UNITE • Maker Nation: Education to Industry


February 22, 2018
2/22/18 6:30 pm - 2/22/18 8:30 pm


2018-02-2218:30:00 2018-02-2220:30:00 America/New_York UNITE • Maker Nation: Education to Industry Makerspaces are becoming vital to college campuses and workplaces alike. Accessible makerspaces create opportunity for students and creative professionals to ... Fab@CIC 121 Devonshire St. Boston, MA 02109 Design Museum Boston info@designmuseumboston.org

Makerspaces are becoming vital to college campuses and workplaces alike. Accessible makerspaces create opportunity for students and creative professionals to bring their visions to reality. With more and more companies and schools prioritizing the maker mindset, new questions arise about the use of these spaces and who is using them.

Our Winter UNITE panel will feature ideas around the following questions:

  • Are makerspaces becoming more prominent and in what industries?
  • How do we ensure makerspaces are inclusive to all concentrations and skill levels?
  • Who finds these makerspaces intimidating and how are organizations addressing that?

Our diverse panel discussion is sponsored by EYP and is set to take place on Thursday, February 22nd. Hear from a panel of experts and enjoy a night of drinks, light apps, and networking. Bring your questions and delve into the maker nation with us!


Moderator: Leila Kamal, Vice President of Design & Expertise, EYP

Leila is responsible for visioning and implementing EYP’s expertise-driven design philosophy through the development and integration of intellectual content into smart, sustainable design. She has played an active role in the planning, programming, and design of classrooms, student interactions spaces, and innovative learning environments at numerous colleges and universities. Her most recent clients include MIT, Emory University, Wheaton College, Keene State College, and the University of Michigan.



Panelist: Athena MooreBUILD Space Community Manager, Autodesk

The BUILD Space (an acronym for BUilding, Innovation, Learning and Design) houses workshops for metal fabrication, precision machining, wood working, water jet cutting, large format routing, laser cutting, composites, glass, ceramics, textiles, steel forming, robotics and 3D printing. Beyond 9-5, Athena is secretary for the New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), and a resident artist at Washington Street Art.



Panelist: Eric Lanoue, Program Manager, MADE@MassChallenge

Eric manages the daily function of the lab space, user training, and hardware consultation. He has a passion for bringing ideas to life and empowering others to follow their dreams. Eric uses the MADE@ lab as a vehicle to promote STEM education, corporate stewardship, and any effort to build a better world.




Panelist: Aidan Ackerman, Director of Digital Media & Faculty in the School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College

Aidan’s professional and academic work has focused on the intersection of computer technology and landscape architecture design. He has worked with ArtScience Labs as a design mentor, and as part of the Research Computing Environment at The Harvard/MIT Data Center. Aidan maintains an independent computation design practice, developing models and graphics for international firms within the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and graphic and industrial design.


Doors open at 6:30pm; Discussion begins at 7:00pm.

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UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.

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