The Tinker Program


A valuable part of The Garage’s core community, The Tinker Program offers access to resources for students working on their innovation projects. 

The Tinker Program is for current, full-time, degree seeking Northwestern students who are working on an innovation project. Most Tinkerers are in the ideation phase and are working towards Residency. The Tinker Program application is open all year, with students admitted on an ongoing basis. Students will maintain Tinker status for the remainder of the academic year. Students who wish to stay in The Tinker Program must reapply each year. 

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are currently closed. Please check back soon for updated application dates for the 2020-21 academic year.

Tinkerers get access to The Garage during staffed hours and are encouraged to work from The Cafe or an empty classroom. Tinkerers will get an invitation to at least two Family Dinners and two Tinkerer-only meet ups per quarter, an invitation to pitch at The Garage’s quarterly Startup Matchmaking event, access to The Makerspace during staffed hours, a weekly newsletter, and priority for Office Hours and events hosted at The Garage. Tinkerers do not get a dedicated desk.

Community

Tinkerers receive an invitation to at at least two Family Dinners and two Tinkerer-only meet ups per quarter.

Mentorship

Tinkerers are given priority for Office Hours with peers, alumni, and EIRs.

Resources

Tinkerers are encouraged to work from The Cafe and given access to The Makerspace during staffed hours.

Questions?

Email us at thegarage@northwestern.edu