Thank you for registering for Maker Walk LA this Friday! This will be a really special event. You’ll see how things are made behind-the-scenes in the Arts District on October 6, with tours from 1-4pm and a VIP celebration 4-7pm. We’re eager to share some tips for enjoying the day. Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions:
How will this work? Starting at 12:30, check in at La Kretz Innovation Campus (525 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013). We will sign you in and give you a map and a wristband. And then you follow your own adventure! The wristband will get you into all of the tour stops.
What will I see? A wide range of businesses and factories will open their doors for one afternoon only, for one-of-a-kind tours! They are all listed in detail on the event page. See how coffee is roasted, beer brewed, high-tech stage lighting assembled, and organic spirits distilled. Take an in-depth tour at a leather factory to learn how luxury bags and shoes are made. Come see what spatial computing is all about with Oblong’s 40-foot interactive display wall and collaboration tools. Visit a co-working space designed especially for fashion designers and learn about stitching techniques. The Advanced Prototyping Center has fantastic demos planned, demonstrating the prototyping process from digital file through multiple fabrication processes. Hyperloop One will give a sneak peek into the future of transportation. You can even learn how power is generated and distributed at the LADWP substation. Don’t forget your wallets for shopping at the Arts District Co-op or at local shoemaker COMUNITY as you watch one-of-a-kind footwear being handcrafted.
How can I see everything I want to see? Well, sadly you probably can’t see everything! We recommend you peruse the lineup in advance and pick your top choices. Please note that some stops have very limited space and specific times, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Sign-ups for Hyperloop One in particular will be designated first-come, first-served at check-in; do not go directly there or you will not be allowed in.
How can I find the tours? Each stop will have a distinctive sign at the entrance. You will get a map and wristband at check-in, but if you want to see low-res version now you can download it here. Make sure to check in on Friday so you get all of the up to most date info and your creds for visiting all the stops.
Will there be guides? The individual tours will be guided, but it’s up to you to decide in what stops you want to see and in what order.
How will we get around? Most of the tours are within a couple of blocks of check-in. La La Land has ample parking, but the rest of the stops have very little. Our recommentation is to park it and walk! A couple of tours are about a half to 3/4 mile away – you might find Lyft or Uber convenient. (If you don’t have a Lyft account, download the app in advance using this link, and you’ll save $15 on your first ride – and MAKE IT IN LA will get a $5 referral bonus, a win-win! lyft.com/invite/MAKERWALK)
How do we get there? Find information about parking and transit here. Off-street parking is available for $6 paid by credit card at the La Kretz Innovation Campus (525 S Hewitt St.) at check-in.
How do I find the V.I.P. Reception? Enter COMUNITY (584 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013) around the back, from Palmetto St. We might have some tickets at the door, but we suggest you register in advance to make sure you can get one.
What should I wear? Dress is business casual. Wear your walking shoes! Close-toed footwear is required for some of the tours. Otherwise, dress light because it’s supposed to be warm out.
What should I bring? We’ll have some water, but you might want to bring extra. Bring your wallet if you want to have lunch in advance, or shop at the Co-op or COMUNITY. Bring your confirmation print-out or your ID.
Where can I eat lunch? There are several restaurants nearby. The closest ones are Urth Cafe, The Chairman, Resident, and Zinc. There are also often food trucks near La Kretz, The Arts District Co-op, and COMUNITY. Grab a coffee at Blue Bottle.
Can we check in at the door? It’s best that you register in advance to save time, and because we cannot guarrantee there will be tickets left. But if you’re already on your way, please come!
Who are you? MAKE IT IN LA is a region-wide initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers and manufacturers. Its mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into real products in Los Angeles. The non-profit provides educational programming, factory tours, community-building events, online content, and links to resources to help businesses scale. The initiative spun out of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and is made possible by numerous partners and supporters. Learn more: makeitinla.org
Why are you doing this? MAKE IT IN LA and friends want to celebrate manufacturing in LA, connect the community, and share inspiration and information about how to make products locally. Join our movement!
THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners for making this event possible! Our supporters include SmartyPants Vitamins, Durolabs, CMTC, Happily, Sheppard Mullin, K&L Gates, Priority Pak, LADWP, LA Sanitation, and the Opportunity Fund. Co-hosts include COMUNITY, Angel City Brewery, Greenbar Distillery, Califia Farms, and HIVE lighting. Visit makerwalkla.com for a complete and up to date list of our supporters.