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Make48’s 2018 Rewind

As 2018 comes to a close we can’t help but look at what the past year has brought us. The second season of Make48 was a success!  We aired in 92% of the country’s homes, and PBS’, Create Channel, started airing reruns of Make48 on November 4th. 2018 was also a busy travel and filming year for Make48. We flew coast to coast with Outpost Worldwide, filming and scouting locations– from visiting our manufacturing and marketing experts– to participating in trade shows throughout the country. From Austin-to-Boston and from Philadelphia-to-Portland, and everywhere in between, Make48 was diligently working to bring our viewers into the inventing world. We look back at the past year and get a glimpse of our 2019 Season 3 event.

The year started off at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Co-founders Rich Brull and Tom Gray attended the high-tech global stage for innovators and breakthrough technologies. The show is filled with every important launch in the consumer electronics industry, “think self-driving cars, AI, robotics. So it’ll be a real geek fest,” says Rich, “but that’s what I like.”

East Coast

Toys, toys, toys! At the New York City Toy Fair we ran into the CEO of the toy industry giant, Zuru. Anna Mowbray, CEO of Zuru, was a judge for our season 2 event.

The New York City trip also included a visit with Nisha Sawhney of SnS design where she and co-creator, Bob Coulston, discussed the redesigned DrinkSlinger.

Make48 then headed to Boston to meet with Joanne Domeniconi and Ryan DeChance from The Grommet. Mentors for season 2, they filmed with Make48 on how the Grommet shines a light on undiscovered makers.


A busy Texas trip started with a tour of Radius Display Products. Radius have created detailed, custom designs for our trade show booth displays and exhibits.

We also met with Josh Malone, a mentor at our Season 2 competition and the creator of Bunch O Balloons. 

In Austin, we filmed segments for season 2 with team D.a.D. and MAKO Design + Invent. MAKO re-designed The Wedgy to make it manufacturable for retail shelves.  


Hello, Chicago! At the International Homes and Housewares Show we saw the biggest brands in the household industries. Co-creators, Tom Gray appeared on pitch panels, where inventors get to pitch their product to experts in various industries and Rich Brull and Curt McMillan spoke in a keynote session about our Make48 competition, the television show, and even showed a sneak peek of season 2!

We also met with our platinum sponsor, Wet & Forget, who showed us their latest products! 

West Coast

Midway through the year, we found ourselves on the west coast. In Seattle, we met with Jed Wang of Amazon Launchpad who gave us some feedback on the winning inventions from season 2.

Then we jumped over to Portland and met with team Mt. Hoodlum to show them the updated DrinkSlinger.

In May, the entire Make48 team, including team members from Season’s 1 and 2, joined us at the Las Vegas National Hardware Show. Our teams got to display their winning ideas right in the middle of the Inventor’s Spotlight area. They met with inventors, buyers and attendees from around the country. 

Our Make48 trailer was set up right outside the main doors to the trade show. We spoke to many guests about Make48 and how the National Hardware Show is important for us. Co-creators Richard Brull and Bob Coulston, were hard at work interviewing sponsors and inventors about the latest products to take over the marketplace. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2019 at the NHS!

Season 3 Event- Baltimore, Maryland

Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace

For the first time in our competition, teams were made up of students from 12 different colleges nationwide. Teams of four travelled to Baltimore where we held the season 3 event at the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace and the judging at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. 

The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Our judges for this event included QVC Senior Buyer, Jenne Frackelton, Handy Camel CEO, Tom Gray and YouTube Personality, builder and maker, Jimmy Diresta. We were also supported by our tool techs, volunteers and mentors. This year our mentors included industry experts from Wet & Forget, Pivot International and the Grommet. 

Our guests and contestants were excited about a brand, new season. “It was exciting to see it here in our Makerspace,” Tylan Tschopp, from Stanley Black and Decker told us. “To see the teams that Bob Welsh leads on our side and the first class team that Make48 brings with them, seeing those two high functioning teams work together, it was exciting.”  We can’t wait for you to watch these incredible minds at work. In the meantime watch this sneak peek of the teams in action. 

We are looking forward to another great year! We plan on making some big announcements in 2019, including the filming of Season 4 and more! Thank you for your support throughout the year. We wish you all the best this holiday season and have a Happy New Year!



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