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Suz Somersall

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Most Creative People 2017

Suz Somersall

Founder and CEO, KiraKira3D

For getting girls excited about digital design

KiraKira3D creates short videos that are aimed at young, female tech enthusiasts who want to learn about digital product design and 3-D–printing techniques. The free clips walk viewers through the process of making toys, jewelry, and other items using Autodesk’s Tinkercad and Fusion 360. Engineer-founder Suz Somersall is also partnering with organizations like the Girl Scouts to offer branded video lessons. “We’re giving young makers the tools to become creators, not consumers,” she says. More than 100,000 students at U.S. schools have watched KiraKira3D classes, and there are users in more than 100 countries. Somersall and her team found that girls who used KiraKira3D were 25% more likely to stay in STEM classes than those who did not. In early 2017, the company launched an app that allows makers to share their 3-D model files and order physical versions of each other’s creations for a fee (a paid-subscription tier is set to debut later in 2017).

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