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MakerLab@LightCity presented by Stanley Black & Decker; Supporting Sponsor: UMBC

Friday, April 20

Learn about the how the maker movement is reimagining education, work, and opportunity, and how discovering the talent to make things is changing lives.

Shanti Das, Entrepreneur and Author

Shanti Das is an accomplished Music Industry Executive, Marketing Executive, Consultant, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Author. She is also the Founder of Press Reset Entertainment, an Atlanta-based firm launched in 2009 that serves as an entertainment concierge service providing independent marketing & strategy for music acts, artist development, talent booking for private & corporate events, brand influencer marketing and special event assistance.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Steven Richardson, Founder & Instructor, The Art of Horology

A native of Baltimore, MD, who now calls New York City home, Steven Richardson is a watchmaker and high-end designer of elegant one-of-a-kind timepieces. For more than a decade, Richardson has designed, crafted, and manufactured exquisite limited-edition timepieces. What sets Richardson apart from other horologists is that he personally handcrafts every watch; expertly sculpturing and engraving the inner-workings of each exclusive timepiece. He calls his special craft “mechanical art,” and his clients include watch connoisseurs, collectors, and celebrities, including Maya Angelou, Malik Yoba, Ovie Mughelli, Keith Robinson, Ray Lewis, Tracy Morgan and Larry Miller.

Sree Sreevinson, Digital & social strategist, consultant, teacher, Center10 Consulting, LLC

Sree is a leading digital and social media consultant and strategist. He works as a consultant, speaker and trainer for nonprofits, corporations and more. He was, most recently, NYC's Chief Digital Officer, running the Mayor's Office of Digital Strategy. He left the position when the role of CDO was combined with the role of Chief Technology Officer of NYC. From 2013-2016, he was the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he lead a 70-person team that worked to keep the 150-year-old institution relevant in the smartphone age. He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a professor at the Columbia Journalism School and a year as Columbia's first CDO.He was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015.

Foad Hamidi, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Foad Hamidi is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and designer. He specializes in the participatory design and evaluation of tangible and embedded systems, including digital living media systems, for children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Hamidi currently works as a postdoctoral research associate in the Information Systems Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Chris Sleat, CEO, Workbench Platforms

Chris is a Workbench founder, and is responsible for product concept and development, content development and licensing, and general operations for this engaged-education company.

Keith “KC” Cooper

Keith “KC” Cooper is a founding member of #FixBaltimore, a for-profit organization grounded in grassroots values. Members of the organization were serving the Baltimore community prior to the conception; however, events leading up to and after the death of Freddie Gray generated collective action. The organization is dedicated to improving the material conditions, economic opportunities and overall atmosphere of urban Baltimore. During the past year, their initiatives have grown and evolved into a movement for and by passionate young people. Their urgency for change has motivated artistic, agricultural, job training and youth-centered projects.