Our goal is to inspire, inform, and celebrate our creative community through diverse speakers representing an array of creative industries and disciplines.

WeMake is a non-profit 501 C(3) that helps to foster art and design in Portland’s creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. WeMake Celebrates is an evolution of our yearly anniversary event that started with Put a Bird In It, and has now grown into a full-blown conference.


  • All Hands Raised
  • Ethos Music
  • Literary Arts
  • PSU’s Friendtorship
  • Right Brain Initiative
  • School of Rock
  • Schoolhouse Supplies

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland Co-Founders / Creative Directors

JOLBY & FRIENDS / Portland
Co-Founders / Creative Directors


Jolby & Friends co-founders Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols (“Jolby”) began their creative partnership in 2005 wanting to tell stories through design and illustration without letting ego get in the way of honest, hard work. In 2010, they opened their own studio that quickly grew in size and talent. The team that emerged works each day to put oneself aside in order to create the best and most collaborative work possible. Jolby & Friends is an award winning, multi-disciplinary creative studio building meaningful and thoughtful experiences through collaboration. Some of their clients include Nike, Disney, Patagonia, The Nature Conservancy, Sanuk, and locally Hopworks, Barista, Roseline, Bitterman Salt Co., and XOXO.


DAVID BYNUM / Portland Industrial Designer, 3D Specialist

DAVID BYNUM / Portland
Industrial Designer, 3D Specialist


David Bynum is an Industrial Designer and 3D specialist with the Advanced Creation Technologies team at adidas. Inspired by psychology, perception, and consciousness, much of David's work reflects an ongoing effort to hack the senses and playfully explore the connection between mind and matter. 

His latest experiment for adidas "look but don't touch" is a mixed reality footwear design experience that aims to merge the digital and physical world by proposing new ways for a designer to interact with their creation in a virtual space. PLAY WITH THIS AT THE CONFERENCE!

"Look but don't touch: it's the prime unspoken rule of virtual reality. Current technology presents us with an immersive sense of visual scale and presence, but the images we see are nothing more than a technological mirage. But what if we gave form to these figments? How might we bend, or even break this rule?

I read somewhere that magic happens at the intersection of opposites, and that's precisely what we set out to do with this project...to build a bridge between opposing worlds and by doing so make the digital world a bit more more physical, and the physical world a bit more magical."


WeMake is fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating. With this in mind, a portion of sales from the event will go towards the continued support of art, design, and making.

grab your tickets early

Ticket Schedule:

  • April 19 - Super Early Bird $100
  • July 1 - Early Bird $150
  • August 30 - Last Call General Admission $175

* If you are a student or educator, contact us for discounted tickets. 

Ticket Price Includes:

  • Entry to Friday’s talks
  • Entry to Friday’s After Part 

If you would like to order 10 or more tickets, give us a shout out for a discount code!


Widely noted as the “crown jewel” of the Brewery Blocks, The Armory is a historic building built in 1891 by Multnomah County to once house the Oregon National Guard. Since then, the Armory became the first building in the Cascadia region – and the first historical renovation of a performing arts venue in the world – to achieve a Platinum LEED certification. It has drawn groups of people interested in sustainable design from across the country, as well as international delegations from Russia, Belgium, and Hungary.

Recognized by:

  • Forbes Magazine as one of the greenest buildings in America
  • The Urban Land Institute as one of the eleven developments chosen from among 167 nominees to receive the Award for Excellence in the Americas.
  • The American Council of Engineering Companies Oregon as the recipient of their Grand Award for Engineering Excellence.




WeMake runs year round with the help of committed volunteers. This year, a special committee was formed to bring WeMake Celebrates to life. We want to thank the following for contributing and helping us make it happen:

Yvonne Perez Emerson—WeMake Creative Director & Founder / The Study / Tillamook Station
Alise Munson—WeMake President / HouseSpecial
Melissa Delzio—Independent Designer and Creative Entrepreneur 


All WeMake Celebrates attendees, speakers, makers and volunteers must to agree with the following code of conduct. We will enforce this code throughout the event. Cooperation from all participants is required to ensure a safe experience for everybody.

WeMake Celebrates will provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anytime during the event, including talks, events, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled immediately from WeMake Celebrates without a refund or explain at discretion of the organizers and designated organizer representatives.




If your brand is interested in being part of the WeMake Celebrates experience, please contact us by email for our sponsor's package.


Interested in volunteering for the conference? Go ahead and submit your information in the form below—call backs will happen in late August.

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