Machyne and Purdue University Extension to offer new workforce and educational training program

INDIANAPOLIS –  Machyne, a 21st century makerspace opening in the 16 Tech Innovation District this March, announced a partnership with Purdue University Extension Marion County (PEMC) to provide workforce and educational training for residents in the neighborhoods near 16 Tech.

PEMC and Machyne will focus on workforce training opportunities in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The program will engage youth ages 13 and up in maker curricula, and will expand to include multi-generational programming for adults.

“We are thrilled to offer innovative STEAM programs in a safe and supportive environment for teens and their families,” said Laura Dodds, county extension director at PEMC. “Our programs are designed to spark interest in the college and career pathways that are vital to filling Indiana’s in-demand talent needs.”

PEMC will occupy one of Machyne’s eight private studio spaces, and utilize the makerspace’s 15,000 square feet of space. This space features cutting-edge tools, digital prototyping resources and a media lab.

“As a makerspace, Machyne can be many things to many people,” said Dr. Alex Bandar, executive director at Machyne. “We’re a prototyping lab for startups; experiential education space for students; a place to fine-tune new skills for people exploring new career opportunities; an art studio for creatives seeking to bring amazing things to life.”

Machyne is committed to connecting with local students and residents of the 16 Tech Innovation District neighborhoods including offering discounted memberships to the makerspace.

“We will be able to empower people of all backgrounds and interests through a combination of Machyne’s resources and PEMC’s incredible knowledge, experience, and network,” said Bandar.

Machyne is located in the heart of the 16 Tech Innovation District in HqO, the innovation hub. HqO boasts private office space operated by 1776 and the AMP, an artisan marketplace featuring local artisans and food vendors.

“The partnership between Machyne and PEMC thoughtfully connects young people and adults to meaningful STEAM programming,” said Bob Coy, president and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation. “We have the ability to build a bigger and brighter ecosystem by investing in individuals and fostering inclusive spaces where they can find new passions, develop new ideas, and hone new skills.”

16 Tech Community Corporation funded a portion of the PEMC programming through its Community Investment Fund in December 2020.

Machyne will host a virtual grand opening celebration on Friday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m. The online event will feature some of Indy’s top innovators, as well as a virtual tour of the completed makerspace. All are welcome. Register at


Machyne is a 21st century makerspace, located in the 16 Tech Innovation District of downtown Indianapolis, that features high-tech tools, flexible work spaces and customized programming. Machyne supports makers of all kinds. Machyne members are diverse in skill and united by a common mission; to bring new products to life in a fun and collaborative environment. Machyne is a place to learn new skills, share resources, and dream big with over 15,000 square feet of flexible space, customized programming, events and seminars.


PEMC has a century-long track record of producing practical, research-based information that has transformed communities across Indianapolis. Purdue Extension’s Marion County office seeks to strengthen the capacity of all Marion County residents and communities with an appreciation for the culture and diversity that makes them unique.


The 16 Tech Innovation District is one of the largest talent attraction, retention, and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located in downtown Indianapolis , 16 Tech leverages its proximity to top academic, corporate, and healthcare institutions. There is a growing network of spaces, programs, and talent that foster the cross-industry convergence and collaboration that make world-changing innovation possible. The nonprofit 16 Tech Community Corporation oversees the development of the district and ensures benefits of economic growth. There will be new investment and job creation that extends to nearby neighborhoods as well as the city, region, and state. More information can be found at