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Create Upstate rallies makers from Buffalo to Albany and everywhere in between in a celebration of design and community.


Its roots originate from a small, homegrown event that happened in 2013 called Syracuse Sync. At the time, Dan Rose sought to bring Syracuse-area designers together to talk about various workflows. The area evidently craved this type of gathering, which sparked the idea to fold in all of Upstate New York.


The mission of Create Upstate is to:

  • inspire & energize attendees,
  • provide meaningful & relevant industry education,
  • and unearth what makes Upstate NY an amazing place to work and call home.

We fervently believe that Upstate NY has the potential to make meaningful contributions to the design community. We're confident in our local agencies and studios. We advocate for students staying in, and improving, our community.


We're proud of AIGA Upstate NY, who continually gathers our community in discussion and participation. We're big fans of Hack Upstate and Upstate Social Sessions, two important events also well worth your while.

And you, of course. You're kind of why we do this. You're exactly why we do this.

Team CU