december, 2019

12dec11:30 AM1:00 PMEvent OverFab Lab STEM Luncheon 2019


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Fab Lab and Microsoft invites you to our inaugural 2019 STEM Luncheon will aim to raise funding for the completion a peer-led protheses prototype and for the production of “Disrupted Borders,” a documentary short currently in development. Emma Schwartz, President of Medical Center of the Americas will deliver a keynote followed by Dr. Gustavo Arriaga, Regional Manager of Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS. We are inviting you to join us at Hotel Indigo on December 12, 2019 from 11:30 to 1P for opening remarks, talks, exclusive film trailer viewing followed by small plates tapas lunch and networking. Socialize with industry leaders and innovators, chat with Wendy, Shelly, and the film Producer while enjoying the beautiful views from the bar and terrace. Robert Holguin will MC the event.

Our core missions over the past 5 years has been democratizing access to digital fabrication tools, supporting K-12 with hands-on creative STEM workshops, and training new collar workforce for building 21st century economies. We have given students hands-on experience with design, engineering, and manufacturing.

One such student is Wendy. She is a long-time maker and aspiring engineer who tinkers with upcycled materials salvaged from discarded electronics. After joining the Fab Lab as a volunteer, she was inspired to design and fabricate prostheses for her best friend Shelly, a talented artist, who has double limb deficiencies. In October 2019, “Disrupted Borders”  which tells the story of Wendy and Shelly won 2nd place at Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Pitch Competition and a mentorship package from PBS. Project FABLE, an incubator for student projects that use makerspace tools to help improve quality of life for disabled or differently able individuals was born.

Regional development councils in El Paso are focusing on the biomedical fields as a stimulant to economic revival, from both Texas Tech and University of Texas El Paso building multimillion dollar research facilities to biomedical device startup accelerators like BIO El Paso/Juarez gaining a spotlight. However, the pay wall remains for the most vulnerable community members in need of prostheses such as disabled veterans and low-income youths. This is where our story begins—the journey of one Mexican-American female inventor, daughter of first-generation immigrants, to make functioning protheses for her best friend using 3D tools and resources at her community makerspace.

We truly hope you can join us for this very special event and help us make this project and film into a reality.


(Thursday) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Mountain Standard Time


Hotel Indigo

325 N Kansas St, El Paso, TX 79901

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