VMMF 2014 SPEAKER SERIES

 

Saturday June 7th, 2014

 

11:00-11:30am   Modelling Human-like Emotions in Machines

Derek Patterson, projectpolygon.com

Derek-PattersonSadness is a machine that cannot feel sadness -or so that machine would think if it had emotions. Luckily, Derek can tell you how to make your computer feel like a real winner next time it deletes that essay spent all night writing and didn’t save any backups of (Where’s the trust, computer? You had one job.) Find out what kinds of the difficulties a machine would encounter in sensing its environment, deciding whether or not it likes or dislikes something, storing knowledge about the things it likes or dislikes, and seeding the knowledge with “instincts”. It’ll be fun (if you are a emotionless machine, just trust us on this one!).

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Derek Patterson is a professional software developer by day and roboticist/researcher/game developer by night. His most recent endeavour is a series of articles on modelling human emotions in machines. In addition to making machines cry, he’s also working on an autonomous quadrocopter and a game for mobile platforms. If you wish to sell him your time machine he would be very interested.

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11:30am-12:00pm   Vancouver Maker Foundation: How we got here & where we’re going

Emily Smith, Vancouver Maker Foundation

Emily-SmithThrough events and projects like the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, public art workshops, Maker Music, and educational initiatives, Vancouver Maker Foundation has brought together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creatives, collectives, and small businesses. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the hard work that goes into running these events, and learn about the community that propels these projects and ideas forward. With big ideas and new initiatives, we are excited to start thinking beyond the faire, and how makers can start making a big impact in our city.

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Emily Smith is the driving force behind Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and Vancouver Maker Foundation. She is an avid textile artist and community organizer with a focus on facilitating collaborative and creative workspaces,maker-oriented projects, and educational programming.

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12:00-12:30pm   3D Printing: A Viable Production Option

Trent Shumay, IoT Design Shop

trent-shumayThe Maker community is well aware of how 3D printing can be used to rapidly prototype enclosures and of the associated time and cost benefits compared to more traditional methods such as injection moulding. IoT Design Shop has found it to be an economically-viable alternative when it comes to manufacturing small runs of production units – in fact, 3D printing has quadrupled their manufacturing capacity! Listen to the story of how 3D printing has allowed them to test markets, pivot, and deliver production-quality units to customers around the world.

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Trent is a life-long software developer who has been programming computers since the early 1980’s, when he started out as a seven year old “computer kid”. He made his first commercial sale of software at the age of sixteen, and proceeded to graduate from the university of British Columbia in 1996 with BSc in Computer Science. With over thirteen years of professional experience in the game industry, Trent has worked on and managed projects for several major interactive software publishers, including Electronic Arts, Song Computer Entertainment, and Nintendo. Outside of his work, Trent enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying time outdoors. He remains a gamer and musician, but admittedly has deferred a lot of relaxation in favour of seeing his vision come to fruition.

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12:30-1:00pm   The Current State of 3D Printing

John Biehler, 3D604.org

John-BiehlerThe moniker “3D Printing” actually covers a number of different technologies which will be explained and demystified. Going beyond some of the common uses you hear about in the media, John will share real-world examples of 3D printing in many different industries to show you how this technology has been changing your world for over 30 years, and what’s coming next.

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John is a tech blogger and the co-founder of 3D604.org, whose more than 230 members are 3D printing enthusiasts from around the Lower Mainland. His book 3D Printing With Autodesk is set for publication May 22, 2014.

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2:00-2:30pm   Breaking the Disposable Fashion Habit 

Stephanie Ostler, Devil May Wear

Stephanie-OstlerDevil May Wear has been on the cutting edge of Vancouver’s sustainable fashion scene for ten years. Find out why founder Stephanie Ostler is passionate about ethics and sustainability, the struggles and challenges she’s faced building her business in the face of today’s “disposable fashion”, and how you can make a difference for the environment and the local economy by indulging a little.

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Stephanie Ostler founded Devil May Wear at the tender young age of 17, and has been going full-tilt ever since. She believes that by making better purchases we can have better wardrobes, and a better world.

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2:30-3:30pm  PANEL - The Sharing Economy: Let’s Collaborate

Hosted by Chris Diplock, Lead Researcher, The Sharing Project

tree_small-215x300Vancouverites are currently highly interested in sharing, and anticipate that they will be sharing more in the future. There is much room for the growth of Vancouver’s sharing economy, but that growth depends on the development and collaboration of new and existing peer-to-peer networks and organizations. This panel will explore how new and existing organizations are creating innovative systems that allow Vancouverites to share and co-own idle assets.

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PANEL MEMBERS:

Alice Park, go2getherAlice Park is a social entrepreneur and marketer specializing in agile development and human-centered design thinking. Her biggest passion is social and environmental change through disruptive innovation, technology and scale. She spends most of her days and nights on go2gether, but also teaches and mentors aspiring social entrepreneurs at Groundswell and Centre for Sustainable Community Development at SFU.

Dallas Luther, MakerLABS - Dallas Luther is a supporter, builder and advocate of Vancouver’s Maker community. With a background in building electronic special effects for feature films, Dallas has spent much of his career collaborating with skilled craftspeople in multidisciplinary workshops. MakerLABS is a vision born of his experience, conceived to make the best possible environment for all kinds of creation. Dallas is a passionate community builder, with a firm belief in the transformative effect of hands-on creativity.

Phil Hall, Vancouver Public LibraryPhil Hall is the Systems Librarian at Vancouver Public Library responsible for planning and design of the Inspiration Lab. He is a librarian with 25 years’ experience operating collaborative programs for public libraries and non-profit professional communities, and looking for new ways to serve our communities with new tools.

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PANEL HOST:

Chris Diplock is a leader in Vancouver’s collaborative economy.  Co-founder of the Vancouver Tool Library and Lead Researcher with the Sharing Project, Chris is working with organizations in Vancouver to help develop the local collaborative economy.

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3:30-4:00pm   Can Your Invention Make Money?

Jessica Oman, Write Ahead Inc.

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You know that one of the first steps towards turning your invention into a business is to get a patent – but how do you create a business model that works? Jessica will share some of the most important things you need to consider in order to start thinking like a business owner and take your invention to market – including understanding your ideal buyer and writing a business plan to attract funding and guide the launch and growth of your awesome new company.

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Jessica Oman is the founder of Write Ahead Inc., a team of consultants, writers, and trainers who help entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses that support their lives and passions. Grab their free report, 5 Critical Steps for Taking Your Business from Idea to Open, and learn to build your business the “write” way.

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4:00-4:30pm   Neurio: The Self-Learning Home of the Future

Ali Kashani, Energy Aware Technology Inc.

Ali-KashaniImagine if one day your old oven started texting you when you left it on. Since the invention of electricity, we’ve controlled our homes the same way by turning switches on and off a hundred times a day. Why is it that we can watch cat videos in a flying airplane, but just a few feet away at home, our appliances can’t talk to us when we leave them on? Fortunately this is all about to change, thanks to new advancements in Artificial Intelligence and the advent of “Internet of Things”. In this talk, Ali discusses how our everyday devices at home are about to become a whole lot more intelligent, and tell you how to be one of the first to make your own Jetsons home!

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Ali Kashani is a visionary entrepreneur with a background in robotics and data science. He is currently working on a revolutionary technology called Neurio which brings intelligence to ordinary home appliances. Ali holds a PhD from UBC, and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell scholarship.

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4:30-5:00pm   3D Printing in Schools

Danny Tsang

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Danny Tsang has been teaching digital media to Surrey high school students for more than twenty years. Using everything from old Pentium 486 machines to do 2-D animation on 3.5 inch floppy drives, to using a full network-based computer lab to create objects using Blender and print them in 3-D; he strives to offer his students the opportunity to use their creativity in image design, animation, and computer programming.

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Sunday June 8th, 2014

 

11:00am-12:00pm   Panel – Making Communities: Co-ops, Collectives, & Social Capital

Hosted by Elvy Del Bianco, Program Manager, Co-operative Partnerships, Vancity Credit Union

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The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is evidence that makers have moved out of dusty garages and dim basements and into the mainstream. Many factors have contributed to this shift, from technological advances and cost reductions in small-scale electronics manufacturing, to the economic crisis, which has made creating, repairing, and re-purposing items desirable. As important as these changes are, people joining together to create is arguably the more significant development. Sharing tools, resources, ideas, skills, and passion as a group makes the making more enjoyable and the results more interesting.

Often, a casual gathering is enough. But sometimes, when expensive space and equipment are involved, a formal social structure is also necessary. The panel will explore the possibilities that working together through co-operative and collective structures represent not only for the making of things, but for the building of communities.

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PANEL MEMBERS:

Kevin Harding, British Columbia Co-operative Association

Kevin is the director of co-op development at the BCCA, where he brings together resources to help build and grow co-operatives across the province. He is a member of the Incipe Workers’ Cooperative, which provides consulting support to social sector organisations, and is a passionate cooperator in all kinds of ways.

Lee Sanger, Arts Off Main Collective

Lee Sanger is a photographic artist recently retired from creating family portraits as wall décor. She’s a member of Arts Off Main, a cooperative gallery that was started by seven artists in 2003 to show and sell their work and to offer consignment space to other artists.

Chris Nichols, Wood Shop

Chris Nichols is a writer and carpenter living in Vancouver with his wife and dog. As a recent graduate of Groundswell Alternative Business School, he is currently trying to find a captivating way of living at the crossroads of anti-capitalist ideals, mind and body exertion, and having fun.

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PANEL HOST:

Elvy Del Bianco supports Vancity’s leadership role in British Columbia’s co-operative sector, from organizing an annual study tour of the co-operative economy of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, to building local partnerships to apply those lessons in our own communities. In addition to being a multi-co-op member, Elvy is also president of the Board of the Neworld Theatre Society and Vice-President of the Great Northern Way Scene Shop & Arts Factory Society.

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Vancity Credit Union is the largest financial services co-operative in English Canada, with more than 500,000 members. Vancity’s vision is to redefine wealth to include the financial, social, and environmental well-being of its members and their communities.

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12:00-12:30pm   Maker Green: The Greening of VMMF

Brenda Martens, aedify

Brenda-MartensFrom birthday parties to conferences, the events we hold often have negative impacts on the environment – generating waste and green house gases, for instance.  Find out how the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is striving to become regenerative and restorative, making the world a better place environmentally for the event having taken place, rather than just having “less negative impact”.

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 Brenda is a writer and environmental advocate, a member of the Vancouver Hack Space, Vancouver Tool Library and a co-creator of the HiVE. She teaches green building courses and creative collaboration at the University of British Columbia, and has helped green such projects as the Whistler and Vancouver Olympic Villages. As a maker, she makes “new” things out of old, out-dated, and broken things.

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12:30-1:00pm   Hackerspaces for Fun and Profit: the VHS Decelerator Program

Luke Closs, Vancouver Hack Space

Luke-ClossVHSdecel is sure to slow down your project or start-up. Our Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) mentors will distract you from your business tasks with random questions, philosophical arguments, and safety meetings. In addition to providing space, power, and internets, the VHSdecel program connects members to our amazing mentors and trolls, who will dig deeper into questions you haven’t asked and probably shouldn’t consider, like “Have you thought about only accepting bitcoin?” “Maybe that colour should be blue” and always (and most importantly) “Is there any way you can add lasers?”

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Luke Closs is a local entrepreneur, father, juggler, and hacker. He helped co-discover the Vancouver Hack Space in 2008, Canada’s first hackerspace.

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1:00-2:00pm Vancouver Producers Forum - The Fundamentals of Electronic Music Production, According to Dark Arps

Adam Szabo (DJ Atma) and Jonathan Bierman (Dark Arps)

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For the past three years, Adam Szabo and a tight-knit community of local musicians have been hosting workshops in Vancouver, showcasing the inner workings, as well as the philosophies and mindsets, of computer-based musicians of all skill levels. They aim to provide highly accessible education, connection, and inspiration, and encourage anyone that has something to share to come and do so in front of peers, and mentors in a space that encourages higher thinking.

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Jonathan-Bierman

.Jonathan Bierman, aka Dark Arps, is a Canadian-raised, British-educated musician, producer, live PA performer and composer in the Vancouver electronic music scene. He is currently the sound tech for Soundproof, a local underground collective, works as a private Abelton and Logic tutor and regularly presents at the Vancouver’s Producer’s Forum. His extensive experience as a producer and engineer has prompted him to develop his own curriculum of tutorials and workshops designed to educated beginners and experts alike in the craft of music production and sequencing. Now armed with over 15 years experience, he is keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

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2:00-2:30pm   Engaging Students, Building Community, and Challenging Stereotypes Through Graffiti Knitting

Jessica Glesby, Womanundone.com

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Jessica Glesby is an artist educator who works to make cold spaces warm by producing and strengthening communities and empowering individuals. Her artworks build on the experiential knowledge of participants and facilitate discussion through collaborative craft. Jessica has a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Art in Art Education from Boston University. She currently works as a freelance community artist while teaching high school for the Vancouver School Board. Say hello and discover more at womanundone.com

Photo Credit – Michaela Garstin

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2:30-3:30pm   PANEL: Making Money: Turning Your Ideas and Passions into an Income

Hosted by Kim Werker, kimwerker.com

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3:30-4:00pm   Making Health Sweet

Audrey Wong, Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc.

Audrey-WongUnapologetically optimistic that we can introduce subtle changes into our lives to better our health, Audrey will share little known nutrition facts and tips and tricks for living a more vibrant, healthy, happy lifestyle. This talk will inspire you to Make Health Sweet!..

Audrey is the founder of Living Lotus Food & Nutrition Inc. a plant-based dessert and food education company in Vancouver, BC. Trained as a certified Whole Food Educator and raw food chef, she is passionate about Making Health Sweet and empowering people to make better food choices.

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4:00-4:30pm   Making the Most of Failure

Kim Werker, kimwerker.com

Kim-WerkerFailure is an integral aspect of creating. It’s an integral aspect of creating ANYTHING. And yet we fear it. And though we rarely realize we do it, we let that fear affect how we make stuff. In this brief talk, maker and author Kim Werker, enabler of Mighty Ugly, will explore failure – and our fear of it – through the lens of the stories we tell about it.

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Kim Werker is a writer, editor and speaker. Through Mighty Ugly, she helps people confront (and hug, where applicable, because life is complicated) their creative demons so they can have more fun making stuff. Her latest book, Make It Mighty Ugly, will come out this fall. Follow along and join in on her ragtag adventures on her blog..

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4:30-5:00pm   Building a Tiny Community Centre

Zee Kesler, zeekesler.com

Zee-KeslerThe Tiny Community Centre/Urban Salvagers program brings together communities of trades workers, architects, artists, inventors, educators, and urban gardeners to collaboratively build an inspiring mobile workshop space for skill sharing. Built almost entirely out of recycled materials, the  project forces participants to examine the waste generated in their own lives, and to consider how it can be re-purposed to create positive social change.

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Zee is a community based artist, workshop facilitator and advocate for “Maker” culture in Vancouver.

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