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Tracy Lundeen, 218.727.1177
Ben Damman, 218.206.2646


BILL GATES' FAVORITE TEACHER & MIT FAB LABS’ LASSITER TO ADDRESS EXPO

March 28, 2011, Duluth, MN - Two well-known industry speakers will headline the Android BarCamp and Lake Superior Business Expo this Thursday, March 31, at the DECC.

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy of Mountain View,CA, and Sherry Lassiter of MIT Fab Labs, will be addressing attendees starting at 12 noon, according to Ben Damman, co-organizer of the BarCamp.

Khan, who Bill Gates has called his favorite teacher, started by making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. The not-for-profit Khan Academy is an organization on a mission: to change education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. It receives financial support from individual online donors, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Google, Inc. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

"What Sal Khan has done is amazing. He's taken all this material and broken it down into little 12-minute lectures. I use it myself to remind myself of things and I have children who like it.", said Bill Gates. See http://www.KhanAcademy.org to learn more. (Literally.)

Lassiter is the program manager for the Center for Bits and Atoms as well as the MIT Media Lab and The MIT Fab Lab in Cambridge, MA. Prior to working for MIT, Lassiter was a former science documentary television producer, writer, director for 18 years. She runs the Fab Lab international network and also has worked in fabrication laboratory environments herself.

In digital fabrication laboratories (fab labs) individuals envisioning an idea have access to a variety of technologies which allow them to produce an end product through the use of computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies. It is possible to “make almost anything” in these labs, ranging from small electronic circuits to full-sized boats, and even small modular cabins. Named by MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Labs are the leading edge of the personal manufacturing revolution.

Scott Simenson, Fab Lab Director for Century College in White Bear Lake, MN will also be co-presenting with Lassiter during the Android BarCamp that afternoon.

Joining the speakers list is Duluthian, John-Paul Damico of After Hours Computer Repair. Damico attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, WI and finished with his Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems at Milwaukee School of Engineering. After working in the public sector for 10 years, Damico started After Hours Computer Repair in the spring of 2007. Since its creation, Damico has expanded the business to 100 different cities across the US and employs over 120 technicians--all managed remotely from his home-based office in Duluth.

The Android BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences. They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.

For information on Duluth's first Android-themed BarCamp and to register FREE, visit AndroidBarCamp.com.

The Annual Lake Superior Business Expo is the Twin Ports largest business event. http://www.DuluthBusinessExpo.com

For information on Century College's fab lab:
http://www.century.edu/currentstudents/fablab/default.aspx

More information on MIT's International fab lab programs:
http://fab.cba.mit.edu and http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/faq/


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Duluth's Android BarCamp is hosted by Joe Reasbeck and Ben Damman with support from Lundeen Productions.

A Google Twin Ports project.