Our Weekly Community Build Night

Studio Nights are our regular, informal gatherings of like-minded students who are interested in innovation, experimentation, and generally creative uses of technology. We don't have any agenda for these events - it's up to you how you want to spend your time. Think of it as a low-stress hack-a-thon, but without the sleep deprivation. We'll have mentors on hand to help with your projects, match you up with potential partners, or generally conspire on something awesome.

We meet pretty much every Tuesday at 6pm in the Studio in the Technology Engagement Center.

Humans of the Co-Lab

At our Studio Nights and any other events, you'll meet a ton of creative, intelligent, and generally awesome people.  We've started a little collection of photos to represent the kinds of folks you'll meet through the Co-Lab.  Check it out and click on the links to see the album on Facebook.

Human of the Co-Lab photo on Facebook

Humans of the Co-Lab
Alex Kelly, Ben Lawrence, & Trent Lau
Freshmen studying Spanish, Math, & Economics
"Now I understand why stormtroopers can't hit anything."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Harvey Shi
Junior studying BME & CS
"The Co-Lab is such a great resource that more of the Duke community should know about."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Anchi Wu
Senior Studying BME
"We saved a couple hundred dollars at least by 3D printing our props for our competitive Indian dance team at the Co-Lab."

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Human of the Co-Lab photo on Facebook

Humans of the Co-Lab
Lou Kendaru
Junior studying Cultural Anthropology
"The Co-Lab has allowed me to create things I have always wanted to create but otherwise would not have been able to."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Jake Sumner
Sophomore Studying Biology
“3D printing interests me because it allows you to design anything on a computer and make it tangible. Anyone can access it."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
YiYao Yuan
Sophomore Studying ECE
“Make the most of the free resources the colab provides for students."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Stuart Behling
Graduate Student Studying Neurobiology
"If you're designing an experiment, sometimes you can't machine it, but 3D printing allows you to make it yourself for a low cost."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Jeremy Morgan
Freshman
"We are building a robot that is capable of charging drones in remote regions."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Alex Zhou
Masters in Engineering Management

"I am building an MVP to help predict the perfect gift for your friends and family using Pinterest and Amazon's APIs. I honestly had absolutely no idea how to build it. I barely have any academic training in computer programming. Jason from CoLab was super amazing in helping me turn my ideas into reality. He coached me and gave me the tools I needed to make it happen. The program turned out to be a great success!"

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Jeffery Wubbenhorst
Freshman ECE/CS

"I am Jeffrey Wubbenhorst, and I've been given the ability to make by the good lord above."

"This project.. in regular English is lego, rubber bands, and some 3-d printing."

"One of my inclinations as an engineer is to build things out of suboptimal materials into a piece of product that transcends the quality of the original device."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Carrina Dong
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

"The CoLab provides an awesome space for rapid prototyping! I think rapid prototyping is really transforming mechanical design as it allows for a more iterative design process. Proof of concepts can be made in less than a day using a 3D printer or a laser cutter, and it's really useful to be able to test your designs with a cheap, easy, and quick prototype before committing to machining it. Both the laser cutter and 3D printer have been immensely helpful for my projects, whether I need to prototype a design or I just need a quick low fidelity part as soon as possible."

Specific projects Carrina has used the laser cutter for: a Baxter Robot Stand, a calibration test rig, and her senior capstone project – Cookiebot.

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Dogs of the Co-Lab
Nala
"I can't help you with coding but I can give you puppy kisses & that's just as helpful right?"

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Nathan Bellis
Visual Media Studies
"I'm in a 16mm film class and I wanted to try to laser cut on film. I think it turned out great!"

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Kimberly Eddleman
ECE
"I wanted to make something personal for my family so I decided to try woodburning pictures. Even though I just learned about the Co-Lab, I am so excited to make more things in the future."

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Humans of the Co-Lab: HackDuke eddition
Jesse Hu
"I am extremely happy about the turnout of the event. Students were asking us since Spring when registration would start, and we wish we could have had all 3000 registrants here. We are glad to be able to have an impact on Duke and the broader community, and bridge the gap between ideation and implementation. Huge shoutout to the entire organizing team for doing an awesome job!"

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Humans of the Co-Lab: HackDuke eddition
Yu Zhou Lee
"It has been extremely rewarding seeing the impact that we have had at Duke and watching an organization grow so much over time. I am extremely thankful for such a dedicated team."

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Humans of the Co-Lab: HackDuke eddition
Daniel Wu and Eric Song
BME/ECE
"We were thrilled to work on such a simple yet powerful project that could connect a Photon to your text messages through simple interfacing." (Both Daniel and Eric attended the Photon tutorial at the hardware Innovation Co-Lab class this past week.)

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Humans of the Co-Lab: HackDuke eddition
Prashanth Ciryam
Biology
"We strive to find simple solutions to complex problems."

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Humans of the Co-Lab: HackDuke eddition
Aamir Azhar
Computer Science and AMES
"HackDuke was tiring but well worth it. One of my frustrations with college is things tend to get very theoretical and they lose their grounding to the real world. Being able to work with a team on a real application was very fulfilling and I could see what I was doing right in front of me. I would suggest to anyone interested in making a practical change in the world to try these out yourself. The internet is a powerful tool for learning. Also learn from the experiences of others around you!”

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Suyash Kumar
Senior
"The Innovation Co-Lab's Studio Night is a place for exchanging ideas. It is a place where people with diverse skill sets can come together, teach each other things and feed off of each others energy."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Vinny Fry
Senior
"Working at the Innovation Studio allows me to sit down with students and help them manufacture their designs into realities."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Sulzhan
"I'm looking to start up some venture of my own."

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Humans of the Co-Lab
Neil Gupta
Freshman
"Don't be afraid to try out your dreams and experiment with what you think might be possible."

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