Make48: Inventing Against the Clock.  

Teams apply and compete to develop a new commercial product idea in a 48 hour invent-a-thon weekend.  Teams have 48 hours to plan, prototype and pitch a new idea within the specifications of a challenge, revealed at the start of the 48 hours.

Teams build a prototype.

Teams utilize a variety of tools, materials, work spaces and expert guidance provided by a resource-rich fabrication workshop.  The workshop and staff, “tool techs”, provide the resources to prototype ideas of ranging complexity for competitors of varying building expertise.

Pitch your idea to the judges.

When time expires, teams pitch their idea to a panel of product development, scouting and sales experts.

Prizes and licensing potential.

Top three teams will be awarded prizes, including a crowdfunding campaign and licensing consideration!

Make48 Invention Weekend:

  • Clock starts at kickoff with product challenge.
  • 48-hours to design and prototype your idea.
  • Prepare pitch and video to sell the judges.
  • Ends with team pitches & awards.
Besides a tremendous experience, great memories, the start of some real cool relationships, lots of knowledge!
PC Sands | Washington D.C.

Past Competitions

Make48 June 2016

Location- The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

Competition Theme- Eco-Friendly Household Products

Make48 April 2015

Location- Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme- Kitchen

Make48 October 2016

Location- Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme- Innovative Household Products

Make48 October 2015

Location- Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri

Competition Theme- Barbecue