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Indianapolis Selected for Make48 Competition

Kansas City, MO — With the support of 16 Tech Community Corporation, Make48 is bringing its 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge to the Hoosier State this fall.

Machyne, the makerspace located in the 16 Tech Innovation District, will host the event scheduled September 23-25, 2021. Local Indianapolis teams comprised of students, co-workers, friends or family members will be able to participate in the unique, fastest-invention competition, which helps attendees discover how to bring ideas to life in 48 hours. Applications will open in June, visit to learn more.

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, thus allowing a level playing field and the chance to win, even for participants who have never made a physical product.

Eight teams from central Indiana will be chosen to compete at the first annual Indianapolis event. The winning team from the event will advance to compete at the national competition, slated for March 2022, where one team can win $10k.

Eli Lilly and Company will serve as the Challenge Sponsor and will help develop the theme of this year’s challenge and participate in the judging process.

16 Tech’s Machyne makerspace opened in March and offers classic tools and high-tech equipment to bring big ideas to life. Machyne offers an array of memberships and classes for makers, hobbyists, startup founders, corporations, students and the community.

“We are thrilled to host Make48 at Machyne,” said Alex Bandar, Machyne Executive Director. “This event embodies the beauty of innovation - tackling a challenge with passion, camaraderie and excitement resulting in world-changing ideas.”

Additional sponsors for the event include Anthem, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Conexus Indiana, and First Internet Bank. To learn more about the event and additional sponsorship opportunities please visit


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.

MEDIA CONTACT:, 816-651-2238

Jacqueline Eckhardt,

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