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Hackaday MakeIt October

  • Oct 24, 2016 · 6:30 PM
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Hackaday MakeItNYC October is bringing you great talks by hackers working on the vanguard of cool emerging technologies. Learn more about the dynamic ways in which makers can push the envelope in the realms of robotics, biology, materials, manufacture and more.

Currently confirmed speakers include Madison Maxey, founder of LoomiaDr. Ellen Jorgensen, co-founder and Executive Director of Genspace, and Kari Love & Matthew Borgatti of Super-Releaser.

Working on something awesome and want to share it with the community? We will once again have a brief open session for your lightning talks + announcements. If you already know that you'd like to take the mic, feel free to give Shayna a heads-up -- otherwise a sign-up sheet will be available at check-in. 

Additionally, Hackaday's very own Brian Benchoff will be joining us at the meetup, so be sure to bring your projects and show off!

Watch this space for additional details + speakers! Extra special thanks to our venue provider Pivotal Labs for their continued generosity.

As always, you are welcome to contact Shayna with any questions or concerns. See you on October 24th!

Tonight's speakers include:

Madison Maxey, founder of Loomia

Madison Maxey is a creative technologist and 2013 Thiel Fellow. Her work and contributions to the wearable technology space have been featured in Wired, FastCompany and New York Magazine and she has provided e-textiles insights to the likes of the White House and Google. In her teens, she interned at Tommy Hilfiger and Nylon Magazine and is a Teen Vogue and CF+DA scholarship recipient. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 Member and on the NYCBLK 28 under 28 list. She has held creative tech residences/ fellowships at Autodesk, The School of Visual Arts and Undercurrent (acquired by Quirky) and is on the board of the Urban Assembly Maker Academy, a school focused on fabrications and design thinking. 

More than anything, she loves fabricating the future at Loomia, a company she founded in 2013 focused on creating electronic textiles and manufacturing solutions.

Kari Love and Matthew Borgatti of Super-Releaser:

Kari Love is a soft roboticist at Super-Releaser who has also contracted on NASA-funded space suit research, built Broadway costumes, made and dressed puppets, spoke at the White House representing a hacker space, and been a Zero-G bridesmaid. All improbable, but factual.

Before Matthew Borgatti became a soft robotics engineer, he built the motherf!@%ing snakes that were on the motherf#%&ing plane. Given the fact he has designed products that are sold in Bed Bath, and Beyond as well as the Hackerspace Passport, chances are something he's designed is in your house.

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, Co-founder & Executive Director, Genspace:

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and director of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults, and in 2014 Genspace was named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company magazine. Ellen's efforts to develop Genspace into a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science have been chronicled by Nature Medicine,Science, Discover Magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, The Economist, Forbes, PBS News Hour, The Discovery Channel, and The New York Times.  Ellen has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from New York University, spent 30 years in the biotech industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, the School of Visual Arts, and Cooper Union. Ellen’s talk ‘Biohacking- you can do it, too’ at TEDGlobal 2012 has received over a million views.

About Super-Releaser

Super-Releaser is an RD&D (Research, Development & Design) consultancy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn whose tagline is "Soft Robots for Hard Problems." We spend a lot of time explaining what soft robots are, and asking, "Have you considered engineered squishiness?"


About Genspace:

Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Since 2009 we have served the greater New York area by providing educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level.

Genspace was founded by a group of science enthusiasts who come from different professions - artists, engineers, writers, and biologists. Unlike traditional institutions, our diversity is our strength and the source of our innovation. For a reasonable monthly cost, members can pursue a wide variety of biotechnology-related projects that can be commercial, artistic, or just fun.


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  • Steven R.

    Great fun. I went up and spoke (steve). for the iOT Pajama Hackathon info to help me on my project :)

    October 25

  • Enrique Cureno B.

    It was amazing! I got really inspired, great speakers and beautiful work!

    October 25

  • Phil H.

    Very cool! Mad at myself for coming late. Definitely going to bring some projects to show off for the next one!

    October 25

  • Gregg C L.

    Rather good.

    1 · October 25

  • Sophi K.

    Great talks, really well put together evening, thanks Shayna!

    1 · October 25

  • Serge B.

    Great presentations - thanks for putting this together.

    1 · October 24

  • Dushyant A.

    Was really amazing. The presentations were great and the talks inspiring.

    October 24

  • Patrick R.


    October 24

  • Bruce B.

    Sorry, last minute work things came up and I can't make it...

    1 · October 24

  • Pete N.

    Ugh. It seems like my new dayjob likes to get in the way of my real life. Sorry to miss two meetups in a row. I hope I can avoid taking on extra holiday hours next month and actually make it to another MakeIt NYC meet up. Arg... Hope everyone has a blast! Wish I was there!

    1 · October 23

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