Design Field Notes: Katarina Ilic

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Katarina Ilic is a nanotechnology engineer who specializes in the development of nano-functional materials for various applications. In 2013 she co-founded Voltera Inc., which aims to disrupt hardware innovation through additive manufacturing. The young company has since invented the international award-winning Voltera V-One: a custom PCB prototyping tool that utilizes silver nanoparticle-based ink to create fully functional electronics from your desktop.

At Jacobs Hall, Katarina will offer a look at Voltera and its growth. The company's journey has involved moving the company to Shenzhen to learn about manufacturing processes, running one of the largest Canadian Kickstarters of all time, and bring a product to market that was once described as impossible. The team manufactures in southern Ontario and assembles all machines in-house.

Voltera has been named Popular Science Invention of the Year, TechCrunch Battlefield Champions, and the first Canadian company to win the James Dyson Award. Most importantly, they are proud to be accelerating hardware development and inspiring new engineering-minded students in 50 countries and counting.

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