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@GE Garages: Smart Device Prototyping w/ Nova Labs Co-Founder Ted Markson

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The maker movement is evolving from the domain of hobbyists into a hot new emerging commercial sector. Join us for a lively discussion featuring the people who run two local maker spaces, a University prototyping lab, and a startup that has revolutionized e-paper devices, as well as a hardware creative who built his son a web-controlled robot using a piece of Snapware, an Arduino, and the same tech used by web developers and mobile app developers.


Robert Neelbauer, Moderator
Robert is a tech entrepreneur, a member of the Board of Advisors for ideaspace, the new, 16,000 square-foot prototyping space in Washington, DC, and a former Hill staffer who the Washington Post called of the top two connectors in the Baltimore-DC-Northern Virginia tech community. Robert is also involved in the University of Maryland’s Tech Entrepreneur Research and Prototyping (TERP) Startup Laboratory and produces SocialMatchbox, a popular product launch event and, an industry blog. His venture is SortIQ, Inc., a platform used by the world’s leading tech companies as well as colleges to help connect students and alumni with jobs and internships.

John Meyers, Panelist
Jonathan is the CEO & Co-Founder of PrintLess Plans, which is the maker of the Zephyr E-portfolio, a sleek yet rugged large format E-paper device made for the demands of the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. His company graduated from the Accelerate Baltimore program and is an early-stage investor-funded startup. Prior to his current venture, he worked as a Regulatory and Compliance Engineer where he was inspired to create a more dynamic alternative to printed paper plans and blueprints. He is a multidisciplinary engineer who holds dual degrees in Engineering Sciences and Studio Art.

Matthew Schiffman, Panelist
Matt began his career as a sound engineer/designer for acts including Jimmy Buffet and John Leguizamo. He built sound systems for the Broadway musical “Side Show” and the national tour of “Rent”. Currently he helps produce theatre for the Alex Lyras & Robert McCaskill writing team and Long Island-based Silverhair Productions whenever he is called upon. In his other life, Matt specializes in user interface design and front-end development. He operates his consulting business Darrow Digital Media, Inc. out of the Brooklyn Creative League – a shared office space in Brooklyn, NY and labels himself a Creative Technical Generalist. In April of 2012, he started exploring physical computing. Since then he has built three robots as toys for his son: Flippy, Dookie and Number 2. He has presented his creations at National Robotics Week NYC and SXSW Interactive.

Ted Markson, Panelist
Ted is an electronics prototyper extraordinaire who recently has created avian-tracking backpack, a workshop access control and accounting system, some quad-rotor accessories, and much more. Ted is a co-founder of Nova Labs in Reston, VA and the Director of Progamming for events held there. Ted is also a member of IEEE and works at Vektortek LLC. in Ashburn, VA.

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  • Dallin Y.

    Wish I could make it, but I'm stuck doing my taxes most of the night. Good luck to all the speakers! :)

    April 8, 2014

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