MakerBot to Host “Teaching the Startup Mentality” Panel at SXSWedu


Today’s most in-demand occupations did not exist ten years ago, and that pace of change is accelerating. For students, this means the skills they are learning right now could soon be rendered obsolete. In fact, the latest jobs report from the World Economic Forum says that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. Technological trends like 3D printing and design were cited as examples of industries that will need a tremendous number of new workers by as early as 2020. So how can educators, government officials, and innovative companies come together to prepare students for the next wave of job opportunities?  

That is exactly the question MakerBot’s CEO, Jonathan Jaglom, will pose in the panel titled “Teaching the Startup Mentality”. During the plenary, panelists will discuss tactics and strategies for introducing new technologies and concepts to students. Instead of learning technical skills that will be obsolete in a couple of years, educators should focus on teaching skills that enable students to adapt quickly to a changing job market like problem-solving, project management, and working within a team

In today’s competitive, fast-paced world, a new paradigm is emerging: the startup mindset. Many successful entrepreneurs disregard the status quo, focus on possibilities and favor rapid iteration rather than rely on slow bureaucratic processes to get things done. How to teach startup thinking in the classroom? Through a technology like 3D printing, educators can teach these new skills by having students design a 3D object and work through any design problems with each new 3D-printed iteration.

The MakerBot panel “Teaching the Startup Mentality” takes place on Monday, March 7, at 2:00PM CT at the Austin Convention Center in Room 12AB.

Panelists include:

Yolanda Valencia, Science and Engineering Department Chair, Gulliver Schools

Jim Zahniser, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Ryan Grepper, The Coolest Founder

Jonathan Jaglom, CEO, MakerBot

For more information on the panel, please go here.