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Event Name:Emerging Tech Symposium: Makerspaces and Fablabs
Description:The Emerging Tech Symposium is a powerful and relevant program dedicated to creativity and invention by means of makerspaces and fablabs.  The day will feature speakers discussing their projects, their partnerships, their goals and their hoped for outcomes.  If you are interested in makerspaces and fablabs, are charged with creating and/or maintaining a makerspace or fablab, or are trying to figure out the role of a makerspace or fablab in your environment – this is the Symposium for you! 

In addition, we will have a poster session on projects from our region’s libraries.    For more information or to submit a poster, contact Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator, at

Marcus Brathwaite: Case Western Reserve’s Sears think[box]

Marcus Brathwaite, Fabrication Manager of think[box] graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2013 with a B.F.A. in Ceramics. The skills he developed as an artist allow him to approach the operations of a makerspace from the perspective of a designer. In collaboration with his team, machines, tools, spacial layout, and systems of access are carefully considered with the goal of creating maximum usability. He believes that well designed makerspaces can develop and support a region’s culture of innovation and shift traditional notions of machine shops as male dominated and uninviting environments.
Jane Alexander: Cleveland Museum of Art:
Free to Move, Create and Engage: Designing Meaningful and Barrier-Free Digital Experiences with Museum Collections
Museums can employ innovative, active technology to develop barrier-free access to museum collections. The Cleveland Museum of Art presents the new Studio Play interactive space as a case study for developing visitor-centered, visually-focused engagement. The new Studio Play is a manifesta3on of human-centered design, focusing on ways that screens can become irrelevant as users employ technology to further their creativity and curiosity. By focusing on technology as a plaeorm rather than technology for technology’s sake, we have a_empted to move past the screen-time debate into kinesthetic and action-based experiences. Studio Play was designed to be barrier free; the transition between observa3on and interaction is seamless and effortless. The touch-screen interfaces that may limit access for nonreaders or frustrate non-tech-savvy visitors are gone. Instead, the technology is exquisitely responsive to user movement and is accessible for all.

Jane Alexander is the Chief Informa3on Officer for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jane is a member of the museum’s executive team and is responsible for creating, ongoing iteration, and advocacy of a vision for innovation, technology implementa3on and digital strategies best applied to Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) mission. Jane overseas the strategy, concept, design and implementa3on of interactive experiences, backend applications and infrastructure design. In 2013, CMA completed Gallery One and the revolutionary ArtLens mobile app that transformed the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art designations in the world. More recently, CMA launched Artlens 2.0 and the new Studio Play which uses innovation in technology to enhance the visitor (of any age) experience with the museum’s collection. Jane recently completed a centennial exhibition app for the Arts and Stories from Mughal India exhibit that includes a tweetable text for every object in the exhibition. Currently, Jane is working on the concept for Gallery One 2.0 (June 2017).
Before moving to Cleveland, Jane developed and directed Columbia University’s acclaimed distance educa3on program, as well as the development of university-wide resources for instruc3onal technology and methodology. In Cleveland, Jane has worked on several high-profile projects, notably as the virtual Chief Technology Officer to the Great Lakes Science Center, as well as the technology design consultant to Frank Gehry's Peter B. Lewis Campus at Case Western Reserve University.
Jane is a native New Yorker, with a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics as well as a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. She has two teenage daughters, Esme and Willa.
Twitter: @janecalexander

Petra Gruber: University of Akron
Biomimicry Program Fablab at the University of Akron
Learn about the Biomimicry fablab as a physical space for education, research and development of innovation inspired by nature. Biomimetics as a discipline finds increasing recognition in academia and has started to be institutionalized at universities in programs and centers. The Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center was founded in 2012 at the University of Akron as an interdisciplinary venture for the advancement of innovation inspired by nature and is part of a larger community fostering the approach of biomimicry in the Great Lakes region of the US. The Biomimicry fablab ties into the existing maker space concept and creates the setting for interdisciplinary research and development carried out in the program.

Dr. Petra Gruber is an architect with a strong interest in inter- and transdisciplinary design.
Apart from her professional work as an architect she holds a PhD in Biomimetics in Architecture from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and collaborated as a research fellow at the Centre for Biomimetics at The University of Reading, UK. She taught Biomimetics in Energy Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria and held lectures and workshops at universities worldwide. As a visiting professor for Architectural Design and Building Science she set up a master program in Advanced Architectural Design at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Her research spans from projects for the European Space Agency on lunar base design informed by folding principles from nature to arts-based research on the translation of growth principles from nature into proto-architectural spatial solutions.
Dr. Gruber is based at the Myers school of Arts and the Department of Biology for the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC.
Wayne Bartholomew: Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Co.
Makerspace at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
Learn about the makerspaces of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC): past, present, and future! In this program, we will examine the library's former makerspace, called YOLO or Youngstown Ohio Learning, a grant-funded learning lab which allowed par.cipants to earn badges by with hands-on and technology. We will then examine the PLYMC's new makerspace, which launches in the first quarter of 2017. Finally, we will look at technology that could be considered for future makerspaces. In this presenta.on, we will explore the various stages of making a makerspace: commi_ee planning, technology research, room construc.on, equipment configura.on, staff training, and public launch events. Addi.onally, we will review the challenges and successes that PLYMC faced during its first year providing makerspace customer service. Drawing from our experience with technology and public service, PLYMC want to help you iden.fy your customers' makerspace needs, to develop an approach to tech selec.on for your makerspace, and to prepare for the issues that arise when planning and a makerspace.
Wayne Bartholomew is the Emerging Technologies & Technical Training Liaison for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. For the last six years, Wayne has researched new and technologies for PLYMC, which have been used for staff development and public programming. Wayne has worked in IT as a computer instructor; engaging with library customers throughout Mahoning County, he taught a program series about basic personal As a member of PLYMC's public service team, Wayne oversaw a variety of programs and iniatives. He designed mul.ple makerspaces and helped to implement and oversee PLYMC's Technology Playground and the YOLO makerspace. Wayne has been responsible for a number of evolu.onary technology pieces, such as PLYMC's first 3-D printers and tablet devices. He has coordinated virtual reference, eBook support, and sofware modules used for summer discovery programs. Addi.onally, Wayne has worked with commi_ees to establish technology competency standards for PLYMC staff. Wayne recently joined his library's programming team. Currently, he is responsible for designing public technology programs and tech training pieces for staff.

Cherie Bronkar: Kent State University
Makerspace at Kent State University: Tuscarawas
Cherie Bronkar will share her experiences creating a Makerspace to serve the university and the community. Makerspaces provide an amazing opportunity for creativity, innovation and research…along with a lot of fun. From choosing equipment to the goals of the Makerspace, Ms. Bronkar will relate the twists and turns in her journey to creating a successful Makerspace.
Bio- Cherie Bronkar- MLS
Cherie Bronkar has over 30 years’ experience in Ohio libraries and has been the Regional Library Director for Kent State University Tuscarawas since 2012. She oversees the Academic Learning Commons, Makerspace and the Federal Depository Collection for the Tuscarawas campus
Cherie received a $24,000 grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded by the State Library of Ohio, to create an academic Makerspace. She previously served as Head of User services at Muskingum University where she created a statewide yearly workshop series bringing together Academic Librarians and Library Media Specialists. Ms Bronkar also initiated the Malagasy People’s Library Project to promote English language skills in the public schools of Madagascar and currently serves on the OhioLINK Library Advisory Council, Council of Chairs and most recently contributed ‘Chapter 1-Creating a Library Makerspace’ for the upcoming ALA Publication “The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook” edited by Ellyssa Kroski .  

Event Date:04-04-17
Event Time:09:30 AM - 03:30 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:Holly Klingler
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Competency:  Emerging Technology

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