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Made in NYC Week 2020 Recap

Posted on October 20, 2020 / Made In NYC News

Like so many of the businesses that make up our membership, Made in NYC pivoted for this year’s annual celebration of manufacturing. An all virtual experience kicked off on October 2nd, bringing 8 days of online panels, demos, factory tours and more to New Yorkers and beyond.

We’ve posted a few highlights from the week below, and most of the video content can be viewed at MadeinNYCWeek.com.

Kick off Party

Made in NYC Week 2020 launched on Friday, October 2nd with a virtual party and fashion showcase hosted by NYC comedian Dara Jemmott, and featuring Made in NYC members Abacaxi, Beriqisu, and a performance by Adeline.

Weekend of Making

NYC Toymaker Teknikio shows how to use eco-felt penguin pieces and electronics components to sew a shivering plush penguin. The kit comes with reusable components and foldout guide. Skills learned: sewing, circuits, design thinking.

From October 3-4, the Weekend of Making helped put a face to New Yorkers’ favorite local products and explore what it’s really like to run a manufacturing business. Highlights included:

  • Toymaking demo with Teknikio
  • Virtual tastings with Moto Spirits, Squish Marshmallows, Milene Jardine & Brooklyn Winery
  • Soapmaking demo with Body Vanity
  • Meet the Maker Interviews with Morito Chocolates, Ojala Threads, and Gwen Beloti hosted on our Instagram channel

Panel Discussions & Interviews

We hosted a series of virtual discussions including:

  • Critical conversations about NYC’s fashion workforce, the disruption and resiliency of local food supply chains, and the manufacturers who pivoted in the heart of the pandemic to meet the needs of fellow New Yorkers.
  • A conversation on Inclusive Design and Employment for People of All Abilities co-hosted with Turnstile Tours.
  • The Pratt Alumni Maker Spotlight that told the stories of Pratt alumni who are now thriving in NYC’s maker and manufacturing community.

Virtual Factory Tours

To wrap up the week, we took you behind the walls of 14 NYC factories & workspaces for Factory Friday virtual tours in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard & Open House NY.

If you weren’t able to attend live, you can catch up and rewatch all Made in NYC Week 2020 programming at the link below.