Steve Gaddis

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.

Adding Linux to your Design

Linux can solve design problems related to user interface, connectivity, storage, resource management and more while opening up your design to be extended with an endless number of applications. At the same time, it adds complexity you need to manage. Building off BeagleBone Black’s open hardware reference materials can save you time, money and help you deliver the best experience to your end users. I’ll give you some background to help you figure out when you should simply embed an off the shelf Linux computer, build your own design off the latest Android tablet SoCs or start from the BeagleBone reference materials and community.

Jason Kridner

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.

Redg Snodgrass

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.

Maker Cities

There are a rich set of maker based activities and experiments being undertaken by American cities today which represent a leading edge of entrepreneurism and innovation in economic development. The Maker City Project brings national focus to the remarkable story of civic and economic reinvention taking place in America. Powered by the maker movement and toolsets that democratize the entire process of physical creation, manufacturing and new types of supply chains are returning to America – in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.

Crowdfunding: Building Community with Customers

Join Eric Klein in conversation with John Dimatos from Kickstarter and Josh Lifton from Crowd Supply as they discuss the multifacets of crowdfunding as a platform. This will be an interactive conversation so come with your questions!

Hardware Entrepreneur Fairy Tales : Myths, Realities, and Opportunities!

Popular media loves to sell stories about an amazing hardware idea, its widely successful KickStarter campaign, and the line of VCs waiting to fund you. But what if your idea is amazing but maybe not a $250M market opportunity? Join a highly interactive discussion with entrepreneurs like you who have great startups (ideas) to better understand what the real journey and options are for your hardware idea, whether little, big, or just right.

Please note: Space is limited to 40 people for this extended workshop. You must register in advance for the workshop in addition to registering for MakerCon.

Thud Rumble

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.

Thud Rumble

A company literally built from skratch, Thud Rumble re-imagined what a turntable and a mixer can do and started an entire cultural revolution. In the true essence of the DIY/maker spirit, Richard “DJ QBert” Quitevisand Ritche “Yogafrog” Desuasido helped launch the birth of break records with Dirtstyle Records; designed the modern DJ mixer that eventually became the industry standard; and founded Thud Rumble as an independent innovation hub/distribution network that would serve as a blueprint for many DJ companies to follow. Thru the years, they have worked and consulted with every DJ company in shaping the billion-dollar DJ industry; from Pioneer DJ, Vestax, Monster DJ, Ortofon, Sennheiser to name a few; as well as the most established tech companies of Silicon Valley. Thud Rumble’s Ritche “Yogafrog” Desuasido will close MakerCon Bay Area 2015 with a splash — and a skratch — as they share their art and their wisdom in a special closing keynote presentation.