We hosted a welcoming Open House for Manufacturing Day with a number of neighbors stopping by to check us out! Our guests included the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM), corporate sponsor for Launch 100, and Armature, a newcomer. The team from Armature followed up with a return visit to learn more about us and to tell the Nova Labs story. We connected over a love of process and of embracing the work that comes with taking on complex challenges.
Thank you Mike Hogarty and Callye Keen of Red Blue Collective, for hosting and organizing Manufacturing Day and Launch 100 — wonderful events to showcase manufacturing and entrepreneurship at Nova Labs!
In other news, Tara resigned from the Makerspace Coordinator position for family and career reasons. Tara was a delight to work with and we thank her for sharing her many wonderful talents with the maker community. We thank Tara for brightening up the space and getting us messy makers a bit more organized.
Nova Labs is winding up the search for directors and re-opening a search for staff.
In this issue, you will find links to a video story of the Launch 100 pitch event, a Manufacturing Day followup published by Armature, and a Nova Labs job posting. Please consider sharing to help grow Nova Labs.
Please join us at the member meeting and welcome our newest directors — RSVP today!
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NOVA LABS IN THE NEWS: ARMATURE
“The ARMATURE team was introduced to Nova Labs earlier this month on Manufacturing Day (#MFGDAY17), and we were enchanted- and determined to spread to the word about this innovative nonprofit. With that goal in mind, we sat down with Marybeth to chat about the past, present, and future of Nova Labs. Here’s what we learned.” >>> Reprinted from Armature Corp corporate website, October 2017
In October, the board voted allow Nova Labs to hire two part-time employees to fill the position of coordinator so that there’s overlap and knowledge sharing. This enables Nova Labs to maintain institutional knowledge and mitigate the risk of losing a single employee.
The board was recently informed that the implementation of G-Suite was a success. This allows for the use of proper nova-labs.org e-mail addresses as well as the myriad resources of G-Suite such as file sharing, group document editing, etc. all within the Nova Labs domain. Many thanks to Carl Hutzler and John Hoskins for their hard work and planning!
On the accounting side, Nova Labs received two large grants. Google has given us a grant of $50,000 which is earmarked for Tom DC and the next Launch 100 event. Additionally, we received a grant from BTI360 for $10,000 for mentoring and workshops to equip young engineers, including those without the means/opportunity to otherwise be involved. Nova Labs is incredibly grateful to both Google and BTI360 for their generous contributions to our makerspace. If you know of a company or group that may want to donate money to Nova Labs, please speak with the board so we can help you with your pitch.
We are also rolling out our American Express-based purchase card system and Amazon integration this month. Many thanks to Frank Sogandares for being our illustrious guinea pig!
Speaking of Amazon, did you know you can have Amazon.com donate a portion of your sale to Nova Labs? All you have to do is visit https://smile.amazon.com, log in with your normal account, and choose Nova Labs as the beneficiary. It’s easy, requires no additional work, and helps out the lab with every purchase. On a good month, Nova Labs can receive several hundred dollars in donations!
The board also approved the purchase of a 4th axis system upgrade to the ShopSabre CNC. This significant upgrade allows the ShopSabre to do computer-controlled turning, literally adding a new dimension to an already integral part of our lab.
With respect to membership policy, family members are expected to contribute volunteer hours before key access is issued, aligning with requirements for the primary key holder, effective immediately. Incubator employees are limited to 8 key access employees per company, effective January 2018. Costing is as follows: 1st free, 2nd $10/month, 3-8 $50/month. All policy updates will be published in the quarterly update to policy documents.
Please feel free to reach out to the board members if you have any questions.
>>Provided by Jim Girardi
Jim Sweeney was recognized for his many years of service to the Nova Labs community on the Board of Directors and Maker Faire NoVa Committee. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of Jim’s good-natured fun, will appreciate how satisfying it was to pull this one off as a surprise. We pulled Jim in from the shops which is where he returned after we closed our remarks. Even while serving on the Board, Jim reserved uninterrupted time dedicated to making. He is most looking forward to more of this, as he shifts his volunteer commitments into new areas. No, Jim is not leaving us.He enjoys making too much at the fastest growing, vibrant makerspace in the Greater DC area and beyond — thanks in no small part to Jim’s contributions.
Nova Labs received a generous donation of computers from Samsung. Many went to work around the space. A huge thanks to Mike Hogarty from the Red Blue Collective and Connor Bacon from Laridium (two of the incubators at Nova Labs) for taking the lead. A special thanks to Davis Jones for volunteering many long hours processing the donation.
Just one of the many ways the donation was put to work is highlighted here. Six laptops are now directly serving students in a robotics mentoring program at Herndon High School. When Herndon High School’s FIRST Robotics Team (FRC Team 116) lost access to their computer lab due to a scheduling conflict with a night class, the software team also access to computers, and this filled that need in a timely way.
Team 116 and Nova Labs have a long history of cooperation. Both students and mentors from Team 116 have helped out Nova Labs own FIRST Robotics teams. They have also helped staff various Nova Labs outreach events over the past several years. Nova Labs has helped out FRC Team 116 by allowing the team to meet at the Nova Labs facility during snow days when the public school is closed. Since the “build season” is only 6-1/2 weeks long, a couple lost days due to school closing is a huge impact.
FIRST Robotics is making a significant impact in students’ lives, and these laptops are enabling some of that. A student who has FIRST Robotics on their college application is a step above their peers because colleges know they have the experience of hard work, time management, and working as a team on real-world problems, not just theory. Among the many scholarships and grants received over the team’s 22 year history, three Team 116 alumni (including Nova Labs volunteer Heather Youmans) have earned the FIRST Robotics Scholarship ($14,000/year) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
>>> Provided by Mike Youmans
This summer, Nova Labs and Red Blue Collective hosted a pitch event highlighting physical product innovation in the Washington D.C. region. Entrepreneurs with products in outdoor recreation to VR drone video presented.
Congrats to Spira for winning first place and acceptance into the Halycon House incubator.