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October, 2015

Makers accelerate a third industrial revolution

Oct. 9, 2015—Boom! might be the sound of an explosion of successful businesses created by an entirely new generation of inventors with only a few hundred dollars in their pockets who build prototypes at professional makerspaces and raise funds through crowdsourcing. These ‘makers’ are part of a movement that is a catalyst to democratize entrepreneurship. Giving people...

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Alum Q&A: OptioLabs’ director of research talks software, Vandy life, fun office space

Oct. 8, 2015—Hamilton Turner didn’t require much assistance while recruiting at the fall Engineering & IT Industry Career Day – the 2010 computer engineering alumnus knows his way around just fine. But his ties to Vanderbilt University run deeper than that. As a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech, his doctoral adviser was Jules White, now a Vanderbilt...

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VandyHacks draws from across Southeast for fun, sleep-deprived weekend of invention

Oct. 4, 2015—Three sleep-rumpled hackers had an entire room of Rand Dining Hall to themselves early Sunday morning, all the better to walk around testing a marriage between the Project Tango Tablet and Google Street View. They called it, naturally, Tango Street View. A few key strokes, and Jeff Zotz was holding the tablet in front of...

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Girl Scout visit to Vanderbilt on Saturday boosts engineering as career option

Oct. 4, 2015—Thirty-nine Girl Scouts from around the Nashville area collected Engineering Day patches on Saturday at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. The inaugural event featured seven stations that covered environmental, nuclear, mechanical, civil, biomedical and chemical engineering and electrical engineering/computer science. At each station, 25 graduate and undergraduate students led the girls through a simple exercise...

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Nearly 300 college students team up for weekend of hacking Oct. 2-4 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 1, 2015—Nearly 300 college students from Vanderbilt and Purdue universities, the Atlanta area and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park will work around the clock during VandyHacks, a hackathon, or invention marathon, beginning Friday evening on Oct. 2 and ending Sunday, Oct. 4. Students registered to participate in the private event and registration is now closed. Meant...

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