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Applications for November event now open nationwide!

Make48 is bringing its signature invention-competition City Series to Beloit, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Beloit 200, the 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge has tapped The Lincoln Academy, to host the event. The competition is set to take place Nov. 4-6, 2022.

Katie Cappozzo, Make48 Director of Sales & Sponsorships, helped strategize the execution of the upcoming Beloit-Make48 event. “We are thrilled to be bringing Make48 to Beloit this fall! Beloit is an incredibly innovative city and I have no doubt that we will see incredible innovation come from the competition.”

Now open to teams nationwide, competitors from Beloit and beyond will be able to participate in the unique maker competition, which helps participants discover what is possible in just 48 hours. The twist is that the teams have access to tool technicians and a Makerspace full of equipment to help them build almost anything to solve the challenge. Collaboration is the key to success. The winning team will win $2k and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for March 2023, where one team can win $10k. Applications are open now.

Details on applying can be found at

The Lincoln Academy (TLA) is a premier K-12 public charter school serving Wisconsin residents and is committed to reflecting the diversity of Beloit. Built with input from the community, access and equity drives TLA as an innovative, high quality, free public school option. Committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships, TLA ensures that ALL scholars gain the skills and experiences necessary to be productive and informed citizens who lead choice-filled lives.

Kerry Frank, Executive Director of Beloit 200 said, “Beloit 200 is so excited to help sponsor this event. Over the last 100 years, we have had so many amazing inventions come out of Beloit. We believe in investing in the next generation of innovators, as well as showing our students and scholars how they can create something with maker space tools and technologies. This will be a fun event where the entire community can get involved, including students from all our schools in Beloit and Beloit College.”

Professor Brian Morello is the Director at the Center for Entrepreneurship (CELEB) at Beloit College. CELEB offers a physical space and mentorship to help students take an idea from concept to creation. Students can explore their own entrepreneurial skills in the Makers Lab at the Center in downtown Beloit, a hybrid of open concept and traditional work spaces. Brian expressed, “Beloit College is thrilled to partner with Beloit 200 Sponsors and TLA in bringing Make48 to our community thanks to our many supporters. The competition is an ideal opportunity to highlight the talent and creativity of our students and the technology and manufacturing companies in Beloit. We look forward to ideas and products that emerge from the competition.”

Teams can apply on the competition webpage at A Casting Call will be held on Wednesday, September, 28th from 6-9pm-location TBD. Teams must sign-up prior to the casting call and will receive an email regarding the location. Applications are open now and will close Monday, September 26th.

Following a successful four-city series of events in 2021, Make48 is expanding its reach in a myriad of ways for 2022. Applicants to City Series competitions were previously restricted to participants residing in the host city. Applications are now open nationwide, allowing for diversity and removing geographical limitations. Make48 recently launched a licensing initiative for its competition blueprint, giving community makerspaces, colleges, and high schools the opportunity to host their own events by licensing the Make48 name and format. In addition, Roku recently announced the Make48 docuseries, currently in syndication on PBS, as featured programming in their newly launched This Old House Makers Channel.

Watch what happened in Milwaukee 2022 HERE!


About Make48

Make48 is a nationwide invention-competition docuseries distributed by leading syndicator American Public Television 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 sales sheet, and present their idea to a panel of judges. The teams have access to a makerspace and numerous Tool Techs that can make almost anything, patent attorneys, marketing experts, and more. This format allows everyone to have a level playing field and the chance to win, with no prior technical knowledge necessary. Make48 Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit is located on the southern Wisconsin state line and greets over 1,000,000 tourists annually. Beloit was forged in fire and heavy industrial manufacturing, but survived the great recession with a renewed spirit. Their residents celebrate a proud legacy of strength, beauty, and diversity. Some of their greatest assets include a world-class riverfront, charming downtown, and the internationally renowned Beloit College and historic residential neighborhoods.

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