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June 14, 2015 AT 7:45 am

Special guest – ASK AN ENGINEER – Michael Weinberg! @mweinbergPK @Shapeways @oshwassociation formerly @PublicKnowledge


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Michael Weinberg (mweinberg2d on Twitter) is our special guest! Wednesday 8pm ET! Michael was a Vice President at Public Knowledge.  He oversaw PK Thinks, Public Knowledge’s place to explore long term trends and anticipate policy challenges.  He focused on the policy implications of emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware.

Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. Public Knowledge works to shape policy on behalf of the public interest. Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet law, at a time when these fields are converging. PK’s experience in all three areas puts it in an ideal position to advocate for policies that serve the public interest.

Michael is the author of a number of whitepapers including It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology and What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?  He regularly discusses the policy implications of emerging technologies in the press and at speaking events.

Michael received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.  Michael was born and raised in and around Washington, DC.

Michael now works at Shapeways “doing whatever needs doing”. (From Wikipedia) – Shapeways is a Dutch founded, New York based 3D printing marketplace and service, startup company. Users design and upload 3D printable files, and Shapeways prints the objects for them or others. Users can have objects printed from a variety of materials, which included food-safe ceramics, which were discontinued and are being replaced by porcelain materials. As of June 20, 2012, Shapeways printed and sold more than one million user-created objects. On October 19, 2012 Shapeways opened a new ‘3-D printing factory’ in Queens, New York that could house 50 industrial printers and churn out millions of consumer-designed products a year.

Headquartered in New York, Shapeways has factories and offices in Eindhoven, Queens, and Seattle. Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, and investors include Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Lux Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz.

Michael is also President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association. The Open Source Hardware Association aims to be the voice of the open hardware community, ensuring that technological knowledge is accessible to everyone, and encouraging the collaborative development of technology that serves education, environmental sustainability, and human welfare. Michael is currently helping lead the effort to consider adopting an Open Source Hardware certification.

We’ll talk about all this and more! Post any questions in the comments in advance!


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1 Comment

  1. Kimberly Guthrie

    I Want to Save the World and Have Fun Doing It.

    Hi, my name is Kimmy, I’m a senior (class of 2016! Woop Woop!) at an all girl’s college prep engineering academy.

    I want to be an engineer, no doubt. However I am having a hard time picking an engineering major.

    I like to build things, to cultivate creativity, and to “make stuff”. I’d like to help with global sustainability or new inventions to help bring us into a new era. I want to travel, see other countries, and make new things/make old things better. Most importantly, I want to have fun doing it.

    Based on Engineer Girl’s lovely website, my top three majors would either be Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Special fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering. I like the idea of creating new technologies or finding new sources of energy. However, I’m finding it hard to pick a major. This summer I am researching universities to apply to in the fall, and I’m finding it hard choosing one without understanding which engineering major I’d like to delve into.

    Do you have any advice for me? Which career paths involve traveling and hands-on building? Whom should I go to? Where should I go?

    Best regards,
    Kimmy

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