ICT Companies Bringing Make48 To The Heartland

The 48-hour competition returns to Wichita, Kan. for its City Series competition this summer!




For the second year running, the celebrated docuseries has tapped GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative makerspace, as the venue partner to host the 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge. The event will take place June 10-12, and it will mark the third competition Make48 has held at the facility.


Koch Industries and GoCreate have helped not just launch the first-ever ‘City Series’ competition of its kind, they have helped bring Make48 into the Wichita community. Meet all of our Wichita companies who are bringing the Maker challenge back to the ICT community.




Koch Industries has jumped onboard again as our challenge sponsor for the 2022 Wichita event. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Koch Industries, as our brands share the values of innovation, creativity, and teamwork,” Make48 Co-Creator and CEO Tom Gray said. “Koch’s reach within the Wichita community, combined with support from the city itself, continue to foster inspiration in the maker movement and beyond.”


Koch Industries has grown from modest beginnings into the second-largest privately held company in North America, according to Forbes, and a global conglomerate with annual revenues of more than $60 billion. They actively support mentoring and community programs that provide individuals the opportunity to discover, develop, and apply their talents in ways that transform lives and help others do the same. From life’s basics to tomorrow’s technological breakthroughs, Koch creates and innovates a wide spectrum of products and services to make life better.


The privately owned company owns a diverse group of companies engaged in trading, investment and operations, with nearly 30,000 employees in about 50 countries. Koch companies strive to be world-class, cost-efficient operators of their many facilities.






Cox Communications is committed to creating more moments of real human connection. Cox brings people closer to family and friends through technology that’s inspired by a culture that puts people first, and are always working to improve life in the communities they serve. Their world-class broadband applications and services are helping create smart homes and smart cities that will bring more comfort, convenience, security, entertainment and connectivity to the lives of the people they serve.


Recently Cox Communications announced a partnership to make high-speed internet more affordable and accessible to households across the nation. Access to technology at home is critical to the quality of a student’s education, yet many students in America lack internet access. Through the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible households will have access to Cox’s 100 Mbps high-speed internet service at no cost.






Based in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. Also, Spirit serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.


Committed to sustainable practices in their work and in the community, Spirit Aerosystems is engineering for the future. Their leadership is committed to creating a culture of responsibility and achievement which supports their growth and development. Employees are supported by their core values – Transparency, Collaboration, Inspiration. At Spirit, employees are encouraged to be motivated, determined, embrace diversity, show their flexibility, and give back to the communities where we do business. By allowing employees to thrive, Spirit creates a stronger and more dedicated team.






The Berry Company dates back to 1957 when Fred Berry, Jr. and his brother Paul purchased the Sam H. Denney Road Machinery Co. and renamed it Berry Tractor & Equipment Co. Headquartered in Wichita, KS the company has grown to nine divisions with over 50 branch locations operating in nine states throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Each division is operated and managed independently.


Throughout Berry’s decades long growth and diversification, they’ve remained a family company where customers and employees come first. It’s the mission of Berry Companies to be recognized as a market leader in providing and supporting premium construction and material handling equipment.


The equipment purchased from manufacturers is distributed through their divisions where it is sold and rented to contractors, governmental agencies, and other companies and feature premier brands including Bobcat, Komatsu and Hyster-Yale machines and equipment. Berry Company strives in providing product and service solutions that meet the construction and material handling needs of the customers.






The Kansas-based Dondlinger Construction has grown into one of the most trusted construction services since moving their headquarters to Wichita in 1925. Dondlinger Construction is a fourth-generation, ESOP-owned company that has served the construction industry since 1898. Today, Dondlinger are construction managers, general contractors and design/builders who have built and managed some of the most notable and challenging projects in Kansas.


Dondlinger has grown from working on small commercial and residential projects, into one of the most capable construction companies in the Midwest. They have set the standard for top quality projects with dedication and commitment to a high level of customer satisfaction, delivered safely and on time by a team of talented individuals who are experts in their field and love what they do.


With projects of all sizes, levels and complexities; from small office renovations to some of the most complex civil operations in Kansas including stadiums and exhibitions, Dondlinger Construction is one of the largest and most diversified construction companies in Kansas.






For more than 90 years, Textron Aviation Inc. has empowered a collective talent to design and deliver the best aviation experience for customers. Their legendary performance, reliability and versatility has provided customers with more than 250,000 aircraft in over 170 countries — totaling more than half of all general aviation aircraft worldwide.


What began as a small New England business in 1923 has grown into a $11.7 billion company, with a worldwide presence supported by 33,000 people in more than 25 countries. Textron Aviation has the most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the world: from business jets, general aviation and special mission aircraft; to high-performance pistons, military trainer and defense aircraft. The aviation manufacturer of many, including Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, Textron Aviation owns and operates 20 service facilities worldwide.


Textron Aviation develops, manufactures and maintains state-of-the-art flight or maintenance training devices for the needs of the civil and defense aviation markets. With a wide range of aircraft solutions, Textron Aviation provides airborne solutions for government, military and commercial customers. The Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience.






It all started with ingenuity and the need to help people travel. For 50 years, Bombardier has shaped private flight. Today, their portfolio of business jets are the product of a strong heritage and visionary innovation. Since its inception, Bombardier’s focus has always been on helping the world move efficiently and quickly through highly reliable transportation products, whether on the ground or in the air. Today, Bombardier is a world leading manufacturer of business aircraft with a global network of service centres.


Bombardier grew out of a young mechanic’s inventive and entrepreneurial spirit. Born in 1907, Joseph-Armand Bombardier built his first “snow vehicle” at the young age of 15 to help people travel across the snow-covered roads of rural Québec in Canada. His persistent experimentation eventually spawned a brand-new industry: snowmobiling. Laurent Beaudoin, the founder’s son-in-law, became President of the company in 1966 and proved to be as visionary and innovative as Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Under Beaudoin’s inspired leadership, the company entered a new era of organic growth and diversification through strategic acquisitions. In 1970, Bombardier entered the railway business. In 1973, the oil crisis forced Bombardier to halve its snowmobile production so it became more serious about the railway business. Sixteen years after diversifying into rail transportation, Bombardier took flight in the aerospace sector in 1986 with the purchases of Canadair, the leading Canadian aircraft manufacturer of Challenger widebody business jets, and the CL-215 amphibious firefighting aircraft.


The Learjet Corporation acquisition in 1990 allowed Bombardier to launch the Learjet 60, which would soon become the top-selling aircraft in its class. This iconic private jet has since been reinvented and perfected by Bombardier engineers. The latest version, Learjet 75 is built on legendary Learjet strengths and successes while leveraging Learjet 85 aircraft technology. The jets feature a new modern design interior, a next-generation cabin management system, superior aircraft performance and low operating costs.


Today, this ambitious transformation is complete. Bombardier’s legacy lives on and the company is well-positioned to continue its long-standing tradition of innovation and ingenuity and is now ready for its next chapter.






Changing someone’s life is at the core of the WSU Foundation. WSU Foundation is an independent and Shocker-proud organization committed to Wichita State University’s success. The organization works with hundreds of donors – alumni, businesses, foundations – who also want Wichita State to be the best it can be and match their interests and passions with opportunities for support on campus.


WSU Foundation mission is to enhance a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Because of their generous donors, thousands of WSU students receive scholarships to make their education more affordable. New programs are launched to reflect the ever-changing educational landscape. And new facilities are built (or existing ones renovated) to help deliver on Wichita State’s commitment to innovation and excellence.






Accelerating regional economic growth is at the heart of the Greater Wichita Partnership. The economic development organization for the Greater Wichita region is focused on three priority areas — jobs, talent and quality of place — to fast-forward growth.


The Greater Wichita Partnership consists of 130 investors, including both public and private organizations, businesses and regional partners, working toward shared goals and driven by world-class talent, powering a commitment to innovation. Working collaboratively with partners to apply holistic strategies and creative tactics in each of these priority areas, together they’re creating a more vibrant and successful community now and a solid future for the next generation.


The Greater Wichita Partnership aligns resources and focuses the business community on common strategies that fast-forward economic development and growth in Wichita and South Central Kansas. The Greater Wichita region offers a place where purposeful partnerships create dynamic growth and community transformations.




Star Lumber is a Wichita-based family owned company serving central Kansas & Oklahoma professional builders and large project customers since 1939!


Earl Goebel founded Star in 1939, Star Lumber & Supply Co. has grown into a major Kansas corporation with over 300 employees which operates with 3 company divisions: Star Lumber & Supply, Star Flooring & Decorating and Star Truss. A full service lumber yard, Star Lumber has a commitment to the community and the building industry. Dedicated to a broad range of customers including General Contractors, Home Builders, Remodelers and Do-It Yourselfers, Star offers an extensive selection of quality products and exceptional customer service. Product offerings include, Truss Manufacturing, Door Shop, Custom Moulding & Millwork, Cabinets and Windows as well as a full selection of Building Materials products.


Throughout their 80+ years, Star has been dedicated to giving back to their communities. In addition to encouraging employees to volunteer, serving in leadership roles with great non-profit organizations and regularly holding blood drives Star created the Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation.







Bread heaven can best describe the Great Harvest Bread Co. ​​It all began way back in the seventies. Founders, Pete and Laura Wakeman, were just a couple of college kids who baked amazing scratch-made whole grain bread to help pay their tuition at Cornell University. Newly married in 1975, the adventurous couple hiked the entire north-south length of Montana, falling in love with "Big Sky Country." So much so that they never left, establishing the first Great Harvest bakery in Great Falls, Montana in 1976. Word spread fast about their uniquely flavorful bread made with pure and simple ingredients and wheat purchased from local farmers. It didn't take long before neighbors asked about starting up their own Great Harvest. In 1978, the Freedom Franchise was born and the second Great Harvest bakery opened in Kalispell, Montana.


Great Harvest Bread Co., makes their bread from scratch every day using carefully selected wheat grown in Montana's Golden Triangle. The wheat is freshly milled in each bakery for superior flavor and nutrition. Every loaf is made with simple ingredients in tempting combinations of flavors and textures. They bake bread the slow way, without shortcuts, so it will taste better than any other. They also make better sandwiches by helping customers choose the perfect bread to enhance the flavor of their sandwich -- like no one else can.


Great Harvest's enduring strength is its mission to "Be loose and fun, bake phenomenal bread, run fast to help customers, create strong exciting bakeries, and give generously to others." This Mission Statement has attracted bakery cafe owners who are community minded, entrepreneurial, fun, and committed to creating fresh and flavorful products at family-friendly neighborhood hangouts.




We can’t get enough of Wichita’s taco shop. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop! They serve fresh, handmade Baja-style Mexican food in 81 stores across 9 states, with many more to open soon. All of their restaurants offer indoor and patio seating, and specialties include fish tacos, burritos, nachos, queso, and ice-cold beer. The atmosphere at Fuzzy’s is bright, fun, and energetic – perfect for gathering with friends and family to watch a game, enjoy a beer or margarita, or just hang out.


The Fuzzy’s Taco Shop team has been kicking it since all the way back in 2003 when they first set up (Taco) Shop on Berry Street in Fort Worth, TX. Today Fuzzy’s Taco Shop team is rocking nearly 150 restaurants across the country.



Since 1964, Chick-fil-A has been the home of the Original Chicken Sandwich with two pickles on a toasted butter bun. Inventing the Chick-fil-A®Chicken Sandwich is a seemingly simple idea--but it was a novelty for its time. Restaurateur and Chick-fil-A Founder, Truett Cathy experimented for years at the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, GA when in 1964, he finally arrived at the perfect recipe. On that day, the Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich was born. That capital A is on purpose – it means "grade A top quality". Truett's customers told him, "We like it, don't change it again." Cathy’s cooking method is still the way it’s done more than five decades later, and his recipe is still a secret.


In 1967, Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant opened in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall. Truett Cathy has been recognized as an early pioneer of today’s “food court” concept. The original “front-counter” restaurant design of the Greenbriar Mall location allowed the restaurant to occupy a space of just 384 square feet.


Truett Cathy believed a “great company is a caring company” and his vision of caring for others continues to inspire. Operators are full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and in their communities. Chick-fil-A’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on four pillars: Caring for people, caring for our communities, caring for others through our food, and caring for our planet. Chick-fil-A strives to put people first in all they do by cultivating a positive work environment. They seek to have a positive impact in communities by strengthening the cities and neighborhoods they serve and to create a quality, meaningful Customer experience by serving great food people can feel good about. And, they work to sustain a happy, healthy future by acting as good stewards of the planet we share.





Metal Supermarkets is the world’s largest small-quantity metal supplier with over 100 brick-and-mortar stores across the US, Canada, and United Kingdom. Known worldwide as “The Convenience Stores for Metal™”, Metal Supermarket is your one-stop shop for all metal needs.


They stock a wide variety of metals including Aluminum, Hot-Rolled Steel, Cold-Rolled Steel, Stainless Steel, Galvanized Steel, Brass, and Copper to name a few. Looking for rare metals? Metal Supermarkets source hard-to-find products. They also offer value-added services such as Production Cutting, Shearing, Punching and more. Choose from thousands of metal types, shapes and grades and get it that same day. Highly-specialized, the metal experts will find the metal you need. Buy whatever amount of metal you need, quickly and easily, with no minimum order size. No need to buy full lengths! Simply purchase the size and shape you want.


Metal Supermarkets is very proud to support skilled trades. There is an ever-growing shortage of skilled trade workers across North America. In an effort to lessen this current skilled trade worker shortage and raise awareness of the skilled trade careers, Metal Supermarkets is committed to providing students with financial support to continue their education, grow their knowledge in their chosen field and ultimately enter the workforce as a skilled tradesperson.


In honor of National Welding Month, Metal Supermarkets launched four $2,500 scholarships to be awarded to individuals interested in attending post-secondary trade school in 2022. Metal Supermarket wants to make it easier for students to pursue one of these viable, stable and well-paying careers. https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/trade-school-scholarship/




Thank you to our amazing sponsors for their support of our competition and TV documentary that brings together teams from all backgrounds, ages and skill levels that are interested in innovation and invention. In 2021, Make48 expanded beyond television and launched the Make48 4-City Series with great success. This year we are building on that success and doubling the impact to include 8 cities. In the City Series, Make48 brings together universities, makerspaces, local innovators, and corporate partners to act as tool techs, volunteers, and mentors helping teams create their innovation in a good-spirited competition. The top team from each city will advance to the National Finale which will be filmed for Season 6 of Make48 on PBS next March. Watch what happened in Wichita 2021 HERE !


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