Brownsville + Harvard i-Lab = #InnovateBrownsville


QLA Design is proud to announce that the Made In Brownsville initiative will be taking up a semester long residency in the Harvard Innovation Lab Venture Incubation Program. This is an exciting two years young program that supports entrepreneurs in developing and nurturing their ideas with a state-of-the-art co-working space, access to workshops, rapid prototyping technologies, professional legal and consulting practitioners. Its also just a great place to meet other visionaries across Harvard’s many schools.

Made In Brownsville is a storefront creative solutions makerspace and think tank based in a Brooklyn neighborhood with the highest concentration of public housing in the nation. What makes us unique is our place-based employment model that targets the most at-risk population in New York; 16-24 year old juvenile offenders. This tech-innovation opportunity leverages the latent social capital of an eager workforce to increase their marketability, with the rapid prototyping tools and technologies driving Brooklyn’s tinkerer movement. We facilitate their investment back into their own community through visual advocacy while empowering them with tools to change their own narrative, as well as Brownsville’s.

The goal for this semesters’ residency in the i-Lab will be building the infrastructure of the business model which includes but is not limited to:

  • business plan development
  • legal structure
  • market analysis
  • product brainstorming/prototyping
  • Board development

We have dubbed the synergy between the Innovation Lab and the Made In Brownsville thought partners as #InnovateBrownsville. Some of the #InnovateBrownsville Team 

Quardean Lewis-Allen, Founder. BS in Architecture, SUNY University at Buffalo. M.Arch I’14, Harvard Graduate School of Design Evelyn Tilney. BA, Architectural Studies, Brown University. M.Arch and Urban Culture. Universitat Pompeu Fabra Lindsay McKenzie. B, The George Washington University. JD ’15, Harvard Law School. Wendy W Fok. BA, Columbia, M.Arch, Princeton University + Certification Urban Policy Planning. Diplome, Civilisation Francaise, Universite Paris Sorbonne. Part II, The Barlett, Diploma II Architecture. D.Des Computational Innovation/Ethical Intervention in Digital Fabrication within Architecture & Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design Qiana Lewis. Associates in Liberal Arts, LaGuardia Community College. B ’09, New York City College of Technology. Evan Bauer. BS in Architecture, SUNY University at Buffalo. M.Arch I ’12, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Alan Waxman. BA, Whitman College. MLA I, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Stephanie Torres M.Des ’15, Harvard Graduate School of Design Alan Ai  BA, UCLA, JD ’15, Harvard Law School. Emmet Truxes AB, Princeton University. M.Arch I’13, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Rasmia Kirmani-Frye BA, Urban Studies, The College of Wooster. MS., Ph.D ’15, Urban and Public Policy, Milano Graduate School, New School University. Director, Brownsville Partnership, Community Solutions. Marcus Antone Walter Mello BA in Art History with a minor in Public Policy. Swarthmore. M.Arch I ’16  Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jacqueline Nakanyike-Lugudde BA ’14, M.Arch I’15, Boston Architectural College. Nupur Chaudhury B, Bryn Mawr College. MUP , New York University, MPH, Columbia University. Trey Kirk B in Physics, Tufts University. M.Arch I’13, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Several individuals will be supporting in satellite locations. We invite all those interested in participating to contact us. We’re looking forward to a productive semester of building on the hope that lives in Brownsville. Follow the hashtag #InnovateBrownsville on social media to see the exciting developments over the course of the i-Lab residency.