Getting makers to market

Andi Kleissner and Kurt Kuhlmann were shooting arrows at an archery range and debating why solar products weren’t scaling faster in energy poor markets. The two engineers, who’d met through Stanford’s Design for Extreme Affordability class, came up with the idea for their company, Amped Innovation. “It…

Getting makers to market

Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

In 2016, The Seattle Times uncovered an issue with a popular networking site’s search feature. When the investigative reporters entered female names into LinkedIn’s search bar, the site asked if they meant to search for similar sounding male names instead—“Stephen Williams” instead of “Stephanie Williams,” for example.…

Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

The Long and Lonely Road

In the glass boardroom of New Lab, one of New York’s newest—and aptly named—makerspaces, Anna Thornton addressed a captive audience of nearly 100 entrepreneurs. Thornton, director of quality and engineering at hardware consultancy Dragon Innovation, responded to an audience question with advice on the diligence required for…

The Long and Lonely Road

Broken Pipes

Stroll into someone’s home in most cities in the world, and they may offer you something to drink, but it will not likely be tap water. A startling infographic produced in 2014 from data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that tap water was…

Broken Pipes