Name: Laaté Olukotun,
NextFab Member: since 2011
Owner: Lollygig LLC
Laaté, an esteemed NextFab Member of over a year, is as accomplished as he is approachable. After receiving his undergraduate degree in economics from Yale, he discovered design while working as a management consultant on emerging technologies like electronic ink. Shortly after, he joined the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Masters of Design program, where he humbly states he was a “very fortunate student” to be chosen for Mayo Clinic’s prestigious SPARC innovation program. During the 3-month internship, he lead a multi-disciplinary team to create an action plan for new staffing models, room layouts, and products, currently being developed by Mayo Clinic and Steelcase.
He describes his time at IIT as “heaven in every way, except one: there’s no time to actually make things!” Even after a successful post-academia career at Steelcase, Laaté had a thirst to create.