Past Speaking Ops: Mazda Challengers Conference for Nobel Peace Laureates (Barcelona, Spain; 2015) (One of three presenters; other two included Pro
Dr. Alexander Bandar is an engineer by training, and an entrepreneur by accident. Having worked ten years in the field of manufacturing software, with clients from GE to Apple to the Defense Department, he now directs the Columbus Idea Foundry - one of the world’s largest community workshops, or "makerspaces", which he began as a passion and is now his full-time career. Recently relocated to a 60,000 sf factory in Columbus OH, the Columbus Idea Foundry houses tools from blacksmithing to 3D printing, teaches classes on design and fabrication, and then sells memberships to anyone who wishes to use the workshop as if it were their own. With 300 members and growing rapidly (of whom approximately half are entrepreneurs), the Columbus Idea Foundry is one of the most active makerspaces on the planet (having come in first in 3 out of 4 international competitions on “making”, and sponsoring the world's winningest FTC high school robotics team), and is quickly finding a place in the creative, educational, technological and business ecosystems of Central Ohio and beyond. Dr. Bandar speaks and consults regularly about this exciting new "Maker Movement", has presented multiple TEDx talks on the subject, and delivered the Cultural Heritage presentation on behalf of the City of Columbus at the Intelligent Cities Forum in Manhattan in 2014. (Columbus won the title of most intelligent city in the world in 2015).
TedX Colujmbus 2011- "The Need To Make" Alex has an amazingly coherent vision for the world. Concerned with the death of "shop," his vision for bringing a "maker" experience to the students in Columbus is only one part of his story. He'll share how that vision is informed by his by morning, noon and night passion (yes, in 2011 it was different tha