Category Archives: Innovation

This is something that, when introduced to a group, is considered new by the members of the group. This is irrespective of how long or short the innovation has actually been in existence or recognized by other groups, societies, or social systems.

Tech Tour 2016 & Boy Scout Inventor Merit Badge

Hello Everyone! There are a couple of things going on in Fort Wayne that may interest club members. They are Tech Tour 2016 (October 24 – 28, 2016) and the Boy Scout’s Merit Badge College (October 15, 2016) that, for the first time here locally, features an Inventors merit badge. Both events will be discussed at the next Meetup (October 13, 2016). Continue reading

Focus Group

The Meetup for this week will include a focus group session. This type of session is a tool to gather data in a structured multi-person setting. Focus groups are usually small and moderated by one or two people who keep the group on topic, take notes, and ask questions. The sessions are short and focused on a specific topic.

One of the members is designing a smartphone healthcare app and will use the focus group format to gather ideas about organizing information within the app. Patients and healthcare providers each have different information needs. The session will be used to explore ways to transition the software between views of data important for patients and those important for healthcare providers, without disrupting normal communication during a face-to-face interaction. If you have ideas and want to help out, please join us this Thursday.


Last month, Mr. Dave Hockemeyer, co-owner of PERIDOT, Inc., was the club‚Äôs guest speaker. He delivered a powerful presentation and brought several artifacts representing the company‚Äôs manufacturing capability. Club members were fully engaged and asking a lot of questions‚ÄĒit was a kind of geek heaven. The presentation was so well received, that we decided to hold our next Meetup at Peridot! That Meetup is this Saturday, October 10, 2015. Continue reading

Guest Speaker: Dave Hockemeyer

Mr. Dave Hockemeyer, co-owner of PERIDOT, Inc., is the guest speaker for the September 10, 2015, Fort Wayne Inventors Club meeting. His presentation will focus on rapid prototyping. Mr. Hockemeyer has a degree from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering and he has prior experience in the automotive, aerospace, and polymer industries.  In 1997, he co-founded PERIDOT Inc., an advanced manufacturing company that utilizes Additive & Subtractive Manufacturing to serve a variety of industries.  Continue reading