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Visiting Makers

 New products and solutions to problems are being generated by curious minds willing to think differently, experiment, collaborate and test their ideas. 

Finding people who can turn ideas into creations is the main goal of every company in today’s global economy. Colleges and Universities are increasingly eager to find students who have created something and made an impact. 

The Makers Spaces being created in the Iowa City Community School District have the ability to foster world changing ideas. The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) is eager to help provide energy to these spaces by partnering to bring Visiting Makers into your school to share their stories, tips and ideas. Our pledge to you is to find you content experts willing to speak to your group about the tools, trends and creative process they use to make great things happen. 

Give us the details for the visit experience you are looking for; include best date(s), time(s) and location. The ICAD group will work to find a local rock star who will inspire and inform your group. Examples include app developers, seasoned entrepreneurs, musicians, cybersecurity experts, artists, angel investors, medical device inventors, and personal branding experts, however, it can be on any topic you are interested in bringing to your students. 

Available Visiting Makers:

Leeland Miller -

Tyrell Thornton- ESD Studios -
Juan Santiago - Syncere Printing -

Kevin Mellen - Creative Mellen -
Andre Wright -

Andre Wright - Born Leaders United -
Simeon Talley - Iowa Fashion Project -
Emily Carlson - Written Apparel -

Josh Booth - Diamond Label Films -

Please give ICAD a minimum of two weeks prior notice to your event/class. There is no fee for the Visiting Makers, however we would ask that each professional be provided with a simple form of appreciation. We look forward to connecting you with a Visiting Maker soon! 

If you are interested in having a Visiting Maker inspire your group please contact Kate Moreland at 319-248-6916 or