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Partners and Organizations

DMD channels the assets of four dynamic Philadelphia-based organizations, Breadboard, The Hacktory, Public Workshop and NextFab, into a collaborative operation that provides the space, tools, and knowledge to uniquely empower youth, community organizations and inspired citizens to do great things in Philadelphia.

Breadboard is a hybrid program at the University City Science Center that facilitates cross-disciplinary art exhibits, community outreach initiatives and special programs. Based on 30+ years of Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) operations, Breadboard builds on the EKG mission by raising public awareness and community engagement around creative applications of new technology and creates public access to a new generation of fabrication technology and workspace. 

The Hacktory was formed in 2007 to provide formal instruction in topics such as circuits, programming, and robotics for personal creative development, and to form a creative, collaborative social group. The Hacktory’s mission is to inspire anyone to use technology for personal expression. The Hacktory focuses on education (circuits, electricity, radio-frequency, robots, computers, and the science and math behind them), providing a respectful atmosphere where artists, scientists, and programmers alike can feel comfortable asking questions. 

A cheerleader of possibility, Public Workshop creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities. Public Workshop is redefining the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities, and addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. In the process, Public Workshop fundamentally re-imagines education by reshaping how and where learning occurs. Working with our partners and clients, Public Workshop develops inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. Public Workshop accomplishes this by relentlessly challenging and radically rethinking assumptions about how people learn and design occurs. Our students and clients are smiling (and in some cases leaping) because we believe that the very best learning and design occur when it’s challenging, empowering and fun.