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Bentonville’s 2-Day Innovation Maker Competition Takes Place This Weekend

Are you ready to witness innovation in action? Bentonville, Arkansas is gearing up for a thrilling weekend of creativity and ingenuity as the Make48 competition unfolds. This two-day event promises to push the boundaries of product development and bring the future of learning to the forefront.

Eight teams are about to embark on an incredible journey at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). Their mission? To create a new conceptual prototype in just 48 hours. It's a challenge that will test their creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to the max. Teams will come from schools including NWACC, The University of Arkansas, The Delta School, John Brown University, as well as families and friends from the NW Arkansas community. Meet The Teams

This year, T-Mobile steped up as the challenge sponsor, bringing cutting-edge technology to the "Natural State." A number of Arkansas local businesses and organizations have also put their support behind the competition. Check out the list of supporters here. Prior to the competition kick-off, teams had received their only clue: "5G And The Great Outdoors." It's a cryptic hint that will lead them into a world of brainstorming, collaboration, and innovation.

From Prototype to Market: The Ultimate Challenge

Make48 ensures a level playing field for all participants. Tool Techs, mentors, volunteers, and the NWACC-Integrated Design Lab team will provide essential support. Teams will have access to a vast array of resources, including 3D printers, CNC machines, welders, saws, drills, textiles, and more. This means that anyone, regardless of their background, can turn their ideas into reality.

Creating a prototype is just the beginning. Teams will face the daunting task of developing a marketing strategy and delivering a professional pitch to the judging panel. It's a holistic challenge that demands creativity, business acumen, and the ability to turn an idea into a marketable product. Make48 doesn't just reward great ideas; it celebrates innovation. The judging criteria is rigorous, including factors like product originality, target audience, marketability, manufacturing feasibility, expansion potential, packaging, and a compelling product demonstration.

A Chance to Shine Nationally

The stakes are high at Make48. The first and second-place teams will represent Bentonville at the national level. The first-place winners will also take home $2,000 and a custom-made trophy, a testament to their creativity and hard work. The entire process will be professionally filmed and nationally broadcasted on This Old House Makers Channel on ROKU, providing an excellent platform for exposure.

Follow the action at @gomake48 on Instagram/FB throughout the weekend. Make48 is more than just a competition; it's a movement that empowers individuals to bring their ideas to life. If you want to learn more about the Bentonville-Make48 visit us at

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