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Intel: Producing Brains Like Galileo
Guest Author: Lisa Herrmann, science writer, Arizona SciTech
If one looks across intellectual history, it seems that times of great collaboration throughout the scientific community correlate with some of the greatest periods of innovation. In the seventeenth century, inventors such as Galileo would share ideas within their scientific community, building upon each other’s notions and gadgets. This is the spirit that underlies today’s ‘Maker’ culture; networking, sharing, peer-to-peer interactions inspiring creativity and continual development.
Communications Manager, Rachel Sutherland, similarly describes the culture of Intel Corporation: “Intel is all about being open to new ideas, and creative problem solving. It’s not a competition, it’s about great ideas and bringing the best ideas forward.” It’s this spirit of collaboration that has spurned Intel’s involvement with today’s ‘maker community’. In fact, Sutherland explains that Intel considers themselves to be a company that was founded by makers. “Our employees are making the brains of computers and computing devices for their day job; then they take those skills to apply to their hobby as makers. That’s why the maker community is such a perfect fit for Intel and Intel employees. It’s just this wide open forum where anything goes. You can apply your creativity and ingenuity and make things happen. Making is very near and dear to Intel because we have so many makers within our ranks.”
Intel is also contributing unique technology for use within the maker community, such as their aptly named ‘Galileo Board’. This development and prototyping board was specifically designed by Intel for makers, students, educators, and DIY electronics enthusiasts. “The Galileo Board is a development that allows you to computerize your invention,” Sutherland describes. “You can apply computing power to something that would otherwise just be a static device, making it even more interesting and powerful and creative. All that computing power can turn a simple mechanical device into some kind of automated device, almost becoming intelligent itself.”
Intel will feature the Galileo Board at its booth at the Chandler Epic Fest, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, on February 7 in downtown Chandler, “right in our backyard,” Sutherland proudly declares. “We’re really focused on getting makers around the world connected to Intel technology because it’s powerful and it can enable so much. Additionally, we’ll be inviting our employees to showcase their creations at individual booths at the event.”
“The atmosphere of a maker fair is very inspiring,” Sutherland tells. “It’s really such a tight knit community of people who identify themselves as makers. It’s not about competition – it’s about creativity and celebrating everyone’s success and just marveling at the cool ideas that people can come up with. It’s not about who has ‘the best’ – it’s about recognizing your peers and their brilliance, their creativity, and their dedication.”
As a Bronze level sponsor, Intel is a proud supporter of SciTech Fest in Arizona, “because it’s a celebration of STEM, of creativity, of community and it brings together everything that goes into making Intel technology great. It’s sharing ideas, its showcasing ideas, and it’s about including everyone – all ages, all backgrounds, everyone’s welcome. There’s no exclusive club here – it’s for everyone.”
And you never know where that next great idea is going to come from.