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Igniting Innovation: Supporters Rally Behind KSSB-Make48 Competition

Kansas City, Kansas is gearing up for an event that promises to ignite the spark of innovation within the local community. The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) is proud to announce its upcoming Make48 competition, set to take place on April 12th. 

What sets this event apart is its inclusivity, as it welcomes visually impaired high school students to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills. This exciting weekend, a first of its kind for KSSB is made possible by the support and sponsorship of several local businesses and organizations, all eager to witness the inventive minds at work.

Eighteen blind and visually impaired students from California, Indiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington will join us in Kansas City to push the boundaries of what's possible. With the support of KSSB's friendly staff, these students will have access to the tools and resources they need to excel in the Make48 competition. Behind the scenes, dedicated team captains from sponsoring companies will provide guidance and leadership, ensuring that each team has the support it needs to thrive.

Let's take a moment to recognize these organizations that are making the KSSB Make48 competition a reality:

  • KC Blind All-Stars: Serving as the Challenge Sponsor, KC Blind All-Stars is dedicated to empowering the visually-impaired community and fostering innovation.

  • Blind Spot KC: Our VIP sponsor has a special dinner planned for Make48’s guests. Blind Spot KC is a local organization committed to raising awareness and providing support for the blind and visually impaired.

  • OrCam: Pioneers in assistive technology, OrCam develops groundbreaking devices to enhance the lives of individuals with visual impairments. OrCam will provide devices for the students and work with teams throughout the 48 hours.

  • Wet & Forget: A longtime supporter of Make48, Wet & Forget provides innovative cleaning solutions for both residential and commercial use and is proud to support the KSSB-Make48 competition by being a team captain.

  • MTI Events: With expertise in event planning and management, MTI Events is a valued partner in bringing the Make48 competition to life and supporting a team.

  • Kadean Construction: Leaders in the construction industry, and a repeat team captain, Kadean Construction lends its support to foster creativity and innovation in the next generation of problem-solvers.

  • KC Eye Clinic & Chris Ketcherside: Committed to providing exceptional eye care services, KC Eye Clinic recognizes the importance of supporting initiatives that empower individuals with visual impairments.

  • Healthy Blue Kansas: A leading healthcare provider, Healthy Blue Kansas is dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for all community members. Healthy Blue will also provide a Tool Tech to help teams get to the finish line. 

  • Westlake Ace Hardware: A trusted name in hardware retail, Westlake Ace Hardware is proud to contribute to the success of the KSSB Make48 competition.

  • NanoPac, Inc.: Specializing in assistive technology solutions, NanoPac, Inc. is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities.

  • Westinghouse: A global leader in power generation and technology innovation, Westinghouse supports the KSSB Make48 competition to inspire future innovators.

  • Arcos Media (Video Help) - Ryan Holland: Providing invaluable support for the team’s video production, Arcos Media ensures that the spirit of the Make48 competition is captured and shared with the world.

These local businesses and organizations, along with year-round supporters, play a crucial role in empowering the visually impaired community and fostering a culture of innovation and inclusivity. Their generosity and commitment make events like the KSSB Make48 competition possible, showcasing the remarkable talents and potential of these individuals.

The KSSB Make48 competition promises to be an inspiring event that celebrates innovation and highlights the visually impaired community's resilience and determination. To learn more about the competition and stay updated on this exciting event, visit Make48's website. 

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