis pizza logo
Ultimaker logo
Wagner Logo
shopbot logo
Quantum coffee logo
rite in the rain logo
totalboat logo
kreg logo
Chick-fil-a East madison logo
matterhackers logo
Main Street Kitchen Logo
lumafield logo
metcalfes logo

Meet the Teams

george, megan, kyle and diana from team Badgineers


Meet George, Megan, Kyle & Diana!  Four students looking to test their skills at Make48.  Learn more here

clarrisa and evan from wi made


A mother, her son and family friend make up this dynamic trio.  Read all about Clarissa, Evan and Trish here

alec, adam, ashley and mitchell from FIXtures


Alec, Adam, Ashley & Mitchell are bringing some of their past Make48 experience to the table.  Read up on this group of colleagues here.

mark, rob, sam and daniel from team we fail fast.


Introducing Mark, Rob, Sam & Daniel.  These four are looking to reignite their creative juices together.  Read more about them here.

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