Maker Communities Respond to COVID-19 – Online Meetup

Maker Communities Respond to COVID-19 – Online Meetup

Maker communities around the world have responded to the COVID-19 crisis swiftly, in mass with a mission to to save lives.

Teams of makers, manufacturing companies, designers, citizen scientists, engineers, medical professionals and other stakeholders are swiftly gathering in a bottom-up, avengers-style to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These local actors are not only leveraging the power of quick prototyping that digital fabrication can provide, but are also acting as important organizers of essential logistic projects, creating solutions that require quick collaboration happening at the local level.

In this online session, we invite maker community leaders to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Guest Speakers

Azby Brown, Safecast
Expert on Japanese design, craftsmanship, and environmental sensibility. Lead Researcher for SAFECAST. Safecast is a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments. One of Safecast’s founding beliefs is that people should have access to reliable and accurate information in order to make decisions about their own safety and that of their friends and families so we have developed the COVID-19 Testing Map, a crowdsourced map to help people document their experiences when seeking COVID-19 testing

Ira Winder, Procedural Pandemic
Ira is a researcher, educator, and practitioner who specializes in end-to-end design, development, and implementation of interactive simulations for solving complex problems in industry, academia, and public agencies. Ira’s range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, and Architectural Design. He is currently a Researcher with dual appointments at the MIT Engineering Systems Laboratory (ESL) and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS). He holds a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010).

Kalaya Kovidvisith, FabCafe Bangkok Co-founder
Kalaya is the co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok since 2014 and has been a lecturer at Thammasat University, Faculty of Architecture and Planning since 2004. She excels in gathering multidisciplinary teams to find new solutions using the FabCafe network. Graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Architecture Studies, and Design and Computation.

David Tena Vicente, FabCafe Barcelona CEO
David Tena is the CEO of FabCafe Barcelona. David graduated from the University of Barcelona with his degree in physics which has provided an extensive knowledge of mathematics, electronics and the practical application of mechanics. Projects at FabCafe Barcelona are viewed analytically, adapting and altering when necessary due to complex and unexpected situations. These skills are combined to provide training to universities and businesses and also guide David his management of the resources and ongoing projects at FabCafe Barcelona.

18:00 Open

18:10 Azby Brown, Safecast and the COVID-19 Testing map

18:20 Ira Winder, Understanding the COVID-19 Epidemic as an Urban System via Interactive Simulation

18:30 Kalaya Kovidisith, Community-driven innovation: Collaboration as essential element in connecting the backlines with the frontlines to attack COVID-19 in Bangkok

19:00 David Tena Vicente, FabCafe Barcelona as Makerspace, Fabrication organizing leader, and emergency logistics management hub. Words of advice and solidarity from a pandemic-center

19:10 Cross talk, including questions from audience

19:50 Wrap up words

20:00 Finish

Organized by FabCafe and Glug Tokyo

The event is finished.

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