Following last year’s inaugural National Day of Making, the White House has announced a National Week of Making, June 12-18, that will highlight maker communities across the country and include a two-day National Maker Faire June 12-13.
Case Western Reserve University was among the lead participants in last year’s National Day of Making and was featured prominently in the festivities with the White House sharing the news about the groundbreaking of the university’s new 50,000-square-foot think[box] facility. (And we're on track to open think[box] this fall, with a special three-day innovation summit planned that includes the unveiling of the innovation center's new home!)
The Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) have partnered to launch AMPED, a $100,000 technology startup competition with a focus in additive manufacturing.
Entrepreneurs, students and technology innovators from across the nation are invited to compete in the first AMPED YBI $100k Technology Startup Competition. Teams will have the opportunity to compete for up to $100,000 of investment funding and up to a $50,000 of in-kind professional services offered though the Youngstown Business Incubator. AMPED is not a traditional business plan competition in which cash prizes are handed out to the winners. Rather, it’s a funding opportunity for credible entrepreneurs looking to grow their early-stage startup. Prize money will only be awarded to the team or teams that display strong business and technical acumen and have a viable business idea that can be taken to market.
The Case Western Reserve University Baja Team competed in its second competition of the season earlier this month in Mechanicsville, Md., earning its best performance since the team started in 2001.
In the final event of the competition, which was a four-hour endurance race against more than 100 teams, CWRU finished in fifth place. The results put the team in the same category as schools such as Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Graduate students in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering invite all engineering and science post-doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students to the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) conference Friday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center.
PiNO is a one-day conference that allows students seeking internships, co-ops or full-time employment to present posters and network with industry representatives from numerous companies. The event consists of a judged poster session, a keynote speaker, resume workshops and a job fair. John Nottingham, Nottingham Spirk co-founder and co-president, will give the keynote address.
Last week, think[box] manager Ian Charnas traveled to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to share some of Case Western Reserve University’s innovation center’s successes as part of the lab’s series of LEAP Innovation seminars.
In particular, Charnas was invited to discuss and field questions about the center after hearing how a student inventor was able to take an idea through several steps of innovation in a matter of weeks instead of months or even years it can often take.
Read more about Charnas and his presentation at the JPL.