Thank You Otter Supporters and Advisers!

We would like to thank the donors whose generous support make this summer’s design sprint possible, and recognize the technical experts who have answered countless questions and provided invaluable guidance as we raced through Otter development over the past year.


For starters, a thousand thank yous to the donors whose generous contributions allowed us to recruit the team, buy the materials, and deliver a fantastic Otter alpha prototype!

  • The Autodesk Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Chao Foundation
  • Transparent Fish Fund
  • Jeannie Tseng and Colin Rust
  • Suzanne and Michael Graves
  • and many other donors!

Second, a big thank you to the team at the Autodesk BUILD Space for hosting the summer design team while they built an Otter prototype.

John Dunn, Engineer at Excellus Engineering who consulted for Firefly in 2012 helped the summer team decode the dense technical language of the IEC specifications for conductive warming.

Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra of miniPCR for helping us navigate the landscape of flexible polymer heaters and exciting the team with the nearly indestructible qualities of a kapton substrate.

Thank you to the local physicians for hosting the Olin ADE team for research: Dr. Terri Gorman Physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dr. Elisa Abdulhayoglu medical director at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital, and David Beadles Respiratory Therapist at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Thanks to the experts and medical professionals who advised the ADE team throughout the Spring semester, including: Dr. David Hamer of Boston University, Center for Global Health and Development, Dr. Anne Hansen NICU Medical Director at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Jenny Keene Neonatologist at Chapman University, Kelly Keene, Dr. Kamolchanoke Laochaisri, Dr. Kolawach Laochaisri, Dr. Karsten Lunze of Boston University, and Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy.