John is a technologist and tinkerer who teaches Developing Assistive Technology and Web Development courses at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. John is the co-founder of DIYAbility, a company in New York City focusing on empowering people with and without disabilities to make their world through technology.
Dr. Mark Micire joined DARPA as a Program Manager in 2013. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Micire worked for NASA Ames Research Center. Through an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, he served as the Engineering Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) SPHERES National Laboratory and Project Lead for the Intelligent Robotics Group Human Exploration and Telerobotics SmartSPHERES program. Dr. Micire also served as a Technical Search Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he collaborated with a number of urban search and rescue task forces and missions. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His interests include mobile and space robotics, multi-touch interfaces, search and rescue, human-robot interaction, and autonomy.
Gokul has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, TN. He has introduced the first mobile Makerspaces in a children’s hospital, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, addressing the needs of chronically ill patients. The intent of these mobile Makerspaces are to provide children with creative outlets and learning opportunities but, equally important, to encourage social interchange with others and improve patient health care by increasing physical mobility. He calls this new patient learning experience as ‘Maker Therapy’
Gokul was the first recipient of the Design, Make, Play Award from the New York Hall of Science in 2015. In June, The White House recognized Gokul as an honorary Maker for his research and development of the mobile Makerspaces in children’s hospitals.
Amanda Peyton leads Etsy Manufacturing, a new marketplace for designers and manufacturers to form responsible partnership and transact with one another. Previously, she was the co-founder of Grand St., a marketplace for creative technology that was acquired by Etsy in 2014. Peyton is a technologist at heart and has worked at the intersection of technology and design for her entire career. She is an alum of MIT Sloan, Northwestern and Y Combinator and currently lives in New York City.
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Timesas one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such asSXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
When my 4 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I turned to technology to help minimize the impact of the disease on his health and his life. Using an Android phone and a Dexcom G4 continuos glucose monitor, I deciphered the USB communications necessary to create a remote blood glucose monitoring system. Connecting and openly collaborating with others impacted by type 1, the open source system known as Nightscout came to fill an intense unmet need for people with diabetes and those that care for them. The community that grew from this need and the desire to help others enjoy its benefits, “CGM in the Cloud,” a Facebook group, is now over 13,000 members strong.
Today, I lead software development for the University of Rochester’s Center for Clinical Innovation and I sit on the board of the Nightscout Foundation. At the University of Rochester, I am able to focus my abilities on finding further unmet needs across the entire healthcare landscape, and using technology to help make people happier and healthier.
Through improved collaboration and communication between patients, doctors, medical device & consumer electronics companies we can build robust systems that ingest, analyze and communicate data needed to improve an individual’s health.
Lea Yoon is the founding team member and the Education Director at Open Style Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative and stylish clothing for people with disabilities. Initially growing out of a public service project at MIT, Open Style Lab currently provides design consulting service to agencies and individuals who are invested in adaptive clothing designs. Lea is currently finishing her last year at law school at Fordham Law School, where she is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Journal. Her involvement in law is a result of her previous fascination with textual construction, in which she seriously considered the elusive path of scholarship in English Literature and the making of meaning out of words. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis (which includes a year of reading at University of Oxford, Keble College), and a M.A. from University of Pennsylvania.
Josh graduated from Central Saint Martins University in London UK with a 1stClass hons. degree in Product Design. He focused on the digitalisation of products and experiences through web-platforms, underpinned by de-centralized manufacturing. Josh found his way into the ICON graduate of the year awards before joining Opendesk in 2014. Opendesk.cc is a platform for local making, offering design furniture, made locally around the world. He has helped build the platform to now represent a huge community of designers, makers and exciting clients across the globe.
Jasen Wang, Founder & CEO of Makeblock, a DIY platform for Makers to build almost everything, also a robot construction solution for STEM education. He got his master’s degree on aircraft design in 2010, he worked as an embedded software engineer for one year, then he quit his job and found Makeblock. The idea of Makeblock comes from: as a robot hobbist, he found building a robot is not easy for most people, he want to solve this problem by providing a integrated platform including mechanical parts, electronic modules and software.