Katie Rast is the Director of Fab Lab San Diego, and has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop the San Diego instantiation of the Global Network of MIT Fab Labs. Since 2007, Katie has managed this local invention space, and has developed and deployed programs focused on innovation, ideation, hardware development, and rapid prototyping.
Katie has been an evangelist for the Maker Movement for the past seven years, and remains dedicated to the belief that communities benefit when tools, teams and training are made accessible. As a part of her ongoing efforts to grow the local maker community, Katie co-produced the first Maker Faire in San Diego, a showcase of local innovation and creativity that brought over 5,000 people together under one roof to share their ideas and inventions.
Fab Lab San Diego is currently working with inventors and entrepreneurs to assist in the development of hardware and physical products that include household items, 3D printed fashion, drones and wearable electronics.