Justin Downs and Benedetta Piantella, founders of GROUND Lab, will introduce some of their past and current projects and will discuss the lessons learned and the challenges encountered in building a business focused on open source platforms to be deployed in many countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States and more.
About the Makers
GROUND Lab is a Research and Development company, founded by Benedetta Piantella and Justin Downs, that focuses on creating innovative sustainable and open source solutions for social, environmental and humanitarian challenges. GROUND Lab has designed and fabricated prototypes and solutions for a wide range of clients, ranging from large organizations like UNICEF to smaller NGOs, Universities, Wildlife Conservation organizations and Artists.
Justin Downs is CTO of GROUND Lab.
Benedetta is an ITP Graduate, founder of T4D Lab, a co-founder of GroundLab, an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic & NYU ITP, and a Technology Architect at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A graduate of ITP, Benedetta specializes in building sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social and environmental challenge worldwide. She has designed prototyped, manufactured and field tested projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and built partnerships with the UN, UNICEF & the Earth Institute.