PROGRAMS, STRATEGIES, & TOOLS
Join Fab Lab DC for a day-long conference on INNOVATION & DESIGN for BUSINESS on Saturday, September 14th, 2013.
This one-day conference, to be held at Fab Lab DC, is for entrepreneurs, business owners, and other creative community members to explore opportunities, programs, design strategies, and tools for innovative approaches to help address practical challenges in today’s changing economy.
Learn about expanded opportunities for small businesses in the District of Columbia, including Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) funding, current policy initiatives for manufacturing and job creation, rapid prototyping technologies, design thinking and human centered design strategies for productivity and growth, and legal issues for emerging technologies. Registration includes presentations, lunch, afternoon breakout sessions, and demonstrations of digital fabrication technology (including 3D printing & CNC).
Philip Reeves, Manager, Small Business Technology & Innovation
DC Department of Small & Local Business Development
Expanded Opportunities for Small Businesses in the District of Columbia
Policies to Stimulate Innovation toward a New Economy
Design Strategies for Growth: Design Thinking & Human Centered Design
Developing Ideas from Concept to Marketplace
Mack Kolarich, Entrepreneur, Startup Weekend, SceneSquid
How to rapidly prototype a business and do it successfully
Anna Kaziunas France, Entrepreneur, Author, Designer, Educator and
Sallye Coyle, ShopBot Tools
Tools for Innovation: Digital Design & Fabrication, Rapid Prototyping
Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge
Legal Considerations for mass customization, democratization of design, & rapid innovation
• Mapping Your Innovation Design Strategy from Concept to Reality: Design Thinking & Human Centered Design with Thea Klein-Mayer, Design for America, and Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel
• Tools for Innovation: Using Digital Fabrication Technologies, including 3D printing demonstrations with Anna Kaziunas France, AS220/MAKE/FabAcademy and Sallye Coyle, ShopBot Tools
This program is being funded, partially or fully, through the Department of Small and Local Business Development.
When & Where
FAB LAB DC
About Fab Lab DC ~
You Can Make It in DC !
Innovation, Education, Job Training,
Business Incubation &
New Product Development
In the spirit of MIT’s Fab Lab community outreach project, FAB LAB DC is a high-tech, fabrication laboratory/community workshop in the heart of the Nation’s Capital to advance creativity, innovation, and collaborative projects.
FAB LAB DC fosters the creative community by providing access to digital fabrication technology, rapid prototyping, and the global Fab Lab network. Fab Labs enable people to use technology to create, experiment and produce, shifting the paradigm away from people merely “consuming” technology toward using technology to create solutions.
With a focus on life-long learning and emphasis on investigative teamwork, FAB LAB DC is bringing a range of educational opportunities for people of all ages, including access to the international Fab Lab network and Fab Academy, which extend opportunities for information sharing, research, and broader social impact.
FAB LAB DC is for local community members, life-long learners, inventors, entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals.