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Make48, a nationwide invention-competition docuseries, is once again bringing its 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge back to Arkansas. Make48 will be holding a maker competition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) from September 8-10. Those interested in competing in the maker competition can apply at

Jennifer Swartout, NWACC’s associate vice president of general education, helped strategize the execution of the upcoming NWACC-Make48 event. “The Make48 event is an opportunity for us to invite the community to NWACC’s Integrated Design Lab to collaborate, compete and use design-thinking principles to problem solve and test out their design ideas,” said Swartout. “These types of skills are foundational to functional design, which is important in the workplace and throughout our community.”

Eight teams from the surrounding region will participate in this unique maker-competition, which helps participants discover what is possible in just 48 hours. Make48 seeks to empower people to learn the process of creation, emphasizing collaboration as the core instrument to success. Teams are supplied tool technicians, who can build just about anything, and a makerspace with the latest technologies and equipment to help create anything they can think of to solve the challenge. The winning team will walk away with $2,000, a custom-made trophy and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for November 2023, where one team can win $10,000.

Make48 sparks the flame of community creation through a wide-reaching and action-packed two-day event. Lending the credibility of its “This Old House” distribution partnership on the new “This Old House Makers Channel” television program, Make48 legitimized the maker

ecosystem through seven keystone events in 2022. Watch what happened in North Little Rock 2022 HERE!


About Make48:

Make48 is a nationwide invention-competition docuseries, distributed and aired in partnership with This Old House Makers Channel (Roku), that gives teams a challenge at the start of a two-day event. With just 48 hours, teams must create a prototype, promotional video, 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.

About Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC):

NWACC is an accredited, public two-year institution that serves and strengthens its surrounding communities by helping students maximize their potential and exceed expectations. With state-of-the-art facilities, NWACC provides excellent academic instruction, workforce training and personalized attention from highly respected faculty, staff and administrators. For more information about NWACC, visit

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