About Make48

Make48: Inventing Against the Clock

Teams apply and compete to develop a new commercial product 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.

  • Teams build a prototype within challenge specifications.
  • Teams utilize a variety of tools, materials, work spaces and expert guidance provided by a resource-rich fabrication workshop.
  • Teams have access to qualified expert “Tool Techs.”  Tool techs will assist teams with the provided fabrication tools to prototype ideas of ranging complexity for competitors. No prior invention experience necessary!
  • Create a promotional video.
  • Pitch your working prototype to the judges.
  • One winning team will be chosen and the remainder of the series highlights the process of taking the winning product through a journey of product development.

Competition

Winning team receives:
  • Cash Prize
  • Custom Make48 Trophy
  • Product Market Testing
ALL TEAMS will receive:

Exposure
Showcase your talents and idea to top brands, investors and industry experts.

Education
Learn about the tools, materials and tricks available to help you prototype an idea! Led by fabrication experts, see and experience, hands-on, prototyping techniques with the latest tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters and molding/forming machines.

Networking
Meet speakers, sponsors, other team finalists and VIP guests.  Influential and knowledgeable people in the invention community, gathered to share, help and see you amaze.

Lots of SWAG & FUN!
From books, tools, t-shirts and energizing treats, along with a few SURPRISES, teams will take away more than they expected and do more than they thought they would…or could!

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Teams can consist of 2 to 4 members and team captain must be over the age of 18.
  • 1-2 minute application video of you/your team is required, e.g. YouTube.
  • Team applications will be reviewed and finalists notified personally.
  • If selected, you’ll receive a packet with guidelines and schedule.
  • If selected, member entry fees are required prior to competition.

Past Competitions

Make48 September 2017

Location– Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri
Competition Theme – Outdoor Entertainment

Make48 October 2016

Location– Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri
Competition Theme – Innovative Household Products

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 October 2015

Location– Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
Competition Theme – Barbeque

Make48 April 2015

Location– Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri
Competition Theme – Kitchen