An Inventor’s Dream Competition Is Off to Washington D.C.
Make48 started in 2015 out of a small production lab in Kansas City, Missouri; a year later it is
heading to a world renowned museum. The next event will be held June 10th 12th, 2016 at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at
the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. Not only is this competition
heading to a city full of history and inspiration, but the the winner of this competition will win
the biggest prize in Make48 history.
Make48 is a competition fostering innovation and invention for everyday trailblazers. Teams
have 48hours to plan, prototype, and pitch an idea for prizes and licensing potential. Only 15
teams will be chosen for this special event. VIP’s, sponsors, and teams will all be hand selected
for this ingenious,themed event. Speakers from all around the United States will share their
insight on inventing products, being entrepreneurs, and more.
The Make48 team is bringing in some of the big brands to get involved in this competition as
well. Shark Tank contestants like Aaron Krause of Scrub Daddy, and Judy Edwards of the Squatty Potty, will be
also attending this year. With nationally known names and brands coming to Make48, it is not only an invention competition, but a networking event as well. Teams will get to meet inspiring entrepreneurs that have been in their shoes before, and share their journeys with them.
“Had a great time! GREAT program, love to sponsor one in Utah!” — Judy Edwards, Inventor of
the Squatty Potty and Shark Tank Contestant
The Make48 team is also pitching to PBS and fielding queries to bring the event worldwide. It
will show the process of taking the winning products all the way to market-process many dream about but don’t know how to complete.
The Make48 competition was created by Curt McMillan, Rich Brull, Tom Gray, and Bob Coulston in 2015 to give inventors a way to compete and create state-of-the-art products.
The Lemelson Center engages, educates, and empowers the public to participate in
technological, economic, and social change. Through historical research, educational initiatives, exhibitions,
and public programming the Lemelson Center advances new perspectives on invention and
innovation and fosters interactionbetween the public and inventors. For more information, visit http://invention.si.edu?