Make for the Planet
The Event: Make for the planet
If you are you a hacker, coder, maker, engineer, designer, entrepreneur, creative thinker or tinkerer, come celebrate Earth Day weekend 2017 by creating solutions to challenging conservation problems in front of a global audience! Multidisciplinary teams will compete in an on-site event called Make for the Planet over three days of the Smithsonian Institution's Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C. (April 21-23, 2017). Teams will have access to a pop-up maker's space with equipment to create prototypes and models of hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation problem. Registration is now closed.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
When: Morning of April 21 through the afternoon of April 23, 2017 (Agenda TBD).
What: Team competition/hackathon to create hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation challenges. Teams will also have access to a pop-up maker's space with 3D printers, controllers, sensors, model-making software, and other equipment.
How: Conservation X Labs will send teams a set of predefined conservation challenges two weeks before the event (Friday, April 7th) and global conservation experts will pitch the problems in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 21st to kick-off the event. Teams will have until the morning of April 23rd to create solutions for display in a science-fair setting for viewing by judges, the public, and other Smithsonian Earth Optimism attendees. Solutions must be presented as a physical or digital representation and more than a written explanation or pitch. We expect teams to create solutions for one of the proposed conservation challenges using the equipment provided on-site over rather than bringing a pre-baked solution.
Who: We will welcome 18 multidisciplinary teams. There are no restrictions on age, occupation, education, or gender. Teams will solve global conservation challenges through creative and transformative solutions that harness emerging science and technology, entrepreneurship, and design.
Do you want to mentor teams? If you will be in Washington, D.C. April 21-23, and you are an engineer, scientist, or a tech guru, consider signing up HERE to mentor teams.
Team registration is now closed.
Registration fees for the invited teams will be waived.
We will update this site with an equipment list, conservation challenges, and more information for the teams closer to Make for the Planet.
Meet the Teams
Melissa Guardaro, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU)
Jason Sauer, Environmental Life Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU
Alexander Routhier, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, ASU
Yuliya Dzyuban, School of Sustainability, ASU
Candice Sheehan, Mechanical Engineering and Marine Science, Duke University
Jason Wang, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Duke University
Alex Weck, Environmental Engineering, Duke University
Henry Quach, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
Francesca Fernandez, Accenture
Michael Munn, Accenture Analytics
Fode Youla, Accenture
Shannon Barrow, Accenture
Bradley Guy, Associate Professor of Practice, School of Architecture + Planning, The Catholic University of America (CUA)
Amiel Lumbre, CUA
Nareg Khachadori, CUA
Brady Abby, CUA
Lu Sevier, Booz Allen Hamilton - Software Development
Hannah Dempsey, ORISE intern at EPA
Justin Mezetin, Software Developer
Patrick Drake, Biostatistician Center for Disease Control
Green Eggs and Sam
Sam Kelly, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
Ashley Blawas, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
Ashley Ericson, Mechanical Engineering, Theater Studies, Duke University
Carmen Hoyt, Marine Science and Conservation Leaders, Duke University
Courtney Greenley, Social Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources
Brandon McKee, Special Projects & Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
Matt Deal, Engineer, MTSI; Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Leadership Fairfax Emerging Leaders Institute
Emily Hanson, Data Governance Lead, Columbia Sportswear; DGIQ, PROSCI
Meghan Tierney, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
Dana Paz, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Erin Wallin, Epic Systems
Micaela Connors, Computer Sciences & Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Henrik Cox, Mechanical Engineering and Visual Arts, Duke University
Kelsey Evezich, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
Steven Burcat, Mechanical Engineering and Economics, Duke University
Jacob Baca, Duke University
Linh Anh Cat, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California-Irvine
Rhea Dorris, Kimley Horn and Associates
Kristi Ray, Nova Southeastern University, NASA
Lauren Shum, Electrical and Computer Engineering | Energy Engineering, Duke University
Sun Devils for Sustainability
Tyler Dolyniuk, Civil Engineering and Business Management, ASU
Abrahm Coury, Barrett the Honors College, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, ASU
Mahinalani Wing, Barrett the Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU
SiennaRae Walker, Mechanical Engineering, Barrett Honors College, ASU
Stew Stremel, Entrepreneur, Ligtwell.biz
Jeff Davis, Entrepreneur
Bob Vogt, Software developer
Team Red Panda
Peter Moran, Electrical Engineering, Duke University
Matt Snider, Ecology & Wildlife Conservation, North Carolina State University
Adam Cullen, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
Anna Miyajima, Computer Science, Duke University
The Brothers from Barrett
Cameron Starostecki, Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Management, ASU
Zachary Kalinowski, Biomedical Engineering, ASU
Aaron Schierbrock, Aerospace Engineering, ASU
Joseph Briones, Computer Science and Pre-Med, ASU
The Mighty Morphin Innovators
Aleah Deptula, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy (SEMTE), Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), ASU
Hunter Talbo, SEMTE, EPICS, ASU
Briana Avila, Psychology, ASU
Isabel Villasenor, SEMTE, Chemical Engineering, ASU
Leila Hadj-Chikh, Dunbar Security Solutions
Ali Bhalloo, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, ASU
Kevin Nikolaus, IRIS PASSCAL, Polar Field Engineer
Deepak Sathyanarayan, Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia
Three Engineers and a Planner
Jesus Gomez, Computer Science, ASU
Luis Cervantes, Chemical Engineering, ASU
Oscar-Armando Orozco, Architecture, ASU
Paulina Gomez, Biomedical Engineering, ASU
Lauren Neville, Communications, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University
Chen Shen, Communications, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University
Ruizhong Li, Communications, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University
Atina Karim, Communications, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University
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