Kauffman Foundation News (5/31/11): Maker Faire: Kansas City / Making the Most of Creativity – Kauffman Foundation Ideas at Work

Ideas and Insights 
This edition of Ideas at Work features a conversation with Dale Dougherty, who organizes Maker Faire events around the country, including the first-ever Maker Faire in Kansas City, June 25-26, 2011. These festivals of innovation and invention showcase do-it-yourself approaches in art, crafts, science, engineering, and technology

Making the Most of Creativity

A Conversation With Dale Dougherty
MAKE Magazine, Maker Faire, O’Reilly Media

Maker Faire: Kansas City will celebrate things people create themselves-from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts, and sculptures. The family-friendly event at Kansas City’s Union Station, June 25-26, 2011, will bring together makers, crafters, inventors, hackers, scientists, and artists for a festival of fun and inspiration. Sponsored by the Kaufffman Foundation, Maker Faire: Kansas City is guided by the staff of MAKE Magazine and organized by a variety of Kansas City-based organizations.

Dale Dougherty is the editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. He has been instrumental in many of O’Reilly’s most important efforts, including founding O’Reilly Media, Inc. with Tim O’Reilly. Dougherty was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995. He was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers, and he was O’Reilly’s first editor. Prior to developing MAKE , Dale was publisher of the O’Reilly Network, where he developed the Hacks series of books. Read the interview…>> http://www.kauffman.org/advancing-innovation/making-the-most-of-creativity.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

More news from the Foundation:

Google Fiber Opens New Era of Innovation for Kansas City
Google has announced that Kansas City, Missouri will join Kansas City, Kansas for deployment of its ultra-fast broadband network. Google will provide broadband Internet access to the city with speeds of about 1 gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than what most Americans have available to them today. The Kauffman Foundation joined other area organizations to support the bid, paving the way for advances in entrepreneurship, education, and innovation in the region. Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-statement-from-carl-schramm-for-google-fiber-announcement.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Seeks to Inspire Millions
This fall, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) aims to touch more current and aspiring entrepreneurs around the globe than ever before. An initiative of the Kauffman Foundation, GEW will be held November 14-20 to connect people through activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters. This year 1,300 partners in the United States will join 35,000 organizations in more than 100 countries to create transformative experiences for the next generation of innovators. Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newroom/global-entrepreneurship-week-2011-to-inspire-millions-to-celebrate-the-worlds-key-economic-driver-entrepreneurship.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Study Looks at Factors Enticing Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Leave United States 
According to a study released by the Kauffman Foundation, high-skilled immigrant entrepreneurs from India and China are leaving the United States by the tens of thousands each year, drawn away by better economic and professional opportunities in their home countries. Immigrant entrepreneurs leave for lower operating costs, growing markets, and family ties, but closely maintained U.S. ties create ‘brain circulation.’ Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/greener-pastures-at-home-entice-chinese-and-indian-entrepreneurs-from-united-states-kauffman-study-shows.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Kauffman Accepting Proposals for Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants 
The 2011-2012 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program’s online Request for Proposals is available now through September 14. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to fifteen Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. Since its establishment in 2003, the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program has awarded fellowships to 123 world-class scholars. Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-accepting-proposals-for-2011-entrepreneurship-dissertation-fellowship-grants.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Labs Entrepreneurs Named Business Plan Finalists
Three entrepreneurs in the Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program have been named among nine finalists in the nation’s only education business plan competition. Adam Geller, Matt Pasternack, and Alexandre Scialom will present their ideas for innovations in teaching and learning to investors June 9 at the University of Pennsylvania. The winning and runner-up companies will receive $25,000 and $15,000, respectively. The 2011 Milken PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition, conducted by the Milken Family Foundation and Penn Graduate School of Education, attracted nearly 200 submissions from thirty-eight states and five countries. Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/three-kauffman-labs-education-ventures-entrepreneurs-named-as-finalists-in-milken-penngse-business-plan-competition.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Kauffman Supports Women’s Entrepreneurship Program
The Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, home of the ACTiVATE® program, has been awarded a grant from the Kauffman Foundation to support the creation of materials to be used in replicating the award-winning program for women entrepreneurs. Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-announces-support-of-award-winning-womens-entrepreneurship-program.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011

Healthcare Summit Focuses on New Ideas and Technologies
The Personalized Health Project (PHP) held a “take action” summit this month with prominent leaders in the life sciences to address gaps occurring between new discoveries in science and their implementation for patients and people. The meeting brought together leaders from science, business, investors, government, the media, global health, patient advocacy groups, the wellness movement, and “Health 2.0.” The summit was triggered by the release of a Kauffman Foundation study titled: “The Personalized Health Project: Identifying the gaps between discovery and application in the life sciences, and proposed solutions.” Read More…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-sponsors-personalized-health-projects-take-action-summit.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_05_2011