Making A Difference Speaker Series

What The Making A Difference Speaker Series?

Our Making A Difference Speaker Series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host virtual talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories. These FREE 30-45 min talks deliver experiences that amplify youth voices about issues they care about and invite them to participate in our exciting innovation challenges.

Who Can Attend?

The Making A Difference Speaker Series is open students (grades 6+), teachers and parents. You may register independently or in groups. If you have a device and a reliable internet connection you’re ready to register and join the discussion!

When Are The Talks?

Join us every month to awaken your creativity, learning from experts with meaningful conversations. This year we look forward to exploring new topics, including fashion tech, musical machines, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and more.

Brilliant Labs is committed to empowering youth, adults and families to fuel their passions, take creative risks and construct a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. We explore fun ways to introduce novel technologies to catalyze positive social and ecological change within communities.

If you have questions about this speaker series or would like to propose a topic or guest speaker, please connect with us!

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Making A Difference Speakers: 2022-2023

Making a Difference Speaker Series: Soft Technology - with Lea Albaugh

Curious about wearable technologies and soft robotics? Join us for another brilliant talk to learn about engineering shape-changing interfaces with soft materials.

Brilliant Labs is pleased to host our next virtual speaker series event with researcher Lea Albaugh. Please join us on Thursday, Jan 19, at 1:30 p.m AST. Students, Teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.

More About Our Guest

Lea Albaugh researches fabrication and material creativity as a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. (Previous affiliations include Disney Research, the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, the Recurse Center, and the MAKESHOP at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.)

Lea's interdisciplinary work blends design inquiry, craft practice, and hardware and software engineering for a variety of outcomes including soft textile mechanisms, creative interfaces for computational machine knitting, and interactive embroidery machine games.

Check out Lea’s website here: http://lea.zone/

JOIN HOST Alisha Collins as she welcomes global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories.

ABOUT Alisha grew up in India & studied at MIT MEdia Lab Cambridge, MA U.S. and Sristi Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengalura, India. Learn more about Alisha in Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope.

Let’s get talking about sustainability.

The Brilliant Labs’ Speakers Series got my students asking tough questions about the future, but also engaged them to think about what they can do to make a difference. They’re still talking about mycelium!

M. Thomas, Grade 11-12 Physics Teacher

We are here to help teachers, youth, and communities innovate and develop a sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit.

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