Throwback Thursday: Digilent’s Beginnings, Gene Apperson’s Story

Upon his retirement from Microsoft in 1998, Gene Apperson and his family relocated to Pullman, Washington. After a few years, Gene decided to go back to school as an undergraduate in mechanical engineering. A professor, Bob Richards, soon asked Gene to switch to the Master’s program, even though most of his background was in electrical engineering. He ended up taking a VLSI design class from none other than Clint Cole. While Gene ended up asking Clint whether he would be able to do well in the class, they got to talking and decided to start a company together.

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Recapping Lentil Festival

A few months ago, we did a paper circuit activity for our first MakerSpace. It was a lot of fun, and it got the ball rolling for creating our physical MakerSpace. Thus, we were thrilled to be doing paper circuits again — this time with the community! August 22 and 23, we were at Lentil Festival. A lot of visitors were excited to learn how to make paper circuits, and some of the younger children were happy to just color our Digilent MakerSpace robot mascot.

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