On Monday, June 20, 2016, Blackburn Energy was in Washington, DC! As the owner of Blackburn Energy and the creator of the exciting new RelGen Technology, I was fortunate to be invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to attend the Maker-to-Manufacturer Stakeholder Event. The purpose of this event was to discuss the views of selected attendees of the National Week of Making.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is using this opportunity to assist start-up companies in bridging the gap from maker to manufacturer. Begun in 2014 by President Barack Obama, the purpose of the National Week of Making was to provide “makers” with the tools necessary for success. These tools are not simply physical instruments, they also come in the form of: mentors, space, and resources for support; although the tools are important as well, especially access to new technology.
“During National Week of Making, we recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need to harness their passion and tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges.”President Barack Obama
Technology advances exponentially… the cost of those advancements can be high, much too expensive for a entrepreneur or student. Through OSTP and the Week of Making, individuals and small teams have been able to gain access to hardware and software tools for designing and prototyping that were previously only available to large manufacturers!