Democratization of programming and engineering. We see a world where everybody will be able to use programming and engineering to solve problems, express themselves, have fun, share knowledge, and ultimately improve their lives. Toward that vision, we develop tools that make programming and engineering visual, browser-based, social and fun.
Our work draws inspiration from many people but we are especially influenced by visionaries Mel King and Seymour Papert. From Mel and his "Techhnology of Love", we learned why we need to build tools and learning environments to help people move from being simple consumers of technology to creators of technology and innovation. Through Papert's work and his many collaborators and students of constructionist learning approach, we learned how to develop thoughtful technologies and learning environments. Key projects that influenced our vision include: The Fab Lab initiative, the Scratch programming environment and the Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn youth empowerment program.
The Modkit team is passionate about the tools we build, and the diverse communities we build them for. Our work spans diverse fields from design to electrical engineering and computing to the learning sciences.
Ed Baafi - Founder - Business and Engineering Lead. Ed founded Modkit to address the needs he identified while running the hands-on learning environments including the Boston Fab Lab and Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program. Ed earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and was a graduate student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab.
Collin Reisdorf - Co-Founder - Design Lead. Collin comes to Modkit with years of experience as a graphic designer, developing interactive websites and applications for major international brands. Collin holds a BFA from the Massacussets College of Art.
Amon Millner, Ph.D. - Co-Founder - Learning Lead. Amon brings a wealth of research experience to Modkit, much of which he gleaned as a core member of the Scratch programming environment's design team. Amon leads Modkit's research efforts in the learning sciences space. Amon earned his Ph.D. in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and currently teaches at Olin College.
For feedback or support issues, you can send us feedback right in the Modkit Micro editor or email support at modk.it. For press, partnership, and general inquiries, please send us an email at info at modk.it. You can also get in touch through our blog.
We believe we have a simple yet revolutionary vision and compelling products and we've just begun to spread the word. If you agree and want to help us get our message out in your magazine, blog, or other media outlet, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Modkit Kitchen is our office and R&D space, where we cook up all the Modkit Goodness. Meetings at the Kitchen are by appointment only, but if you bump into us on the street, make sure to give us a shout. You can't miss the Modkit Kickstarter graphiti on the wall.
Modkit grew out of our work in the Boston Fab Lab and we continue to stay involved, from hosting workshops to using the equipment and space for prototyping. Catch us at the Lab most Thursday nights during Open Lab Hours.