Design and build your own product while learning the fundamentals of industrial design.

The Bronx Innovators Workshop is a paid summer program that teaches participants the fundamentals of industrial design. Over the course of 8 weeks, participants will design a functional, ergonomic hand tool as they learn about how to research, ideate, design, build, test, and communicate about their product. By the end of the program, participants will understand how to improve form and function of everyday objects through design, in order to create their own products in the future.

Each week will consists of one two-hour workshop led by the hardware innovation studio Tomorrow Lab, as well as five hours of open shop access and staff support at the Bronx Innovation Factory to work on their product. We anticipate workshops will be held on Tuesday evenings and open hours on Thursday afternoons; however, the final schedule will be determined once participants are selected.

Participants will also learn how products are made in New York City from practicing designers and experts in their field. And the program will culminate in a final presentation and critique, featuring a panel of practicing designers.

Apply by Friday, May 31st at 5pm. Participants must have previous experience with 3D design and digital fabrication, and they must be able to commit to the full program.


When: July 8 to August 2019, exact days and times TBD (likely Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons)

Where: Tomorrow Lab, 45 E Broadway, New York, NY and The Bronx Innovation Factory, 2431 Morris Ave, Bronx, NY

What you’ll get:

  • Hands-on experience with all the fundamentals of industrial design

  • Experience translating an idea to a real-life object, and communicating the finished product to others

  • A community of like-minded Bronx-based innovators

  • A stipend of $840

Full schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 2: Orientation

  • July 8-12: Brainstorming

  • July 15-19: Ergonomics and user testing

  • July 22-26: Sketching and mock-ups

  • July 29-Aug 2: Prototyping

  • Aug 5-9: Pin-up and critique

  • Aug 12-16: Field trip to Smart Design

  • Aug 19-23: Photography and pitching

  • Aug 26-30: Pin-up and final presentation


In case you’re wondering…

  • …what industrial design is: According to the Industrial Designers of America, it is “creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer.” Check out their cool explainer video for more info.

  • …what we mean by “hand tool”: Hand tools are handheld objects that cut, move, guide, measure, shape, fasten, or otherwise change other objects. Examples of hand tools include kitchen implements, building tools, gardening tools, etc. For the purposes of the Bronx Innovators Workshop, these products can but are not required to include electronics.


The Bronx Innovators Workshop is a partnership between the Bronx Innovation Factory and Tomorrow Lab, and receives support from Futureworks NYC.