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NASA's Deborah Diaz and Secondmuse's Katey Metzroth catch up at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission.

#SpaceApps at the Liftoff of OSIRIS-REx

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Caption: With NASA’s Chief Technology Officer for IT Deborah Diaz at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission There was a collective sense of anticipation and excitement at Cape Canaveral in Florida last evening as we witnessed the launch of the OSIRIS-REx just after 7pm. Together with hundreds of others on bleachers just outside Kennedy Space Center, NASA made history again. @secondmuse does @OSIRISREx @KennedySpaceCtr! We're all smiles with the @spaceapps crew! Let the countdown begin……

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Internet Freedom through Localization of Tools

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On March 4th, 2015 in Valencia, Spain as part of the Circumvention Tech Festival, the Localization Lab from SecondMuse hosted our second ever Localization Sprint. The goal of the Sprint was to convene a group of translators from the Localization Lab Community with Developers from the Tor Project and Globaleaks to translate Internet Freedom Tools (IFTs) into more than 10 different languages simultaneously and also to identify localization and user challenges while providing real time feedback...
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Update from New York’s Next Top Makers

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Here is the latest update from New York’s Next Top Makers, a NYCEDC program to support local manufacturing and hardware entrepreneurs in NYC. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Hi Everyone! What a crazy, wonderful last quarter of 2014 it has been for New York’s Next Top Makers. We have been busy popping up around town to explore what Making looks like in each borough of this fine city; we selected six Next Top Makers Fellows, hung out with the…

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Community-sourced Hardware Incubation via New York’s Next Top Makers

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Over the course of the summer, SecondMuse worked on the New York's Next Top Makers program to hold open call for NYC-based Makers seeking to take their 'works like' or 'looks like' prototype to market! We received 41 amazing applications. It was difficult, but we leveraged the amazing expertise of various community members to narrow the pool to six Next Top Makers Fellows who will participate in a Studio Incubation program from now through August 2015. ABOVE: 2014 Next Top Maker applicant, 360...
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It Takes A Village to Support a Maker

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In 2013, six teams were selected as Next Top Makers to receive mentorship and support. At the end of the four-month Studio Program, PowerClip, a device that provides an efficient and inexpensive power source to recharge devices with a USB, took home $11,000 to continue iterating on their product. PowerClip, developed by students from NYU’s ITP program, allows first responders to immediately access power in the wake of an emergency. We spent some time catching up with one of PowerClip’s co-founders Surya Mattu to…

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A Promise to NYC Makers…

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  NYCEDC is known for incubating amazing projects (many of which you’ll read about right here over the coming year). If you have any doubt about that claim just look at what has emerged from BigApps and the explosion of tech in general in this city since that program was introduced five years ago. Naturally, last December when we saw an RFP issued from NYCEDC to build a program that connects Making, new technology and the…

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