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‘Chambers Family Entrepreneurial Lectureship’

EE alumnus and property tech cofounder to give Chambers Lecture Oct. 15

Sep. 22, 2019—When Ben Taylor, BE’15, launched Doorport, he focused on owners of large apartment buildings who might upgrade secure access to their buildings to make life easier for residents. The idea had clicked when he glanced at the wall intercom unit in his new apartment and wondered why he could not simply use his smart phone...

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Nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher ed to deliver Chambers Lecture Sept. 25

Sep. 15, 2017—As one of the nation’s most recognized female roboticists, Ayanna Howard has designed SnoMote robots to study the impact of global warming on Antarctic ice shelves and created artificial intelligence-powered STEM apps to teach children with autism how to play Angry Birds. She has overseen nearly 50 projects in a dozen years at Georgia Tech....

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Smart jewelry creator to the rescue: Engineering’s Chambers lecture is April 4

Mar. 16, 2017—WiseWear bracelets are health trackers that can summon help Ph.D.-turned-entrepreneur Jerry Wilmink is the founder and CEO of WiseWear Corporation, a Texas-based digital health company that develops wearable technology products for fitness and medical applications. A Vanderbilt biomedical engineering alumnus (bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D.) and self-described “mad scientist,” Wilmink also has experience as an inventor,...

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High-tech teddy bear creator to deliver engineering entrepreneurial lecture Feb. 25

Jan. 28, 2016—Jerry the Bear helps kids understand diabetes and self-care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNr0ASnxQ6k Jerry the Bear helps hundreds of kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes learn to take care of themselves. Jerry has sensors throughout his body and a screen in his belly. Kids can “feed” him different foods, squeeze his fingers to check his blood sugar levels,...

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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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Chambers Lecture Oct. 7: How the Maker Movement is changing the world

Sep. 9, 2015—Mark Hatch says the Maker Movement is changing the world. He knows and he’ll tell you how. Hatch is CEO and co-founder of TechShop, a fast-growing chain of co-working spaces where people come to build prototypes for the products they want to sell. What the shops really produce are entrepreneurs and economic impact. The former...

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Vanderbilt alum on entrepreneurial success: Money is byproduct, not end product

Mar. 16, 2015—Jonn Kim started his business with nothing to lose. He’d seen too many people pass up entrepreneurship because they might lose their house, or their car, or their stock options. Tired of his secure corporate job, Kim became willing to work at McDonald’s if his dreams fell apart. They didn’t. Ten years ago, in Huntsville,...

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Jumpstart Foundry’s Gatto enthralls crowd with stories of entrepreneurial heroes

Nov. 14, 2014—  If entrepreneurs want to convince anyone that their product is worthwhile, they have to tell a story, the inaugural Chambers Family Entrepreneurial Lectureship speaker told a group of rapt listeners this week. Vic Gatto, a Nashville venture capitalist and founder of start-up accelerator Jumpstart Foundry, also told the crowd inside Vanderbilt University’s Jacobs Believed in...

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