Make48 City Events

What IS Make48?

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are given a challenge, must build a physical prototype, sales sheet and a 1-minute marketing video and then pitch it to judges.  The twist is that we have tool technicians and access to a Makerspace full of equipment and tools to help the teams build almost anything their imaginations can come up with to solve the challenge.  Collaboration is the key to success.

In real life everyone has big ideas, but only about 5% have the skills either physically or digitally to make a prototype.  To build anything you need collaboration, often many different materials and various pieces of equipment to finish a product.  Make48 allows this process to be achieved under a timed, fun, fast-moving and educational event!



How a Make48 City Event Works

A Make48 at your City Makerspace has 6 Main Groups involved.


STanley Black & Decker Makerspace
The Makerspace becomes the HOST location.


A LEADER or “cheerleader” works with the Make48 team to plan the event.

Tool Techs

The Staff familiar with the Makerspace become the TOOL TECHS. They know how to operate equipment/CAD design and are fully trained and safety certified. (The teams aren’t allowed to use the makerspace equipment)


The TEAMS competing are from the local area. The Makerspace chooses the teams.


A SPONSOR will likely call the challenge the teams have to solve.


The Make48 contact is there to SUPPORT the Host College in the planning process by creating an easy to follow blueprint for the Leader to plan & execute the event.
The Make48 contact is there to SUPPORT the Host City in the planning process by creating an easy to follow blueprint for the Leader to plan & execute the event.

Benefits for Makerspace


  • A unique recruitment opportunity to highlight benefits of becoming a member of your makerspace and connect with area residents

  • Hands on experience for your makerspace members and staff assisting everyday people as tool technicians in the makerspace

  • Potential local media coverage

  • Event cost generally paid by sponsorships

  • Our Make48 blueprint gives you full step by step guidance on how to execute the event, full online & call support from Make48’s event planning team.  This includes materials to share with perspective teams & sponsors, a finished sizzle of the captured 48 hours of action & a dedicated webpage all about your event that can be used by all involved.

Benefits for Everyday People


  • Teams get a first hand look at a potential makerspace to become a member

  • A competition that allows teams to be creative with all the support of tool techs and equipment

  • Teams are learning skills from makerspace staff and members-a unique way for them to learn and build their skills

  • Teams gain a valuable perspective of a real-life collaboration between those that make and those that invent

  • The chance to innovate a real product for a real company that could equal financial gain or IP ownership

Benefits to Sponsors:

  • Sponsors are promoting that they are looking for innovation

  • Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with teams, promoting that they are looking for bright talent when the competitors are ready to enter the workplace.

  • There are a range of Sponsorship levels including Challenge Sponsor, Event Party Sponsors and Product Placement Sponsors.

  • The Challenge Sponsor can call the challenge the teams will solve, judge the competition and can decide on prizes including cash, scholarships, equipment etc. They can create IP around the products created at the competition.

  • Sponsors get to mingle over 3 days of excitement and get potential PR at local and national level