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Samuel Lapp

2018 Champions   |   State College, Pennsylvania

Samuel works on projects at the intersection of Engineering Design, music, and social entrepreneurship. He suses Design Thinking to tackle engineering problems for the developing world, such as ‘how can you align a prosthetic foot without a specialist?’ Samuel’s projects typically blend music and community engagement. His dream is to create spaces for people of different backgrounds to come together and build bonds through music. Grooves to Go builds on The Groove Room, which brings local musicians together for an 18-hour music writing and recording blitz.

Grooves to Go

Grooves to Go is a mobile, pop-up music truck. Like a foodtruck of music, this mobile stage and recording studio will mobilize collaborative music creation. The truck can go anywhere there’s a road, and has everything on board to jam, record, and perform. It provides a space for strangers to meet and connect through music.

Grooves to Go could visit nursing homes, schools, public events, and other spaces in town. But it wouldn’t stop there. State College is surrounded by incredible state forests. These parks are underappreciated by most students and town members. Local parks including Greenwood Furnace want to host music performances. Grooves to Go will bring pop-up live music to state parks.

As an Emerging City Champion project, Grooves to Go will bring a pop-up music space out onto the streets of town and even into the woods, sparking civic engagement and creative energy for the entire community.