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Albert Manero

Engineer & Founder, Limbitless Solutions
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Biography

Albert Manero is the founder and Executive Director of Limbitless Solutions, an engineering innovation company that helps disabled youth through the manufacturing and distribution of 3D-printed prosthetic limbs. In compelling keynote speeches and customizable presentations, Manero and his team share heartwarming stories of making a difference on a community level through minimal investment using simple technology — $350 prosthetic arms given away for free to children in need.

A graduate student at the University of Central Florida, Manero has assembled a group of fellow students who combine academic life with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the form of the non-profit Limbitless, one of the most fascinating companies in technology right now.

Forging low-cost bionic prosthetics underwritten by corporate sponsors and delivered to children in unique and surprising ways, the Limbitless model is a new paradigm for compassionate innovation — one that places community values before corporate profits, offering "3D hope" to kids and families around the world.

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Engineering the Future: Using Science as a Tool for Change

One of the prime directives of Limbitless Solutions is to use science and engineering as a tool to help other people, in the process helping to "re-brand" the field as anything but "cold" or dehumanizing. Through innovations in technology like 3D printing and advances in plastics, Manero and his team can effect positive change on both the community and global level through their unique prosthetic-limb manufacturing and distribution program. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the engineering field — and for Limbitless. In this informative, future-forward presentation, members of the team discuss their own visions of science and engineering (including the projected expansion of the Limbitless output to include wheelchair innovation) and how other groups and companies can effect change in a similar way while helping to reposition engineering as something much more than an isolated, dispassionate profession ruled by anti-social nerds in a lab.

Designing Change the STEAM Way

Albert Manero foresaw Limbitless Solutions as one part storytelling and one part engineering. To realize his vision, he overhauled the traditional STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math to include art and aesthetics. STEAM is an ethos for the modern age in which art and science are blended — in the case of Limbitless, it was no longer enough to churn out affordable prosthetic limbs resembling the anodyne plastic doll parts of decades past. Through innovations in plastics and additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, the Limbitless team artfully injects stunning design into the process, creating customizable prosthetics — like the replica of Iron Man's bionic arm that was one little boy's incredible wish come true — that are anything but clinical or retrogressive. Equal parts design manifesto and engineering summit, this presentation on STEAM and its numerous merits and applications will enchant audiences while helping them rethink the role of science, technology and design in our everyday lives.

The 3D Hope of Real-Time Inventions: Limbitless Solutions with Global Impact

Thanks to the technological advance known as additive manufacturing — the industrial version of 3D printing — companies like Limbitless Solutions can produce cheap medical implants in a timely fashion, breaking open its community-level prosthetics program to the global level. The possibilities are endless — and quite encouraging, with one Limbitless project slated for 2016 that will deliver 75 prosthetic arms to displaced Syrian children around the world. In this presentation, Albert Manero or members of his team explore the concept of "3D hope," using breakthroughs in engineering and technology to impact people in need in every corner of the world, from far-flung warzones to our immediate communities, where it's no longer necessary to wait months or even years for a prosthetic limb that once might have cost $40,000 and now costs as little as $350.

Compassionate Investment: Community Involvement & Corporate Responsibility

One of the more heartwarming aspects of the innovative Limbitless Solutions manufacturing and distribution model is the personal care put into the design of low-cost prosthetic limbs that are given away for free to children and families in need, enlisting actors like Robert Downey, Jr. to help deliver the implement. Steeped in joy and compassion, underwritten by larger companies who make this donation system possible, and rife with entrepreneurial spirit, the Limbitless model is one to be emulated or embraced by any company seeking stronger community involvement or deeper insight into compassionate investment. Designed for corporate audiences who want to learn how to give back positively without using grief or guilt to seal the deal, this presentation reverse-engineers the Limbitless story to find bold new ways to conduct business with compassion and conscience.

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