White House Google+ Hangout features “maker” theme today

The latest installment of the White House “We the Geeks” series of Google+ Hangouts, scheduled for later today, will feature a maker movement theme.

“We the Geeks” is designed to highlight the future of science, technology and innovation in the United States. A previous edition, held in August, was all about robots. Today’s event — titled “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something” — will feature prominent advocates of maker culture, which promotes an engineering-oriented do-it-yourself attitude.

The hangout will be moderated by Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, and Cristin Dorgelo, Assistant Director for Grand Challenges. The panel includes:

  • Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot, with the Replicator 2 3-D printer
  • Mariah Noelle Villarreal, student and Maker Corps Mentor, Maker Education Initiative
  • Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop
  • Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Rob Gorham, Deputy Director, America Makes

The event will be live on WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks and the White House Google+ page today at 1 p.m. Eastern.

[ photo courtesy of the National Park Service ]