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United States
Founder(s)Zach Klein
Isaiah Saxon
Daren Rabinovitch
Andrew Sliwinski[1]
LaunchedMay 2012

DIY is a U.S.-based website and app[2][3] on which members younger than 18 can upload, share and view pictures and videos of projects they make.[4] DIY is an acronym for do it yourself.


DIY was founded by Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein, Isaiah Saxon, Andrew Sliwinski, and Daren Rabinovitch in May 2012.[5][6] Local clubs based on the DIY model have since sprung up in several places.[7][8]


DIY members complete projects to solve particular challenges designed by the company to teach skills.[9] Members earn patches, which are sent to them in the mail, for successfully completing a specified number of challenges for each skill.[10] There are 120 skills offered[11] including Architect, Backyard Farmer, Hardware Hacker, Special Effects Wizard, and Zoologist.[12]

As of September, 2013, 100,000 children had registered as members of The average age was 12.[13] As of October, 2016, over 400,000 kids have registered.

The animation studio Encyclopedia Pictura is creating an animated series based on the DIY world.[14]


  1. ^ Nick Bilton, "Disruptions: A Beacon to Silicon Valley, From a Start-Up for Children," New York Times, May 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Inspire Your Kids To Make & Create With". By Jennifer Allen 148 Apps. August 29th, 2012
  3. ^ " A Community of Kids Who Make". Dadnabbit.
  4. ^ " Turns Kids into Makers". Life Hackers. By Kattie Lam
  5. ^ Drew Olanoff. "DIY launches a community for creative kids who make things". The Next Web.
  6. ^ "Vimeo Co-founder Starts, An Online, Social Scrapbook For Kids". Fast Company.
  7. ^ "Get Skills. Be Awesome. Bring to Your Students.". Getting Smart.
  8. ^ "With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker". December 23, 2012 NPR.
  9. ^ "A Peek inside". Mission Local.
  10. ^ Nathan Barry. "Build, Make, Hack, Grow With".
  11. ^ "Skills – DIY". DIY. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  12. ^ ", Not Just for Kids!". Biophillic Cities.
  13. ^ Ashlee Vance. " Be Prepared for 21st Century Scouting". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on 2013-09-10.
  14. ^ "The DIY Show | Encyclopedia Pictura". Retrieved 2016-04-17.

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