Kansas City, MO (March 16, 2023) - Make48 is returning to Beloit, Wisconsin this year with their 48-hour invention competition. Last year the event surpassed all expectations and The Lincoln Academy will once again host the 2023 event. Teams will build a prototype for the challenge with a new set of participants. The competition is set to take place August 11-13, 2023. Applications are now open.
Competitors will be able to participate in the unique maker competition, which helps participants discover what is possible in just 48 hours. Teams will have access to The Lincoln Academy’s technology & engineering center with a makerspace full of equipment and tools to fabricate their ideas. With a group of Tool Techs and mentors to assist them, teams will collaborate and bring their idea to fruition in just 2 days. The winning team will win $2k and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for November 2023.
Details about the event can be found at https://www.make48.com/beloit
“We are thrilled Make48 is returning to Beloit in 2023 and that The Lincoln Academy will once again host the event,” said Dr. Kristi Cole, Chief Education Officer at TLA. “Make48 provides an incredible opportunity to shine a bright spotlight on Beloit’s rich history of invention while bringing together talented and creative people from our business, education and entrepreneurship communities that embody that spirit of innovation. Working collaboratively within teams to see an idea develop from concept and prototype to business and marketing plan is an invaluable learning experience for everyone involved. It is an incredible event and we look forward to hosting it here at The Lincoln Academy in August!”
Applicants can apply HERE
A Casting Call will be held on May 20th, 2023 (time and location TBD). Teams must apply PRIOR to the casting call and will receive an email regarding the location. Applications are Now Open and will close Friday, May 19th.
The winning Beloit team will win $2k and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for November 2023 where one team can win $10k.
Watch what happened at Beloit’s 2022 event HERE!
Since its inception in 2015, Make48 has continued to expand exponentially, in tandem with the global maker movement. Make48 expanded its reach with a successful round of City Regional events in 2022 including; Wichita, Milwaukee, Madison, Indianapolis, North Little Rock, Beloit and Kansas City, KS. After proving a significant demand and capacity for the Make48 competition television programming, the company announced a new initiative which will allow Make48 to bridge its initiatives into High School and College audiences. Leveraging its connections and experience, Make48 will bring education and innovation to national media through the well-proven bracket-style model of collegiate tournaments in 2024.
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.
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.
The Lincoln Academy (TLA)
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.