THEODORE ULLRICH (1984)

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  • Hydroponic System
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  • Interchangeable Electronic Lock
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  • Method and System for Operating an Electronic Lock
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  • Wet Shaving Apparatus Rinsing Device
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  • WayCount

  • Adam Harvey
  • Art House Co-Op
  • Armchair Media
  • Ayah Bdeir
  • Britta Riley & Rebecca Bray
  • Bjorn Wahlstrom & H.A.L. Literature
  • Emily Ullrich
  • Epidemik Coalition
  • Eric Stevenson
  • Farbod Kokabi
  • Fred Ullrich
  • Georgios Saliaris
  • Jon Jowers
  • Jorge Menes
  • Josh Tuminella
  • Kevin Byrd
  • Larry Luk
  • Michael Gluzman
  • Michael Zick Doherty
  • Mick Bailey
  • People of Resource | David VanArsdale
  • Pepin Gelardi
  • Sean Pheanis
  • Shelton Davis
  • Son & Sons
  • Stephen Kennedy
  • Stefan Kjartansson
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  • PHILOSOPHY

    I am an Industrial Designer, Interdisciplinary Engineer, and serial entrepreneur who designs, engineers, and develops revolutionary products for a better future. For those who believe in astrology, I was born in the year of the Mac. In 1984, a grinning, bow-tied Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac: a vision for an alternative future. For myself and other product designers who grew up on Apple, the company imprinted a set of unshakable expectations for tomorrow's products: they must be friendly, understandable, and online. I especially admire those products which are built on a technical feat of science, thereby advancing society with a new widespread capability.

    For me, physical things provide a deeper potential to affect change than websites do. I think its because, at the end of the day, we are physical creatures and find deeper intuition, joy, and permanence with things in our physical environment.

    I am focused on understanding and promoting the American style of entrepreneurship: one which cradles risk taking, Design Studios as Invention Centers, and advancing our culture through market-driven adoptions of mass manufactured technology products.


    PRESS, SPEAKING EVENTS, & WORKSHOPS

    10/21/2014 - Hardwired NYC - NEW YORK, NY
    Speaker at Hardwired Meetup #13. Topic: Trends in NYC Hardware Startups. VIDEO
    09/2014 - Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, COPENHAGEN, DK
    Course Instructor in the Interaction Design Programme, co-leading an Industry Course with LEGO
    07/2014 - Purdue University - Purdue Alumnus Magazine
    Feature in July/August 2014 Magazine and Website
    05/31/2014 - Department of Making + Doing, PHILADELPHIA, PA
    Bike and Car Traffic Counting Workshop with WayCount and Hi-Viz
    05/06/2014 - TEDxAtlanta, ATLANTA, GA
    Speaker on Design Studios as Invention Centers and the promise of American Entrepreneurship. VIDEO
    03/2014 - INTEL: The Future Is Now
    Feature on The Future is Now: The Future of Design. VIDEO
    03/26/2014 - FKKS, NEW YORK, NY
    Panelist at Gotham Media presents Digital Breakfast: The Internet of Things
    03/10/2014 - NYU School of Engineering, BROOKLYN, NY
    Presenter at Inno/Vention Prototyping Info Session
    02/26/2014 - Denkerei, BERLIN, GERMANY
    Speaker & Panelist at the Berlin 2014 Series of Urban Knights
    02/26/2014 - Denmark International Studies Blog, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
    Alumni story, Illuminating Alumni: Tomorrow’s Story from a DIS Past
    02/10/2014 - New York University, NEW YORK, NY
    Guest Lecturer on Sensors in Hardware Products. Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
    01/31/2014 - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), PROVIDENCE, RI
    Guest Lecturer on Prototyping in Physical Computing
    02/2014 - ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE - February 2014 Issue
    Cover Story on Tomorrow Lab®
    10/30/2013 - New York University - Magnet Center, BROOKLYN, NY
    Guest Speaker at Technology Hardware Prototyping Workshop
    09/26/2013 - City University of New York (CUNY), NEW YORK, NY
    Guest Speaker at GoGreen NYC 2013
    09/04/2013 - New York Tech Meetup, NEW YORK, NY
    Guest Speaker presenting WayCount®
    08/27/2013 - NYC Hardware Startup Meetup, NEW YORK, NY
    Guest Speaker presenting Tomorrow Lab®
    07/29/2013 - School of Visual Arts (SVA), NEW YORK, NY
    Guest Speaker on Design for Social Change
    07/02/2013 - Martha's Table, WASHINGTON, DC
    Guest Speaker on Youth Entrepreneurship at Youthful Savings Summer Entrepreneurship Program
    05/10/2013 - Business Insider
    THE DESIGN 75: The Best Designers in Technology
    04/22/2013 - School of Visual Arts (SVA), NEW YORK, NY
    Final Review Panelist at Products of Design Program
    01/11/2013 - Partizaning.org - MOSCOW, RUSSIA
    Biographical Review in Open Source Urbanism through Product Design
    12/17/2012 - New York University, NEW YORK, NY
    Final Review Panelist at Maters of Digital Communications and Media Program
    11/5/2012 - New York University, NEW YORK, NY
    Midterm Review Panelist at Maters of Digital Communications and Media Program
    08/15/2012 - Strelka Institute, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
    Speaker at Creating Public Spaces
    08/10/2012 - 08/15/2012 - Strelka Institute, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
    Changing Tomorrow by Intervening Today Workshop
    06/25/2012 - Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design (CIID), COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
    Guest Speaker on How can open-source rapid fabrication techniques be used to produce sellable products, not just prototypes
    03/2012 - 06/2012 - Drexel University, PHILADELPHIA, PA & CIID in COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
    Course Organizer & Instructor Opening Audio Studio Course
    10/15/2011 - Flux Factory, QUEENS, NY
    Guest Speaker on The Industrial Designer's Role in Tactical Urbanism at the Tactical Urbanism Salon
    03/17/2010 - Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, NEW YORK, NY
    Participant and co-organizer for Opening Hardware
    04/2009 - IDSA Southern District Conference, NEW ORLEANS, LA
    Presentation of Masters Thesis work from Georgia Tech - Tangible Human Interaction Prototypes
    12/2008 - Art Voices Magazine, ATLANTA, GA
    Article featuring THE WALL exhibit at Art House Gallery
    10/2008 - Art House Gallery, ATLANTA, GA
    THE WALL featured at Art House Gallery during Le Flash Event
    05/2008 - 07/2008 - Museum of Design Atlanta, ATLANTA, GA
    Models exhibited at Museum of Design Atlanta's Made in Georgia Show


    BACKGROUND

    Ted holds a Bachelor of Inventive Design Engineering (BSE) Degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Industrial Design (MID) Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has also studied architecture and society in Copenhagen, Denmark and around Scandinavia.

    In 2010, Ted founded Tomorrow Lab®, a New York City based hardware development consultancy that researches, designs, and engineers revolutionary products that steer communities toward a better future. He does speaking events on the future of design and technology (see below). In the past, Ted has been an Adjunct Professor of Product Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he organized and taught the Opening Audio design studio course, has worked at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Armchair Media, Epidemik Coalition, and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture.

    Alongside Tomorrow Lab®, Ted helped start and/or propel the following start-ups:
    WayCount™, an open data platform for crowdsourcing automobile and bicycle traffic counts.
    Windowfarms™, an opensource citizen science project exploring how to provide fresh food to urban dwellers.
    littleBits, a growing library of discrete electronics that snap together with magnets to allow fast prototyping of sensors and displays.
    Social Bicycles™, an affordable bike share system which puts all mobile communications on the bikes themselves.
    DoTank:Brooklyn, an action-oriented group of urban planners, architects, and designers who use boot-strapping and guerilla tactics to bring attention and positive improvements to the local community.
    Bring to Light NYC, the city's version of the global Nuit Blanche night-time arts event format where public spaces are illuminated with electronic art for one night every year.