JOIN US in celebrating the creativity of makers in our neighborhood — from the arts, design, and tech to film and TV to food and fashion.
I Make: _______
A CELEBRATION OF MAKERS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
6PM – 9PM
Come meet the diverse multidisciplinary communities of makers in Long Island City, Queens! I MAKE:______ will feature a pop-up showcase of diverse makers from LIC and NYC at NYDesigns’ incubator space. NYDesigns’ Residents and Fellows will present their work and ongoing research, and keynote addresses from leaders in the design and hardware tech communities will shine a spotlight on industry trends and the future of the design-tech community.
6:00 – 6:30pm Sign-in, food and drinks, and networking; open studios and digital exhibition
6:30 – 7:00pm Welcome and presentations (see below for a list of speakers)
7:00 – 7:05pm Wrap-up
7:05 – 9:00pm More food, drinks, and networking; open studios and digital exhibition
NYC has a diverse and bustling community of makers in hardware tech and design, but urban geography and industry silos sometimes act as barriers to cross-pollination and collaboration. Our goal is to bring these groups together and build a community through events, while fostering meaningful around the art of making.
I MAKE:______ will be the first event in a yearlong series celebrating NYDesigns IO+, the 10-year anniversary of the launch of our incubator and fabrication lab. So come celebrate with us now and stay tuned for more events later!
RSVP by December 2nd. If you would like your work to be included in our digital exhibition, please follow instructions on our registration page to send us images of your work!
THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSOR:
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MEET OUR SPEAKERS:
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Jessica Singleton is the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where she works to support the city’s thriving tech ecosystem and ensure that the City government is at the fingertips of every New Yorker. Prior to her work at City Hall, Singleton served as the Digital Director on Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. Previously, Singleton worked on the digital team for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, advocated for LGBT equality at the Human Rights Campaign, explored the intersection of technology and politics at the think tank NDN/NPI, and co-founded the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. An East Tennessee native, Jessica is a graduate of Middlebury College. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Despina Papadopoulos is a design strategist, systems thinker, and educator with over 18 years of experience in designing systems, wearable technologies, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structures and technological possibilities. She has helped a diverse range of organizations to develop tools and practices, such as NCR’s The Knowledge Lab, the State of Vermont, IBM, and Christie’s. Despina is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation Program, and has lectured internationally on the relationship between design, technology, and ethics. She is the Director of Wearable Technology Services for WWA Advisors, the leading consulting organization specializing in supply chain processes and technologies for soft goods industries.
NYDESIGNS RESIDENT SPEAKERS:
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KeyMe is an innovative, New York City-based startup that is revolutionizing the way people manage their keys. They have created self-service kiosks that allow individuals to instantly duplicate keys, store digital copies of keys online, share keys with friends and family, and print out a stored key in the case of a lockout. They also have an iPhone app that allows users to scan keys from the comfort of their home and have them mailed and delivered to them, available at www.key.me. KeyMe raised $2.3MM in a seed round led by Battery Ventures in 2013 and another $7.8MM in Series A funding in 2014. KeyMe now has hundreds of kiosks across the country in select 7-Eleven, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, and Lowe’s stores.
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Founded in 2008, New York City-based think tank and design studio RUX is hyper-creative, charged with optimism, and committed to the promise of limitless possibility. RUX believes that new ideas are the rarest forms of power, and that these ideas, when well-timed, intelligently designed, and carefully executed, are priceless. RUX develops intellectual property, defines brand identities, creates and curates art objects, and designs buildings and consumer products.
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Nga Nguyen is a User Experience Designer who works at the intersection of design and technology with a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing. A recent graduate from the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts Nga utilizes design research, empathy and human factors, and ergonomics to explore a range of conceptual ideas that incorporates behavior study and biofeedback through the Evoke collection. Evoke is a brand that focuses on near-future carry-ables and wearables with a central theme on awareness, sensory, and haptic-as-living whimsical design which questions the current state of human relationship(s) and our behavior in the space between craft and technology. The first completed piece within the Evoke series is an augmented meditation stone that helps people re-calibrate their state of wellbeing.
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