Strategic Design in RI Manufacturing | Panel and Tour

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Join Polaris MEP, OCTO Product Development and Solution Nexus for a breakfast conversation and studio tour to explore the work happening in RI to advance manufacturing through strategic design and design thinking.

OCTO PD and Solution Nexus are two RI firms focused on design and engineering applications that help clients innovate in product development and operations. Polaris MEP has just launched the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge* - the state’s most significant investment in the Rhode Island manufacturing sector. Together, this group is infusing design thinking into the MIC program and beyond.

Learn about the work happening throughout the state, how strategic design and design thinking is critical to advancing the next generation of manufacturing in the state and country, and spend some time visiting the design studios at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.

8:00 am ~ Arrivals/breakfast/open studio

8:30 am ~ Panel discussion


- Christian Cowan, Polaris MEP

- Justin Sirotin, OCTO PD

- Alan Schinazi, Solution Nexus

9:30 am ~ More open studios and conversation

* The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is a program of Polaris MEP in collaboration with Commerce RI. It is made possible by a grant to Commerce RI from the Office of Economic Adjustment and U.S. Department of Defense.


Christian Cowan

Center Director, Polaris MEP

Alan Schinazi

Principal, Solution Nexus

Justin Sirotin

Principal, OCTO PD