Looking for creators for ‘Cuse Market, October 20 at Bird Library

The Blackstone LaunchPad is looking for innovators, makers, and creatives for ‘Cuse Market. The annual “pop-up shop” and product showcase will be held Friday, October 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons, first floor of Bird Library.

Each semester the LaunchPad invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to display their creative work, whether it is a product, service, or technology.  Part “demo alley” and part “market bazaar,” it is an opportunity to browse ideas being invented at Syracuse University. From health and wellness products, to artisan goods, packaged foods, fashion and apparel, jewelry, furniture, 3D printed items, industrial designs, and gadgets, ‘Cuse Market is a chance to “show” and “sell” to new audiences.

This year, ‘Cuse Market is expanding with an emphasis on creative services. Are you a musician, photographer, artist, filmmaker, graphic designer, sound or lighting engineer? Are you a web developer, creator of a new mobile app, software platform, or unique on-line product or service?  The hunt is on for the next big thing. This is your chance to shine the spotlight on what you’re creating.

In addition to showcasing and selling goods and services, there will be “best in show” prizes in various categories, based on real-time audience voting.

‘Cuse Market also provides an opportunity to test your product and get customer feedback, as well as launch ideas. The event will also feature campus and community resource providers, and Maker Spaces to help connect with the local “maker movement.”

The event is presented by the Blackstone LaunchPad, which is part of Syracuse University Libraries. The community is invited to meet campus creators and innovators who are showcasing their new products, services, technologies in Bird Library, the busiest building on campus, with more than 8,000 visitors a day.

This is always a popular annual event, so reserve your free display table early. If interested, please e-mail: LaunchPad@syr.edu.

Weekly Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m.

A Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd, Director of Engagement Programs at Hendricks Chapel, will take place on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad. During weekly office hours in the LaunchPad, Syeisha will mentor students interested in making a social impact through their entrepreneurial work.

Syeisha holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and has over 16 years of experience working with youth and youth organizations in Syracuse. She is dedicated to helping students advance the common good and discover ways to make a positive impact in the world.

This fall, the LaunchPad is coordinating a Social Impact Prize to grow the pipeline of students interested in social entrepreneurship and civic ventures.

Goudy@Syracuse opening reception on October 5

An opening reception for the exhibition Goudy@Syracuse: A Legacy by Design will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30–6 p.m. on the 6th floor of Bird Library, in conjunction with Orange Central.

Curated by Andrew J. Saluti, with William T. La Moy, it tells the story of the preeminent American designer and typographer Frederic W. Goudy and his long connection to Syracuse University.

Through a selection of rare books, printed ephemera, and other archival materials, as well as original sketches and markups for the 2016 Sherman typeface adopted for the University’s visual identity, this exhibition explores the impact and importance of the famed type designer and celebrates the strong historical ties and entwined legacy of Goudy and Syracuse University.

The exhibition will be on display in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery through May 13, 2018. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions/exhibit/2017-Goudy.php.

Award winning author, VP of Mozilla, to speak at Bird Library on September 28

Experienced marketing executive, futurist and award winning author Alex Salkever will speak about his new book, Driver in the Driverless Car, Thursday evening, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad, main floor Bird Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School and the Blackstone LaunchPad.

Vice President of Marketing Communications at Mozilla, Salkever drives strategic positioning and marketing communications campaigns, overseeing global communications, social media, user support, and content marketing teams for Mozilla and Firefox products.

His new book inspires readers to evaluate the potential impact of any new technology by asking simple questions about what technology means and how we allow it to move forward. As computers beat the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess, and create life-forms from synthetic DNA, what does this mean for humans? Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence promise a future world, but do they also raise issues of a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality? As the authors put it, “Will our future be Star Trek or Mad Max?” The decision is ours.

Salkever and his co-author Vivek Wadhwa ask three questions about emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Their treatise is that the future is up to us to create—that even if our hands are not on the wheel. Humans must decide the driverless car’s destination.

Before joining Mozilla, Salkever was Chief Marketing Officer of Silk.co, a data publishing and visualization startup, where he led efforts focused on user growth and platform partnerships, working in the fields of scientific instruments, cloud computing, telecommunications, and the Internet of Things. He was former Technology Editor for BusinessWeek.com. Among his many accomplishments, Alex is the co-author of The Immigrant Exodus, a book named to The Economist Book of the Year List in the Business Books category in 2012.

“I help technology companies grow by helping them communicate complex “Big Ideas” in accessible terms,” says Salkever. “I enjoy conceiving and developing products. I am equally comfortable marketing to consumers and technologists, having worked in both worlds often. I have an extensive writing background with a decade of experience as a journalist at top level publications like BusinessWeek.”

Among the projects he has worked on are Node.js, Servo/Rust, Mozilla Firefox, and the broad Open Data movement, bringing expertise in technology marketing PR/AR, product development, brand building, big data, and storytelling.

He is also fond of surfing in warm water, hiking, craft beer (partial to Belgian styles), and Japanese izakayas.