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NEXIS: Student Innovation Lab Hosts Showcases, Workshops, and Events

It’s a good day at the iSchool when you walk through the ICE Box and see a few dozen excited students learning advanced technology skills from their peers. But then again, making that sort of scene a regular occurrence on campus is the goal of NEXIS-X, a community outreach and peer-to-peer workshop program hosted by NEXIS, a student-based research lab housed at the iSchool.

Conceived during an early ideation session last semester, NEXIS-X events have become a hallmark of NEXIS’s community outreach program. Over the course of an hour, and with a few snacks in hand, students get to learn myriad technical skills from their peers–further breaking down the barrier between techies and non-techies on campus.

Community and Showcases

At every level, NEXIS is working to build a community of inventors, innovators, and makers who redefine and shape the world of tomorrow. NEXIS believes in a world where innovators support innovators and technology is accessible to all. The Lab has decided to use its technological expertise and dedicated membership to help catalyze the tech community through more NEXIS-X events and technology showcases.

Two More Events

If you missed last week’s NEXIS-X: Rapid Prototyping, there’s good news. NEXIS will be hosting two more NEXIS-X events. There is one this Friday (April 3) and another the following Friday (April 10). Topics for NEXIS-X events are always changing, and the ones lined up are sure to catch your attention.

April 3: Mind Control

This Friday, starting at 1:30 pm in the ICE Box (second floor of Hinds Hall), Ross Lazerowitz will be hosting a NEXIS-X workshop and technology showcase using the latest consumer grade EEG—the Emotiv Epoc+.

Contrary to what the title might suggest, he will not be controlling anyone’s mind. Instead, he’ll be showing participants how new EEG devices are allowing people to control their computers, drones, and various other devices using only their thoughts.

This type of technology used to be available only to the most well-funded scientific and medical research labs. However, continual advances in sensor technology has driven the cost of production down to a point where research grade devices can be picked up for only a couple hundred dollars.

Students interested in neuroscience, human-computer interaction, biology, and behavioral economics, just to name a few fields, would be interested in attending this session. Ross has been exploring the Emotiv and its uses since last semester, but has been deeply interested in ‘brain hacking’ for some time now.

April 10: Meteor JS

On Friday, April 10,starting at 1:30 pm in the ICE Box, Max Matthews will be showing off and explaining Meteor JS. This is in the last NEXIS-X taking place this semester.

Max is a resident NEXIS hacker, defining himself as a full stack developer.  After hours (honestly countless hours) of trial and error, learning new languages, and getting frustrated having to scrap entire projects, Max stumbled upon Meteor and never looked back.

The website sums it up the best, “Meteor is a complete open source platform for building web and mobile apps in pure JavaScript.”

Quite simply, Meteor does away with the headache of developing in multiple languages and environments. Not only are products developed in Meteor representative of modern day user interface best practices, they’re super responsive and interactivity can be taken to entirely new levels.

For those students looking to build the next Facebook or simply learn the best development platform out there, you will NOT want to miss this NEXIS-X. Let Max help teach you how to get your idea started.

Got a question about NEXIS-X? Want to find out more about getting involved? Get in touch, or leave your thoughts and comments here!

Braden Croy

As a teacher, entrepreneur and mentor, I am continually looking for ways to reshape and redefine what it means to be a learner in the 21st century. I focus on building entrepreneur support organizations and meaningful learning communities at the collegiate level. I served as Director of NEXIS, a student based emerging technology research center at Syracuse University; and through the Student Sandbox, regularly consulted for colleges and communities around the world looking to better serve their entrepreneurs and innovators.

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