Saturday, April 8
1:00 – 1:45 pm Building the FAB City | Tomas Diez, Founder of FabLab Barcelona and FAB City Global Initiative
2:00 – 2:45 pm The Making of The Underline | Meg Daly, Founder of Friends of The Underline
3:00 – 3:45 pm Engaging Girls in Making | Laine Powell, Founder of Tech Sassy Girlz
4:00 – 4:45 pm Ignite the Future: Rethinking Public Education | FIU Ignite the Future team
Sunday, April 9
12:00 – 12:45 pm Technical and Creative Process through Craftsmanship | Damian Primo de Rivera, Independent Artist, Illustrator & Designer
1:00 – 1:45 pm Making Tree-to-Bar Chocolate | Santiago Agustin Peralta Polo, Founder of Pacari Chocolate
2:00 – 2:45 pm Your Driverless Car is Here | Sertac Karaman, MIT and Optimus Ride
3:00 – 3:45 pm Masterclass with DJ Kid Koala | DJ and Music Producer Kid Koala
Tomas Diez, Founder at Fab Lab Barcelona
Tomas Diez is an urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications in the future of cities and society. He is one of the founders of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and leads the Fab City Research Laboratory and the FAB City Global Initiative. Tomas is also the European project manager for the Fab Foundation. In 2013, he was appointed by the Guardian and Nesta as one of the top 10 digital social innovators, and in 2014 was named entrepreneur of the year by the Catalan ICT Association.
Meg Daly, Founder of The Underline
Meg Daly was a sales and marketing entrepreneur who launched Friends of the Underline, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to create The Underline, a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination built on underutilized land. The Underline exemplifies what a determined, highly creative and resourceful resident can do to transform a community.
Laine Powell, M.Ed., MS, Founder & Executive Director of Collegiate Pathways, Inc.
Laine Powell, M.Ed., MSM is the Founder and Executive Director of Collegiate Pathways, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of underrepresented girls in middle and high school to engage in STEM-related topics and inspire their career interests. Its signature program, affectionately known as Tech Sassy Girlz, develops the next generation of STEM-savvy, college-bound girls through college preparation, career readiness and mentoring. Powell created the organization to address the critical shortage of women and minorities being represented in high-tech STEM careers.
Ignite the Future
Ignite the Future is an FIU-based student group with the goal to rethink public education. Members of your team Include students from FIU Honors, FIU Teach, and FIU ECS.
Damián Primo de Rivera, Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Damián Primo de Rivera is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. With a background in art and computer design, he has extensive experience as graphic designer, having worked for several companies, many of them linked to the sports industry. Damián now runs his own studio, Brand 2. In 2013, he started modeling a collection of figures for the Spanish Soccer Federation. Since then Damián has developed several collections of unique, highly-recognizable figures.
Santiago Peralta, Founder of Pacari Chocolate
Santiago Peralta is the founder of Pacari Chocolate, an Ecuadorian chocolate company that has revolutionized the industry by creating a transparent model of tree-to-bar manufacturing based on innovation, social responsibility and direct trade with certified organic farms. Paying higher prices for quality certified organic cacao, Santiago’s efforts benefit more than 3,500 farming families. Pacari chocolates are sold in more than 38 countries and have been recognized by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.
Sertac Karaman, Associate Professor at MIT
Sertac Karaman is the Class of ’48 Career Development Chair Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, and director of the Foundations of Autonomous Systems Technology Group at MIT. His research interests lie in the broad area of embedded systems and mobile robotics. Sertac has worked on driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed aerial surveillance systems, air traffic control algorithms, certification and verification of control systems software, among others.
DJ Kid Koala
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.