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The diversity of Mountain View’s technology scene will be fully exhibited at this year’s 7th Technology Showcase, with companies and organizations ranging from single-person operations to companies with hundreds of employees. This event was the first time I met in person since the pandemic began.

This year’s showcase, jointly presented at the Civic Center Plaza by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mountain View on July 19, covered everything from 3D robots to space laboratories. Voice spoke with some of the entrepreneurs and innovators who make Mountain View one of Silicon Valley’s technological centers.

Jinxbot 3D printing

Jason Reynolds is one show that does it all for his company. He is the founder and only employee of Jinxbot, a 3D printing services business that started in the garage. Jinxbot started with “one printer and a dream”. Currently, he has more than 12 printers that can be picked up and shipped locally.

Jinxbot offers 3D printing services from three different printers, including a new process called SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) printing. Use nylon media to create stronger, very detailed and heat resistant printed products.

“It’s just become more commercially available,” Reynolds said in a voice. “So I pay that much for Jinxbot and provide that technology to anyone who wants it.”

According to Reynolds, his quick delivery (usually 48-72 hours) and one-on-one customer interaction set Jinxbot apart from other 3D printing service companies.

“Often, 3D printing services are like a black box. You don’t know what you’ll get when you submit an order for a file or part,” Reynolds said as one of him. I am. A 3D printer swirled next to him. “If you get your file and ask a question with me, I’ll get in touch –’Hey, did you want it to be this strong? Have you ever thought about support material like this? Then you can get what you need. “

Reynolds said his favorite part of running Jinxbot is helping people realize their vision.

“I can meet a lot of interesting people,” he said. “People are really excited about their project and what they are doing.”

Currently located on Church Street and Calderon Avenue, the Jinx Bot will soon expand to a larger space away from the Old Middle Field Way.

Hacker Dojo

Hacker Dojo, a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a comprehensive and accessible space for tech enthusiasts to learn, play and build together, was founded in Mountain View in 2009. After moving to Santa Clara in 2016 and forced to take a pandemic pause, the technology-focused maker space is back in the city where everything started. In April 2022, Hacker Dojo reopened the door in a new space in Mode. Mountain view avenue.

“As a non-profit, we had to close the door for two years because it’s not essential,” Executive Director Ed Choudhry told Voice at the Tech Showcase. “In that time frame, we did a lot of soul to find an organization. What is our new mission and how do we navigate this? And we What we found is that it’s perfect for us to meet in person. We’re for people who go offline online, connect and share ideas, and learn from each other. “

According to Choudhry, every great tech startup has to start somewhere, and that’s what Hacker Dojo is trying to offer.

“We are the platform and face-to-face space to get started with that idea,” he said. “This is before we raise money, before we have users of all kinds. You’re just sociable with the idea. Maybe you want someone to help you and give you more feedback on this idea. May want. We are the community that supports it. “

Spartan Robotics

Marissa Tsui, the next senior at Mountain View High School, has spent countless hours on the school’s Spartan Robotics team since she was a freshman. But this year was the first time that COVID-19 allowed Tsui and her team to experience not only building robots from scratch, but also directly competing with other high school robotics teams. The Spartan robot was on display at the Tech Showcase.

In the year of Tsoi’s freshman, the team created a robot, but couldn’t compete with it due to a pandemic shutdown.

“It was really different,” Tsui said of her navigating robotics team during COVID. “It was a lot of Zoom meetings and I was just doing what I could do virtually, so I missed something really fun and practical … that is, I actually experienced the whole process of building and competing robots. This is the first year I did. “

Every January, FIRST Robotics Competition games are assigned to robotics teams nationwide. This year, the team needed to build a robot that could shoot the ball at the goal.

“We basically spent about 25 hours a week designing this robot in the Mountain View High School lab from early January,” Tsui told Voice at the Tech Showcase. “And all of that accumulates in the competition we compete with.”

Spartan Robotics participated in two regional competitions in March and April this year, Tsui said. From there, the team entered the World Championships in Houston.

“We were able to be the finalists in the subdivision there, which was a real big achievement for us given that we were just out of COVID,” said Tsui. .. “I think everyone on the team has learned a lot through the design process.”

NASA Ames

NASA has brought some of its best and brightest to this year’s Tech Showcase to talk about what the Ames Research Center is doing. Loverka Degoricija, a science communicator and outreach specialist at NASA’s GeneLab, told Voice about how citizen scientists can be involved in space research on Earth.

“GeneLab is essentially an open science repository that analyzes all model organisms sent into space on the International Space Station for experiments,” said Degoricija. “GeneLab uses a variety of biological techniques to analyze these organisms and understand how the space environment affects our biology at the molecular level.”

Understanding how the universe affects living things, with the intention of going to the Moon and eventually to Mars, is important for keeping future astronauts safe, Degoricija said. rice field. NASA sends model organisms such as rodents, fruit flies, worms, bacteria, and plants into space, and when they are brought back to Earth, GeneLab analyzes them.

“We really need to understand how space affects us,” she said. “We also want to have some food source for those flights, so we will also look at plants and how they are affected by the space environment.”

Conceptually, GeneLab is similar to crowdsourcing, says Degoricija.

“It’s open to the public and anyone can access it,” she said. “We are looking for citizen scientists to help analyze the data to support NASA’s mission to understand the impact of the universe on biology at a much faster pace.”

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