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Nationwide innovation competition coming to Indianapolis this fall. Team Applications Are Open!

Central Indiana residents of all ages are encouraged to build their team and apply for the Make48 competition, hosted by the 16 Tech Innovation District September 23-25. Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, Make48 will ask teams to compete to find solutions around the theme of Empowering Health@Home.

Make48 is a nationwide, invention-competition docuseries that gives teams a challenge at the start of a two-day event. With just 48 hours, teams must create a prototype, promotional video and a sales sheet and present their idea to a panel of judges. The teams have access to a makerspace and tool techs that can make almost anything, allowing everyone to have a level playing field and the chance to win.

Eight teams from the central Indiana area will be chosen to compete at 16 Tech’s new makerspace, Machyne, a community-oriented makerspace with classic tools and high-tech equipment. The winning team from the event will advance to compete at the Nationals competition for a chance to win $10K, slated for March 2022.

Teams from all backgrounds, ages and skill levels with an interest in innovation and invention are encouraged to apply. No building experience necessary. In the spirit of competition and innovation, Make48 encourages everyone who has good ideas to apply. The application is simple thus lowering the barriers and giving the opportunity for all to compete.

Applications are available online at and close Friday, July 2. Teams will be invited to a casting call at Machyne on July 10 where the competing teams will be selected.


The 16 Tech Innovation District is one of the largest talent attraction, retention and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located in downtown Indianapolis, 16 Tech leverages its proximity to top academic, corporate, and healthcare institutions. There is a growing network of spaces, programs, and talent that foster the cross-industry convergence and collaboration that make world-changing innovation possible. The nonprofit 16 Tech Community Corporation oversees the development of the district and ensures benefits of economic growth. There will be new investment and job creation that extends to nearby neighborhoods as well as the city, region, and state. More information can be found at


Machyne is a 21st century makerspace, located in the 16 Tech Innovation District of downtown Indianapolis, that features high-tech tools, flexible workspaces and customized programming. Machyne supports makers of all kinds. Machyne members are diverse in skill and united by a common mission; to bring new products to life in a fun and collaborative environment. Machyne is a place to learn new skills, share resources, and dream big with over 15,000 square feet of flexible space, customized programming, events and seminars.

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