BAW04 Biomimicry Alberta Workshop ~ Registration is Open

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Materials and Design for Bio-Inspired Sensors/Electronics, August 10 @ U of A

Seminar by Prof. Dr. Tae-il Kim, School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University SKKU, Korea

Arachnids are among the most sensitive creatures on the Earth.  Especially, their mechano-sensory system embedded in the crack-shaped slit organ made of stiff exoskeleton over a cuticular pad near leg joints is known to sense a tiny variation of mechanical stress, thereby, serve as an ultra-sensitive vibration sensor.  In this talk, we introduce spider inspired mechanosensors having an ultrasensitivity, durability. It also serves as a multifunctional sensor for a vibration and pressure sensing. The device fabricated on a sheet of plastic is reproducible, mechanically flexible and shape-deformable so that they can be easily mounted on human skin as skin electronic with multi-pixel arrays. We also show that the sensory system is applicable for highly selective speech pattern recognition even in noisy environment (~82 dB). The spider inspired sensory system would provide versatile novel applications utilized in ultra-high sensitivity on displacements.Moreover, recent accomplishment about biomimetic works will be presented.

Biomimicry at IITT 2018, MacEwan University

On July 9th, Carlos Fiorentino conducted a workshop on biomimicry, part of the Inspiring Innovation Through Technology workshop series for K-12 teachers, at Grant MacEwan University (Alberta, Canada). The activities included a self-organizing behavioural experience, the Brainstorm-In-A-Box creative exercise, and 3D scanning natural forms.

Inspiring Innovation Through Technology ~Workshop series for Teachers @ MacEwan University

“Inspiring Innovation Through Technology” is a week-long series of workshops for teachers offered at MacEwan University on July 09-13, 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to bring opportunities to learn new technologies, create curriculum, and inspire the next generation of thinkers and tinkerers. Two workshops will be focused on Biomimicry, presented by Carlos Fiorentino on July 9. For more information check this website: https://sites.google.com/a/macewan.ca/iitt2018/home

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YYC – Carbon Hackaton #1

Come hack with uson the ways that Carbon can build our world with carbon as the basis of construction materials, Hack to the Future.

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Inspiring Innovation Through Technology ~Workshop series for Teachers @ MacEwan University

“Inspiring Innovation Through Technology” is a week-long series of workshops for teachers offered at MacEwan University on July 09-13, 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to bring opportunities to learn new technologies, create curriculum, and inspire the next generation of thinkers and tinkerers. Two workshops will be focused on Biomimicry, presented by Carlos Fiorentino on July 9. For more information check this website: https://sites.google.com/a/macewan.ca/iitt2018/home

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The Biomimicry Launchpad ~ Apply by June 1

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 1.43.36 PMThe Biomimicry Institute is searching for the world’s most promising nature-inspired innovations. Have a nature-inspired product, service, or technology that contributes to the social or environmental good? They can help you bring your start-up to the next level with the Biomimicry Launchpad.

The Biomimicry Launchpad is is an accelerator program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs bring biomimetic innovations to market. The Launchpad offers entrepreneurship and biomimicry training, mentorship, networking, exposure to strategic partners, and opportunities to showcase breakthrough innovations to the media and the public. Each year, Launchpad teams are eligible to compete for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Learn more and apply by June 1, 2018: innovation.biomimicry.org/launchpad