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Andrew Sliwinski - Member

Andrew Sliwinski is co-founder and Chief Maker of – a creative community for kids where he leads both product design and engineering teams. DIY is used by kids and teens around the globe as a way to explore and share their creative passions. Prior to starting DIY, Andrew co-founded Detroit's first hackerspace where he focused on spreading digital literacy. While in Detroit, Andrew worked with area education institutions including the Detroit Public Library, Allied Media Projects, USSF, and Detroit Public Schools to help bring technical and media skills to low income residents. Nationally, Andrew has contributed to discussions on education with the National Writing Project, Mozilla Foundation, and The White House.

An advocate of open engineering practices, Andrew contributes to various open source software projects and has released over 40 individual software libraries. Most notable amongst his contributions have been projects related to natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and API design. Additionally, he is an active contributor to the Mozilla Foundation's "Open Badges" project. Andrew is a member of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Trained as a designer and engineer, Andrew has worked with various national and international organizations during his career including: Hewlett-Packard, Volkswagen, Toyota, Universal Music Group, General Electric, and Architecture for Humanity. His work as a creative technologist has been displayed in The Museum of Science & Industry, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art.




Co-founder and Chief Maker