Plan C Live: Stories From Covid-19

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Plan C Live: Stories From Covid-19

Six months into our coverage of the maker response to COVID-19, we have seen many people and organizations demonstrate their ingenuity, determination, and generosity. This week on Plan C Live, we will have several stories that speak to the power of our shared values and collective action. Join Dale Dougherty of Make: Community and Dorothy Jones-Davis of Nation of Makers to hear from our guests.

Date recorded: October 8th @ 4pm PT / 7pm ET

The video quality for the showing of Ian Charnas’ video on participating in the Covid-19 vaccine trial in the first segment was choppy. You can watch the full video here.

Ian Charnas is a director and co-founder of Sears think[box], a 7-story Makerspace and Innovation Center at Case Western Reserve University that is free and open to the public. He graduated from Case Western with degrees in both computer and mechanical engineering. His personal work blends art and technology in creatively-themed exhibits and group projects, including the World’s Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils, a Magical Mustache Mirror, and a Waterfall Swing. Ian and his work have been featured in Make Magazine, Gizmodo, Wired, Forbes, NPR, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Boing‐Boing, PitchFork, and Hack-a-Day. He aims to inspire creativity and the belief that you can do anything. See more of his work at We’ll speaking with Ian about what it’s like to take a Covid-19 vaccine and the process of doing so.

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Shigeru Kobayashi holds a PhD in Media Design and is a professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS] in Ogaki, Gifu, Japan. His work explores methods to create innovation by people with diverse skills, perspectives, and experiences utilizing open-source hardware and digital fabrication and is seeking appropriate rules for handling intellectual property born in the process. He has written books on physical computing and prototyping, designed the Arduino Fio with SparkFun Electronics, and is an advisory board member of Maker Faire Tokyo and the general director of Ogaki Mini Maker Faire 2020. You can read his writing about Maker Faire Kyoto 2020 Online here. Shigeru will be on Plan C Live to discuss this new hybrid landscape for events.

Eitan Gotian and Justyn Zvi are high school students New York. Inspired by their Engineering and Entrepreneurship class, and with tasked with a need discovered through the community of Tikkun Olam Makers, the pair spent the summer designing, iterating and fabricating variations of 3D printed door handle attachments that could be used on a return to school and in the community. On today’s episode, they’ll share their inspiration and process with us.

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Jennifer Blakeslee keeps the Global Maker Faire program running smoothly and has been a maker at Maker Faire since 2011. Among other things, she really likes to travel, write, cook, hike, make big art, and swim in the ocean.

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