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Thursday, June 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Maker City Case Studies: Detroit, Pittsburgh & San Leandro Limited Seating

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1 Hour Case Study:

The Cities of Pittsburgh, San Leandro and Detroit are rapidly becoming models for building maker cities. We will explore the strategy and tactics that Sprout Fund has developed to help grow the innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh and the underlying mechanics of how San Leandro has bolstered it's identity as a Maker City from the perspective of the city's Chief Innovation Officer. 3D Printer manufacturer, Type A machines, will convey what attracted their organization to relocate to San Leandro to develop their start-up ecosystem as the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing Cluster. Detroit is revitalizing itself through community, based on the collaboration of entrepreneurs, startups and local government. We will explore how a growing number of cities are starting to share best practices for civic participation and economic development through open innovation systems and where this movement is heading in the future.

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James Hanusa

Chief Innovation Artist, UIX
James Hanusa is Chief Innovation Artist with Urban Innovation Exchange Global. UIX Global is an economic development agency with that works on the design and development of innovation ecosystems that include sustainability, civic innovation and creative culture. James is Global Advisor... Read More →

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Deborah Acosta

Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Leandro
As the City of San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Ms. Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand and retain innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast connectivity... Read More →
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Jill Ford

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
As Mayor Duggan’s Special Advisor, Jill Ford heads the City of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Jill chose to come to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an Angel Investor and Advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged... Read More →
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Cathy Lewis Long

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Sprout Fund
Cathy Lewis Long is the founding Executive Director of The Sprout Fund, a non-profit organization that supports innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Under Cathy’s... Read More →
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Espen Sivertsen

CEO, Type A Machines
Espen Sivertsen is CEO of Type A Machines, builders of the award winning Series 1 desktop 3D printer. Espen has previously served as Team Leader with the KaosPilots, a Scandinavian school of entrepreneurship described by Fast Company as the “new curriculum for managing change... Read More →

Track Curators
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Bettina Warburg

Public Foresight Strategist, Institute for the Future, Maker Cities Track
Bettina has a background in global governance and cultural diplomacy. Her interest in engaging the future by looking at the past has led her to projects across the world: she has written for Georgetown University Press on German nationalism, researched the Tamil diaspora, and produced... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Salon 5: Maker Cities

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