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Northern California InnovationMaker: June 13, 2016

The Northern California InnovationMaker3 Symposium was held at UC Berkeley on June 13, 2016. The symposium was presented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Workforce & Economic Development Division, along with the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST).


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Panelist Bios

Dr. Jessica Parker: Education Community Manager at Maker Ed. With 10+ years teaching in higher education and secondary classrooms, Jessica comes to Maker Ed with a passion for making and the Maker Movement, expertise in the field of digital media and learning, and extensive experience in supporting professional learning networks. She co-founded the Maker Certificate Program at Sonoma State University, where she was previously an Associate Professor in the department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education. She is the author of Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the Classroom.Jessica completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley; she has a BA in Mass Communication and a MA and a PhD in Education.

Danny Beesley: Founder of Idea Builder Labs and Manager of Laney College Fab Lab. Danny Beesley is the principal founder of Idea Builder Labs. This company initially grew from an increase in demand from industry for hands-on skilled workers proficient in advanced manufacturing, digital fabrication, or science and engineering. He brings a decade of experience in the fields of construction, technology, and education with a focus on digital fabrication and advanced manufacturing. Danny has worked with a variety of clients and organizations, which include colleges, elementary, middle and high schools, school districts, community-based organizations, private businesses and even sovereign governments. Coming from a long line of builders, he brings his unique background in construction and technology to formal education settings. He has expertise in the following areas: strategic planning, project management, community building, lab design, curriculum development, educator training, public speaking, sustainable design as well as numerous 3D modeling programs. Danny also belongs to numerous committees and boards including the Oakland Makers Core Group Managing Committee and is a founding member of the Digital Fabrication Network.

Gina Lujan: Founder, Director and CEO of Hacker Lab in Sacramento, CA. Founding CEO of Hacker Lab and Code For Hood, Gina is a Social Entrepreneur. She focuses on community, business, regional, and economic development at Hacker Lab. Gina possesses 15 years' technology experience in web development, and is a repurpose maker.

Hacker Lab, having expanded from 750 to over 10k sq. ft. in just six months of being in business, is Gina's primary focus. It is now home to almost 400 residents and a community of over 3000. It hosts 35 to 50 educational focused user groups and classes a month, totaling over 6000 students a year. In addition, Hacker Lab is home to a constant rotation of 13 private offices for startups and dozens of freelancers. Revenue from companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs is in the millions annually. In less than three years, Hacker Lab has quickly grown to be a grassroots technology hub for the Sacramento region.

In addition to her entrepreneurial projects, Gina has worked as a consultant with economic development in rural Tuolumne County to assess the region's innovative community and resources. She also works to solve community problems such as bringing affordable ultra high-speed broadband (gigabit) to the region, and contributes to workforce development efforts by working alongside local government and organizations. She also worked on a stealth project at Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems as an Innovation Consultant.

Gina was recognized as one of Sacramento Business Journal's 25 Business Leaders of 2012 and 2013. She also received an International Women's Day award from the Sacramento Community. In addition, she was named the recipient of the region's highly regarded 2013's Women Who Mean Business Award, Regional Economic Leader for 2013, and a national award for Latina of Excellence In Information Sciences and Technology in 2015. She also serves on regional planning committees for, American River College Art New Media Advisory Board, Next Ed, California Foundation Of Community Colleges, and SETA.


310 Jacobs Hall
University of California, Berkeley
2530 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709

Registration began at 9:30. Optional tours of Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation began at 3:15pm.

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