#InternetLibrarian - PreConference

This year for the Internet Librarian conference, Jane has come up with some awesome ideas, that I'm super excited to share and be part of.  

This year join Nate Hill, Tod Colegrove and myself for an entire interactive workshop on Makerspaces, Idea Labs, and Hackerspaces.  With us are individuals from littleBits, Hopscotch, LightUp, Twenty One Toys, Brown Dog Gadgets, and more.  So, its going to be SUPER interesting to see all the vendors talking about libraries and makerspaces and the roles their technologies play.  

During this session we plan to talk about makerspaces, build strategies for success, but also get a chance to play with some leading edge technology that is featured in makerspaces around the world. Everything from code writing, engineering, learning by failure will be covered. This workshop will also offer an opportunity to collaborate with other start-ups and help build your library into an incubation space for start-up culture. 

And then for Games and Gadgets, trying to spice it up a bit more, and having the Monday Keynote presenters help with it.  Get an opportunity to talk to Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of the innovative way to learn empathy and failure from her company called Twenty One Toys.  Have a chance to meet Erin Mulcahy who manages the strategic initiatives of littleBits education. Talk to her prototyping and creating using circuits to help foster innovation in your library space.  Explore programming with Liza Conrad, head of community and partnerships at Hopscotch; a company that creates a free app that teaches people how to code.   This year’s Games and Gadget’s night will feature a round robin of other fascinating start-ups allowing you to network and explore.  Join Brian Pichman and Tod Colegrove for an evening of laughs, insights, and chances to play with some of the hottest maker technology on the market.   Morph into your inner geek and explore the new roles and directions for the information service business. We also will have Josh Chan from LightUp with us, and I will have some gadgets from Ozobot, 3Doodler, Robo 3D, and WonderWorks to show off as well.  Additionally, Birdbrain Technologies robotic bird called the "Finch" is making a guest appearance too. 

I hope to see everyone at the Games and Gadgets night!


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