Arts / Nonprofits / Youth

The Department of Making + Doing’s young makers get featured in Fast Company

They're making benches, lamps and iPhone speakers at the University City makerspace and selling them on Etsy.

From a Department of Making + Doing art show in December 2014. (Photo by Juliana Reyes)

The teenage makers of the Building Hero Project (and their awesome wares) were featured in Fast Company. The Building Hero Project is part of youth design outfit Public Workshop, which is based at the Department of Making + Doing, a nonprofit makerspace in University City.

For many of the people in the program, particularly the high school students, working in the space is transformative. “Here, they’re not really burdened with the perceptions that they may have carried around for many years at school about their ability to achieve,” says [Public Workshop founder Alex] Gilliam. Through every sale, those in the program are also learning the basics of entrepreneurship, from how to evaluate and redesign products based on sales to fulfilling and shipping orders.

Read the full story
Also check out the Building Hero Project’s Etsy store.

Companies: Department of Making + Doing / Public Workshop

Knowledge is power!

Subscribe for free today and stay up to date with news and tips you need to grow your career and connect with our vibrant tech community.


The Tech Behind: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus runs on automation software, spatial technology and a robot dog

With a new mayor coming, Philly OIT dropped a new strategic plan focused on these 5 issues

What roles do gender and race play in the IT job market?

Techstars startup 1to1 is helping ecommerce vendors personalize your shopping experience

Technically Media