GIF @ TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company

Tuesday, November 18, 2014    
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


TechShop DC
2100E Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202
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Curious about the Maker Movement? Always wanted to create something yourself or bring an idea to life?  GIF joined a panel discussion at TechShop’s do-it-yourself design and fabrication space for this unique event

Takeaways: Building, Launching, and Scaling a Global Hardware Startup

TechShop is a playground for adults who love to build and unleash their inner creative. Join us for this evening of fun so you can:

·         Interact with various maker stations like 3-D printers, a wood shop, and even a vacuum forming machine that is popular with Star Wars fans!

·         Meet current members who are building their own products

·         Enjoy delicious food and cocktails

·         Ask questions of our Industry Experts about turning your idea into an actual product company


Josh Greene –Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Southeast Region, Cleantech Open

Josh is a Partner and Deputy Chair of the Energy and Environment Practice at the Law firm of Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on energy and sustainability policy and business planning, with a particular concentration on renewable and alternative energy development, biofuels, energy efficiency (including appliance and building standards, as well as energy-efficiency finance), and water technology. He maintains an extensive network of relationships both within and outside of our nation’s Capitol with a variety of corporate and non-governmental organizations in and around the country that look to him to assist in resolving complex policy and regulatory matters. Outside of his law firm activities Josh serves on a number of Boards including Maryland Clean Energy Center, the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, the Renewable Energy Initiative, and the Maryland African-American Museum Corporation. He also serves as Chairman of the Anne Arundel County School Board Nomination Commission and Vice-Chair of the Charter Revision Commission of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Kathleen Hale – CoFounder & CEO, Rebel Desk

Kathleen Hale is a co-founder and the CEO of Rebel Desk, a company that designs and sells standing and treadmill desks to help people be more active while they work. Kathleen and her co-founder brought Rebel Desk from concept to launch in seven months. Now they are developing a new smart desk to help people get the most benefit from their standing desk experience. Prior to founding Rebel Desk, Kathleen was a founding partner of a law firm and an accomplished attorney. Kathleen is on a mission to help as many people as possible free themselves from chairs so they can start living healthier and happier.

Jake Colvin –Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum, National Foreign Trade Council
Jake Colvin is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum based in Washington, DC. Through GIF, Jake works with startup, business, education and nonprofit leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with participating in the global marketplace in the digital age, and to assess the effect of public policies on international trade and innovation. Jake has written for Business Week, blogged for Comedy Central, testified before Congress and provided analysis for outlets including CNBC, CNN and Time Magazine. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and the University of Richmond.

Amber Wason – CoFounder, Riide

Amber is passionate about creating better ways to get around a city. She has extensive transportation marketing experience having helped popularize car sharing in America as a Director of Marketing for Flexcar up through their merger with Zipcar, and has worked on other fun projects such as the DC Circulator and Amber is the co-founder of Riide — they design, build and sell electric bikes — and insists you take a test riide after the panel.


Come get a taste of the maker movement happening all over the country. TechShop DC-Arlington is located on Crystal Drive in the center of Crystal City’s Main Street and it’s ready to help you build your dreams.