Summer Hiatus

Prototype is taking a break from Open Swim hours this summer. We will be re-opening our public workspace later this summer. 

Prototype opened its doors in January 2017. Our goal for the first 100 days was to reach 100 women in STEAM. To meet this goal, our plan was to host a workshop series funded by a community-driven Sprout Fund grant. We won the grant!

What we've achieved in our first 100 days –
Since January, Prototype has reached over 550 people through 22 workshops and 2 large events. We also have 150+ members and 12 regular volunteers.

Additionally, universities from Ontario and South Korea have come to visit us. We have has also been featured on NPR, NextPGH, Steel This Mag, City Paper, Comcast, local university newspapers, and the Tribune Review.

It has been a busy few months! We are now taking the next few weeks to regroup and thing strategically about what is next. In addition to the events we are hosting this summer, we will also be reviewing our services, volunteer opportunities, and facilities.

We love you and thank you for your support!

feminism. making. community.

Everything is a prototype

What started as a personal studio for co-founders Erin Oldynski and E.Louise Larson is now a feminist makerspace. Prototype was born from the idea that we are constantly prototyping the kind of world we want to live in. As two women who love making, educating, and Pittsburgh, this is our first prototype for the future. We see Prototype as a space where feminists of all genders are welcome to make things, fail quickly, and find the support to start all over again. 

Prototype is a recipient of the 100 Days of US grant through the Sprout Fund.


GET involved


Prototypers have access to shared tools, space, events, knowledge, and support. All genders and disciplines are welcome to join. 


Thursdays & Fridays 12-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm