NASA is harnessing makers to come up with great ideas and develop technologies in several different ways. One of the most interesting is the contest series called NASA’S Centennial Challenges. NASA proposes a theme and offers rewards to the winners. Those winners can go on to create technology for NASA as well as grow their own businesses in parallel.

While they were here at MakerCon we were able to pick their brains and hear all kinds of fun and interesting stories about the competitions and the projects that have come out of them, such as Ted Sothern who started as a costumer and is now producing space suits.