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Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is offering free studio space! Pitches due Sept 21

September 18, 2017

Futureworks and Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator are collaborating to sponsor six months of studio space for two New York City wearable startups as part of the Futureworks Shops program. Find your home among a generous community of entrepreneurs and researchers in fashion design, product design and wearable technology. Studios are 100 square feet, and you’ll have access to advanced manufacturing machines, mentorship and a small-scale production lab.

The due date for video pitches is Thursday Sept 21. The space subsidy runs from Nov 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Winning companies will be notified on Oct 1 and publicly announced on Oct 17 at the Futureworks Incubator Finance Workshop at BF+DA.

BF+DA has supported more than 40 emerging ventures and collaborated with close to 200 organizations since launching in 2013. Check out the lineup of machinery here and join Futureworks on Instagram and Twitter.

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Apply Now! A/D/O’s four-month Futureworks Workspace Membership offers New York City startups free space, mentorship and access to advanced production

August 24, 2017

Futureworks and A/D/O are collaborating to sponsor four months of workshop membership at the Greenpoint space dedicated to exploring the boundaries of design. This opportunity is open to New York City-based hardware startups, advanced manufacturers and industrial designers. It’s part of the NYCEDC Futureworks Shops program, which networks nine production spaces together across the city. Apply today.

Applications are due August 31 and the four-month studio membership kicks off between Sept 15 and Oct 1. The winner will be announced Sept 8. There is space for two residents and companies must be based in, and manufacture or prototype in, New York City. Apply today.

Part laboratory, part coworking space, part design collective, the Workspace at A/D/O is a place where members explore new possibilities in design, products, objects, and fabrication. Members have access to a full suite of fabrication tools, the support from the Workspace team and access to the full calendar of A/D/O design programming. Tools include a Shopbot CNC, Trotec Laser Cutter, Hot Wire Foam Cutter, Lulzbot 3D printers, AVL Compu Digital Loom and Singer sewing machines. You’ll also get to sell products at A/D/O’s concept store and have the opportunity to present your work to the A/D/O and broader design community.

A/D/O is one of nine Futureworks Shops alongside Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator in Bed-Stuy, Bronx Innovation Factory in Fordham Heights, Collab in Hudson Square, Craftsman Ave in Gowanus, NEW INC in NoLiTa, NYDesigns in Long Island City, Voodoo Manufacturing in Bushwick and Zahn Innovation Center in Hamilton Heights. Futureworks Shops is sponsored by New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Futureworks NYC is a key component of the City’s Industrial Action Plan to help emerging and existing manufacturers promote, adopt, and create advanced technologies and increase local production. To ensure these technologies are made accessible to all New Yorkers, NYCEDC created Futureworks NYC as a platform of shared resources from educational programming to access to equipment and space, and connections within the growing community. Futureworks Shops is designed and run by innovation agency SecondMuse whose New York office is based in Chelsea. Join Futureworks on Instagram, Twitter and sign up for our mailer.

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Voodoo Manufacturing’s factory tour & Craftsman Ave’s product workshop recap

July 26, 2017

Earlier this month, 40 New York entrepreneurs and startups came out for a pair of Futureworks Shops events in Brooklyn. As part of the Futureworks program, production spaces across the city are opening their doors to lead tours, host workshops and share insight into building a hardware business. Sign up for events (they’re free!) and learn more about the spaces (they’re local!).  

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Futureworks Shops gets smart with wearables at BF+DA

July 12, 2017

Friday, we collaborated with Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator to present TEK-TILES, an all-day wearables workshop in Brooklyn. BF+DA is pioneering connected fashion and smart fabrics and with 10% of clothing expected to be connected to apps or the Internet in the next ten years, it’s important work. Facilitators from eight universities worked with entrepreneurs to explore technical materials like conductive yarns, thermoreactive threads, color-changing filaments, AR knitting and optic fibers. Check out photos below, explore more events and join us on Twitter and Instagram.

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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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Futureworks Shops program opens access to nine advanced manufacturing spaces across New York City

May 11, 2017

Prototyping in New York City just got a whole lot easier with the launch of NYCEDC’s Futureworks Shops. Spearheaded by global innovation agency SecondMuse and Chelsea-based Imagination in Space, Futureworks Shops links together nine advanced production spaces throughout New York. Over the next ten months, hardware startups and entrepreneurs will be able to apply for subsidized prototyping and contract-manufacturing credits, studio space, and be invited to workshops and open houses. Futureworks Shops will especially focus on serving the soon-to-be announced Futureworks Incubator companies, a program also run by SecondMuse and Imagination in Space. To access Shops programming, sign up for our newsletter. 

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Brooklyn’s bespoke makerspaces: Craftsman Ave, Supersmith, SPark Workshop

December 12, 2016

This week, we take a look at a trio of Brooklyn makerspaces where you can learn, build and manufacture. And if you can’t do any (yet), each one has a helpful community who can collaborate, encourage and teach you along the way. NYC manufacturing is growing, and one of the hot spots is around wood and metal fabrication. From bespoke products to custom furniture to smart, interactive displays, there’s tremendous opportunity for New Yorkers to turn creativity into a business. Or, at least an awesome side hustle while you spend days at Huge or KPMG. Check out Craftsman Ave, Supersmith and Spark Workshop. Read more


Get certified with NYDesigns’ Solar Plus Pro and Urban Future Lab’s Advanced Diploma in Clean Energy

November 14, 2016

As New York City continues its evolution into an advanced manufacturing hub, workforce development is a top priority. Sectors like wood fabrication and electronics manufacturing are growing at 38% and 26.7% respectively. Across the country, there are about 380,000 open manufacturing jobs, and filling them relies on the combination of skilled workers deep training.  We took a look at a pair of professional manufacturing certification programs across New York City that are preparing the workforce for a career in advanced manufacturing.

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Manufacture New York launches Manufacture Foundation to train advanced manufacturing workforce

September 7, 2016

Manufacture New York recently launched The Manufacture Foundation, an education nonprofit to train a 21st-century advanced manufacturing workforce, provide subsidized incubation space and offer classes for startups, engineers, manufacturers and designers.

Workforce training is increasingly important as rapid machine innovation outpaces education of skilled workers. The Manufacture Foundation’s strategies are similar to Pratt’s Equitable Innovation Economies and Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Education, training and incubation will build on Manufacture New York’s burgeoning ecosystem as it ramps up to filling out 160,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plan is to create “a 21st-century garment district” with almost 300 jobs, space for two dozen businesses, plus research and consulting contracts. Read more