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Wichita Community gets set for Make48 competition with Koch Industries

Updated: Jul 12

With the help of Koch Industries, Make48 is bringing its 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge to Wichita. Wichita State University’s GoCreate, A Koch Collaborative will host the event scheduled for June 24-26, 2021. Using the same blueprint of the PBS Make48 TV documentary, local Wichita teams will be able to participate in the unique fastest-invention competition, which helps attendees discover what is possible in 48 hours.

Make48 is a nationwide, invention-competition docuseries 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 a 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, thus allowing everyone to have a level playing field and the chance to win.

Eight (8) teams from the greater Wichita area will be chosen to compete at the first annual Kansas event. The winning team from the Wichita event will advance to compete at the national competition, slated for March 2022, where one team can win $10k.

“Wichita has a rich history in innovation and Make48 is a perfect opportunity to celebrate and engage our diverse, creative, maker community, '' said Kim McCollum, Assistant Director of GoCreate. “We are excited to provide resources and the collaborative space where creators of all ages and backgrounds can come together to make ideas become a reality.”

Koch Industries will serve as the competition’s Challenge Sponsor, helping craft the teams’ objective. As one of the largest private companies in America, Koch spans diverse industries, from manufacturing to consumer products to electronics to software. Koch strives to continually build networks to share knowledge among employees and across its capabilities. Such work is essential to innovation and progress, both at Koch and in society. That’s why Koch actively supports mentoring and community programs that provide individuals the opportunity to discover, develop, and apply their talents in ways that transform lives and help others do the same.

“We are delighted Make48 is supporting Wichita entrepreneurs who are creating innovative solutions to the most pressing problems in our city,” said Meredith Olson, Vice President of Community Affairs for Koch Industries. “GoCreate provides the perfect environment for community members of all backgrounds to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Teams can apply on the competition webpage at Applications are open now and will close Friday, April 16th. A casting call to choose competing teams will be announced soon.

GoCreate is an 18,000 square foot creative community makerspace open to all ages and experiences – artists and engineers alike. GoCreate features textiles, woodworking and metals studios with sophisticated, expert training and a supportive community to help make prototypes, projects and dreams come true.

Contact: Kim McCollum 316-978-2738

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