Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

Roominate: An Idea to Mass Production in 8 Months

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The creators of Roominate u2014the DIY wired dollhouse building kitu2014 describe the process of launching their productthrough Maker Faire and Kickstarter, going through mass production, and building a rapidly growing business in under one year.



Bettina Chen

Maykah, Inc

As a young girl, Bettina loved Lego and built hundreds of extravagant creations with her older brother. Bettina Chen graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She received her Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in March 2012. Bettina has conducted research on bionic contact lenses and worked as an electrical engineer at Discera and KLA-Tencor. Bettina loves volunteering and working with kids, and is looking forward to getting kids as excited about engineering as she is! She is an ultimate frisbee enthusiast and plays competitively on a Bay Area mixed club team.

Alice Brooks

Alice Brooks graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering Design from Stanford in June 2012. While a student at Stanford, Alice spent six months working at Nest Labs. Alice grew up playing in her dadu2019s robotics lab. When she asked for a Barbie, he gave her a mini saw. So she made her own doll! In her spare time, Alice loves making anything from light fixtures to stuffed animals to strawberry shortcake.