Young Coders 2 Digi-Makers: Disruptors ThoughtWorks & CoderDojo’s “Maker Party” Adds Atoms-To-Bits

Don’t bother disrupting Today. Disrupt Tomorrow…ALL Tomorrows…targeting a spectrum of individual, community and societal futures. For the betterment of everyone’s future prospects…including your own!

Disrupt Tomorrow by empowering Children—via the enchantment of their hearts and minds with tech (STEM) and techreative (STE{A}M) wonderments.

(STEM is the au courant acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. The “A” in STE{A}M stands for Art & Design. Pax Steve Jobs—paradigm-dancer—who made Design the new black of incredibly disruptive and wildly successful digital products.)

AND, transform these Children into Lifelong Disruptors of the status quo. These adults of Tomorrow then become powerful change-agents—the success-engines of outlier teams, intrapreneurships and competitive commercial cabals (aka Startups). Lifelong Disruptors deliver the future Middle Class jobs for the new adults—neo-workplace-primed—all children must become.

Some organizations naturally get the idea, inspiration and implementation of (near) future disruption in this, our Tech-Driven Age. This accelerating epoch is driven by digital hyper-power, planet-networked communication, Big Data/Clouds, the rebirth of hardware “robotized” AND bottom-up empowerment.

Think of today’s most-disruptive game-changer of choice. That is the cheap and ubiquitous, cloud-linked, sensor-informed superteleputer. This device speaks your language—literally—be it poetry, algorithms, a Babel of tongues or babies babbling in HD video.

You know this device as the Smartphone
in your purse or pocket.

Just eight-years-old, the Sphone is already “Game-Over” for so many business models…present and prospective. AND, “Game-On” for so many ’Preneurs intent on commercial or common-good disruption—in the marketplace of thoughts impelled by dreams of difference-making.

Prescient executive stewards at some organizations naturally conceive of children as portals to their concern’s envisioned and desired future.

In our New York City, two such organizations have allied together to better the aligned future of their target communities—and everyone else!—via Child Disruptors. These are ThoughtWorks NY and CoderDojo NYC—two worldwide organizational networks. (Ahh, analog thought and digital code: two sides of the same creative coin…in neologisms that smack of the Zeitgeist in their mashups.)

[Wonder about the Coder Zeitgeist? Check the wide-spectrum, broad-audience, runaway success of Bloomberg Businessweek’s 38,000 word (!!) double-issue magazine article “What IS Code?” The newsstand sales of the hardcopy “ish” are the largest of the year. The online iteration—a special multimedia and interactive version live four weeks ago—has delivered more traffic than any other article since the Bloomberg site initially went live. Code IS the Zeitgeist.]

In short, TWorks offers enterprise-level, software-code development via 3,000 plus employees from 30 offices in 13 countries. And, CDojo operates through local volunteer-mentors guiding 7 to 17 YO kids at code-informed STEM play through 400 chapters in 40 countries.

The two New York-based iterations of the planetary TWorks and CDojo networks are collaborating to better the world’s future via the tech-education of children.

ThoughtWorks NY is staffed by “strong believers in the power of software and technology as tools of social change…We are a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients’ toughest challenges—all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry AND create positive social betterment.”

Here in New York, TWorks is possessed of a large and protean/adjustable high-rise office layout southeast of Penn Station. In this instant “hacking space,” ThoughtWorks venue-hosts CoderDojo’s NYC Chapter on a monthly basis.

CoderDojo NYC provides open access for exploring, developing and teaching Web, game and app development skills to the young. Non-profit CDojo’s mission is to create a fun and collaborative environment to explore STEM. Through coder/constructor play, youth can build memorable experiences with mentors to help ignite passion for technology at an early age. CoderDojo NYC enjoys a 50:50 gender ratio, ethnic diversity and effective service-delivery to over 1,200 Metro-NY families.

In the typical monthly meeting at TWorks, CDojo volunteers mentor its Child Coders at various “Learning Stations.” This usually includes learner-chosen work in CoderDojo’s four basic coder/creator/constructor modules. These include:

Web Page Development: via guided instruction in HTML, CSS and Javascript in Thimble (Ages 9-17);

Scratch: MIT-developed, visual programming by creating stories, games and animations (Ages 7-12);

littleBits: building and playing with electronic modules that snap together magnetically (Ages 8-10); and

Arduino: creating digital/analog projects with an electronic prototyping platform and hardware (Ages 13-17).

In mid-June, TWorks and CDojo collaborated on a further expansion of CDojo’s mostly digital-coding/constructing core of instruction for kids and teens. The “partners” decided to throw a “Maker Party.”

The plan was to create a special Saturday expansion—of their usual work-week Learning Stations workshop—on 13 June. The goal was to introduce and demonstrate both classic and leading-edge Maker/Digital-Fabrication disciplines. These would be chosen to complement CDojo’s mostly digital offerings.

All making is a kind of play. A creative synergy of mind and hand at the nexus of truth and beauty. In making (and coding), every Maker (and Coder) is a child-at-play.

Making—and the Maker Movement of today—prides itself on DIY (Do It Yourself) and DIWO (Do It With Others) or DIT (Do It Together) “tinkering.” Today’s “Maker” springs mostly from community “grassroots.” Now, modern Making has evolved directly from hobbyists, crafters, artisans, inventors, citizen scientists and other by-hand/hands-on disciples of non-corporate advance.

That said, the Movement is now most often project-based and tech-driven. (E.g., Maker Media, Inc. estimated that more than one-third of all their exhibitors at World Maker Faire NY 2014 had integrated 3D Printing into their offerings.) Further, Making has become more and more pervasive—and influential—in the today’s tech world.

Hence, both ThoughtWorks and CoderDojo—in collaborating on their June Maker Party event—are proactive and forward-thinking in the world’s wider marketplace of key ideas. And, they are strengthening their “cred” by co-aligning efforts to orient their Coder community to another source of common-good disruption—the Maker Movement.

Empowered and empowering Maker projects today can easily include and/or combine major elements of:

  • Digital computing and devices,
  • Industrial design (via CAD: Computer-Aided Design),
  • Sophisticated electronics (e.g., Arduino microcontrollers),
  • 3D Printing (3DP) and scanning,
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining mills,
  • Bio-tech & synthetic biology,
  • Healthcare technology,
  • Nurse-driven “bedside” Makery,
  • Neuroscience,
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence),
  • VR (Virtual Reality),
  • Leading-edge robotics,
  • Metal-fabrication (via CAM: Computer-Aided Manufacturing),
  • LEGO-system constructs and/or
  • Woodworking, digitally enhanced.

Modern Making was mid-wifed by “Make:” Magazine—founded by O’Reilly Media—with its first bimonthly issue (actual hard-copy!) of January 2005. (Yes, that’s “Make:”—with a trailing colon—as if to say “Make: Anything & Everything.” Clever branding/positioning!)

“Make:” was the first vehicle that managed to coalesce the very diverse and disparate communities of “making.” In a real sense, the magazine—informed by O’Reilly’s technology focus—created the “digi-driven” Maker Movement as we now know it.

“Make:” is now published by the O’Reilly spin-off Maker Media, Inc. (MMI) of San Francisco. Maker Media is led—and inspired—by former O’Reilly exec, evangelist and intrapreneur Dale Dougherty. Dale’s enlightened (and enlightening) common-good worldview informs “Make:”—and the other proliferating extensions of MMI’s service-empire for Makers.

Mr. Dougherty’s “aw-shucks,” unalloyed exuberance and Big-Kid-at-Play bonhomie meshes sweetly with the inherent wonderment of Maker discovery. Like Colonel Sanders or Frank Perdue, Dale embodies the Maker Movement brand.

One VERY innovative and successful MMI “child” grownup now dwarfs the founding publication “Make:”. That is the MMI Maker Faires worldwide-empire of tradeshows—both corporate-run and those franchised to local Maker groups, public/private partnerships and/or non-profits. As MMI states about its all-inclusive Faires: “Anything that’s [Maker] cool is fair game!”

In 2014, MMI corporate and it Faire franchisees staged 135 Maker Faires around the globe. From the 100K+ plus attendee Founding Faire in the Bay Area to the first Mini Maker Faire at a hospital (in Brooklyn!) to the first Maker Faire at the White House.

Other MMI Maker “children” include: Makezine.com (an award-garnering Web site in support of the Maker Movement in all its variety); Maker Shed (eCommerce supplier of Maker resources); MakerCon (conferences for professional Makers—Bay Area & NYC); and Maker Ed, MMI’s “Making in Education” initiatives (tagline: “Every Child a Maker”).

Like TWorks and CDojo’s Maker Party, MMI’s Maker Ed is targeting the future’s disruptors: children and the young (in age or heart). MMI CEO & President Dale Dougherty also sees disruption as a natural—and important and positive—output of education. Thus, he’s championing Maker education programs—and MMI is providing resources and infrastructure to support those programs. Especially with the bits-to-atoms empowerment of neo-making—as supercharged by today’s technology. 

MMI’s Maker Ed category includes: the Young Makers program (connects young people—ages 12 to 17—with adult mentors and fabricators); Makerspace (resources for Educators and Makers working to inspire young people); Tinkering (a book on after-school, out-of-school and home schooling programs); and Maker Camp 2015 (Summer-time Exploring, Making and Sharing—via online or in-person Camp).

The strategic tech-ed interests of ThoughtWorks, CoderDojo and Maker Media, Inc. are clearly aligned. All three are global players in segments and in their commonweal impact. Thought leaders and social-impact execs from these three organizations should be meeting to amalgamate their common worldview and common-good goals.

To help provide the most exciting Maker Movement resources for the Maker Party, ThoughtWorks sought input from sources familiar with various Metro-NYC Maker communities. (I was one of those resource experts. I was immediately enthusiastic about the Maker Party concept, knew most of the leading Maker players from my “NYC3DP journo” role and gladly helped with identification, outreach and introductions.)

Maker Party Saturday, June 13, was a warm and sunny early-Summer day. With 1,200 families in the CoderDoJo NYC Community—and that Community’s familiarity with the TWorks’ venue—the turn-out of Coder Kids and their family members was early and large. I estimate that 75 children—with a least one accompanying adult family-member per kid—were badged-up and ready to join-in the Party well before the appointed hour.

The participants were—like New York City—ethnically ecumenical in every shape and shade. If there was a demographic leaning, it was toward Asian Americans.

To maintain the appropriate (belly-button high) perspective, I brought my six-year-old Grandson Grey. Or—better said—Grey tolerated my tag-along.

In such “professional event” situations, Grey is my unabashed Cub Reporter cum Junior Photographer. He carries his own business card—with that title—representing my 3DP Media organization. He’s helped me “cover” the last three World Maker Faires here in New York City. He gets involved in everything wholeheartedly. He takes excellent photos. And, eases my entrée to everyone at any event. Of course, Grey was a natural at the Maker Party…

The Party kicked off with CDojo Co-Founder Rebecca Garcia providing an orientation to the day’s doings. She then introduced each Maker Party exhibitor/resource in turn. These Coders and Makers each then presented a short intro of their own from their individual Learning Stations around the room. And, then the Games began in a kind of self-directed chaos.

Good hosts Jared Hatch (TWorks’ official “Connector” by title) and Jen Brandt (Maker Party Project Coordinator) joined in and mixed it up in essential—but self-effacing—support roles. 

The list of Maker Party exhibitors staffing various “Learning Stations” was rich: 

Web Page Development (HTML, CSS & Javascript in Thimble): CoderDojo NYC Mentor Radha;

Scratch: learning visual coding, CoderDojo NYC Mentor Libby Horacek;

littleBits: building electronic circuits, Sara Chipps of JewelBots and Melissa Pallay, CoderDojo NYC Mentor;

LEGO Mindstorms: creating LEGO phonographs, Maureen Reilly, reilly.maureen@gmail.com;

Makey Makey & Arduino: Banana Piano & electronic prototyping, Kelady Kenkel, keledy@gmail.com;

3D Printing: hands-on 3DP how-to, Aaron Roy, Learn 3D Printing Brooklyn; 

Genspace NY: bacterial painting, slime mold, strawberry DNA extraction, Oliver Medvedik, oliver@genspace.org;

Oculus (Virtual Reality) & Kinnect (Augmented Reality): Andre Jordan; andre@suitefolio.com; 

Hack Manhattan: crafting with tech materials, Matt Lipschutz, Co-Organizer.

The “Games” continued for a good three hours of pre-planned pandemonium. (My Grandson Grey—on his own volition—scurried from Station to Station to try and absorb it all.)

The Maker Party was just that: a party! But, one in celebration of mind and hand and the Future—via the best of new hardware technologies appropriate to the education and “positive disruption” of young coders and makers.

Today, we enjoy (or decry!) self-empowering tools and tropes and memes from pocket superteleputer (your Smartphone) to DIY/DIT/DIL/DIG (that’s Do-It-Yourself, -Together, -Locally &/or -Globally) to the wonky wonders of major organizations collaborating for Tomorrow. Now, digi-tech of all stripes is disrupting—and democratizing—many personal, social and commercial sectors. And, the greatest of these disrupters is probably the Bits-2-Atoms of 3DP and BioSci.

 

Kudos to the “disrupting” players, teachers and mentors at ThoughtWorks NY and CoderDojo NYC—and the common-good concepts that energize their teamwork for that Tomorrow. Or, the better Tomorrows discovered by the Children they have gently “disrupted” via tech empowerment.

C’mon Back!

LAND

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“Health Maker Lab”: Healthcare (HC) Institutions, Maker Nurses, Citizen Bio-Scientists & Their Local Neighborhoods To Foster Hyper-Local HC Innovations

We’re advancing our “Health Maker Lab” (HML) subset—of  our HCx3DP (Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing) Bio/Med Sci Maker-Movement interests—here in our Healthcare NYC community! This post is a special version of our “HCx3DP Meetup NY” 18 June Event description. (If you’re an NYC3DP  Newsletter Subscriber, we invite you to join-in this rich and exciting Event for FREE. Please request gratis admission via a one-line email directly to me at Land{at}NYC3DP.com.)

 

HCx3DP MUp NYWelcome to our newly updated “HCx3DP Meetup NY” for June—with the important changes we’re now presenting in this Event’s Meetup-Page HERE .

As you see from our new title, we’ve decided to remake this June Meetup Event focus (AND meeting date!)—and build on our seminal 17 April Meetup topic instead. (We will return to our prior “…Fab(bed!) Food…” subject on a future date TBD.)

 

Our completely NEW Thursday evening, 18 June, event title and subtitle are now:

Healthcare Innovating Via NYC DIY/DIT “Health Maker Lab”—

Fostering Hyper-Local Synergy & Betterment of Healthcare Institutions, Maker Nurses, Citizen-Scientists & Their Neighborhoods

 

Our April Meetup—at Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park, Brooklyn—was entitled “Effective Public Policy in The Age of (HCx3DP) Disruption—Ensuring Local HCx3DP Commerce & Common-Good While Fostering A World-Dominating, Industrial-Segment, Cluster HQ in NYC…”

Land Grant, Founder/Publisher, 3DP Media & Organizer, HCx3DP Meetup New York,  speaking on a NYC Health Business Leaders' panel about Healthcare & 3DP, at Cooley (Cooley Health Practice)  LLP, Manhattan, 17 June 2014..

Land Grant, Founder/Publisher, 3DP Media & Organizer, HCx3DP Meetup New York, speaking on a NYC Health Business Leaders’ panel about Healthcare & 3DP, at Cooley (Cooley Health Practice) LLP, Manhattan, 17 June 2014..

Due to the interests, dynamics and aligned directions of our very-expert—and enthusiastic!—Roundtable participants on 17 April, we adjusted our central focus ad hoc. On the fly—we concentrated on how we might actually DIY/DIT MAKE “Effective Public Policy…” in local healthcare together. The term “MAKE” was—and is—highly appropriate. A group of our HCx3DP Synergists are now intent on creating a new and innovative subset—community bio, med and HC-based—of the burgeoning Maker Movement.

The short-form and working title of our HCx3DP-Synergist member-segment—and prospective, explanatory venue-tag—is “Health Maker Lab” (HML).

To move our nascent HML-focused effort ahead, our Thursday evening, 18 June, Meetup will present a hybrid Roundtable/Workshop format. In this mode, we’ll hope to excite, elicit and capture the ideas, concepts and prospective plans we will create together—interactively—between and among our Experts and (expert!) audience.

Roundtable/Workshop Expert Participants (as of 8 June 2015) include many who worked together on 17 April, plus some new players.  All of these Experts will receive emailed invitations today (8 June). We will show the status of their participation (“Confirmed”) here over the next 10 days:

 

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Project Manager, Health Tech, Center for Economic Transformation, New York City Economic Development Corporation;

Jonathan Askin, Technology Law Professor, Founder/Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic, Brooklyn Law School. Innovation Catalyst for the Brooklyn Law Center (CUBE) for Urban Business Entrepreneurship;

David Solomonoff, President, New York Chapter, Internet Society (Confirmed);

Kelly Reilly, Director of Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice, Maimonides Medical Center; Impresario, World’s First Mini Maker Faire at a Hospital (Confirmed);

Jon Luongo, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital (Confirmed);

Matt Lipshultz, Meetup Co-Organizer, Hack Manhattan;

Victor Ty, Registered Nurse , Maker & LEGO Medical Designer: 3D printing LEGO Digital Designs.

 

C’mon back for further updates…

Best!

LAND
HCx3DP Meetup NY Organizer

 

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NYC3DPer & HCx3DP Bits (Digits) & Pieces (Atoms): Highlights of What Has Happened In The Last Two Weeks AND What IS Happening THIS Week In NYC…

As some of you know, I’ve been employed the last several weeks in prepping for our “HCx3DP Meetups WEEK” (13 through 17 April) Events. Still—while focused on building panels, workshops and roundtables—I’ve managed to collect a number of first-hand reports. I was “there”—in-person or via virtual presence—on compelling and connected news items of interest to You: NYC3DPers and HCx3DP Synergists (“Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing”) in our New York City. Here’s a quick review of those items I think will be of most importance to you. (Well, yes, that’s the nature of this blogger’s curation: an informed choice from my specific POV…)

(1) Your Commentator Chairs 3D PrintshowMedical Conference” (17 Apr)—

(2) “HCx3DP Meetups WEEK“: Evolving Our Suite of Events—

(3) Fab 11: Annual Meeting of the International Fab Lab Network in August—

(4) “Health Maker Lab”: Healthcare Players Make Local Maker-Places—

(5) ELabNYC “Pitch Day”: Startups of ‘Preneurship Lab NYC Present 4 $$$—

(6) CLIP Technology: 3DP Hyper-Disruptor Disrupts the 3DP Disruptors —

 

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(1) Your Commentator Chairs 3D Printshow “Medical Conference” (17 Apr) NY-Med-Conf-Eng-Smallr-226KB3D Printshow (3DPS) is a London-based, world-wide media company that ran its first “3D Printshow” in New York City in February 2014. This week—16 to 19 April at Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street)—3DPS will roll-out its second annual “3D Printshow New York” event here in Gotham. This Conference & Expo competes directly with our homegrown MecklerMedia’s “Inside 3D Printing New York” (in its third iteration this week—15 to 17 April at the Javits). The two events—last year—took different approaches to the same 3DP set of astounding realities. “Inside 3D Printing New York 2014″ delivered more of the standard, business/professional/commercial approach to a conference and exposition: keynotes, panels, roundtables and exhibitor booths. “3D Printshow New York 2014″ on the other hand—in addition to conf & expo—presented many of the physical/printed “fruits” of 3DP. This included exhibits of the art and science of Additive Manufacturing in concurrent, co-located galleries of museum-style (and very rich!) curations of 3D-printed “artifacts” of disruption. Plus, “Printshow” ran over a weekend and provided explicit access to the “untutored”—but VERY curious—public. (Hey, I took my 5 YO grandson—as my official “cub photog” on Saturday.) The impresarios at “3D Printshow New York 2015″ have tapped me to serve as Conference Chair for their Medical Conference track on Friday, 17 April, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Here’s how 3DPS management showcases my participation:

“Land Grant will welcome conference attendees by giving an insight into why Medical & Healthcare content is so important (and exciting) to everyone involved in the international 3DP + AM community – and beyond.”

This Medical Conference—and the larger, multi-track 3D Printshow—will be a event you (NYC3DPers and HCx3DP Synergists) will want to attend. The Med Conf is running from 9 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, 17 April, at the Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, NYC. Come on out and join-in!

 

(2) “HCx3DP Meetups WEEK”: Evolving Our Suite of Events— HCx3DP MUp NYWe’ve decided to focus on two Events only—postponing the others to future dates in the Summer—and have now recruited two excellent teams of Experts to inspire, educate and entertain us. Link directly to these URLs (indented below) on our Meetup.com/HCx3DP-NY Event pages for all the details—RSVP and come join in at one of our two dates at the end of next week:

>>> Thursday, 16 April from 6:30 to 8:30 PM: A Panel HCx3DP-Hyper’d Medical Devices— (Sub-titled) “Succeeding With HCx3DP-Engined MedDevs—Despite Cost Slashing, Hyper-Fast Delivery, EPA Dithering, IoT Hacking Threats, Neo-MedTechers Horning-In, Etc., Etc…”
At Huge Inc.—”Digital District” DUMBO Brooklyn’s biggest digital media firm—45 Main Street, the “Biggie Room,” DUMBO, Brooklyn.
>>> Friday, 17 April from 3:00 to 5:00 PM: A Roundtable Effective Public Policy In The Age of (HCx3DP) Disruption— (Sub-titled) “Ensuring Local HCx3DP Commerce & Common-Good While Fostering A World-Dominating, Industrial-Segment, Cluster HQ in NYC…”
Venue: Maimonides Medical Center, Saltzman Auditorium
4802 10th Ave, Borough Park
Brooklyn, NY 11219Saltzman Auditorium-5th Floor, Administration Building
(Once off the elevator, proceed through the Library. The Auditorium is the last door on the right.)

(3) Fab11: Annual Meeting of the International Fab Lab Network in August—

Fab11 Logo-Wider ScopeOn 26 March, the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and the Fab Foundation announced—in a newser at MIT that I attended virtually (including some remote Q&A with Fab Lab Guru Neil Gershenfeld)—that Fab11, the 11th Annual Meeting of the global Fab Lab community, will return to the Boston area from August 3 to 9, 2015. The meeting comprises the annual conference of the international Fab Lab Network, a symposium Making : Impact  that is open to the public, and a 2-day public Fab Festival distributed throughout Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. International Fab Lab Network members from more than 450 labs in over 60 countries are gathering in Cambridge at MIT—the birthplace of the Fab Lab concept. Fab11 will explore how the ability to “Make (almost) Anything”—utilizing Digital Fabrication—is impacting individuals, communities, businesses and collaborative research and projects around the world. At the Fab11 Conference & Symposium, members plan to share technical expertise, best practices, and the powerful stories behind Professor Neil Gershenfeld’s statement “The power of Digital Fabrication is social, not technical.” The Maker Movement—that Professor Gershenfeld’s Fab Lab community has worked to legitimize—is continuing to work at the grassroots to disrupt many segments of our society: for the better…

 

(4) “Health Maker Lab”: Healthcare Players Make Local Maker-Places—

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Program Director for the "Innovations in International Health" initiative at MIT, also leads the Little Devices Lab at MIT, speaking at Maker Faire Bay Area on 23 May 2014 on the topic of "Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America's Amazing MakerNurses."

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Program Director for the “Innovations in International Health” initiative at MIT, also leads the Little Devices Lab at MIT, speaking at Maker Faire Bay Area on 23 May 2014 on the topic of “Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America’s Amazing MakerNurses.”

Back at the end of May, 2014, a group of mostly RNs (Registered Nurses)—led by Kelly Reilly, Director of Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice—at Maimonides Medical Center (Maimo) in Borough  Park, Brooklyn, launched the very first official (Maker Media Inc.-registered) Mini Maker Faire at a hospital.

This medical center-based conference/expo was the first Maker Movement healthcare and 3DP/Additive Manufacturing public event of its kind worldwide. (That’s out of the 135 Maker Faire’s “licensed” by Maker Media in 2014 worldwide—an incredible growth rate from zero in five years.)

Maimo Mini Maker Faire worked because it was a grassroots/nurses-supply-closet integration of interests—with both academic and commercial support structures. This inaugural Faire followed on the advent of one of the first MakerNurse.org chapters—-at the Maimo Medical Center. Just over a year ago, MakerNurse.org was a nascent online organization founded as a brand-new initiative of the Little Devices Lab (as in “medical devices”) of Prof. Jose Gomez-Marquez & Confreres at MIT.

Now, Director Reilly has conceived of another innovation in the Medical/Maker Space: DIY/DIT medical science/healthcare services-based “community” Maker Spaces. The working title for this grassroots-facility initiative is “Health Maker Lab” (HML). The “community” being comprised of both hospital/med center staffers AND hyper-local “citizen scientists.” The probable location would be a private space outside the physical environs of a medical institution. This is for all the reasons that keep “institutions” from fostering inspiration, creativity and innovations. But, an HML should reside/abide geographically close enough to a Healthcare institution to encourage easy physical access, cross-pollinating, common-goal integrations and serendipitous collaborations.

Kelly Reilly has recruited a team of susceptible Maimo colleagues and independent Healthcare-focused players from the wider community to help plan and foster the first HML. I was pleased to be included. We had our first meeting two weeks ago—and I look forward to helping to found the (world’s?) first “Health Maker Lab” in Brooklyn.

 

(5) ELabNYC “Pitch Day”: Startups of ‘Preneurship Lab NYC Present 4 $$$—

On March 23, 2015, the NYCEDC-fostered Entrepreneurship Lab Health and BioTech NYC, ELabNYC, announced its 2015 Pitch Day April 2, 2015. ELabNYC is an annual competitive entry program of entrepreneurship training and networking initiated by NYC Economic Development Corporation. ELabNYC is now supported in a public/private consortium by corporations with a long-term commitment to the development of the “life science ecosystem” in NYC. These players include Kaneka, EisnerAmper, TriNet, Moses & Singer, Pryor Cashman, Roche, Pfizer and Microsoft.

Participation in the ELabNYC program is open to eligible NYC businesses, residents and ventures commercializing NYC based medical research institution intellectual Property.
ELabNYC 2015 Pitch day will highlight the business plans from the current cohort of ELabNYC participating ventures representing SUNY, CUNY, Columbia, Weill Cornell, Einstein, NYU, Binghamton and Yale University (they moved to NYC to participate!) with technology from the nutriceutical, drug development, therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and apps, bioinfomatics, precision medicine and materials fields.

The ElabNYC program starts with an application process. All Applicants to ELabNYC are screened by a national group of scientists, business entrepreneurs, and funders. Background checks and in person interviews continue the screening process. In December, the 2015 class was announced. Since then the 20 invited teams have worked to develop business plans, refine product strategies, recruit team members and identify funding partners.

ELabNYC Pitch day audience includes university tech transfer offices, medical researchers, pharma, lawyers who work with early stage ventures along with accountants and angel and corporate investors and corporate executives interested to meet the next generation of NYC startups in the life science space.

(6) CLIP Technology: 3DP Hyper-Disruptor Disrupts the 3DP Disruptors —

 
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[On the fly---as usual---so, I'll be building out the rest of this post during today. If any of these last items resonate for you...]

…C’mon Back!

LAND

 

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