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Justin Leto

Justin Leto

Justin is the Founder and first CFO of Nova Labs, a nonprofit makerspace and community innovation lab located in Reston, VA. He can be reached at leto.justin [at] gmail [dot] com and on twitter @letojj.

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The Oregon Zoo provides a “make space” for a team of dedicated volunteers who create beautiful and intricate quilts for the primates. Special pockets are even sewn into the quilts for treats! For more information, visit Is your local zoo harnessing the skills of makers to help the animals? Let us know! Read more »


GREENBELT, MD — On September 7, 2014, the Nova Labs Rocketry Group had its first launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Visitor Center. Led by member Samer Najia, the outing featured 20 rockets, many designed by kids at Nova Labs. Designs were also printed from 3D models of real... Read more »


What better way to kick off MAKE's recent call for spy tech than Northern Virginia's (NoVa) Mini Maker Faire pre-party at The International Spy Museum? Read more »

TJ Johnson flying an early prototype of Pocket Drone.

How do you create the most successful crowdfunded drone campaign ever? Ask the maker, Pocket Drone's T.J. Johnson. Read more »


The Drone Social Innovation Award aims to spur innovation, investment, and to bring attention to the positive role that civilian drone technology can play in society. Read more »


About 50 drone enthusiasts from the DC Area Drone User Group swarmed Nova Labs this past Sunday for an all day build and fly session. Here's a montage of the event. Read more »

Wildlife conservation in South Africa encompasses two main realms, the government-run national parks service and private game reserves. Both require strong counter poaching programs to protect their animals but only government-owned parks can legally fly UAVs without special exception. To investigate the difference, we ventured nearly 1500km south from Kruger... Read more »