Gregory Menvielle is the founder of SmartTrans, a company dedicated to eliminated fatigue-related accidents which account for tens of thousands of auto accidents each year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

What is your earliest memory of being a maker?

Building an electrical train with my grandpa, my dad, and a neighbor, is my strongest memory of being a maker. The project took on a life of its own and required lots of creativity and ingenuity.

 

What do you like most about being a maker?

Makers can change people’s lives in such a variety of ways. Some create trinkets that become cherished gifts. Others are making prosthetic limbs on 3-D printers.

As part of the Intel Software Innovators’ Program I got to interview many makers around the world and learned about the amazing things they are creating. My favorite so far is an Internet-connected device (IoT) so that elephants don’t injured by trains!

 

What’s your big, audacious goal?

Eliminate fatigue related accidents and continue being the best dad I can be; The latter one being the most challenging I think.

 

What do you want to accomplish in the next one-two years?

For SmartTrans, our goal is to launch our devices and refine our algorithm. We also want to initiate a movement of like-minded people who want to use technology to help and assist humans.

 

What are your biggest challenges?

The Internet of Things (IoT)  is a constantly changing field. We try to focus on identifying the toolsets that will be the most stable long-term and the simplest to use for our end-users.

 

What is one thing about you that would surprise people?

I have a background in Egyptology. There are many paths leading to technology!

 

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you and your work?

We’d love to get more makers involved and figure out which parts of our technology could be open-sourced. To learn more about SmartTrans stop by the booth during Maker Faire, visit our website: www.smarttrans.us or even join our community by downloading the free app for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stopfatigue/id1262929012?ls=1&mt=8  or Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarttrans.stopfatigue&hl=en

 

If you would like to be part of the solution and stop fatigue related accidents, visit the SmartTrans exhibit at the 2017 Denver Maker Faire on October 14-15 at the Denver Mart. For more information and tickets go to denver.makerfaire.com/faq