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Madison Sponsors Bringing Make48 to The Bodgery

This August, the Make48 trailer will be heading to the Wisconsin state capitol, where 8 teams will build a brand new prototype in just 48 hours.

With the help of a team of tool techs, including YouTube makers/DIY experts Caleb Harris (@youcanmakethistoo) Joanie Sprague (@joaniesprague), Katie Freeman (@freemanfurnishings) and Brandy Aubé (@brandy.studioaube), participants will have some of the best minds and hands to help them create their ideas.

Madison, Wisconsin is a vibrant community with several educational institutions and a booming technology sector, driven largely by the leadership at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is home to many firsts, including the first university artist-in-residence program, the first bone marrow transplant and the first national stem cell bank and they boast winners of 41 Pulitzer prizes.

With a thriving tech sector, and the collaborations and recruiting opportunities at UW-Madison bringing an event to Madison was a no-brainer, but it wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of several Wisconsin-based businesses.

Meet our Challenge Sponsor for the Madison event, Midwest Prototyping. Midwest specializes in additive manufacturing for prototyping and low-volume production. If you’re ready to get your ideas made, Midwest Proto has the team for you.

As the challenge sponsor, Midwest Prototyping has come up with the challenge the teams will solve in the category of Outdoor Play. Learn more about one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. at their website or visit our recent blog.

America’s national motorcycle manufacturer is sponsoring Make48’s competition in their home state. Harley Davidson has called Milwaukee, Wisconsin home since 1903, when 4 young men sparked a revolution and defined motorcycle culture forever.

Design, craftsmanship and strategic planning has built Harley Davidson into one of America’s most popular lifestyle brands. Due to years of innovation, marketing and a skilled workforce, Harley has established themselves as the global icon it is today.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization that’s dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence.

Through its Community Grants, Alliant Energy Foundation supports nonprofits and community partners in four major categories: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship, and Diversity, Safety and Wellbeing. The Foundation, governed by a board of directors, reviews program guidelines to ensure they reflect their values, mission and giving strategy.

Hoffman Manufacturing Corporation is a full service retail store fixture provider. While there are a lot of cabinet shops and a lot of metal shops out there, few businesses offer both under one roof. HMC's core concept revolves around keeping all aspects of creating fixtures in house, lowering both cost and lead time. Total control is key.

HMC provides design and engineering services, panel processing, metal fabrication, powder coating, premier cabinet making, assembly and distribution all at one facility for jobs of all sizes. All work is done with the highest levels of dedication and integrity. They understand that it is their duty to not only provide you with the physical product, but with great service and their customary short lead times as well.

And if you get a chance, check out their upcycle creations, that even include an Electrical, 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.

In 1954, Aprilaire built the first whole-home humidifier, and has continued to pursue excellence in creating Healthy Air products for homeowners across the country. Aprilaire has been committed to creating a healthy home environment with durability, innovation, and energy conservation in mind for decades.

Reducing airborne viruses and contaminants and creating fewer allergens and better sleep is Aprilaire’s mission. Designed and manufactured in the United States, their whole-home products are built to address your home’s specific indoor air needs and improve your home’s indoor air quality. Aprilaire wants you to breathe a sigh of relief, because everyone deserves healthy air.

We’re working with the team members from Forward Fest, Wisconsin’s technology and entrepreneurship festival. From August 12th to the 19th, Forward Fest will feature more than 40 events across 8 days all around Madison.

Now in it’s 12th year, the tech festival provides the rare opportunity to interact with professionals across a wide range of disciplines and at a variety of events, and is open to everyone.

An inclusive event, Forward Festival welcomes entrepreneurs and startups of every identity and demographic to all levels of participation. Attracting more than 5,000 attendees, Forward Fest aims to connect and inspire innovation featuring all aspects of entrepreneurship.

If you live in the greater Madison area, you can score a free ticket to our private Make48 judging event, August 14th! Sign up for any of the Forward Fest Pass options at this link → and visit our Instagram post and comment which event you’re most excited about attending.

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