Michael E. Johnson
Mike is a software developer, living in Central Illinois, who finally decided to be the inventor he dreamed of being as a kid, focusing on light poverty in developing nations.
Hanan Anis holds an NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering. She is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa.
Prior to Joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking. She holds a B.Sc from Ain-Shams University (1987), a M.A.Sc (1991) and a Ph.D (1996) from University of Toronto both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
She has numerous journal and conference publications and patents. Hanan's current research interests include Biophotonics, Innovation and engineering education.Her passion is to help students graduate with an entrepreneurial mind set that enable them to play leading roles in existing organizations or create their own jobs.
Kelly Nahwegahbow Marsolais
Kelly and Claire Nahwegahbow, own and operate a First Nation Company called The Beading Drum Jewelry Originals. This dynamite Mother and Daughter team of designers, bring together unique creations that tread the fine line of originality and feel of everyday elegance. A team dedicated to creating wearable art. True to the "stay local" movement, each piece in The Beading Drum’s collection is handmade, fabricated and finished in their studio located just outside of Ottawa.
These First Nation jewelry and accessories designers are based in Canada, and are members of The Whitefish River First Nation. Kelly and Claire are self-taught artists, their jewelry and accessories come from their focus on an intuitive approach - an alternative point of view on the boundaries between art and design. Our creations and visions are continually evolving yet our philosophy remains the same - each creation must be unique. They say with a smile, "You have to put meaning into your creations to make them special and functional". That's what we do ~ we create from the heart and bring a feeling of love and classic wear-ability to our ever evolving collection.
Justine completed her mechanical engineering degree at uOttawa and is now working on an Electronic Business Technologies Masters. During the last three years she has spent her time playing with new tech and diversifying her knowledge. She spent almost 2 years working with the Maker Mobile delivering workshops and integrating new curriculum for robotics and women in science and engineering. She then moved on to work for the uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace while teaching and running the first and second year engineering design courses run through the Makerlab.
In her spare time, Justine has being practicing Kung Fu and some serious crafting.
David McDougall graduated from Queen’s University with a BFA and received his MFA from York University in 2008. Beginning his career as a figurative sculptor, McDougall focused on the intersection between traditional bronze sculpture and snapshot photography. As a result of several formative collaborations, he broadened his artistic practice to include kinetic and electronic art as well as new media. Presently, McDougall explores aesthetic issues related to technology and the environment.
David McDougall has exhibited his work throughout Ontario, Canada and is currently an instructor and sculpture technician in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.
Sasha Phipps is an Ottawa-based French-Canadian artist working in video, installation, painting, and public art interventions. He received a college diploma in 3D animation at La Cité collégiale in spring 2006 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa in the spring of 2010. He maintains an artistic practice in the city of Ottawa and works as the photography and media arts technician for the visual arts department at the University of Ottawa.
Steve Crane has over 15 years of experience as a support worker for people with disabilities, and a lifelong interest in technology. He currently works at a local non profit organization that provides computer access, support and education for people with disabilities. This mainly involves creating and implementing strategies that allow clients to use computers and other technology more efficiently and with greater independence. In this capacity, he has also created several custom built assisstive technology apps which he is happy to tell you about until you find some way to make him stop.
I'm a third-year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Mechanical Engineering. I've worked with Prof. Marc Doumit to design and manufacture various exoskeletons such as a passive ankle exoskeleton through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and a load reducing exoskeleton to ease carrying backpacks over long distances. The human body's an incredible thing - pushing and extending it's limits is what drives me forward.
Uchechukwu (Proffered as Uche) Ajuonuma bagged B.Eng. in mechanical engineering at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria in 2012 with specialty in product designing. Visionary, astute, results oriented and versatile leader offering over 3 years of experience in program design and management for the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector, he is currently the Country Manager with Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF). He possesses a wealth of experience in community impact programs, human centered designs and technology for peace building. He began his career in mechanical design engineering at FlowMaster Ltd then as hardware lead program manger at Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF). At both companies, he discovered the power of technology; as an inhibitor and a solution to many of the world’s problems. Then at YTF, Uche implemented 3D Africa – a community impact program that aims at teaching unemployed youth engineers to use 3D modelling software and hardware tools and at the same time providing them with entrepreneurial skills to competitively monetize their talent in the global marketplace. He and his friends and are currently building a makers community in Nigeria through their respective initiatives which include CoMakers Africa, Hardware Nigeria Community and others. Uche is passionate about education and entrepreneurship and how technology can be used as a bridge. He believes in the efficacy of girls and women education, hence he created room for girls in his 3D Africa under 3D Africa for Girls in 2015.
Bocar Ndiaye, has been Assistive Technologist at Bruyère Continuing Care, Saint Vincent Hospital since 1995. He has participated in the development of various assistive devices, from computer access to augmentative and alternative communication devices. He works with volunteer programmers to develop open-source, sensor-based access methods and applications for people with disabilities.