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 College event works

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


The College becomes the HOST location as they have the Makerspace.


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

Tool Techs

The College Students 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 6-8 regional High Schools. The College chooses schools they already recruit from or those they want to work with. The teams get to spend 3 days on campus in your makerspace interacting with your faculty & students, making it an ideal recruitment tool.


A SPONSOR will likely call the challenge the teams have to solve. The sponsor should be passionate about hiring your college graduates.


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.

Benefits for College


  • A unique recruitment opportunity to highlight benefits of attending your college or university and connect with area high schools

  • A new way to connect with sponsor companies and assist them in finding the next round of amazing talent coming from your college

  • Hands on experience for your College students assisting High School students as tool technicians in the lab and filming the event

  • 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 high schools & 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 High Schools


  • High school STEM and maker movement programs get to show off what they are learning

  • Students get a first hand look at a potential college for secondary education

  • High school guidance counselors get to mingle with university staff about programs and benefits to students interested in attending the university

  • Students are learning skills from college students-a unique way for them to learn and build their skills

  • Students gain a valuable perspective of a real-life inventor & entrepreneur as well as hands on building using the latest technologies.  It’s proven that exposure to innovation substantially increases the chances that children become innovators.

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

Benefits to Sponsors:

  • Sponsors can consist of 1 or more to help cover the cost of the event

  • Sponsors are promoting that they are looking for innovation

  • Sponsor has the opportunity to interact with college and high school students, promoting that they are looking for bright talent when the students are ready to enter the workplace.  Sponsor supports the college programs that are building their future workforce.

  • Sponsors could solve the issue from the challenge

  • Sponsors will judge the competition and can decide on prizes including cash, scholarships, equipment etc.

  • Sponsors can create IP around the products created at the competition

  • Sponsors get to mingle over 3 days of excitement


Step by Step

Step 1: Apply Now

Step 2: Set up Call with Make48 Team

Step 3: Use our resources to share with decision makers and secure a sponsor(s) (decide suitable challenge & who will own the IP)

Step 4: Be approved by Make48 and determine what month you can host a competition

Step 5: Activate Blueprint with Make48 Team

Step 6: Start event planning 90-days out from competition

Apply Now to Host: (Only Takes 5 mins!)