Jennifer Turliuk is the CEO of MakerKids, the first and largest makerspace for kids in the world. MakerKids offers programs, camps and parties on topics such as 3D Printing, Robotic Inventions, Videogame Making, and Electronics. She studied exponential technologies and how to apply them to education as part of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program (based at NASA Ames). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Jennifer has spoken at MakerCon Norway, Maker Faire Rome, MakerCon New York, Maker Faire Bay Area, TEDxSantiago and more.
Her career highlights include helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes’ Greatest Hits articles, speaking on a panel discussion with Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal), doing a TEDx talk in Spanish, being invited to join MaiTai (a group of pro kiteboarders and entrepreneurs), and DJing for Red Bull. She attended business school at Queen’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, kiteboarding, improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations.