Our friends at Global Shapers Miami have put together a stellar line-up of talks for Miami Mini Maker Faire. “Maker Talks” will feature emerging makers, innovators and entrepreneurs who combine DIY ingenuity with cutting-edge tools and tried and true practices to create social value and address modern-day challenges. Scroll down to read their bios. Seating at the Maker Talks is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th
11:00 am: Mariana Rego – Design Thinking Miami
Mariana Rego is Co-Founder and CEO of Design Thinking Miami, a consulting and professional education firm that helps people and companies solve problems more creatively. She is a trained industrial engineer and business strategist who has applied her problem solving skills in diverse environments, from manufacturing and service design to crisis communication and startup business development. And avid traveler, she has visited 50 countries (so far).
12:00 pm: Rebekah Monson – Code for Miami
Rebekah Monson is a journalist, designer and developer. She co-founded Code for Miami, a Code for America brigade, in 2013 and served as co-captain until 2016. She is the co-founder and VP Product and Editorial at WhereBy.Us, a local media company that produces The New Tropic
1:00 pm: Olivia Ramos – PanHaptic
Olivia Ramos is an inventor and architect residing in Miami, Florida, founder of Panhaptic software and Mental Rhythms applications, co-founder of Work Untitled Magazine and Citybiom. Her software practice began during a residency with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 2012. She also participated as artist in residency at Cannonball Miami, developing emotional data gathering applications. Olivia holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Masters in Real Estate Development & Urbanism from the University of Miami.
2:00 pm: Martin Parlato – Posibl.
Martin is the CEO and founder of Posibl., a media company dedicated to produce content, ideas and events to inspire and promote social impact around the world. After 3 years, Posibl. is a rising voice in social good with initiatives realized in 5 continents by joining forces with entrepreneurs, influencers, recognized celebrities, media partners, brands and organizations in 5 continents to reach 75MM people globally. As CEO of Posibl., Martin maintains contact with numerous for profit and non profit organizations worldwide like Change, Ashoka, United Nations, Junior Achievement, IDB Bank, History Channel, CNN, Eurocase, Groupon, DemocracyOs, RACI, ICW Global, and Red Shoe Movement among others.
A determined and passionate motivator, Martin has been called up as a frequent speaker at recognized events including TEDx, Social Media Days, IDB Foromic Forum, Sustainatopia, RISE Hong Kong from Web Summit, Emerge Americas, Campus Party, The Next Web, and international entrepreneurship competitions. As the official spokesman of Posibl., Martin has been called as a speaker with personalities like Deepak Chopra and is frequently interviewed by media like CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, Fox, Telemundo, Univision or Yahoo. Argentine, 38 years old with a Business Administration Degree, he was named Proud of UADE University in Argentina and started several businesses and start-ups during the last 15 years.
3:00 pm: Daniel Rodriguez – Animusoft
Mr. Rodriguez is an Entrepreneur, Computer Scientist and Roboticist with substantial experience melding technology into the day to day world. Mr. Rodriguez has worked for a wide range of organizations from small start ups to large corporations such as Systemax. With more than 20 years of hands on experience in software engineering he has helped many organizations achieve their goals.
Mr. Rodriguez is currently Founder and CEO of Animusoft makers of Alive and Alive Drones. Alive is a complete software stack for land, air, and sea based drones. Alive Drones are land, air and sea based drones built with Alive used for Small to Large Organizations and Enterprises. Alive is backed by the Alive Mind which is the machine learning pumping heart of the Alive eco-system.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st
11:00 am: Armand Zepulveda – Dycap
Armand is the CEO of Dycap Media Solutions, an organization using machine intelligence to change the way live events are filmed. Armand, also a Miami native, started as a cameraman for ESPN while studying at the University of Florida. In 2014 he was ranked the number one collegiate cameraman in the country by ESPN.
12:00 pm: Della Heiman – Wynwood Yard
Della was born in Cincinnati, OH, and has lived and worked in the US, Spain, Chile, Israel, Jordan, China, and Ethiopia in the fields of political communications, textile manufacturing, venture capital, health/wellness, and food service. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014. Della lives in Miami FL, where she recently launched a culinary incubator (www.thewynwoodyard.com) and healthy fast casual restaurant concept (www.dellabowls.com)
1:00 pm: X Alfonso – Musician, Director of Fabrica de Arte Cubano
Goya-award winning and Grammy-nominated X Alfonso is a classically trained musician and one of the pioneers of Cuba’s hip-hop and afro-rock scenes. His intoxicating mix of hip-hop, son, reggae, jazz and rock has been featured in Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura series and in the film “Havana Blues” for which he won Spain’s Goya Prize for best original music in 2006. He also performed in the historic “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana organized by Colombian superstar Juanes in 2009. Alfonso is also the director of la Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a multi-level art gallery and performance art space which the Washington Post recently called the place to go see “a younger, edgier, emerging Cuba” and Anthony Bourdain dubbed “the hottest place in Havana”.
2:00 pm: Ana Benatuil – Architect & Singularity University Fellow
Ana C. Benatuil is an Architect and Urbanist Entrepreneur originally from Venezuela and a 2013 Graduate from Florida International University. She was the Knight Foundation Global Impact Competition winner in Miami that led her to the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley during the summer of 2015. Ana believes that technology has the potential to transform the way we understand, visualize and interact with our physical environment and is now creating a future where buildings become wellness generators for cities rather than objects consuming our natural resources.
3:00 pm: Sachin Bhandari – Turtle Mechatronics
Sachin Bhandari is the Director of Product Development at a local hardware development company – Turtle Mechatronics. His interests are in robotics and constructing electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical assemblies. Sachin is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has achieved certifications in Agile Product Development methodologies as well.
Sachin has worked on a number of computer-assisted navigation systems that have made their way to market in some form or another – from his time at NYU’s minimally invasive surgery lab, to Mako Surgical (now Stryker), to most recently Cirle – where Sachin managed a cross-functional team in the development of an image acquisition and injection system for a surgical microscope, customized for anterior segment eye surgery, which was acquired by Bausch and Lomb.
He will speaking about the initial steps to take when developing a hardware prototype and how to structure your overall product development process. For more information about Turtle Mechatronics – www.turtlemechatronics.com.