This week’s recommendations including a chat today with Paul Propster, NASA

Greater Spaces
2 min readMay 15, 2020

Greater Spaces is concerned with giving a voice to incredible women and our bi-monthly interviews present interviews with the women who are changing the face of technology. Our other posts, in between these, focus on things which are inspiring us this week. We’ve asked some of the women we find inspirational to tell us what inspires them, so here are three interesting things from them and us to check out this week:

Galit Ariel — who we are looking forward to interviewing oh-so-soon, is hosting her “Semi Serious Cereal Series”:

This time she’s focusing on Storytelling Moonshots and interviewing NASA and JPL Story Architect, Paul Propster. Check it out THIS Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11–12 AM EST (note the time zone) / 18:00 CEST.

A bit of comic relief from the seriousness of our everyday and #newnormal, Paula Petcu sent us this inspiration:

(See our interview with Paula, here)

StUpiD hAcK 2020, online hackathon organized by Junction, May 22–23 2020

While there have been a lot of hackathons recently focused on developing useful tech solutions to tackle the current pandemic situations, this hackathon seems like the opposite, which is maybe what some of us really need now in these challenging times of social distancing.

The online hackathon is about having fun with technology and building useless, dumb stuff no one needs. Really! This is how the event is described on Junction’s instagram page. Also, a great opportunity for non-tech people to participate in a hackathon! What you need is an internet connection and a stupid idea.

We are experiencing some peculiar times, so why not have a bit of laugh?

Event page:

Facebook event:

Carla Diana is experimenting with “soft robotics” and sewing:

(See our interview with Carla, here)

I’m inspired by my sewing machine! I moved it from my work studio to my home, so it’s set up and ready to go during the hours in between cooking, work, etc. I am still learning how to use it, so I’m practicing rather than making big projects, but I have the aspiration to use it for some “soft robotics” creations. I find that the rhythm and motion and focus required puts me in the state of flow (as famed psychologist Csikszentmihalyi would call it). It’s also getting me to notice sewn details all around me, like the edges of my clothing, napkins, etc. that I previously overlooked.

PS: We’ll recommend two sources for where to learn to sew:

  1. English with Little Pink Maker who we are looking forward to interviewing soon:
  2. Danish with The Little Difference, an incredible sewing school in Roskilde, Denmark:



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