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Make48 Brings Invention Competition to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson | Applications Now Open

Kansas City, MO (March 15, 2023) - The celebrated docuseries is once again bringing its 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge back to Indiana. Make48 will be heading to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson July 21-23, 2023. Apply TODAY at

Lorri Barnett, Regional Statewide Director at Purdue Polytechnic Anderson, helped strategize the execution of the upcoming Purdue Poly-Make48 event. “This event has already created such excitement for the region, that we were able to secure eight high school teams months in advance. We also have a waiting list of teams wanting to participate. Make48 will allow us to engage high school and college students in collaborations around human centered design thinking, which is a foundational course requirement for all our Polytechnic students.”

Six to eight teams from the surrounding high schools in the 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 $2k, a custom-made trophy and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for November 2023, where one team can win $10k.

- Applications Are Open Now -

Details on applying can be found at

Make48 sparks the flame of community creation through a wide-reaching and action-packed 2-day event. Lending the credibility of its PBS and Roku distributed television program, Make48 legitimized the maker ecosystem through 7 keystone events in 2022. Watch what happened in Indianapolis 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.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Purdue Polytechnic Anderson is one of nine Indiana statewide locations that is part of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of the 10 academic colleges of Purdue University, provides a unique array of high-demand technology disciplines for bachelor's, master’s and PhD degrees available on Purdue’s flagship campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, and at other locations throughout the state. The Polytechnic’s faculty and staff encourage innovation, collaboration and creativity among diverse interdisciplinary groups in the persistent pursuit of big ideas and novel approaches. Thanks to the generous alumni and engaged industry partners, Purdue Polytechnic continues the important steps of Purdue’s history, preparing our graduates for their successful futures.

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