Panel discussion on impact the Maker Movement has had and can have on peace and justice initiatives with members of Goodwill Industries, Communitere, and the Enable Community Foundation. Moderated by Make: magazine's Senior Editor Caleb Kraft.
Stephanie is currently working with Infosys Foundation USA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop initiatives to support Makers with innovative solutions to challenging problems and create more opportunities for students to engage in Making.
At Infosys Foundation USA, Stephanie is overseeing Infy Maker Awards, a contest to provide $10,000 awards to Makers working on social impact projects. Previously, in her role at the White House as the first Senior Advisor for Making, Stephanie helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, which included planning the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Week of Making.
As a Maker, Stephanie is an avid sewer, has been experimenting with wearable electronics and works with 3D printing.
With a Bachelor's of Science in Media Arts and Science from Indiana University, 3D Modeling has always been a passion for Kerry Lohorn. He started at Goodwill NYNJ in February of 2016 and was given the opportunity to teach those with barriers to employment, how to use state-of-the-art technology. The experience has been extremely rewarding for Kerry and he hopes the classes will expand worldwide.
Rich Lehrer is the Innovation Coordinator for Brookwood School (Manchester, MA), a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, and the Education Coordinator for the Enable Community Foundation. ECF supports an international network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing technology and STEM education to develop and deploy hyper-affordable prosthetic devices to children and other underserved populations around the world in a safe, sustainable manner. Rich is a tireless champion for the use of authentic 3D printing projects to ignite a passion for change making in the next generation of digital humanitarians.
Peter Larsen is an aspiring prosthetist and self proclaimed generalist. in 2015 Peter founded the ECF chapter at Umass Lowell, bringing students of all disciplines together to work on real world humanitarian problems by printing 3D assistive devices. Peter currently serves as the Chapter Coordinator for US universities and as the Print Center Supervisor for eNABLE International Haiti. BS in biology a from Umass Lowell complete, an MS in Biotechnology and a certificate in Public Health is in the works.
Sam Bloch has devoted the past decade to post-disaster relief in Thailand, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, the Philippines and, most recently, Nepal. As Communitere's founder, Sam has created an innovative, community-focused disaster response model that provides an active, experienced, on-the-ground presence that focuses on providing the resources, processes and tools needed to help the affected community.
Rob Ryan-Silva is a maker and international development professional with more than 20 years of professional experience working in some of the world's most challenging environments.
Xanthe Matychak is the Assistant Director of the Hardware Accelerator at REV Ithaca, where she helps inventors become entrepreneurs. She also teaches design studio in Ithaca College’s Department of Environmental Science and in Wells College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. Xanthe collaborates with Wicked Device, an electronics company in Ithaca, NY, makers of Air Quality Egg, a web connected air quality monitor. Xanthe is an Infy Maker Award winner. She holds a MFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.