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What would you make if you could make almost anything?

MIT’s Neil Gershenfeld and Fab Lab are coming to DC!
When:  Thursday, November 3rd     Reception @ 6PM     Keynote @ 7PM
Where:  Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1530 P Street, NW, Washington, DC  20005

Neil Gershenfeld - CNN
Neil Gershenfeld – CNN

FabLab DC together with Hamiltonian Artists, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, George Mason University, and the Center for Consciousness and Transformation are co-sponsoring an exciting keynote presentation by the founder of FabLab and MIT Center for Bits & Atoms (CBA), Prof. Neil Gershenfeld, in DC.  Prof. Gershenfeld’s talk will be the first of a series of events to help launch FabLab DC.

Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from The MIT Center for Bits & Atoms (CBA). CBA assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers that will be able to make almost anything. Fab labs fall between, comprising equipment and materials that can be used today to do what will be possible with tomorrow’s personal fabricators.

Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

In the spirit of MIT’s Fab Lab community outreach project, FAB LAB DC brings a high-tech,fabrication laboratory/community workshop to the heart of the Nation’s Capital advancing creativity, innovation, and collaborative projects.

FAB LAB DC (spearheaded by Phyllis Klein) is for local community members, life-long learners, inventors, entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals.

With its location within walking distance and in view of the U.S. Capitol Building, FAB LAB DC will also serve as a model for the nation’s leaders in policy, government, and industry, to experience, first hand, Fab Lab’s grass-roots approach in developing technical education and literacy, promoting innovation, launching inventions, and incubating new businesses.