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With Krystal Persaud (Dir. Product Design, littleBits), Keith Kirkland (Founder, WearWorks), Brian Wilson (Founder, Duro UAS), Scott van Campen (Dir., Staten Island Makerspace), Katey Metzroth (Dir. SecondMuse).
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 06:30 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
Venue, 47-10 Austell Pl, Long Island City

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Join us as we launch C4Q Labs, which aims to catalyze new frontiers at the nexus of software & hardware. This event will feature makers, engineers, & entrepreneurs leading a new wave of innovation in the city.

C4Q Labs is part of Futureworks NYC, a key component of New York City's Industrial Action Plan to help emerging & existing manufacturers adopt advanced technologies & increase local production. Learn more about our partnership with the NYCEDC here.

Krystal Persaud is the Director of Product Design at littleBits, the award-winning platform of electronic building blocks that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large & small. A graduate of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design, Krystal is also the founder & managing member of the design collective Grouphug & teaches a course on product development processes & materials at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Krystal is committed to the idea that product design will revolutionize the fields of education, public health & sustainability, & is passionate about bridging gaps between industrial design & other disciplines.

Keith Kirkland is the CEO & Co-founder of WearWorks, a company that designs products & experiences that communicate information through touch. Their first product is Wayband, & it is a wearable tactile navigation device that guides blind & visually impaired users to an end-destination, using only vibration.

Keith hails from Camden, NJ. He holds bachelors in both Mechanical Engineering & Accessories Design, & a masters of Industrial Design. He has worked with organizations including: The MediaLab & the Copyist Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Mini Cooper, Unilever, Calvin Klein, Coach, Rebecca Minkoff, NYC Media Lab, Verizon Open Innovation, SXSW Create, Rutgers University & the Yokohama Government in Japan.

Brian Wilson is President & Co-Founder of Duro UAS which develops marine drone systems & sensors for collecting data for the growing Ocean Economy. He is a recognized contributor in the field of urban autonomous operations & his work has been featured on on 60 Minutes Australia, CBS Evening News, Good Day New York, Gizmodo, & more.

Brian has also helped Duro UAS secure initial grants with the Region 2 University Transportation Research Center for assessing bridge scour with autonomous systems & is a member of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, based at Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center.

Scott has been a maker' for over thirty years, creating sculptures, furniture, vehicles, & instruments. His 25 years of architectural metalwork experience can be seen in private residences, storefronts, museums, & restaurants all over New York City. Recent clients range from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, & Stella McCartney's flagship store in Soho, to the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, Cartier, & the United Nations.

Scott has created, guided, & managed the development of industrial fabrication at Staten Island MakerSpace. This includes fully equipped metal, wood, & textile facilities. Since opening the makerspace in 2013, Scott has expanded digital fabrication by on boarding a full time technician, CNC router, laser cutting equipment & multiple 3D printers. In addition, Scott holds proficiencies in a myriad of extensive fabrication tools & techniques that cover the gamut of engineering & application in bringing products to life.

Katey led the co-design & management of New York Next Top Makers for the past 4 years including the expansion & rebrand of Next Top Makers to Futureworks Incubator which grew from incubating six to 84 companies each year. Katey is an experienced community-centered designer. She is a founding designer of the Needfinding Framework for Internet Freedom & Human Rights, a product of SecondMuse. In her previous life Katey developed financial education programming for single mothers, helped UPENN & the Wharton school launch the Lipman Family Prize for social innovators & guided the NYC-based digital strategy firm, Sarkissian Mason, to incorporate social impact & the fight against global human trafficking into their business model. Katey holds an MA from Georgetown & the UNSAM in Buenos Aires. In her spare time she's into home decor & home fixing projects & mothering her senior adopted pup Sir Elton John.
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