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Host a Make48 at your makerspace!

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are presented with a challenge and tasked to build a physical prototype, create a sales sheet, produce a 1-minute marketing video and pitch their big idea to a panel of judges. Participants are supported by a team of tool technicians in a Makerspace full of equipment and tools to help them build nearly any solution their imaginations can conceive.  

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 complex solutions you need collaboration, often many different materials and various pieces of equipment to finish a product. Make48 accelerates the process in a fun, fast-moving, and educational event!

Host Benefits

Recruitment opportunity to highlight the benefits of makerspace membership 

Exciting way to open your facility to area residents and expand reach

Hands-on experience for your makerspace members and staff assisting everyday people as tool technicians

Potential local media coverage

Develop relationships with other makerspaces and local/national sponsors 

Event cost generally paid through sponsorships 

Opportunities to collaborate with nonprofits to make a difference in your community

Be a part of the ever growing Make48 community with opportunities to attend other Make48 events around the country

Team Benefits

Unique experiences they will forever link to your makerspace

Opportunity to be creative and successful with advanced equipment and best in the biz tool techs

Hands-on learning about tools, people, marketing, and project planning in partnership with makerspace staff and die hard members

Valuable perspective of the interplay between ideas and physical products and the many talents it takes to make one into the other

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

Sponsor Benefits

Each level, including Challenge Sponsors, VIP Event Sponsors, and Engagement Sponsors, offers different benefits

Challenge Sponsors call the challenge, help judge, decide on prizes including cash, scholarships, equipment, etc., and can create IP based on products created during the competition

Event Party Sponsors can network with industry professionals and support up and coming innovators in the community

Sponsors get to mingle over 3 exciting days with potential for local and national PR

Sponsorship offers tangible ways to support the community and link a sponsor’s brand with innovation and forward thinking

About as turn key as you can get:

The Make48 blueprint includes the planning tools needed to run a successful competition. You will have access to planning timelines, detailed checklists and promotional materials to share with prospective teams & sponsors. Our expert staff will meet with your team to start the process four months ahead of the event and every two weeks to ensure goals are met. Between meetings, Make48 staff are available by email and phone any time. Before your event, you will receive a pallet full of Make48 swag, gift cards, sponsored tools and materials, and a countdown clock. After the event, you will have access to an event sizzle reel and dedicated page on the Make48 site that can be linked to by participants, hosts, and sponsors.

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