On Friday, January 30, 2015 the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in conjunction with Arizona State University was honored to receive guests, academic and industry partners at the American Center for the working group meeting to discuss the Open Innovation Lab project. The meeting marked the second step of the roadmap towards the creation of a network of innovation hubs – Maker Space in Vietnam. In attendance were Rena Bitter, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Sherry Boger, General Manager of Intel Products Vietnam, Jeffrey Goss, Director of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), and several other representatives of different organizations including Microsoft Vietnam, Unicef, National Instrument, eSilicon, Vietnam National University and Ho Chi Minh city University of Technology. After the warm welcome message of the U.S. Consul General, the meeting was focused on developing the concept plan for Maker Space in Ho Chi Minh City: why create a Maker Space, critical design elements of a Maker Space, etc. Followed a tour and presentation of Maker Studio in American Center, ASU Associate Dean Scott Danielson, Director of VULII (HEEAP) guided the participants through a structured process to define the action items for proposal development of Maker Space in Vietnam.
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Photo caption: Mr. Jeff Goss, HEEAP Director, discusses ideas for the Maker Space with meeting participants.