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Milwaukee Companies and Brands Supporting Make48 Event At MIAD

In just one week, Make48 will head to Milwaukee for the first ever event on the shores of Lake Michigan. A mix of old and new, Milwaukee preserves and celebrates its historic German roots, while making way with cool galleries, public markets, festivals and an admirable array of breweries. Milwaukee’s RiverWalk takes you around the river and into the heart of the city’s nightlife, with dozens of eateries, pubs and entertainment venues.

Many warm thanks to our Milwaukee companies and brands for taking the time and energy to invest in our vision and in our event. Their sponsorship is integral to providing opportunities to build hands-on learning and creating a superior creator experience to makers of all ages and backgrounds. What started as the world’s largest televised invention competition, Make48 has expanded beyond television and launched the City Series with great success, thanks to our partners.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin lies Harley-Davidson, one of the most iconic brands in the world. The motorcycle giant will serve as the competition’s Challenge Sponsor, helping craft the teams’ objectives. Interactive Outdoor Play is the Milwaukee theme, selected by them..

As a company with humble entrepreneurial roots that evolved into the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world, Harley-Davidson has built a brand that is reflected in their quality, innovation and craftsmanship and it’s emulated in every product and experience for riders and non-riders alike. With a loyal following and over 100 years of experience and growth, the Harley Davidson brand has adapted and evolved in the face of challenges throughout the years.

Today, Harley-Davidson continues to define motorcycles' culture and lifestyle, evoking soul-stirring emotion reflected in every product and experience, like they have for well over a century and will for generations to come.

Boyle Fredrickson is Wisconsin's largest IP law firm. IP law is their only area of practice, and the singular focus Boyle Fredrickson is the best choice for innovative companies seeking the specialized resources and personal service not found at general practice law firms or small boutiques.

Hundreds of businesses and institutions in Wisconsin and across the United States turn to Boyle Fredrickson for both domestic and international IP needs. With more than 20 IP attorneys, Boyle Fredrickson is dedicated to serving their clients in all facets of IP law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as all related licensing and litigation.

Collectively, Boyle Fredrickson attorneys have decades of experience in the mechanical, chemical, life sciences, and electrical disciplines, as well as in computer science and software. They take pride in being able to handle everything from traditional to cutting edge technologies. Attorneys include two former law professors, a former patent examiner, several former judicial clerks, mediators, testifying experts, and the author of a leading trademark treatise. Beyond their expertise, all of the members of the firm are active in a number of professional and community service organizations.

Waukesha-based Husco International, Inc., is a privately-owned company specializing in hydraulic and electro-mechanical control systems with over 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing components for Automotive and Off-Highway equipment. Since 1983, HUSCO International has been a global leader in providing the major international markets with manufactured components. Among their products are a variety of hydraulic control valves and flow rates. Target applications include construction, material handling, agricultural tractors and other general applications.

The name HUSCO is an acronym that stands for Hydraulic Unit Specialty Company. Inherent in this name is the core of their business model: developing innovative, customized hydraulic solutions that improve the overall efficiency, controllability and performance of automotive and off-highway mobile equipment.

Recently, Husco was awarded a multi-year contract worth $113 million a year, the largest new contract in the company’s history, to develop and produce a new engine management system. The contract is expected to run for at least eight years and will create 50 new engineering, manufacturing and business jobs at Husco. Husco currently serves as a supplier to Ford, General Motors, Stellantis, Volkswagen, Subaru and other global automakers.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is dedicated and committed to creating and maintaining a business climate that allows Wisconsin individuals to maximize their potential.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is a public-private agency in the state of Wisconsin designed to assist business development and innovation through loans, grants, tax credits, and technical assistance programs. With more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry groups, WEDC enhances their communities, supporting business development, advancing industry innovation, tapping global markets and developing a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.

The Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, and nursing. At MSOE, students get real-world experience in top-ranked programs, from expert faculty. They are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance.

Since their beginnings in 1903, MSOE’s students, faculty, curriculum, and history have continued to evolve. Leaders of business and industry cooperated in the institution’s development, and a close relationship was established that has continued throughout MSOE’s history.

In 2021, MSOE's engineering programs were named among the best in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. They ranked highly in several categories including:

  • 9th Best Engineering Programs overall in the U.S. among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s

  • 7th Best Computer Engineering Program in the U.S.

  • 10th Best Mechanical Engineering Program in the U.S.

  • 14th Best Electrical Engineering Program in the U.S.

  • 15th Best Civil Engineering Program in the U.S.

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