Past New York Event: VOL 14

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Is Crowdfunding the New "Like" Button?

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Brian Meece gives a quick rundown on what crowdfunding is and what you need to start a crowdfunding project. He gives an example using a company called Spira. Spira makes revolutionary new sneakers with springs in the soles to make walking easier.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 14, 2013.

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No Frustration, Just Creation

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Matt Tyson, co-founder of EcoSystems in New York, explains the concept behind the Snug-it, a tool that makes assembling furniture more efficient. The unique and innovative design allows for rearrangement and recreation based on personal needs, and encourages reative thinking. 

"Presentation of the Day" on August 6, 2014. 

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99 Cent Futures

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken are co-founders of the Extrapolation Factory, an imagination-based studio for design-lead futures studies. They explore society's fascination with the future, and discuss where this future-culture is coming from. Through collaboration with local 99¢ stores, they combine manufacturing and design and play off of the public's concept of future demand and necessity. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 18, 2014.

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Intellect Begets Art

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Eric Forman has worked for the past 13 years at the experimental intersection of art and design. He uses his background in philosophy and technology to create interactive sculptures, robots, and other installations which incorporate a combination of organic and biological concepts.  

"Presentation of the Day" on February 26, 2014.

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Interactivity Explored

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

James Patten is the founder of Patten Studios, a small design firm which combines design and technology to create interactive experiences. The members of the studio utilize their personal strengths and passions while working in a team to create comprehensive and functional displays. Social networking and new technologies are essential to the process through which unusual physical objects are constructed. 

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The World's Most Powerful Battery

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Professor of physics and astronomy Janna Levin is fascinated with the idea of using black holes to make elctronic circuits. With a magnetic field one trillion times the size of the earth, a black hole has the potential of producing one quintillion volts. Janna discusses what would be neccessary to carry out such a monumental task. 

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How to Make the World Work for 11 Billion People

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Maria Aialova is the co-founder of Terreform ONE, a think tank which focuses on mapping population density. It is predicted that by the end of this century the world will reach 11 billion people, with more than 3/4 of the population living in cities. We must shift from competition to cooperation and from ownership to membership in order to live successfully. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 11, 2014.

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@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida explain RockPaperRobot, a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. They discuss the perfect manufacturing process, which requires a balance of time, money, and ability. They also offer a detailed glimpse into the creation of one of their products: a magnetically-levitating coffee table. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 25, 2014.

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Viable Manufacturing

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

David Belt is the founder of New Lab, a company that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing. He talks about the history of manufacturing in the last ten years, including the collapse of the economy and new digital trends. Creative company structures ensure that proximity breeds new ways of thinking about design, manufacturing, integration, and innovation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 31, 2014.

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Sustainable Spoons

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Marcel Botha believes that current manufacturing is unsustainable, and explains that we should rethink the intellectual pursuits that go into large-scale manufacturing and distribution. Marcel delves into the creation of Spuni, an innovative adaptation of the baby spoon, to show the neccessity of building an ecosystem of interdependant manufacturing experiences. 

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Prototyping Architecture

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

David Benjamin shares one of his first projects, which consisted of movable glass that opened and closed based on carbon dioxide levels in the environment. Now, David believes in inspiring architects, makers, and innovators to not only design and create things, but to design and create ideas and stories of a better future. 

Maria Aiolova
Co-Founder, Terreform ONE in Brooklyn
Jessica Banks
Co-founder, RockPaperRobot in Brooklyn
Mihae Mukaida
Co-Founder , Rock Paper Robot in Brooklyn
Marcel Botha
CEO , in Brooklyn
Janna Levin
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College/Columbia University in New York
David Benjamin
Founder, The Living in Brooklyn
James Patten
Director, Patten Studio in Brooklyn
Matt Tyson
Innovation Director and Co-Founder, EcoSystems Brand in Brooklyn
Eric Forman
Artist + Designer + Technologist, Eric Forman Studio / Head of Innovation, SVA MFA Interaction Design in Brooklyn
Brian Meece
Founder , RocketHub in New York
Elliott P. Montgomery
Co-Founder, The Extrapolation Factory in Brooklyn
Chris Woebken
Co-Founder, The Extrapolation Factory in Brooklyn
David Belt
Developer and Urbanist, Macro Sea / New Lab in Brooklyn