Testimonials

Words from people who've experienced Make48

Chance Fisher, Competitor Make48 North Little Rock 2022

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I honestly appreciate the complexity of the challenge as it made me truly appreciate the simplistic nature of things that can be implemented in complex and intricate ways to add to their value! It was a very enjoyable 48 hours and, through the storm and rain, I enjoyed every second of it!  All the best for your future competitions! And I look forward to coming down from wherever I may find myself in college next year to once again, Make48! Again, a special thanks to you and Tom for making that experience truly unforgettable for me as a person.

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Miles Davis, Competitor Make48 Indianapolis 2021 & Tool Tech 2022

Make48 was an amazing learning experience for me and my hopes to become an engineer one day. As a younger teenager, it was really great to be in a space where adults and professionals treated me as one of them and did not treat me differently because of my age. The experience of working in a world-class makerspace with world-class makers is also very informative. Learning from people with much more experience than me in all sorts of fields I want to get better in really helped me a lot. In the end, I learned a lot, and the experience definitely helped me with my future.

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Mike Connor, FabLab Stoughton Host Make48 Madison 2022

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Our Make48 event had a very positive affect in our community by raising awareness and connections for our FabLab and Innovation Center.  

One of my roles is to bring in corporations and foundations to our FabLab to see what we are doing.  The reaction is usually “Oh my gosh – we didn’t know you were doing this right here in Stoughton”. They came, they saw, and they came to believe that we were spending their funds wisely.   

 I am most proud of our FabLab students who volunteered as Tool Techs for the Make48 event.  They supported the teams by making everything and anything using Laser cutters, CNC machines, 3D printers and electronic assemblies.  The students also told me that they had a lot of fun.  The lessons they learned by witnessing a fast-paced design, development, and build process will be remembered forever.  The students told me the exposure and experience were priceless to them.    
 

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Bill Morris, Koch Industries Judge, Make48 Wichita 2021

The competition isn’t based on your previous experiences… you’re able to utilize other people’s skills to come in with your idea and get help building it.  Once [the participants] found successful ideas, it became fun to them. And that was obvious in the end results of these projects.

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