OUR MISSION

We will aggressively empower one billion kids to become better global citizens, through solving global challenges with emerging technology.

 

 
Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problem they want to solve!
— Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
 

 

OVERVIEW

With technology increasingly changing the business landscape, and the impact of rising global challenges, students need the expertise and mindset for innovation, problem-solving, and leadership. To give them that, we need to create alignment between students, teachers, parents, institutions and industry, creating the basis for prosperity, growth and better equipped global citizens.

STEAM is a pathway to increase economic competitiveness. Art and design provide real solutions for our everyday lives, it distinguishes products in a global marketplace, and creates opportunities for socioeconomic growth. Design is increasingly becoming a key differentiator for technology startups and products. Apple is the most valuable company in the world because it has expertly employed STEAM methods.

 
In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?
— George Monbiot
NYC DoE OpenSteam Maker Fair

What is OpenSTEAM?

  • A platform for free and low-cost educational tools that focuses on solving our modern global challenges

  • STEAM is education that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

  • The Open Source model is a decentralized development model that encourages open collaboration and sharing

  • OpenSTEAM is our program to crowdsource a STEAM platform that is Open Source and able to build a community much like Wikipedia, MIT’s OpenCourseWare, Khan Academy and OpenStax maintained by Rice University

  • OpenSTEAM is unique due to it’s focus on applied and immersive learning around the technologies of our near future: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Virtuality and Augmented Reality

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED

  • Launched STEAM program at NASA Space Apps Challenge NYC, April 2016 with IBM, SpaceX, Wolfram
     
  • Mainstage presentation and Innovation Lab showcase at Singularity University Spring 2016
  • OpenSTEAM Maker Day in partnership with NYC DoE, business leaders and Makeosity in September 2016
     
  • Open Innovation Day with multiple stakeholders including the NYC DoE, teachers, parents and business leaders
     
  • OpenSTEAM Pak Internet of Things (IoT) Prototype Designed and Engineered
Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Technologists, Artists and Designers attend the OpenSTEAM Innovation Day August 2016

WHAT IS NEXT?

  • The three Day Open Innovation Session to co-design the future platform for OpenSTEAM in 2017
     
  • Raise $5M in funding
     
  • Commercialize OpenSTEAM Pak prototyping kits
  • Develop a Crowdfunding campaign

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin

 

You can make a difference. Sponsor a child, teacher or innovator to participate in the OpenSTEAM Innovation Sessions in 2017.

We are looking for the disrupters, the mavens, and the rebel teachers. Do you have great insight into how education could work if you were allowed to break the norms?

We have two ways to get involved as an individual or as a sponsor. In order to have as many teachers, students, parents, administrators, and artists attend, we are offering sponsorship by companies or individuals.

 

 
 

If you are a student, teacher or innovator who would like to attend the OpenSTEAM Innovation Sessions please apply here.

 

The New Bureau OpenSTEAM Platform

OpenSTEAM
PLATFORM

This is the toolset for creating, distributing and accessing the programs efficacy. Audio, video and interactive modules teach everything from how to make and launch a cube satellite to how to design and develop environmental IoT sensors. Modules focus on applied subjects such as VR and AR, IoT, robotics, artificial intelligence, transportation, agriculture and energy systems. This content is Open Source and free for all who wish to use it.

The New Bureau OpenSTEAM PAKS

OpenSTEAM
PAKS

OpenSTEAM Paks is a kit for innovation that includes Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Sensors, Robotics, Virtuality and Augmented Reality technologies to go along with the OpenSTEAM programing. OpenSTEAM Paks are available as individual kits or as a Classroom Lab in a box. Open STEAM Paks are designed to be low cost and easy to build a working prototype and test an idea using STEAM methods.

The New Bureau OpenSTEAM Certification Program

OpenSTEAM CERTIFICATION

Do you want to bring OpenSTEAM to your school and have the best results possible? The OpenSTEAM Certificate program teaches how to teach OpenSTEAM and use the tools. These events are held multiple times a year all across the globe. We can also come to you!

Learn to teach OpenSTEAM and you can help grow the community.

Peter E. Raymond is a 20 year veteran of developing innovation programs, emerging technology and products. He works across education, environment, technology, renewable energy, healthcare, media, agriculture, transportation, sports, big-data, and finance sectors. Peter is an expert in IoT and emerging technology. In 2016 he was named as an IBM Platinum Global Entrepreneur for his work in Cognitive AI and IoT. His last company was a cognitive IoT and wearable technology startup backed by Wall St. and institutional investors and was valued at $90M+ in under 2 years. Peter developed the world’s first wearable heart failure & MS simulators and biometric sensor platform featured by Apple, NYT, Wired, PBS, etc. He was nominated CEO of the year in 2015 by SmartCEO; awarded Gates Foundation Digital Strategy; awarded Senior Fellow Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. Peter is an also an accomplished public speaker, artist, musician, filmmaker and photographer. 

Peter E. Raymond is a 20 year veteran of developing innovation programs, emerging technology and products. He works across education, environment, technology, renewable energy, healthcare, media, agriculture, transportation, sports, big-data, and finance sectors. Peter is an expert in IoT and emerging technology. In 2016 he was named as an IBM Platinum Global Entrepreneur for his work in Cognitive AI and IoT. His last company was a cognitive IoT and wearable technology startup backed by Wall St. and institutional investors and was valued at $90M+ in under 2 years. Peter developed the world’s first wearable heart failure & MS simulators and biometric sensor platform featured by Apple, NYT, Wired, PBS, etc. He was nominated CEO of the year in 2015 by SmartCEO; awarded Gates Foundation Digital Strategy; awarded Senior Fellow Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. Peter is an also an accomplished public speaker, artist, musician, filmmaker and photographer. 

Jamie Reilly is a global event producer with the ability to inspire audiences worldwide through meaningful experiences.  Originally from Montreal Canada, Jamie qualifies herself as a citizen of the world, having spent years touring across all continents managing various Cirque du Soleil productions, awing audiences in every corner of the world.  She is an expert in content production and strategy across mediums. Jamie most recently managed the U.S. franchise of the Tomorrowland festival, which, as the most coveted music festival in the world, attracts international audiences for a 3-day event known for its creative productions, highly curated line-up, and incomparable fan experiences.

Jamie Reilly is a global event producer with the ability to inspire audiences worldwide through meaningful experiences.  Originally from Montreal Canada, Jamie qualifies herself as a citizen of the world, having spent years touring across all continents managing various Cirque du Soleil productions, awing audiences in every corner of the world.  She is an expert in content production and strategy across mediums. Jamie most recently managed the U.S. franchise of the Tomorrowland festival, which, as the most coveted music festival in the world, attracts international audiences for a 3-day event known for its creative productions, highly curated line-up, and incomparable fan experiences.

Tom Delaney is a Senior Global Technologist and the Former Global CTO, NYU (2009 - 2016).  At NYU, Tom was responsible for the leadership and strategic direction for global technology and related services for NYU sites throughout the world. He created Architecture and Financial Plan for NYU's transformation to a global university, conceived and brought to life full campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and added 14 other NYU sites on six continents. Tom created co-location sites for an international higher education infrastructure and facilitated integration of India's Knowledge Network of 1500 universities into the global education infrastructure.  From 2003 -2009, Tom served as the Chief Information Officer of NYU School of Law.  In the fall of 2005, Pre-Law Magazine ranked NYU School of Law as the #1 Technology Law School. Tom is a regular speaker at industry conferences focusing on on Higher Education issues.  Tom serves as member of Cisco Global CIO Advisory Board, served on Internet2 Global Program Advisory Board and was Voted Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2012.

Tom Delaney is a Senior Global Technologist and the Former Global CTO, NYU (2009 - 2016).  At NYU, Tom was responsible for the leadership and strategic direction for global technology and related services for NYU sites throughout the world. He created Architecture and Financial Plan for NYU's transformation to a global university, conceived and brought to life full campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and added 14 other NYU sites on six continents. Tom created co-location sites for an international higher education infrastructure and facilitated integration of India's Knowledge Network of 1500 universities into the global education infrastructure.  From 2003 -2009, Tom served as the Chief Information Officer of NYU School of Law.  In the fall of 2005, Pre-Law Magazine ranked NYU School of Law as the #1 Technology Law School. Tom is a regular speaker at industry conferences focusing on on Higher Education issues.  Tom serves as member of Cisco Global CIO Advisory Board, served on Internet2 Global Program Advisory Board and was Voted Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2012.

 
Oliver Rothauser specializes in business development, opportunity identification and strategic relationships. Oliver’s last startup, HCS, was a cognitive IoT and wearable technology startup backed backed by Wall St. and institutiofnal investors and was valued at $90M+ in under 2 years. He has 7 years experience on Wall Street intermediating $100 Billion in fixed income transactions, some of his clients included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS and CSFB. Oliver has extensive experience in complex deal structure and negotiations.  He also has board-level and senior leadership experience with 8 companies.

Oliver Rothauser specializes in business development, opportunity identification and strategic relationships. Oliver’s last startup, HCS, was a cognitive IoT and wearable technology startup backed backed by Wall St. and institutiofnal investors and was valued at $90M+ in under 2 years. He has 7 years experience on Wall Street intermediating $100 Billion in fixed income transactions, some of his clients included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS and CSFB. Oliver has extensive experience in complex deal structure and negotiations.  He also has board-level and senior leadership experience with 8 companies.

Lala Ghahreman is a seasoned executive manager, working in financial services, technology, and innovation sectors. She has extensive experience managing projects, teams, and operations with complex deal flow logistics and planning. Lala previously worked in Investor Relations in financial services and supported the Head of Capital Markets at a registered investment advisory firm that managed an estimated $76.2 billion in assets. Lala received a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BFA from Cal State University, Long Beach.

Lala Ghahreman is a seasoned executive manager, working in financial services, technology, and innovation sectors. She has extensive experience managing projects, teams, and operations with complex deal flow logistics and planning. Lala previously worked in Investor Relations in financial services and supported the Head of Capital Markets at a registered investment advisory firm that managed an estimated $76.2 billion in assets. Lala received a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BFA from Cal State University, Long Beach.

Joe Macchia is an Educator and Business Development Professional. Joe is currently a Middle School STEM Educator for NYCDOE.  Prior to this, Joe was the National Account Manager within the Financial Markets at AT&T Information Systems, Senior Managing Director of New Business Development and President & COO at Liberty Brokerage, COO at Tullet Liberty, JP Morgan Senior Vice President Technology in Real Estate.  Joe holds a MsEd from Long Island University, BS from Adelphi University and is currently in progress to receive a MBA from Baruch.  Joe is a member of the Teacher Advisory Council Wildlife Conservation Society.

Joe Macchia is an Educator and Business Development Professional. Joe is currently a Middle School STEM Educator for NYCDOE.  Prior to this, Joe was the National Account Manager within the Financial Markets at AT&T Information Systems, Senior Managing Director of New Business Development and President & COO at Liberty Brokerage, COO at Tullet Liberty, JP Morgan Senior Vice President Technology in Real Estate.  Joe holds a MsEd from Long Island University, BS from Adelphi University and is currently in progress to receive a MBA from Baruch.  Joe is a member of the Teacher Advisory Council Wildlife Conservation Society.

 
Herb Kozlov heads the Corporate Governance practice and serves as the Global Corporate Head at Reed Smith. 2006-2016, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition has named Herb as a “Super Lawyer” for his Mergers & Acquisitions expertise. Herb's practice at ReedSmith focuses upon corporate law, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporate governance matters; private equity transactions; capital markets transactions; venture capital transactions; partnership matters; cross-border transactions; and representation of private and publicly owned companies. Herb serves as outside general counsel for public and private companies and advises on a broad range of legal issues. He has played an active role in advising companies in diverse fields, including information sciences; real estate finance; software; Fintech; communications; biomedical, nutrition and health care; chemical and plastics; advertising, marketing and promotions; and media and entertainment.  Herb has served on the Executive Committee, as well as on the Audit Committee and Strategy Committee at of Reed Smith. 

Herb Kozlov heads the Corporate Governance practice and serves as the Global Corporate Head at Reed Smith. 2006-2016, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition has named Herb as a “Super Lawyer” for his Mergers & Acquisitions expertise. Herb's practice at ReedSmith focuses upon corporate law, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporate governance matters; private equity transactions; capital markets transactions; venture capital transactions; partnership matters; cross-border transactions; and representation of private and publicly owned companies. Herb serves as outside general counsel for public and private companies and advises on a broad range of legal issues. He has played an active role in advising companies in diverse fields, including information sciences; real estate finance; software; Fintech; communications; biomedical, nutrition and health care; chemical and plastics; advertising, marketing and promotions; and media and entertainment.  Herb has served on the Executive Committee, as well as on the Audit Committee and Strategy Committee at of Reed Smith. 

Dr. Mitch Leventhal is  Professor of Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship at SUNY Albany. Prior to his current appointment, Mitch served as Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs at the SUNY system administration. An international leader in the area of global higher education management, he has been an advocate for reform of US recruiting practice, development of new financing paradigms in support of internationalization, creation of improved technical systems to support comprehensive internationalization, and deeper and more creative approaches to engagement with corporate partners. Mitch is a co-founder and past president of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), a standard development organization which has developed the first rigorous certification process for international student recruitment agencies. He also has served as Senior Advisor on Academic Affairs to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), where he headed a global academic working group which is developing an implementation and reporting framework so that higher education institutions can adopt UNGC principles with the same efficacy as corporations. Mitch has founded several companies, including a global payments company which is now publicly traded on the NASDAQ and London stock exchanges, and another - a Yale University spinoff - which facilitated technology transfer between research institutions and the private sector. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Chicago, and focused on the development of for-profit medical schools and their impact on Caribbean development.

Dr. Mitch Leventhal is  Professor of Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship at SUNY Albany. Prior to his current appointment, Mitch served as Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs at the SUNY system administration. An international leader in the area of global higher education management, he has been an advocate for reform of US recruiting practice, development of new financing paradigms in support of internationalization, creation of improved technical systems to support comprehensive internationalization, and deeper and more creative approaches to engagement with corporate partners. Mitch is a co-founder and past president of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), a standard development organization which has developed the first rigorous certification process for international student recruitment agencies. He also has served as Senior Advisor on Academic Affairs to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), where he headed a global academic working group which is developing an implementation and reporting framework so that higher education institutions can adopt UNGC principles with the same efficacy as corporations. Mitch has founded several companies, including a global payments company which is now publicly traded on the NASDAQ and London stock exchanges, and another - a Yale University spinoff - which facilitated technology transfer between research institutions and the private sector. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Chicago, and focused on the development of for-profit medical schools and their impact on Caribbean development.

Laura Schwamb is the Founder and CEO for Project61. Prior to launching Project61, Laura was the Creative Director at Human Condition Labs.  She has worked for 15+ years as a designer with startups, agencies, and corporations. She is the former Creative Director of Tom Ford Beauty, launching Tom Ford’s first cosmetic, skincare and fragrance lines.  Laura was also Co-Founder of New Mexico Art & Science Residency Program.  She was a Professor at Parsons School of Design and at Sessions.edu. Laura recognizes the need for artists' voices to be a part of the conversation for global innovation and social impact.  She combines art with science and fuses technology with lifestyle.

Laura Schwamb is the Founder and CEO for Project61. Prior to launching Project61, Laura was the Creative Director at Human Condition Labs.  She has worked for 15+ years as a designer with startups, agencies, and corporations. She is the former Creative Director of Tom Ford Beauty, launching Tom Ford’s first cosmetic, skincare and fragrance lines.  Laura was also Co-Founder of New Mexico Art & Science Residency Program.  She was a Professor at Parsons School of Design and at Sessions.edu. Laura recognizes the need for artists' voices to be a part of the conversation for global innovation and social impact.  She combines art with science and fuses technology with lifestyle.

 
Mae Mougin is an Artist and a Master Connector. Mae is a member of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue.  She has helped fundraise for the following organizations and movements: Promotion for Water Safety, Hillary Clinton for America "Full Moon on the Farm with Hillary" Fundraiser.  Mae is a founding Member and Community Chair for the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center Foundation and a Fellow at The Watermill Center.

Mae Mougin is an Artist and a Master Connector. Mae is a member of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue.  She has helped fundraise for the following organizations and movements: Promotion for Water Safety, Hillary Clinton for America "Full Moon on the Farm with Hillary" Fundraiser.  Mae is a founding Member and Community Chair for the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center Foundation and a Fellow at The Watermill Center.

Chris Link is passionate about developing rigorous STEM learning opportunities for K-12 students. He has over a decade of experience engaging students in the classroom, coaching teachers, and developing curriculum. Chris has won awards for his ability to draw students into 21st Century Learning by challenging them to think critically, collaborate, and develop solutions to real-world problems. Chris holds a MS in Biology from Washington University in Saint Louis and is completing his Ph.D. in Science Education at University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Chris Link is passionate about developing rigorous STEM learning opportunities for K-12 students. He has over a decade of experience engaging students in the classroom, coaching teachers, and developing curriculum. Chris has won awards for his ability to draw students into 21st Century Learning by challenging them to think critically, collaborate, and develop solutions to real-world problems. Chris holds a MS in Biology from Washington University in Saint Louis and is completing his Ph.D. in Science Education at University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Robert Kolodny is an Emmy Award winning Director, Screenwriter and Cinematographer. His work has been screened in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the Max Ophüls Preis, Anthology Film Archives and HBO/BET's Urbanworld Film Festival. Rob is the CEO and Creative Director of the Brooklyn based cinema production company House of Nod and is on the Board of Advisors for Heart 9/11 a 501c3 nonprofit.

Robert Kolodny is an Emmy Award winning Director, Screenwriter and Cinematographer. His work has been screened in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the Max Ophüls Preis, Anthology Film Archives and HBO/BET's Urbanworld Film Festival. Rob is the CEO and Creative Director of the Brooklyn based cinema production company House of Nod and is on the Board of Advisors for Heart 9/11 a 501c3 nonprofit.