covid-19

Vent-Con 2020 To Discuss the State of Open Source Ventilators

Next Thursday, May 21st, Public Invention will be hosting Vent-Con 2020, a virtual mini-convention focused on open source ventilators and the related learnings and developments that have transpired over the past few months with the Covid-19 pandemic. The three hour online event provides an interesting program that looks at the ventilator community, its challenges, developing […]

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Plan C: Challenging Challenges

Now is not the time to stand up your organization’s design challenge or hackathon. It’s not productive and it’s not a good way for your organization to help.

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Plan C: Our Panel To Learn About The Maker Response To Covid-19 In Spain

Join Dale Dougherty, founder of Make: Magazine and Maker Faire, and Karim Asry, co-founder of Espacio Open and co-producer of Maker Faire Bilbao. They’ll be talking with some of the central activators, innovators, and organizers of the open source and maker response across Spain to produce supplies and meet the ongoing needs for medical and […]

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Plan C: Chicago Shield Part 4 – Binge-making with Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer manages the Fab Lab at the Museum of Science and Industry. He is a manufacturing technologist with a degree in manufacturing technology from Illinois Institute of technology, which is now called Illinois Tech.  e started in 1991 working in his family’s Foundry on the South side of Chicago, which was started by his […]

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Plan C: Chicago Shield Part 3 – Who’s Not in the Network

  Part 3: Who’s Not in the Network Ray Doeksen is a veteran of the Iraq War, and a member of American Legion and the VFW in Chicago. His background is industrial design yet Ray’s superpower is being a connector. In his words, he has “his fingers in everything”, which includes Pumping Station One makerspace […]

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Plan C: Chicago Shield Part 2 — The Solin Flat Pack Face Shield

  Part 2: The Solin Flatpack Face Shield Jeff Solin teaches Computer Science and runs the makerspace at Lane Technical High School in Chicago. Lane Tech is a mammoth, old-style public high school building that serves 4,500 students. Down one of its many wings, Jeff Solin has developed LTMakers Lab over the last six years. […]

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Plan C: Chicago Shield: Part 1 – A Mesh Network for Making Face Shields

  Part 1: A Mesh Network for 3D Printing Face Shields “They’re making whatever we can get them to make.” —Jay Margalus The Haul from DePaul Jayson “Jay” Margalus is the faculty director of makerspaces at DePaul University. He is also President of SpaceLab, a non profit community makerspace in his hometown of Mokena, Illinois. […]

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