Tonight, President Obama will get behind the podium to address the State of the Union, which according to sources will focus primarily on the economy. But, if you can't catch that, then how about you talk to the president this Thursday?
Limor Fried, better known as Ladyada, has been selected to participate in a Fireside Hangout on Google+ with the President this Thursday, February 14th at 4:50PM EST. Ladyada posted a video urging viewers to participate in the discussion by submitting questions they feel need to be addressed to the White House’s YouTube channel. The top-voted questions will be answered by the President, so be sure to vote! Go here and comment or vote: http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse/askobama
Fried, an electrical engineering graduate from MIT, founded Adafruit Industries with the prospect of creating the best online resource for electronics to be used by people of all ages and skill levels. The company has successfully grown to occupy more than 45 employees and now offers various electronic kits to the makers world - all of which are personally tested by Limor.
As a champion of the open-source hardware community, winner of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology Award, and Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Entrepreneur of The Year, Ladyada video chat with Mr. Obama presents a unique opportunity for the voices of the open-source world to be heard. Fellow innovators are already piling up the comment section on Adafruit’s website, which might serve as a preview for issues concerning the open-source and maker communities. You can expect to see questions regarding the STEM field and its impact on education, warfare technology, and even patent litigation. The last topic should be of interest to the maker community since the submissive grasp of IP law can serve as a detriment to innovation - though it does not stop all from continuing their pursuits.
So, be sure to tune in. If you care about topics regarding technological innovation and education, make sure your voice is heard. Progress is made through learning and a creative persistence - as makers out there might agree - and the state of our union is much the same.
Ladyada suggests you RSVP for a reminder here: http://goo.gl/7pxfM
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