3 Things: It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate ‘National Week of Making’

Today’s stories include information on National Week of Making, a former SMU student and other athletes teaming up to help police, and Instagram and Twitter are introducing new features.

Although today is the last day for National Week of Making, there are still plenty of ways to keep the celebration of creativity alive. The Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s new makerspace in Frisco offers different themed programming every week through August. Plus, here are some other events happening in the next week. There are many area makerspaces open to innovators all year around such as the Dallas Makerspace and soon real estate developer Monte Anderson is planning to open a coworking space for “creative industrial” makers in Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Not sure what the maker movement is? Peruse this Maker City Playbook funded by the Kauffman Foundation

Former Southern Methodist University football player Jack Brewer, along with eight other professional athletes are working to promote COPsync, an Addison-based software company that aims to protect police officers and the public. The software offers a messaging platform for users to silently alert police about emergencies as well as a feature that functions like an Amber Alert for police officers, The company was founded by two police officers after their colleague was shot during a traffic stop in 2000. The Dallas Morning News has more on COPsync. 

Instagram will have a new feature that allows translations of posts in other languages, and Twitter will be lengthening video posts. In an announcement, the Instagram company said that its community is expanding quickly and globally, so it would only make sense to create a translate button. Video play on Twitter will be 140 seconds long, rather than the much shorter 30 seconds. The Twitter company said in an announcement that video is an important part of communication, which is why it made the choice. 

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