Are you interested in tinkering, hacking, or 3D printing? Have an idea for something new, but not sure where to start? Join us on October 18th to learn what it means to be a Maker – someone who brings ideas to life using machines, technology, and creative thinking. Our group of panelists has experience creating all sorts of products, from 3D printed jewelry to eco-friendly chopsticks. You’ll find out how these Makers got started, as well as how you can get started at the UCLA Makerspace.


Carmen Palafox, Make in LA

Carmen is an Investment Partner at Make in LA (“”), an accelerator and venture capital fund that invests in technology-enabled hardware, e.g., Internet of Things, robotics, wearables, Industry 4.0, frontier tech. Carmen’s focus at is coaching entrepreneurs on finance and strategic planning; and managing venture fund operations including developing investor relations. She was formerly Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she scaled operations into new markets including Latin America, Canada, and Europe

Carmen has an MBA from Berkeley-Haas, an MA in sports management from USF, and a BA in economics from USC. She is a board member of CCEO YouthBuild, and on the advisory board at Santa Monica City College’s Business Department and Insikt, a venture capital backed Fintech startup. She chairs the NextGen Latino’s initiative for the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce and is an Aspen Institute Ricardo Salinas Scholar.

Ron Tansingco, Co-founder, Cropsticks

Ron Tansingco is a co-founder of Cropsticks Inc. He and his wife and business partner, Mylen Yamamoto, were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2017. Since that appearance, Cropsticks is now featured at over 70 restaurants and retailers including Roy’s Hawaii, Disneyland, Four Seasons, and Walgreens. Ron has over 10 years of experience as a film executive; he is Co-producer on THE DIRT which Netflix will release in 2019. A native Californian, he graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communication Studies.

Teagan Morrison, Hero Forge

Teagan Morrison has spent his whole life making things. From Environment Artist on Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 1 to Technical Art Director on Uncharted 4. Teagan now runs his own development studio making web software for custom products, including the popular 3D printed tabletop miniature creator

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*Please note that seats are given on a first come, first serve basis. RSVPs will be given priority, but no seats are guaranteed. Please arrive early to guarantee seating.