Science hackers Ariel Waldman and Eri Gentry: White House's "Champions for Change!"

You've likely read on Boing Boing about Ariel Waldman, creator of Spacehack and lead instigator of Science Hack Day, and Eri Gentry, co-founder of BioCurious. Congratulations are due this week to Ariel and Eri who were honored by the White House along with ten other "Champions of Change" dedicated to "increasing public engagement in science and science literacy!" Eri and Ariel are both colleagues of mine at Institute for the Future, and Ariel is also collaborating with Boing Boing on a fantastic event that we will announce in the coming weeks. Check out Ariel's post at the White House site, titled "Hacking Science and Space Exploration."

Thursday: White House/Tom Kalil Google Hangout about the maker movement

On Thursday (3/28) at 3pm ET, Boing Boing pal and White House innovation advisor Tom Kalil is hosting a Google Hangout to talk about the maker movement! Tom has been instrumental in helping President Obama and the administration understand the value of maker culture in sci/tech education. Joining Tom in the Hangout will be folks like MAKE founder Dale Dougherty, Super Awesome Maker Show's Super Awesome Sylvia, and Ford future tech lead Venkatesh Prasad. "White House Hangout: The Maker Movement"

(Above, President Obama checks out a soccer-playing robot built by Blue Bell, PA high school students. Photo by Pete Souza.)