Hk Maker Lab


The Hk Maker Lab is an intensive six-week summer program to learn the foundations of engineering design. The program takes place in partnership with Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Focusing on addressing a health problem, students work in teams to prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program culminates in a pitch event to leading executives from the biomedical community. Winning projects may then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace. Students then also have the opportunity to be placed in internships within NYC’s biotech community.

We are glad to have the support of the Pinkerton Foundation and the NIH SEPA. Through their generous support we will be able to bring the Hk Maker Lab Bio-Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship program into NYC public high schools, and continually support our students in their internships, and as they pursue college, and careers. Our vision is to create a biotech talent pipeline that is representative of the diversity of NYC.

Hk Maker Lab is a member of the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium

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Inspired Invention

Past Projects Include:

  • LED Light Array that illuminates surgical settings where power may be intermittent
  • Clean cervical tissue samples from women who have undergone FGM
  • Needle sterilization and disposal for low resourced areas
  • Infant warmer and vital sign monitor

I am finishing up my first year at The Cooper Union studying architecture. I would like to say that the Hk Maker Lab program greatly informed my first year at Cooper. Having the experience of a group project helped greatly in dealing with the group project every first year architecture student at Cooper must complete. Additionally, the focus on individuals in low resource areas during Hk Maker Lab put me more in tune with issues that those in low resource areas face so I have a better idea of what people in these conditions need and how architecture can be used to address these problems.

Pamela Allen, Hk Maker Lab 2014 Alumna

Oh The Places They'll Go!

Hk Maker Lab students have gone off to:

  • Boston College
  • Brown
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard
  • Princeton