• MicroCommunities Building the Future: NYDesigns and FabLab Hardware Tech Startups (Long Island City)

    a Tech Tour

    Wednesday, May 15 (6pm-8pm)



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Connecting with diverse innovation communities
throughout New York City

Prototyping the Future with NYDesigns and FabLab  

Long Island City received a ton of attention recently due to Amazon’s surprising decision to choose the bustling neighborhood (and designated Opportunity Zone) as its second headquarters (HQ2) and the equally surprising announcement that they were canceling plans for HQ2 in New York City. But what many people who only recently learned about Long Island City may not know, is that it is a hot-bed of creativity and innovation — full of startups, small businesses, and organizations that are seeding the next era of ingenuity in New York (and defining their hyper-local culture on their own terms).

NYDesigns and FabLab are inspiring examples of this and they have graciously invited us to meet their community, learn about their work, and participate in a discussion about hardware tech startups in New York City and their shift towards incorporating emerging technologies like AI in their models.

Join us for an enlightening, thought-provoking and fun Tech Tour at NYDesigns/Fab Lab in Long Island City. We’ll tour and learn about NYDesigns and Fab Lab and meet several of their startup founders. We will also explore and learn about their Long Island City neighborhood and the benefits of working in LIC (and what it means to launch a business in an Opportunity Zone). Beverages and pizza from the best local pizzeria included.

About NYDesigns and FabLab

Founded in 2006, NYDesigns is dedicated to the success of design and hardware tech startups in NYC. Companies in our incubator get three years of private studio space and access to a network of mentors and advisers. Makers can prototype their designs and ideas in our safe, secure, 5,000-sq-ft fabrication lab. We produce events and programs for a thriving community of creators and innovators. We are part of LaGuardia Community College and proudly located in Long Island City, Queens.

The NYDesigns FabLab is our 5,000 ft2, on-site fabrication lab that allows makers to prototype design concepts in a safe, secure facility. We offer flexible membership options and digital fabrication services to enable everyone from tinkerers to established design and tech companies realize their next project. The FabLab is equipped with an array of tools both analog and digital, including traditional hand and power tools, a vacuum former, an FDM rapid prototyper, and a large-format industrial laser cutter. The FabLab also provides access to co-working and common space in our business incubator, allowing members to tap into our community of designers and entrepreneurs.

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ADDRESS: 29-10 Thomson Ave 7th floor, Long Island City, NY 11101. Conveniently located in Long Island City, Queens near the E/M/G/7 Court Square stations, across the Thomson Avenue bridge, in the first building on your right.
Beverages and local pizza.