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Interviews with guests who innovate, create and make a difference!

Interviews with guests who innovate, create and make a difference!
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Interviews with guests who innovate, create and make a difference!




Octobo: Cuddly Technology for the Future

Remember your favorite stuffed toy, when you were a kid? What if that teddy bear, dog, cat or otherwise had really been able to interact with you? Meet Octobo, a blue plush octopus. He's equipped with sensors and designed to work through your tablet. And his goal, says creator Yuting Su, is to get families playing together and sharing stories. Yuting is the founder and CEO of Thinker-Tinker creative lab, in Los Angeles. On her website, she describes herself as a "thinker, tinker and...

Duration: 00:13:27

His Creativity is Going to Haunt You

"Godfather of Haunting" Leonard Pickel knows exactly what will make you jump. He's been creating haunted attractions--and leaving patrons screaming with fear and delight--since his college days. In the process, he's revolutionized the haunt industry. Leonard, who has a background in architecture, is the owner and designer of Hauntrepreneurs Themed Attraction Design and Consulting. which he founded in 1987. Through Hauntrepreneurs, he uses his professional background in architecture to...

Duration: 00:26:47

Podcast Monetization: Fact Vs. Fantasy

Today, there's a lot of hype about podcast monetization. Podcasting is exploding. And the Internet is full of stories of people who launched podcasts, built communities--and ultimately, wound up with six-figure incomes. But, just how realistic is all of this, for the average person? Not very, says podcast business strategist, talent agent and podcaster Jessica Kupferman. Jessica launched J/K Media Agency, the first advertising agency for podcasters, in 2016. Since then, she's been acting...

Duration: 00:19:55

Mastering the Art of Podcasting

"Podcasting isn't easy," says international broadcast consultant and author Valerie Geller. But, she says, if you love doing it, that won't stop you. And if you're producing a podcast, she can tell you exactly how to make it a magical experience for your listeners. During the recent Podcast Movement 2017 conference, in Anaheim, we discussed the elements behind that magic. Valerie, who is the president of Geller Media International, is the recipient of the Conclave's Rockwell Lifetime...

Duration: 00:13:52

From PM 17: Podcasts and Other Dreams

Author, speaker and award-winning producer Jenna Edwards knows how to chart her course to a dream. What she has to say is pertinent to aspiring podcasters--and to anyone who'd like to turn an exciting idea into a reality. We talked onsite at Podcast Movement 2017, in Anaheim, on Day One of the conference. Podcasters from all over the world had congregated to learn more about their craft, and to enjoy being part of the growing podcast community. And one of the exciting features during the...

Duration: 00:39:09

Immersed in STEAM

Jill Zande uses underwater robots to fire students' imagination. As Associate Director of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, in Monterey, Jill is the founder of MATE's annual student ROV (remote-operated vehicle) competition. Since its creation in 2002, the MATE Center's underwater robotics competition has grown to an international event, in which 710 teams participated in 2017. And the goal: to get students involved in problem-solving, using science, technology,...

Duration: 00:46:01

Charting a Course to the Future

Autonomous vehicles will soon become an everyday reality. And Michigan Applied Robotics Group co-founder Rourke Pattullo is--quite literally--involved in the mechanics of getting them there. Rourke is an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Michigan--one of the nation's top schools, in the field of robotics. He's also the vice-president of UM:: Autonomy, the university's autonomous boat team. Every year, UM: Autonomy constructs an autonomous boat,...

Duration: 00:38:10

Making…Everyday Life Easier

by Dot Cannon Makers Making Change wants to involve you in a creative collaboration. By connecting makers to people with disabilities, Makers Making Change starts the process of creating new, affordable assistive technologies. Designs become open-source, so makers can easily evolve new devices. (Here's a link to one of their inventions: the LipSync, a mouth-controlled input device.) Chad Leaman is the Director of Development at the Neil Squire Society, Canada's only national nonprofit to...

Duration: 00:30:04

Art + Science = Exciting

An Over Coffee® special-edition podcast One fact, at the core of the maker movement, can come as a surprise. "Art and science are inseparable," says electrical engineer, educational advocate, author and speaker Sylvia Libow Martinez (l) That's both a statement from her book, and a principle which artists like Audrey Lee Love (r) are proving on a daily basis. And on Saturday, July 29th, Over Coffee® had the honor of live-hosting a discussion panel: "The Intersection of Art and Science",...

Duration: 01:11:02

ScareLA™: New Facets of Fear–and Fun

Halloween is just two weeks away, and counting--courtesy of ScareLA™ founder Lora Ivanova. And the 2017 edition of the world's first summertime Halloween convention is going to be dark, spooky,futuristic, and fun. This year's "monsters" get to creep, crawl and scream through an immersive environment, with AR and VR-enhanced haunt experiences. For 2017, ScareLA™: the Los Angeles Summer Halloween Convention materializes in a brand-new venue: the Los Angeles Convention Center! The darkness...

Duration: 00:17:32

Earny: An App for Keeping Your Money

. Earny founder and serial entrepreneur Dori Yona has a lot of shopping savvy. And he's putting it to use for your benefit, with his "Earny" app. This is an app that serves as a virtual watchdog, when you buy something. If the price on an item drops after a purchase, "Earny" automatically seeks a rebate for its user. Dori, who launched his Earny, Inc. startup in 2015, recently shared the story of his successful funding and launch at Ideas Immersion™ California's "The Funding Lifecycle of...

Duration: 00:22:33

In Search of the Human Element

Max Aguilera-Hellweg's new book, Humanoid, is all about robots. And the themes: what is our connection to them, as humans? Where are we headed, with robots? And, what does it mean to be human, anyway? In Humanoid, Max, who is a physician as well as an award-winning National Geographic photojournalist and filmmaker, incorporates his expertise and a sense of wonder. He explores not only different types of robots from all over the world, but the ways we interact with them. You'll find robots...

Duration: 00:33:31

Ray Zinn: “Tough” Equals Success

As the 2017 Sensors Expo and Conference has just concluded, we're rebroadcasting a popular episode, featuring one of their 2016 keynote speakers. Over Coffee® will publish a new episode next Friday, July 7th. Getting the "tough things" out of the way is a crucial leadership skill for any business owner, says tech entrepreneur Ray Zinn. Ray, who is Silicon Valley's longest-serving CEO, is the author of the book Tough Things First. In 1978, he founded his independent semiconductor company,...

Duration: 00:21:35

Putting Her Heart into “Hacktivism”

"Technology is a game-changer," says Humanistic Technologies founder and CEO Ruby Guillen. And she's continuing to prove that, by innovating the social work field--digitally. Ruby, whose professional honors include "Outstanding Social Worker", has been working in Child Welfare in Los Angeles since 1996. But over time, she became frustrated with the ways she saw the system failing to meet clients' needs. So she drew on an interest that had awakened during her time in the Air Force: her...

Duration: 00:28:43

Cutting-Edge, Compelling and Life-Saving

The Hidden Tears Project is producing virtual-reality films, among its upcoming projects. And the results will almost certainly haunt you. That's because Hidden Tears' mission is to create media that raise mainstream awareness of an almost-hidden social problem: human trafficking in the United States. Entertainment professionals Jordan Marinov and Jason Gurvitz co-founded their nonprofit in in 2015. Drawing on their backgrounds in dance and filmmaking, respectively, Jordan and Jason...

Duration: 00:32:55

A Space Retrospective – to the Future

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we're running a backup show this week. Over Coffee® will be back with a new episode next Friday, June 16th at 1 pm PDT. Meanwhile, in honor of the 2017 NASA astronaut candidates, here is one of our most popular interviews from Space Apps Pasadena 2016, starring NASA JPL IT Chief Technology Officer Tom Soderstrom. If you're running a startup, you have a lot of the skills required for planning a space flight. At least, that's NASA JPL IT Chief Technology...

Duration: 00:20:43

Her Technology Says, “Do You Mean It?”

What if there were a way to detect emotions, technologically? That's exactly what Dr. Yael Hanein and her research team have been exploring. Dr. Hanein is the Director of Tel Aviv University's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology--the first such facility in Israel. Among the cutting-edge research projects which Dr. Hanein, who is also a professor of Electrical Engineering, has conducted, is one in which she and her team have been tracking emotions by monitoring the ways subjects'...

Duration: 00:13:22

Virtually Revolutionizing Science Studies

For many of us, "biology class" and "fun" never used to be synonymous. Enter Labster: an award-winning virtual-reality science lab. Labster combines scientific expertise with computer-gaming scenarios. And the result? Students enjoying science class and seeing, first-hand, how scientific principles apply to the "real world". They're also learning at an exciting rate, where they "tuned out" before. This virtual-reality lab is currently part of the curriculum in more thatn 150 colleges and...

Duration: 00:20:35

Innovation: The “Mindfulness” Element

(Photograph courtesy of Brent Chapman, and used with permission.) "Just because something can be connected (to the IOT), doesn't mean it should be," warns Captain Brent Chapman. Brent, who serves as Transitioning Military Cyber Operations Officer with the Army's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, is a research scientist and educator, as well as an avid maker. He worked on a number of maker initiatives while serving on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy, according to his website....

Duration: 00:21:57

Creating Change Through 3D Printing

"The last thing the world needs is more plastic trinkets," says Brookwood 3D Design Problem Bank founder and Innovation Coordinator Rich Lehrer. Consequently, if his students think they'll be 3D printing their names or plastic mascots, they're in for a--possibly world-changing--surprise. Rich and his 8th-grade STEM students at Brookwood School, in the Boston, Massachusetts were one of the first student groups to 3D print a prosthetic hand device, in 2013. Rich's then-three-year-old son,...

Duration: 00:31:36

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