Bonnie Sandy [+bonniesandy] - is a “B.A.D.A.S.S.E. Creative Industries” advocate and technology adoption consultant, passionate about the art of making, the business of making, the process of making and how technology affects making. Since 2003, she has focused on designing a template and local economic development model that is not only globally adaptable across cottage-based industrial niches but also easily sustainable, scalable and that has a natural trickle-down impact.
Born to a computer programming father and a local dressmaking mother, she was certified in Cobol in 1986 but chose to pursue Fashion Design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. After successfully testing her incubator program at 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise, the issue of space challenged her to take that program virtual. Today she focuses on local cottage businesses and utilizes techniques in controlled projects that tests the use of technology and telepresence to impact artisans in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.
As a black female Change Manager in the NY Tech circuit since 2006, Sandy is frequently called to conduct seminars, workshops and develop projects around the intersection of creativity, commerce, community and tech, facilitating the transition to Start-up founders, “solo-preneurs” and innovators.