2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Maker Trailblazers: Making for Social Good

Saturday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Long Center
West Pincer Lounge
701 W Riverside Dr


Makerspaces, longtime hubs for hobbyists and inventors of disruptive innovations, have also become the birthplace of a variety of social good businesses and endeavors. In fact, a significant number of projects coming out of TechShop, the first, largest, and most popular makerspace with locations nationwide, are related to social good. Embrace, an infant baby warmer, has saved the lives of more than 90,000 infants (Recently, Beyonce made a $125,000 donation to Millennium Promise to distribute Embrace infant warmers to 10 countries in Africa.) SolePower, a shoe insole that generates power when worn, offers a solution for sustainable energy. Marc Roth, who joined TechShop when he was homeless and became an entrepreneur, now runs his own laser cutting business. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers free TechShop memberships for veterans to learn new skills. In this panel, TechShop, Embrace, SolePower and the Department of Veterans Affairs discuss how the Maker Movement enables and encourages social good.


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Carrie Motamedi

VP Mktg


Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Elec...

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Hahna Alexander

Co-Founder, CTO


Patrick Littlefield


VA Center for Innovation

As Acting Director of VACI, Patrick is responsible for designing and leading the program's implementation across VA.Patrick is a seasoned Healthcare IT entrepreneur with over 20 years experience ...

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Rahul Panicker

Co-Founder & Pres of Prod

Embrace Innovations

Rahul Panicker is Co-founder and President, Products at Embrace Innovations, where he leads strategy and innovation. At Embrace, his mission is to understand users and their aspirations, and transl...

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