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Spark Workshop on Project Gado
with Tom Smith, Founder, Project Gado

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early. 
Reception to follow at 8:00 p.m.

Warren Hall, Room 208
1125 Amsterdam Avenue (between 115th and 116
th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Areas for Discussion

  1. How can Project Gado more efficiently find new archives and collections to partner with?
  2. What are some other uses of Project Gado's open source resources, including the Gado 2 robot? How can Project Gado leverage the expertise of its open source community to better serve its archival partners?
  3. How can Project Gado’s CSR initiatives be harnessed to contribute towards its revenue generation?  What are some new ways to integrate these programs into the core of Project Gado’s business model?
  4. What are some innovative ways to raise awareness about Project Gado? What other markets may wish to take advantage of a service like this?

About Project Gado
Project Gado is a social enterprise digitizing and sharing the world’s visual history. Project Gado works with archives to digitize their collections at little to no upfront cost, and partners with Getty Images to help organizations create a sustainable revenue stream from their historical photos. Project Gado also works with individuals to scan personal photo collections including prints, slides and negatives. 

Project Gado leverages innovative open source technologies, including the Gado 2 scanning robot. Partners include the Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, the Afro American Newspapers, Aalto University, Getty Images, and the Emerging Technology Centers.

For more information on Project Gado, please visit us on the web at, Like Us on Facebook at and Follow Us on Twitter at To learn more about the stories behind Project Gado’s photo collections, visit our blog, Depth of Field.

Speaker Bios
Tom Smith, Founder, Project Gado

Thomas Smith is an inventor and entrepreneur, and the creator of the open source Gado 2 archival scanning robot. Featured in Forbes and hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “a robot which rescues black history”, the Gado 2 has been used to digitize 120,000+ images in the archives of the Afro American Newspapers, and is now in use at archives from California to Finland. Mr. Smith currently leads Project Gado, as well as several other ventures.

Amy Smith, Marketing Director, Project Gado
Ms. Smith is co-owner and Marketing Director of Project Gado, a social enterprise that is digitizing and sharing the world's visual history. She consults on marketing and PR for technology companies and healthcare. She is also a Board Member of Women In Consulting, and a member of Marketing Director’s Support Group. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. 

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.

This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.



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This event is supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

December 2nd, 2014 from  6:30 PM to  8:30 PM