Using equipment in 1819's Ground Floor makerspace, UC produced the components for face shields for use by doctors and nurses at Cincinnati Children's and UC Medical Center. Easterseals, which provides services for those with disabilities, came forward to help by assembling and delivering the face shields.
“It’s a powerful example of how COVID-19 has created an environment where, because we have a physical infrastructure set up, parties can come together in new ways to solve problems,” UC Chief Innovation Officer David J. Adams told CincyInno.
At its heart, innovation is about creating solutions to problems. Disruption is a part of the "new normal" for Cincinnati entrepreneurs, wrote Vermillion.
“The ability to adapt is a key characteristic of our community,” Adams told CincyInno. “Entrepreneurialism is a mindset. This is going to force all of us to be more adaptable to an ever-changing environment as the pace of change continues to accelerate. Clearly the social cost isn’t good, but it’s forcing acceleration and adaptability that will make us stronger.”
Featured image: The Ground Floor makerspace at the 1819 Innovation Hub