Destination INNOVATION ties the past and the future

One of the advantages to changing up who works in an organization is the new life that they can bring to the project and Dan DeDona and Zig Herzog saw that opportunity with Destination INNOVATION.

One of the advantages to changing up who works in an organization is the new life that they can bring to the project and Dan DeDona and Zig Herzog saw that opportunity with Destination INNOVATION.

Destination INNOVATION was formerly headed by Andrew Sussman. Sussman had the idea to bring the annual event to Waynesboro after visiting a maker’s fair in California. A maker’s fair is an event where people show off new inventions and the impact that they can have in a person’s day-to-day life.

“Andrew had taken it on and had it all on his back last year,” said DeDona.

Sussman also is a driving force behind the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and its Destination ARTS! Destination INNOVATION is an outgrowth of that movement to bring visitors and opportunities to downtown Waynesboro.

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One of the big features of Destination INNOVATION is tying Waynesboro’s industrial past with a potentially industrial future. Not only are new technologies such as robotics, 3D printers and computer aided design and manufacturing showcased, but the event also highlights parts of Waynesboro’s past, with exhibits detailing centers of industry built by the Geisers, the Landis brothers and by Frick.

“The past industry has led to thousands of talented people moving here, many of which are still here,” said DeDona.

Highlighting industry and workers who helped to make Waynesboro the town that it is underscores one of Destination INNOVATION’s ultimate goals of establishing a “maker’s space” in Waynesboro.

“We want to keep it out there and keep it going. After this year we’re looking to do some more classes at a time to be determined. Where this can lead is we keep attracting people and they can participate as their interests drive them,” said DeDona.

Other end goals for Destination INNOVATION include developing a relationship with Waynesboro Area School District to create new science, technology, engineering and math opportunities such as a robotics club. Organizers would also like to make manufacturing easier by connecting local businesses with technologies such as 3D printing, which can create specialized parts quickly.

Destination INNOVATION continues next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 90 W. Main St. with presentations on climate change on Friday; electric cars, energy efficient homes, robotics and textile printing on Saturday; and a presentation on Mercersburg’s maker space on Sunday. A full schedule can be found online at: https://artsalliancegw.org/destination-innovation/.

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