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Plan C Live: Atlanta Beats COVID-19 (ABC) and Georgia Makers

PLAN C LIVE is an online conversation with Dorothy Jones-Davis of Nation of Makers and Dale Dougherty of Make: Community and a panel of makers about the civic response to COVID-19. Thank you to those who have been participating as panelists and those of you who attended through Zoom.

The Atlanta Beats COVID-19 group was started by Georgia Tech grad student, Lee Whitcher, who is also a member of Decatur Makers.  Four makerspaces in the Atlanta area are working together to produce PPE.  Lee has also been working on respiratory mask that he’s calling the ABC mask.  In addition to Lee, our panel will include Irm DIorio, the Executive Director of Decatur Makers, Milt Walker of Southeast Makers Alliance and Lew Lefton of Assistant Dean of Information Technology at Georgia Tech. Grace Belangia of The Clubhou.se in Augusta Georgia will also join us.

 

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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