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Second Installment of The Garage Set for October 29 at RISD



New Theme: The Intersection of Design, Manufacturing and Connectivity

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce announces the second installment of its newest signature event, The Garage, taking place on Tuesday, October 29 from 2:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island School of Design's Chace Center. The afternoon-long gathering will focus on the intersection of design, manufacturing and connectivity as economic drivers in Rhode Island. 

“I believe that art and design have critical roles to play in innovation in this next century, much like science and technology did in the last,” said Dr. John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design. "Designers and manufacturers have a long and productive history of working together in Rhode Island, and the 'advanced' in tomorrow's advanced manufacturing will come from design. Critical thinking and making will drive the new ideas, movements, and solutions to help keep competitive.”

Highlights of the day will include:

  • A panel discussion featuring legendary innovator John Maeda. President Maeda will focus on the resurgence of “things being made,” the local business angle and Rhode Island’s place in the global market.  Rosanne Somerson, RISD's provost and co-editor of the book The Art of Critical Making, will moderate the panel of RISD experts including Anais Missakian, interim dean of fine arts; John Caserta, assistant professor of graphic design and founder of The Design Office; and Daniel Hewett, director of partnered research and programs.
  • The Annual Knowledge Economy Community Forum. This briefing spotlights the rebranding and work of Innovation Providence, a group charged with measuring progress and driving strategy surrounding the development of Rhode Island’s Knowledge Economy. Other highlights include an exciting announcement regarding the Founder’s League formation and its action agenda and project updates from former IP grant recipients “Toy Technology for Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy” and, the student internship portal.
  • A Networks of Innovation Showcase. Rhode Island companies of all sizes are creating networks of innovation that have global reach and are representative of the industry intersections design, manufacturing and connectivity. Participating in the Showcase will be DCI, HealthID, Jamie Oliver at Home, Lee Allen Eyewear, Focal Upright Furniture, NanoSteel, R & D Technologies, Mojo Tech, Sproutel, and Verizon. Angus Davis, founder and chief executive officer of Swipely, will moderate the Showcase. A special presentation by Jose Escobar, managing principal of Verizon Global Strategies, will also be featured.
  • A reception for those interested in discussion and intense conversation surrounding the afternoon’s activities. The casual meet-up will help to develop further capacity and connectivity in the sectors.

Drawing its name from the start-up ingenuity in Silicon Valley that led to the creation of companies like Apple, Google and others, The Garage is the place where the private sector creates a mash-up of good things happening in the local business community. Revenue generating companies share success stories and best practices to inspire, cross-pollinate and grow key economic sectors.

 “It's about growth,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “We want to showcase companies where innovation is a central strategy, where management is committed to expansion and where financing aligns with a business plan.”

In addition to the Chamber, the presenting sponsor of “The Garage” is Bank of America with additional support from The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, Rhode Island School of Design, the RIRX prescription drug card, Verizon and Partridge Snow & Hahn. Complimentary rides will be provided by Uber.

Visit to register and for up-to-date programming information.

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is the advocate for growing and protecting the business community in Rhode Island.


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