RESTON, VA — Vint Cerf donned special “drone goggles” and steered an onboard video camera while Nova Labs member Daniel Allen flew his six-bladed “hexacopter.” He quickly got the hang of the controls and was able to see himself from afar.
Screen capture of drone video feed controlled by Dr. Cerf
The visit by Dr. Cerf and the team from Google Thursday May 15th highlights a growing interest in the “Maker Movement” and specifically makerspaces like Nova Labs, which is providing STEM programming for children, innovating new devices, and incubating businesses.
Nova Labs Business Development Director Jim Sweeney provided a guided tour and gave a presentation about how Nova Labs’ facilities and programs are enabling community innovation.
Nova Labs Co-Founder Ted Markson and member Fred Briggs represented the Nova Labs RhinoHawk UAV Team. The team is competing in a global challenge to engineer a low-cost UAV to help fight rhino poaching in South Africa.
Bob Coggeshall, Founder of Small Batch Assembly, a low-volume PCB assembly service that started as part of Nova Labs’ incubator program, also co-authored a well-known unix-based computer command known as “sudo.” Coggeshall said meeting Vint Cerf was “a major highlight of his career.”
“It was an honor to host Dr. Cerf and the Google team at Nova Labs. The story of his visit and his profound contribution to science and technology will impress upon the thousands of children who pass through our doors that a commitment to STEM education can lead to great things,” said Justin Leto, Co-Founder and CFO of Nova Labs.
About Dr. Vint Cerf
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company.
Widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” Vint is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Vint and Bob received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them “at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment.”