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VIP Ticket: With this ticket, you will receive exciting hands-on activities, 2 local or deluxe drink tickets, sliders and heavy appetizers. 6-7:30 pm, VIP Reception + 7:30-10 pm, MakerDate party.

General Admission: With this ticket, you will receive 2 drink tickets, appetizers, and a wearable circuit activity. 7:30-10 pm, MakerDate party.


6:00-7:30 pm, VIP Reception

  • Features local music by Pairdown
  • Hands-on making + learning activities
  • Premium food and drink from Ace Hotel

7:30-10 pm, MakerDate Party

  • Featuring DJ Purr Ubu.
  • Local artists, makers, and more!
  • Live + silent auction
  • Snacks + drinks, and dancing.

MakerDate 2017

MakerDate is Assemble’s big celebration of our awesome community of supporters! This fundraiser is a celebration of the impact of Assemble’s STEAM based educational programming. We know that people of all ages, levels of expertise, and backgrounds feel the impact of Assemble’s programs – there’s no limit to who can build confidence through making!

Besides being a great party, MakerDate is a one-of-a-kind event, pairing skilled creators with people who want to learn something new. Attendees are able to bid on “dates” with craft makers, designers, technologists and innovators, who will work with the winning bidders to make a piece of art, a personalized piece of technology, or practice a new skill (see list below!). Instead of a single object, winners receive an unforgettable experience and a new relationship.

MakerDate attendees represent a wide range of Pittsburgh businesses, interests, and neighborhoods.  In our fifth year, we anticipate a bigger bolder gathering featuring music, drinks, a silent auction, and the main event, the MakerDate auction!  As a Maker, you will be able to reach an audience of over 150 people in an intimate, unfiltered and engaging way, building your own network.  You will also directly contribute to Assemble’s efforts to provide equal opportunities for the Pittsburgh community to explore new ideas, new careers, and create new possibilities.

All funds raised at the event go toward Assemble’s educational Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs.

Meet the Maker!

 Jeni Benz – Have a photo, print, and make session! Produce T-shirt, poster print and canvas print made with your images!
Erin Jones -Create home decors such as small table centerpieces, candles, and wreaths made from old books pages
Chris Mason – Make a video to promo your nonprofit or grassroots groups, mini documentaries, or music video
Todd Medema – A private brainstorming session to figure out how to monetize or grow your project, From planning to polishing a crowdfunding campaign, marketing strategies, and more!
Prototype, A Feminist Makerspace – Spend a day making: vinyl cut hat, screen print totes, laser cut jewelry, 3D print succulent planters, and a tour of the city as our makerspace!
Wes Shonk – Get a brief lesson in Tiki history with a hands-on bartending class in making elaborately garnished, delicious cocktails at Hidden Harbor!
Nicholas Volpe– Spend a day with a studio visit, forging demo, make a small steel flower 🌺. Talk art, design, process, etc.
Laura West – Sketch out their idea and start the process of transforming it into reality through patterning and prototyping!
Robert Zacharias – Get a very small computer (aka an Arduino) to follow whatever instructions you want, so that you can build responsive behavior into an object in the world!
And more!!!!
Interested in sponsoring the event? There’s still time!
We have a few more sponsorships available. If you or your company is interested, please email Nina at

Thank you to our sponsors!

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