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The Maker Movement Is Coming to SusTech 2016

News Release: September 11, 2016

Event Contacts: Vivek Gupta, vmgupta@msn.com

Ed Perkins, e.perkins@ieee.org.

The Maker Movement Is Coming to SusTech 2016

Attendees Can Save When They Register by September 14, 2016

Phoenix, AZ. The upcoming SusTech 2016 Conference is packed with speakers and events, one of which is the Makers & Sustainability Workshop that will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

arduino-teacher-students-978x653What is the Maker Movement? AdWeek probably defines it best as an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, this group has evolved to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are hosted each year in cities across the U.S. The faires are catnip for DIYers who are used to working in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers.

Registration: The workshop is available to both SusTech attendees and members of the public. See the Registration page for details: http://sites.ieee.org/sustech/2016-home/register-2016/

Facilitators for the Makers and Sustainability workshop are Teresa Gomez, Toinette Perez Trevino, and Alan Tu – all employees of Intel Corporation.

Abstract:  In this four hour workshop, you will learn the basics of using maker platforms and tools to create proof of concept solutions to sustainability problems. You will receive hands on experience with the Arduino 101, sensors, and Bluetooth LE.

The first half of the course will cover the basics of the popular Arduino environment and its use for simplified embedded programming. The remainder of the workshop will introduce an air quality sensor that will allow attendees to explore the integrated features of the Arduino 101 microcontroller, including data collection, on-board computation, and connectivity. Materials (Arduino, cables, sensors approx. cost $50) are included with the course fee. Participants will be able to keep these items on successful completion of the workshop.

Course outline:

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Setting up the environment; Basics of Arduino and programming it

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Integrating sensors, reading data

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Wrap up

Facilitator/Presenter Bios:

Teresa Gomez is a manufacturing systems engineer and has worked at Intel Corporation since 2015. Previously, she worked in the defense industry. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering. Teresa helps coordinate the Intel maker community in Arizona and seeks to incorporate smart sensing into factory operations, including using maker technologies for rapid prototyping.

Toinette Perez Trevino has been working as a mechanical and electrical engineer at Intel since 2008. She is a graduate of the Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City, with a bachelor degree in mechanical and electrical engineering. She earned a master of science in engineering from ASU in 2000. Toinette is a maker that likes to experiment with maker boards by creating end to end solutions for fun or interesting problems. Her most recent project is the smart dress which reads tweets from a trending topic and displays them on the actual dress. The dress is fun for attending events and attracting girls to STEM.

Alan Tu has been with Intel since 2012 and works as a storage performance engineer. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Computer Science. He describes himself as a maker enthusiast who has used making and development platforms to gain a better understanding of the electrical side of computing and embedded programming. He also enjoys making and tinkering with projects for personal and home use as well as teaching others how they too can create with these platforms.

For more details about the conference and registration, go to http://sites.ieee.org/sustech/. Early Bird Registration ends on September 14, 2016.

About SusTech: SusTech is an IEEE Region 6 conference hosted by IEEE Phoenix section, and is co-sponsored by the IEEE Phoenix and Oregon Sections, IEEE Region 6 and IEEE-USA. With technical sponsorship by the IEEE SSIT (Society for Social Implications of Technology). Past SusTech conferences were held in Portland (OR) and Ogden (UT).

About IEEE and IEEE Region VI:  is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.  IEEE Region 6 is home to organizational units in the western United States. Find us on the web at www.ieee.org.


About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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