Speakers at MakerCon 2015 Bay Area


Adam Conway

VP of Product Management, Aerohive Networks
Adam co-founded Aerohive Networks, a Wireless networking company 9 years ago and has been interested in and experimented with how Drones, IoT and Wireless come together.



Alasdair Allan

Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer
Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, who is currently thinking hard about how to fix the Internet of Things which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. Last year he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He's still recovering. He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O'Reilly Radar. A few years ago he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn't sure what to think about that. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what—at the time—was the most distant object yet discovered.



Alexander Michael Snyder

Creative Director, The D.N.A. Group
Alex Snyder, has spent the past fourteen years focusing on learning, experiencing and truly appreciating the multiple facets of the fashion industry. Retaining a vast knowledge of fashion, with regard to business and design, his creative process has the perfect balance of awareness between anticipated customer needs and up-and-coming industry trends. From tutoring fashion students’, consulting for fellow designers, to managing his own business, Alex has been allowed the unique opportunity to build professional relationships with individuals of all backgrounds. Contributing to his growing success is the respect and admiration he has for the industry leaders that guide, educate, and motivate him to stay driven. In 2009, the first full collection from Alexander Michael Snyder was introduced during New York fashion week; his company acquired a tremendous amount of exposure and a positive response. Always looking for new challenges, Alex decided to re-locate to San Francisco in 2012 to pursue the completion of his master’s of fine arts degree in fashion design. Being intrigued by the cities diverse culture and high involvement of technology has made him eager to be involved with the local fashion and manufacturing community.



Alice Brooks

Co-founder, Roominate
While getting her masters in engineering at Stanford, Brooks started Roominate, which makes building toys for girls, with parts that can be wired together to make windmills, merry-go-rounds and elevators. The company hopes to inspire women to go into engineering and science. Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner invested $500,000 to share a 5% stake in the business when it appeared on Shark Tank. It’s already in stores like Toys“R”Us, RadioShack and Walmart.



Alice Pintus

Senior Interaction Designer, Arduino
Alice loves ethnographic research and designing physical+digital products. Prior to Arduino, she was working for Smart Design in San Francisco. She was amongst the first group of students to graduate from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Her passion is in fruit, whiteboards and plants. Alice focuses making the overall experience of the Arduino ecosystem engaging, playful and easy to understand, collaborating tightly with developers and final users.



Alroy Almeida

Co-founder, Voltera
Alroy is a co-founder and business lead at Voltera. He is a UWaterloo Mechatronics grad with a background in industrial electronics. Voltera is a HAXLR8R S14 alumnus, the 2015 TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield champion, and a 2015 PopSci Top Invention awardee



Andrew Anagnost

Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk
Andrew Anagnost has more than 20 years of product, business and marketing experience. With Autodesk since 1997, he is currently responsible for the company’s overall marketing direction and resources including its vertical and cross-industry strategy and marketing and business model transformation. Prior to this role, Dr. Anagnost was Vice President of Product Suites, Web Services & Subscription where he was responsible for defining the company’s business model evolution from a desktop software provider to a hybrid desktop and online solutions provider.
Dr. Anagnost holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University, and holds both an MS in Engineering Science and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.


Ann Miura-Ko

Ann Miura-Ko

Co-founder, FLOODGATE
Ann Miura-Ko has been called "the most powerful woman in startups" by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. Some of Ann's investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.


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Avidan Ross

Founder, Lion Wells Ventures
Avidan is the Founding Partner of Lion Wells Ventures, where he focuses his investments on connected devices, engineering tools, and data science. He is a maker / hardware hacker turned investor. Before founding Lion Wells, he hosted a Food Network show (which never aired!) called Weapons of Mass Consumption in which he and his team built the ultimate food robots, most notably an arduino-controlled afterburner powered pizza oven. Avidan spent eight years as CTO of CIM Group, a $15 billion investment firm. There he focused on infrastructure investing in vehicle telematics, smart grid, and alternative energy. Avidan has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.



Ben Einstein

Managing Director, Bolt
Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and investor. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. In addition to seed capital, Bolt invests full-time staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.



Bethany Koby

Co-founder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us
Bethany Koby is a CEO mom, designer, educator and art director. In 2012 she co-founded Technology Will Save Us.



Bram de Zwart

CEO, 3D Hubs
Bram de Zwart began working in the 3D printing industry in 2009 with the mission to make manufacturing more local and sustainable. After a career at 3D Systems he co-founded 3D Hubs, the world’s largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers.



Bryan Galusha

Co-founder, Fighting Walrus
Bryan Galusha is the Co-founder of Fighting Walrus and Founder of SF Drones Startup Meetup striving to educate and enable individuals and small businesses about the power of the nascent drone industry



Chris Anderson

Co-founder and CEO, 3D Robotics
Chris Anderson is the co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, AdWeek’s “Magazine of the Decade” (2009). Before Wired Chris was with The Economist for seven years, and prior to that spent six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science. Chris is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Long Tail and Free, and in 2013 published Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. He was named to the “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007), and in 2013 was named among both Time Magazine’s “Tech 40—The Most Influential Minds In Technology” and Foreign Policy Magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”



Christina Hug

Founder, The Makers Nation
Christina Hug is the founder of The Makers Nation, an organization that works to break down silos between the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world. She's also been known to build full-scale illuminated playgrounds.



Conor Russomanno

CEO and co-founder, OpenBCI
Conor is an artist, an engineer, and everything in between. Conor spends his time thinking about how technology can be used to improve the human experience.



Cyra Richardson

Principal Software Engineering Manager, IOT, Microsoft



Cyril Ebersweiler

Entrepreneur and investor, Cyril is a Partner at SOSventures and the founder of HAXLR8R ("HAX"), the first startup accelerator building "lean hardware” startups, which lead to its recognition as the most active VC in the hardware space. With over a decade experience in China and Japan, Cyril also founded the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China, Chinaccelerator. A guest blogger on Techcrunch, Cyril has been invited to keynote in numerous conferences and featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist and WIRED notably.



Dale Dougherty

Founder and Executive Chairman, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco, CA.   Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006.   Make: has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages.   MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills.    Dougherty was a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website.  He coined Web 2.0 in 1993.    Make: started at O'Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013.



Dan Shapiro

CEO and co-founder, Glowforge
Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, a startup that's creating the first 3D laser printer. Glowforge's wireless desktop system makes it simple for designers and engineers to take take products directly from digital design to reality. Previously, Dan accidentally launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history when he crowdfunded Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan spent two years as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary that operates comparison shopping products. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, comparison shopping website Sparkbuy. Before Sparkbuy, Shapiro was founder and CEO of Photobucket Inc. (formerly Ontela).



Danielle Applestone

CEO, Other Machine Co.
Danielle’s background blends science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Danielle cofounded her first company in 2003 after earning a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She holds a PhD in Materials Science from UT Austin.



Dara Dotz

Designer and Innovative Humanitarian
Dara holds a BS in Industrial Design with a minor in International Business from MSCD. Dara combines her design strategy experience and rapid ethnographic assessment to empower others through technology. With a focus on disrupting supply chains and “making” in austere environments she has co-founded Field Ready, focusing in on-demand manufacturing in post Disaster Zones. Recently in Haiti, Field Ready brought 3D printers to teach locals how to make needed medical supplies and replacement parts for rural clinics. In the Bay Area, Dara also works as Human Factors Lead for Made In Space, Inc., a company that built and operates the first gravity-independent 3D printer on the International Space Station. In her free time Dara flies drones and is attempting to break the space time continuum. Dara believes that 3D printing in space is just the beginning.



Dawn Danby

Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager, Autodesk
Dawn Danby leads the Making for Impact program at Autodesk, exploring ways to encourage makers to channel their creativity towards tackling planetary challenges. Designer, educator, former professional woodworker.


Dorian J Ferlauto

Dorian Ferlauto

CEO, BriteHub
Dorian Ferlauto saw a gap in the manufacturing industry and decided to build a bridge to connect buyers and suppliers in a more efficient way. With over 10 years of experience in product design, manufacturing and supply chain she launched BriteHub in 2013 with the mission to create a centralized interface to initiate, educate, and guide the relationships between manufacturers and the people that need their services.



Dr. Ariel Garten

CEO and co-founder, InteraXon
Ariel Garten is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. The award-winning Muse headband senses your brain activity and sends that information to your smartphone or tablet, providing realtime feedback of your brain's activities, moment to moment. Launching in mid-2014, tens of thousands of people are now using Muse to do more with their minds. Ariel studied at the University of Toronto and did research on hippocampal neurogenesis at Toronto’s Krembil Neuroscience Centre. Also is a psychotherapist, a fashion designer whose clothing opened Toronto Fashion Week, and an artist whose work was displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ariel's unique combination of science and art is integral to the design of every aspect of Muse and to InteraXon’s unique approach to brain sensing technology.



Dr. Glenn Green

Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Glenn E. Green, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan who has been leading the translation of 3D printing into clinical practice. He has a clinical interest in communication disorders and improving interventions for breathing, speech and hearing. He has developed surgical techniques and devices for complex airway reconstruction and is coinventor (along with Scott Hollister, PhD) of a life-saving, 3D-printed tracheal splint as well as a number of other medical devices. He is the director of ongoing translational trials of 3D printed medical devices in both humans and animals. He has won several awards ranging from the Kodak Valuable Idea Award (as an undergraduate student) to the Innovation Award from Popular Mechanics (2013 Breakthrough Awards, New York City). He has over 50 publications related to both his clinical and his research work including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, and JAMA. He has been widely featured including Scientific American, the New York Times, Forbes, the New Yorker magazine and Good Housekeeping. His constructs are on featured display at the British Science Museum in London. He continues to focus on using new technologies to benefit the lives of children.



Dr. Greg Gage

Founder, Backyard Brains
Greg Gage is a “DIY neuroscientist” and the CEO and co-founder of Backyard Brains.  Greg has a Ph.D. in neuroscience but he wants to make this degree irrelevant. His goal is to develop tools and technologies to allow advanced neuroscience discoveries to be made by amateurs while allowing teachers from middle school on up to directly explore the brain. Understanding the brain remains a great challenge, both to professional neuroscientists and the general public alike. Twenty percent of the world has a brain disorder, and there are no known cures. Backyard Brain hopes to bring about a neuro-revolution!



Dr. Jamie Tyler

CSO and founder, Thync, Arizona State University
Dr. Tyler has studied brain circuits and plasticity for two decades. He is a subject matter expert on brain stimulation and human performance enhancement. He is an inventor on several issued patents and has more than 30 patents pending in these areas.



Dr. Jon Newman

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT
Dr. Newman developed several open-source hardware and software tools for electrophysiology and optogenetics, including the Puggle Board cape for BeagleBone Black, and the NeuroRighter suite. He researches memory tagging at MIT.



Dr. Josh Siegle

Scientist 1, Open Ephys, Allen Institute for Brain Science
In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Siegle has been heavily involved in the design and distribution of open-source tools for electrophysiology. He co-founded Open Ephys in order to centralize some of the development efforts occurring across the community.



Dr. Steve Potter

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Prof. Potter is a neuroengineer in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. His lab makes tools for interfacing neurons to computers, including closed-loop interfaces to cultured networks. He is on a Maker sabbatical for 2015.



Eben Upton

Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation and CEO, Raspberry Pi
Eben Upton is a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and serves as the CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), its commercial arm. In an earlier life, he founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d (now Marmalade) and Podfun, held the post of Director of Studies for Computer Science at St John's College, Cambridge, and wrote the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father, Professor Clive Upton. He holds a BA, a PhD and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.



Elaine Chen

Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring
Elaine is a seasoned product strategist and engineering executive with a unique background spanning product development and product management.  She is the author of the book, “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production”.  She is the Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, which provides strategic product development consulting services to executives and leaders of product teams.  She is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she teaches entrepreneurship, primary market research, and leadership development in startup settings. Elaine has served at the VP level in engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies.  She is a co-inventor on 19 issued patents to date.  She holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.



Elizabeth Congdon

Betsy Congdon lives in Washington, DC. When not running a Makerspace, she works on the heat shield for Solar Probe Plus, NASA’s mission to the Sun. In her free time, she runs long distance races and watches baseball and college football.


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Eric Klein

Partner, Lemnos Labs
Eric's passion is imagining and building delightful products. His experience includes founding startups, managing large teams in highly successful corporations, and angel investing. Eric is a Partner at Lemnos Labs, the San Francisco hardware accelerator. Eric previously enjoyed product roles at Nokia, Sun, Real Networks, Palm, and Apple. He founded or played an early role in a number of successful startups including Bungie, developers of the Halo game franchise, and Dash Navigation, creators of the world's first connected GPS device. He is also an active angel investor, focused on consumer, media, and entertainment startups. He has three kids and winters at the HP Pavilion cheering on his San Jose Sharks.



Eric Monsef

Vice President and GM, Highly Immersive Systems at HP
  Prior to joining HP, Monsef had a 10-year career in Product Development at Apple Inc. In 2009, he moved into deep functional responsibility by forming and leading a team called Core HW.  The team was chartered to provide technologies to Mac's:  Accessories, EE Validation, Fans, Accessory Cables and Custom Interconnect.  Additionally the team designed and delivered technologies for all Apple products:  Batteries and Battery systems, Prototypes (model shop), and Packaging.  Prior to leading the Core HW team, he was Sr. Director of Mobile Product Design at Apple responsible for product architecture and design of Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro products as well as overseeing Reliability, Interconnect Design, Antenna Design, Component Engineering, Environmental Technologies, and Wireless Product Design.  The team shipped 12 grounds-up laptop designs, seeded the touch and tablet teams with talent, and built a team in China to lead the Intel transition.   Monsef is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds a graduate degree in Engineering Management, also from SCU. He has multiple utility and design patents and is a part-time teacher at Santa Clara University.



Eric Pan

CEO, Seeed Studio
Eric Pan, founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, life long maker and biker. He is trained as EE with projects about Electronics, Embedded System, Robotics. After graduation, he worked in Intel as chipsets product engineer on quality control and NPI, then took various job including international trading and sourcing. He established Seeed Studio since 2008, providing open hardware modules and service to help makers turn ideas into products. He also created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. With all the works done to accelerate small scale hardware innovators, he has been selected as cover page by Forbes China as 30 young entrepreneurs under 30.



Felix Banuchi

Co-founder, Tin Whiskers Technology
Felix Banuchi is a co-founder of Tin Whiskers Technology, the creator of the FirePick Delta - the first open source desktop rapid prototyping machine for electronics.  Prior to Tin Whiskers he spent his career working with both large multinational companies and innovative startups to launch new ventures across a wide range of products including media, wearables, energy efficient lighting and mobile gaming.  Felix has an MBA from NYU Stern and a BA from Boston University.



Gaël Langevin

Founder, InMoov
Gaël was raised in a creative environment his father an artist, his mother a decorator and furniture builder. At the age of three, Gaël gets his first toolkit. He grew up with hammers, nails, saws and many tools. At the age of nine, Gaël has big plans for building a submarine… but instead he builds a PinBall machine with old record players. At the age of twelve he persuades his brother to use their Christmas money to buy a welder. The goal is to build a kart with a motor. He spent much of his childhood building sets for his own super-8 film production and casting his own hands with plaster. Gaël studied at the St Therese School of in Paris, and has work for many design houses including Guillaume Fouan, Specific, Tomawak. He has also collaborated with the sculptor and designer Henny van de Akker and Toonder studios in Denmark.Gael is the founder of "Factices" workshop. He works for many filmmakers and fashion designers including Etienne Chatillez, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro and also Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld. Gaël is the creator of InMoov, the first 3D printable, open-source, humanoid robot.



Gareth Keane

Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
Gareth Keane is an Investment Manager with Qualcomm Ventures, based in the Bay Area. His career to date has stretched from engineering to venture capital investment. Gareth currently manages Qualcomm Ventures' investments in 360fly, 3DR, LifX, Pelican Imaging, Skycatch and Swift Navigation.
Prior to Qualcomm Ventures he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software in a variety of technical and management roles.
Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.



Gary Rohrbacher

Co-founder, AtFab
Gary Rohrbacher pursues architecture equally through practice and teaching. As a project architect and senior designer, he has focused on integration of design, theory and technology on award winning projects at Machado and Silvetti and SOM, among others. He’s recognized for his teaching excellence at Harvard University’s Design School, California College of the Arts, University of Texas at Austin, and presently at the University of Kentucky. He is an NCARB Certified and Registered Architect with an SMArchS from MIT, an MArch from Columbia University, and BA from Lehigh University.



Harbrinder S. Kang

Vice President, Corporate Affairs Cisco Systems, Inc.
For more than 20 years, Harbrinder has provided networking and telecommunications leadership to organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 companies. Harbrinder engages audiences globally on topics ranging from IoE (Internet of Everything) for social benefit, to the Network Effect and its impact in CSR, to the future of collaboration technologies. Harbrinder currently leads the Cisco Corporate Affairs team responsible for delivering Cisco’s longest-running, most globally-scaled and highest impact CSR program, the Cisco Networking Academy. The Academies provide ICT education to more than one million students in over 166 countries each year. In this role, he is responsible for strategic development, growth and evolution of Networking Academy’s delivery platform, NetSpace. Transforming and extending this scalable platform to leverage the power of connection, collaboration and innovation, this game-changing engine for social impact will empower global problem solvers to generate exponential impact, and deliver shared value in the industry. In previous roles at Cisco, Harbrinder led the Collaboration Technologies team, drove definition for Cisco’s security strategy, and was instrumental in acquisitions and investments in the VPN and security spaces. Before Cisco, Harbrinder was Vice President of Business Development at Bivio Networks and at Ubicom.


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Janet Lees

Senior Director, SFMade
Janet Lees serves as Senior Director of SFMade and played a lead role in launching the organization in 2010. Viewed as a national model, SFMade is the only organization of its kind to create a locally branded platform and provide industry specific support to the manufacturing sector in San Francisco. Janet oversees all of SFMade’s key program areas including sourcing, education and advising and the local brand platform. In addition Janet is responsible for managing key strategic partnerships , heads up the organization’s marketing and communications strategy, and currently serves as chair of Mayor Ed Lee’s Fashion SF apparel manufacturing initiative.



Jason Kridner

Co-founder, BeagleBoard.org Foundation
A veteran of the semiconductor industry, Jason is the cofounder of the BeagleBoard.org Foundation and promotes the design and use of open source software and hardware in building with electronics.


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Jason Short

VP of Design and UX, 3D Robotics
Jason Short is a veteran product designer with 20 years of experience creating consumer products and user experiences. In 2009 Jason co founded Ardupilot and created Arducopter used by tens of thousands of drone pilots across the world.



Jeff McAlvay

CEO, Tempo Automation
Jeff is CEO of Tempo Automation, a software-driven, low-volume electronics manufacturing service in San Francisco.  He has led automation, operations, and product teams at McMaster-Carr.



Joanne Domeniconi

Co-founder and Chief Discovery Officer, The Grommet
Founded in 2008, The Grommet is a product launch platform for innovative, new to market products and the first curated, online commerce platform for both B2C and B2B discovery and sales of consumer products created by Maker entrepreneurs. The Grommet is rewriting the playbook for product launch and reshaping how people discover, share, influence and buy products online. The Grommets mission is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™, a movement that enables product purchases to express ones personal values around sustainability, technology, social enterprise or buying locally. As Co-founder and Chief Discovery Officer, Joanne Domeniconi guides the discovery, storytelling and launch of brilliant, new to market products by Maker entrepreneurs.



John Dimatos

Design and Tech Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
John Dimatos is outreach lead for the Design and Technology categories at Kickstarter, working closely with projects like Pebble and organizations like Maker Faire. Previously he was Head of Applications at MakerBot Industries where he oversaw the launch of the original Replicator, the Soho retail store and the 3D photobooth. John has developed a disaster simulation game for UNICEF, sold oriental rugs, and graduated from NYU’s ITP program in 2009.



Jon Hirschtick

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Onshape

Jon is a Founder and Chairman of the Board of Onshape, a startup company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that offers the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D CAD system.  Prior to Onshape Jon was a founder of SolidWorks, where he served as CEO, Board Member, and Group Executive until 2011.  SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systemes.

Jon is a board member and advisor at many other startup companies in the 3D printing, augmented reality, and CAD markets including Magic Leap, Mark Forged, Z Corporation, Revit Technology, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems.

Jon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT, where he was also a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, featured in several movie, book and TV stories. Jon is also a 3D printing fanatic, with 3 printers currently in his basement :-)



Josh Lifton

CEO, Crowd Supply
Josh received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he's devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to make things that blink. As head of Crowd Supply's project efforts, he is helping others do the same. Prior to Crowd Supply, Josh worked in a variety of technology settings, from instrumenting thousands of audience members with custom wearable computers for a Cirque du Soleil performance to serving as head of engineering at Puppet Labs.



Julia Ko

Founder, SurePod Corporation
Julia is a serial entrepreneur, a maker and has built two startups from the ground up, with one successful exit. Anticipating the connected devices trend, she bootstrapped SurePod for 100k working with engineering and several contract manufacturers in Shenzhen. To build the mini cellphone, she created, negotiated and managed the supply chain both locally and overseas. Additionally, she worked with the big four carriers in the US and helped create the dealer network.



Kate Hartman

Associate Professor, OCAD University
Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, in books such as “Fashionable Technology” and “Art Science Now”. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto at OCAD University where she is the Associate Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology and Director of the Social Body Lab. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU. Hartman enjoys bicycles, rock climbing, and someday hopes to work in Antarctica.



Kate Sofis

Executive Director, SF Made
Kate Sofis’ experience integrates a rich background in entrepreneurship, business management, operations and supply chain strategy, and urban economic development with a specialty in artisan/craft manufacturing industries. Throughout her career, she has worked with companies who design, manufacture, and distribute products in a wide range of industries, including ceramics, tile and stone, cement, wood and metal furniture, fabric and sewn products, and glass products. Kate has worked in numerous capacities across the manufacturing sector. She was COO of VIDA, a local artisan manufacturer of wood-based commercial casegoods, and is the founder of CRAFTMAKE, a small supply chain management company for ceramic tile manufacturers.


Kathryn McElroy

User Experience Designer, IBM Watson
Kathryn McElroy is an award-winning, published designer and photographer living in Austin, Texas. She is a Design Lead and User Experience Designer for IBM Watson, designing future interactions with the world's most advanced cognitive system. She is passionate about smart objects, open hardware, and platforms; and has built and written about wearable technology.


Kyle Ellicott

Kyle Ellicott

CTO/COO at ReadWrite and Wearable World, Inc.
Kyle Ellicott is the cofounder and COO of Wearable World, the publisher of ReadWrite. He previously cofounded Heavy Cloud Media Group, worked as head of products at BigChampagne, and served as TechZulu's creative director. At Wearable World, he directs the Wearable World Labs startup-incubator program.


Massimo Banzi

Co-founder, Arduino
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions all over the world. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com. Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation. He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.



Monisha Perkash

CEO & founder, Lumo BodyTech
Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech. They are the makers of the Lumo Lift posture and activity coach, one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014, and are shaking up the wearable tech space with innovative designs to help people look and feel great. Lumo is backed by Madrona Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.



Nick Pinkston

CEO and founder, Plethora
Nick is the Founder/CEO of Plethora - a rapid manufacturing service that lets you go from CAD to parts faster than ever before using a new kind of robotic factory that instantly configures itself to make almost anything. He also organizes the SF Hardware Startup Meetup and helped start many events worldwide. Previously, Nick started CloudFab: the first manufacturing-as-a-service API, and also HackPittsburgh: a collective workshop for the makers of Pittsburgh. Nick thinks that better tools make for a better society, so his mission is to make the tools that everyone can use improve their world.



Patrick Buckley

Co-founder, DODOcase
Patrick Buckley is the cofounder of DODOcase and coauthor of "The Hungry Scientist Handbook" (HarperCollins, 2008). A graduate of MIT, he has worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories as a mechanical engineer. When not tinkering or inventing, he can be found kite boarding, paragliding, or shredding pow. He loves collecting free yachts and converting old DHL vans into cryogenic ice cream trucks. Patrick lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Paul Saffo

Paul is a forecaster with over two decades experience helping stakeholders understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change.   He teaches at Stanford and chairs the Future Studies track at Singularity University. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.



Peter Weijmarshausen

CEO and Co-Founder, Shapeways
Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing service and marketplace. Peter was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010.



Rachel Kalmar

Data scientist. Neuroscientist. Entrepreneur. Unicyclist.
Data scientist. Neuroscientist. Entrepreneur. Unicyclist. @Rock_Health, @stanforddschool, @SingularityU, @Misfit alum. Check out my sweet ride, @DrBrainlove.



Rafe Needleman

Tech Editor, Yahoo
Rafe Needleman, Yahoo Tech Editor. The editorial director of Yahoo Tech, Rafe has been reviewing technology products and startup ideas for more than 20 years. He worked as editor-in-chief of the original personal computing magazine, Byte, and was the first editor of CNET reviews. He’s also worked at Evernote, PC/Computing, Corporate Computing, Red Herring, and InfoWorld. He’s the author of the Pro PR Tips blog, a delightful collection of never-do communications mistakes.



Redg Snodgrass

Co-founder and CEO, Wearable World
Redg Snodgrass is the co-founder and CEO of Wearable World and ReadWrite, the leading media and venture company committed to Wearable technology and the internet of things. Redg is passionate entrepreneur, and grew Wearable World to support events in nineteen countries around the globe and successfully support over fifty companies through Wearable World labs, yielding a total of $15 million dollars in funding, all within it’s first year of operations. Most recently, Redg relocated the Wearable World headquarters to the Palace of Fine arts in San Francisco, CA where he will continue to work with entrepreneurs and focus on exciting initiatives for 2015.



Robert Clark

Sr Director of Software Development, Oracle
Robert is Sr Director of Software Development for Oracle, where he is responsible for the development of Oracle's Internet of Things Cloud Service and Java ME Embedded Platforms. Robert has over 20 years of experience developing software in both large and small organizations. Prior to his current role at Oracle, Robert led many successful software development teams both inside and outside of Oracle. At Oracle, he was responsible for Enterprise Manager Application Performance Management and Oracle's J2EE server prior to the integration of WebLogic. He has led teams at HP, Mercury Interactive, Attachmate, Netscape and Sun Microsystems in addition to several startups. Robert has authored numerous technical articles, and has been named as inventor on three United States patents. Robert earned a master's degree in computer science and a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering, cum laude from the University of Connecticut.



Ryo Koyama

Founder and CEO, Weaved
Ryo Koyama is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who has been active in the networking & Internet connected device space for the past 20 years. Currently he is co-founder and CEO of Weaved, a cloud service company for IoT.



Sam Ortega

Program Manager, NASA's Prize Program
Sam Ortega is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has worked for NASA for 27 years in numerous areas from Prize purse competitions to microgravity science research.



Sam Wurzel

CEO and co-founder, Octopart
Sam is co-Founder and CEO of Octopart, the search engine for electronic components. Before Octopart Sam was in physics grad school working on experimental plasma physics related to nuclear fusion.



Sander Arts

VP of Marketing, Atmel
Sander Arts is the Vice President of Marketing at Atmel. Previously he was at NXP and Philips. Born and raised in The Netherlands, he combines the unique understanding of creativity, hardware and marketing. In the past 2.5 years, Sander repositioned Atmel at the heart of the IoT and the Maker Community. With the team, he created one of the largest social media footprints in the semiconductor industry and is using that audience to help makers and start-ups go-to-market and be successful. He speaks regularly on the topic of ‘making’ around the world at places such as Stanford University, Maker Faires and industry shows.



Sashi Buluswar, PhD

Executive Director, LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Shashi Buluswar is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT). Shashi previously led Dalberg’s Conflict, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Aid practice and directed the firm’s San Francisco office. His recent work has included helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch and manage large agriculture programs in Africa, developing the global strategy for an international non-governmental organization that provides entrepreneurship training to youth, shaping the strategy for a large-scale climate change initiative in China, helping the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping to develop a plan to restructure its global support operations, and helping several corporations create innovative strategies for social responsibility and emerging markets. Shashi also teaches international development at the University of California at Berkeley.



Scott Miller

CEO and co-founder, Dragon Innovation
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro prior to joining iRobot where he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to high volume product of the first 3 million units. Since founding Dragon Innovation, Scott has enjoyed working with hundreds of companies to provide expertise from DFM to factory selection through project management and sustaining engineering. Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.


Simon Monk is a Maker and Author, specializing in Open Source Hardware, in particular Arduino and Raspberry Pi. His best known books are 'Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches’ and ‘The Raspberry Pi Cookbook'.


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Steve Gaddis

Manager, Game Changing Development Program, NASA
Steve is the Program Manager for STMD’s Game Changing Development Program. The Game Changing Development Program is finding, funding and fostering critical technologies required to enable NASA’s future exploration missions.



Steven Heintz

Chief Technology Officer, Quirky
Based in Silicon Valley, Steve brings 17 years of hardware and software product development experience to Quirky. As Chief Technology Officer, Steve keeps an eye towards innovation trends for future products. He also leads the mechanical and electrical engineering teams responsible for the microprocessors and electronics that make Quirky products magical. Before joining Quirky, Steve led teams creating new products at Logitech in the connected home, wearable devices, cameras, and audio categories. At Adobe, Steve led a product team responsible for design and development tools in the Creative Suite. Before Adobe, Steve was a director of product management at Wind River Systems (now part of Intel) and led the team responsible for the company's embedded Linux and RTOS developer tools products.


Thud Rumble LTD. is a diversified media management company committed to showcasing and expanding the world of the skratch DJ. Working with multi-talented artists in the music industry, Thud Rumble manages musical production, feature film, event architecture, global product manufacturing & distribution, investments, international licensing, Internet properties, and artist management. By creating synergy in these areas, Thud Rumble has been able to enhance and effectively drive the DJ culture internationally.



Yobie Benjamin

Co-Founder, Avegant
Yobie Benjamin is a Co-founder/COO, CTO, Advisor, Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, Conservation/Environmental Activist, Coder and Biohacker, recently honored as a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (commonly known as the Davos Conference). As Co-founder of Avegant, Yobie has advanced the development of a next generation wearable device - Avegant Glyph - The Smart Headphone and raised $1.5MM on Kickstarter and $9.4MM on Series A and A1. As an advisor for Skully, Yobie has raised $3.4MM via crowdfunding and $11MM in venture funding. Yobie is currently a volunteer civilian advisor for NASA AMES Collaboration Labs and is a partner at Innovation Arts, a specialty innovation and technology consulting firm.



Zach Kaplan

CEO, Inventables
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, the leader in 3D carving. A maker his whole life, he is on a mission to ignite digital manufacturing world wide and provide everyone with ambition a way to get started. Inventables flagship products Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve are used by a new wave of makers carving everything from circuit boards to skate boards. Named a “modern Leonardo” by the Museum of Science and Industry and a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business, his dream is create a world with 2 million digital manufacturers that have raving fans, not just customers.



Zach Shelby

VP of Marketing, ARM
Zach Shelby is an Internet of Things evangelist at ARM, and was co-founder of Sensinode before recent acquisition by ARM. Zach is a key contributor at the IETF for IoT standards and a pioneer in the use of IP and Web technology in low-power networks.



Zach Supalla

CEO, Spark
Spark founder and CEO Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a designer, and a maker. Zach juggles hardware design, front-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware startup.