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Join us at Pier 9

The Pier 9 Residency program is an opportunity for creatives and innovators from diverse backgrounds to join us in challenging the way things are made and how this impacts the world around us.



Fall Cohort: Aug 1st – Nov 30th, 2018

Application deadline: February 25th, 2018 

Spring Cohort: Feb 1st – May 31st, 2018

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1. What are some qualities of a strong applicant?

Active authors and contributors to our Instructables community are given priority for this residency. If you are not currently an Instructables member, we strongly suggest that you join. Create a user name and post some projects. 

Beyond Instructables, strong candidates have excellent documentation, writing, and photography skills, and extensive experience in making things within their area(s) of interest. At Pier 9, we support an open, self-guided, and hands-on work environment, so self-motivated and independent workers will thrive in this program.

Prior experience or deep understanding of the tools we have at Pier 9 is highly valued. However, depending on which tools you want to use, this may not always be necessary.

2. What deliverables are expected of a resident at Pier 9?

Deliverables vary based on the nature of each residency project. All residents are responsible for publishing an Instructable related to each project they create at Pier 9, and will give a final presentation at the end of the residency.

See examples of previous resident projects on our Instructables Pier 9 Residency Group page. You can expect to work on several projects during your residency. All residents make a final presentation and are encouraged to document their residency with a community forum post, video, or in some other appropriate form.

3. What kind of projects can be made while in the Pier 9 Residency program?

Projects can be anything from new recipe ideas, playful gadgets/products, or sculptures, to unique technologies and even fine art and design. Make sure that your project ideas are unique and allow you to take full advantage of the tools available at the Pier 9 workshop.

We currently have limited space at Pier 9 and highly recommend that all projects be within human scale. If your projects require additional space, we encourage you to seek other locations away from Pier 9.

4. What kind of support does Instructables provide to residents?

We support each resident with a monthly stipend and an additional project materials allowance, which varies depending on the project.

We have a world-class workshop at our at Pier 9 offices in San Francisco, California, complete with an electronics lab, craft room, test kitchen, wood/metal workshops, 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. Artists receive training on our tools and are required to be hands-on in the production of their work from start to finish. We have specialists available to help troubleshoot along the way and can help contract out components of your project when necessary.

At the Pier 9 workshop, we also staff in-house content producers who are always excited to brainstorm, and a residency program manager who helps residents work toward their goals.

5. How long is each residency?

Residencies last for 4 months with a 1 month soft start for those who are local. This soft start gives you the ability to take all the equipment training classes you need and get acquainted with the Pier 9 environment, but no stipend will be given during this time. If you have special concerns or scheduling needs, please share them in your application.

6. Who owns the intellectual property of residency results and projects?

Residents retain all intellectual and physical property rights for the work that they complete during their residency. Residents are required to publish their work on and are subject to our Terms of Service as any other Instructable would be. Residents can publish their work under the project license of their choosing. In some cases, Autodesk may borrow one or more physical projects so that we may show off the work at an event or in our offices.

7. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

We accept applications from many countries around the world, and are working at broadening our program all the time. If you are outside the United States and are interested in a residency, contact us at and we will do our best to accommodate you.

8. Does the Pier 9 Residency program provide residents with visas?

The Pier 9 Residency program and Autodesk do not provide residents with visas. Residents must arrange their own visas and should enter the United States as visitors. We can provide residents with an invitation letter describing the nature of the relationship that the artist in residence has with us and explaining the reason for their visit.

We’ve found that these letters can be useful for residents when entering the U.S. border, but are in no way intended to replace a visa.

9. Does Instructables provide residents with transportation to San Francisco?

No. Residents must make their own transportation arrangements to and from San Francisco.

10. Where should I stay during my residency, and how should I get there?

Our residents coordinate their own travel arrangements and accommodations. Please arrange your housing and travel ahead of time, or budget accordingly to stay in temporary accommodations (hotel or hostel) upon your arrival. Past residents have used to find temporary housing and sublets. For short residencies, consider booking accommodations through

11. What is the age requirement to be a resident?

In order to use our workshop, residents must be 18 years or older.

12. What hours can we work on our projects?

Regular workshop hours are 7:00 AM-9:00 PM, however Residents Have 24/7 access to the workshop. Some tools require a shop monitor to be in the building as well as a “buddy” who is within earshot. Outside of regular workshop hours, we have volunteer shop monitors who work in the building that extend access; however, additional support is dependent on who is around.

13. Is the residency program flexible enough to allow me to travel occasionally? Is there an expectation of hours per week spent at Pier 9?

In order to make the best of this experience we ask that residents work from Pier 9 at least four days per workweek. Travel is absolutely ok, and residents are expected to manage their own time to make sure that they are averaging the attendance required.