Tools for Women

 Now accepting applications for December

At MakerLabs, we that believe sharing space, tools, and skills are fundamental aspects of maker culture. The Tools For Women residency focuses on empowering self-identified women and non-binary people to use the tools at MakerLabs in a comfortable and supportive environment to make almost anything.

The first month of the residency is dedicated to learning to use the tools we have available here and start working on personal projects, and the second month you act as a mentor and continue to work on personal projects. Whether you are a seasoned maker or you are at the beginning of your making journey, this program works to support women making and designing at MakerLabs.



Length of residency
2 months

No. of residents per month
Max 4 

Cost of residency 
$300 + tax + Any additional material residents may use 

Included in residency

  • MakerLabs Extended Hours Membership (2 months)

  • Dedicated meeting table and short term storage

  • 4 tool orientations:

    • WoodLab 101

    • LaserLab 101

    • CNC Router 101

    • MetalLab 101

  • Platform to share/exhibit work

  • MakerLabs Guidance & Support to help execute your project ideas

What is expected from the residency

Month 1:

Create a project that uses tools within MakerLabs
Present a ‘show and tell’ at the next Women's Maker Meetup
Documentation - Introductory blog post, and weekly Instagram posts (at minimum)

Month 2:
Become mentors for the next cohort and meet up on a weekly basis
Plan and run the monthly Women's Maker Meetup and present your work
Continue work on personal projects
Documentation - Mid-way though and end of residency blog posts, and weekly Instagram posts (at minimum)

Residency commitment
We expect a minimum of 15 hours a week at MakerLabs to be committed to the program. This commitment also includes posting on the Instagram account at least once a week as well as three blog posts through the duration of the residency. Residents must be at MakerLabs for all classes on Monday evenings from 6pm to 9pm or 10pm during the first month. Class lengths vary depending on the class. All other hours are flexible but we encourage working in groups and meeting up with your mentor / mentee on a weekly basis.

Accommodation and travel
This must be arranged by the resident. 

Project legacy

  • All intellectual property will remain in possession of the resident/s

  • Anything built here is the property of the resident. If you want to leave the project at MakerLabs after the residency is over you will have to pay for storage.

  • Any documentation will be shared by MakerLabs through our website/social media etc

We are now accepting applications for our December residency intakes. Please send your application to ATTN:TFW and include the following:

  • Resume of relevant work and volunteer experience

  • Email body explaining:

    • Your background

    • Your goals for the program

    • Project ideas

    • Which tools you’re most excited to learn about

    • How you could give back to others during the second month

  • Preferred months to start (eg. November, December) and your general availability. Please indicate any months you’re available as the program is ongoing and we receive many applications.

  • Optional: Visual portfolio of work or concept designs - this can be an Instagram account, website, or formal portfolio

We choose applicants with three weeks notification before the start month, e.g. announcing early to mid August for the September / October start date.