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I am passionate about:
Community, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A little known fact about me is:
Indian, African, born and raised in England, living 14 years in USA.
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Austin, TX, United States
Wizard, Consultant, Chief LifeHacker
"I'm here to challenge the status quo"
I have a background in Business, Technology & Marketing. Spent 7 years building communities and hosting Hackathon/Makerfaire events. Founder of HackStarz working on developing a tinyhouse community.
My favorite quote:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ....Buckminster Fuller
HI Ashley, Thanks for supporting the campaign and great question. We're living in an era where 'everything' is open for being 'hacked' (reverse-engineered) from the way we live our lives, to the way we work and the communities we belong to. As an advocate for hackathons, many perceive they are only for developers. But I've been experimenting with this as an inclusive framework for people to identify, express, build cohesive teams and lead the changes they wish to see in the world. Part of the process is deciding on a theme that engages diverse communities. Identifying non-profit partners that are part of the ecosystem and reaching out to the various associations inviting their communities to participate. Leaders pitch ideas, Designers/Hackers/Makers/Hustlers (Business/Marketing) join the projects they would like to support and they collaborate over a week/end to hash out a prototype to present to a panel of judges. This allows underserved individuals to develop their communication skills by voicing their problems/solutions. Build relationships with teammates through collaboration and connect with industry experts through judging through a lean and efficient process. Some examples of experiments can be seen at www.tinyhackerhouse.com, there's a lot of content hidden in the site so might require some digging at the moment. Hope this answers your question.
Thank you for supporting Marnie. Yes i've been connecting with local business through Austin Resource Recovery researching waste materials and exploring processes to reuse these materials into our system, also helping the city to reach our zero waste goals by 2030.