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Futureworks Shops invites you to jam out with wearables at BF+DA, perfect your product plan at Craftsman Ave and win free 3D printing credits at Voodoo Manufacturing

June 26, 2017

Last month, we launched Futureworks Shops, a network of nine advanced production spaces who are opening their doors to you. In July, we’re inviting you to a series of free events that will help you hone your product and grow your business. The lineup starts July 7 at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) in Bed-Stuy with an intensive workshop on wearable technology. You’ll learn about conductive yarns and fabrics, thermoreactive threads and color-changing filaments. On July 11, head to Voodoo Manufacturing to tour their Bushwick 3D-printing factory; you’ll also get a chance to win up to $600 in printing credits. Then on July 12, Craftsman Ave in Gowanus hosts an evening workshop that’ll take you through the core elements of positioning and branding your business. Check out the events and RSVP below. Space is limited.

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VIDEO: Futureworks Incubator manufacturing discussion at Futureworks Shops A/D/O in Greenpoint

June 8, 2017

NYCEDC Futureworks Incubator Manufacturing Discussion at A/D/O from SecondMuse on Vimeo.

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Next Top Makers Pop Up at littleBits store in Soho

October 1, 2016

Last night, some of the city’s most innovative entrepreneurs gathered at the littleBits pop up store in the heart of Soho, where six local makers showcased their newest products. Previous Next Top Makers fellows BotFactory and BlackBox Manufacturing showcased alongside Insensi, Astrohaus, StrongArm, and Dos Owls for an interactive evening centered around the established maker scene in New York.

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An evening of advanced manufacturing discussion hosted by NYCEDC x Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

September 14, 2016


Danielle Trofe produces lampshades and verical garden structures within the Industry City community. Credit: Danielle Trofe Design

Yesterday, NYCEDC teamed up with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for an advanced manufacturing discussion at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex. Moderated by NYCEDC VP of Industrial Initiatives Miquela Craytor, panelists included Honeybee Robotics, Poursteady, Danielle Trofe Design, Z-Studios and Riva Precision Manufacturing. The Meet the Makers event is part of Brooklyn Chamber’s quarterly series of convenings that bring together industrial leadership from throughout the borough. Read more


Next Top Makers showcase at Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex

May 20, 2016

Last night we closed out the 2015-2016 Next Top Makers program with a celebration and showcase at Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building, the home of Futureworks NYC. The evening kicked off with more than 120 guests visiting this year’s Fellows as well as showcasers from last year’s cohort and throughout New York City. Thanks to Tito’s for the fantastic cocktails we drank through sunset, to Bronx Brewery for the four kinds of brews (American Rye, personal favorite) and to Bronx Beer Hall, our uptown partner, for a delicious spread. After the initial showcase, this year’s Fellows – Thimble, Wear.Works, StrongArm, Bon Bouton, blink blink and Dog Parker – presented to the audience. In turn, guests pledged support for the companies by way of investment, marketing, supply chain and operational help and connections. After a champagne toast, we said goodbye to the first of many advanced manufacturing events at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex Building. Read more


Watch! Chris Gorges, Sarah Meister & John Vaskis talk marketing and storytelling

May 17, 2016

Watch Marketing & Storytelling: Telling A Compelling Story And Connecting With The Audience on Vimeo.

On May 11th, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about key storytelling tactics for successfully marketing a business. Led by Chris Gorges of Rocketure, Sarah Meister of Vann Alexandra and John Vaskis of Indiegogo, the group learned how to develop the right narrative, raise awareness and pitch. Check it out!




Watch! Spencer Wright and Jordi Borràs talk design, production, and everything in between

April 25, 2016

Watch Designing for Manufacturing: Understanding The Right Production Process on Vimeo.

On April 20th, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about the best practices for determining your bill of materials, sourcing manufacturers and taking your prototype to the next level. Guided by a team of business experts, attendees gained valuable insight into the world of manufacturing. Check it out!

Oh, and love those experts? Read up on the work of the featured speakers Spencer Wright and Jordi Borràs!



Pensa Founder Marco Perry and Kit’s Camille Hearst Teach You How to Understand Users and Create Products That Matter in People’s Lives

March 28, 2016

Watch Understanding Users: Creating Products That Matter in People’s Lives on Vimeo.

Recently, the Next Top Makers community gathered at Impact Hub NYC to learn about human-centered design, designing for users and understanding those users. How does your core market browse for, touch, buy, use and respond to your products and the competitive set? Wait, wait, don’t answer that quite yet. Instead, hop aboard the smart train to Workshopville. Free entry, click here.

Also, take a look at Pensa’s groundbreaking work and the Kit.com community.