Located in a warehouse in the North Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Prototype PGH is a feminist makerspace with over 150 paying members. Our mission is to build gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship by providing affordable access to high tech tools and equipment, offering workshops that prioritize the experiences of women, and cultivating a gender-inclusive professional support network.
In 2017 we received our first grant from the Sprout Fund to engage 100 women in technology workshops. Over the course of the year, we engaged over 500 women in our workshops, classes, and events. We’ve also partnered with the Mayor’s Office on Inclusive Innovation Week, hosted a residency for students from the Ontario College of Art and Design, participated in the AS220 artist residency in Rhode Island, presented at the annual Google design conference, and participated in the Full Circle nonprofit accelerator through Social Venture Partners.
In 2018 we received a grant from Google to engage 1,000 women in workshops, incubate 5 women owned businesses, and hire our first staff person. We also received a grant from the BNY Mellon Foundation to provide programming for 100 women of color to learn technology and entrepreneurial skills in partnership with Ujamaa Collective, Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project, Flower House, and A Peace of Mind. As a result of our workshops and classes we’ve seen women getting raises, promotions, starting their own businesses, and hiring one another.