FAB: How Distributed Making Happens

Getting from 2D to 3D has never been easier or less expensive, opening a world of new possibilities for open source and independent manufacturing of consumer goods, medical supplies, culinary products, and more. Leaders in this field gather to discuss their perspectives and experiences as Maker Pros leading the digital fabrication charge.

MANUFACTURING: How Makers Get Things Made

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.

Medicine: How to Make it in Healthcare

Among the most exciting applications of the current wave of technological disruption is in the field of health care. From 3D-printing in the surgical theater to individualized gene-based therapies, the Maker Movement is redefining and leading medical trends. What awaits us and what are the opportunities for Makers of all disciplines?

OPEN INNOVATION: How Companies Innovate with Makers

Collaboration between large companies and maker start-ups benefits nearly any organization that pursues this interaction. What opportunities are there for Makers to work more closely with established global concerns? Which companies have established infrastructure or models that nurture this type of collaboration?

OPEN INNOVATION: How Government Innovates with Makers

Intersections. Where the public and private sectors meet on behalf of the civic good. During this session, panelists from NASA, the Department of Energy, the Army Cyber Institute, and others discuss how their agencies interact with the private and civic sectors to advance public/private technological innovations.

Making Makers Takes a Village

This panel takes the long view of the myriad ways making can be nurtured in communities. From libraries increasingly transforming their spaces into learning commons through the lens of a maker, to the growing number of individuals hosting Mini Maker Faires across the country, citizens across the globe discover the thrill of making through different institutions and programs in their cities and towns.  What’s more, this summer when the White House issued challenges to individuals, mayors and universities, all answered the call, pledging to provide access to tools, technology, and knowledge with a common agenda: to make more makers through exposure to maker culture, creative collaboration and project-based learning.

Maker Pro Research Survey

Despite their common interests, Maker Pro Newsletter subscribers are a diverse group, driven by different motivations and goals. This survey defines and contrasts the professional maker segment with avocational makers, then highlights the professional segment at different phases in their path to market.

Space Exploration: The Business of Making

Centennial Challenges Program Manager Sam Ortega and NASA Ames Research Center Emerging Technology Specialist Matthew Reyes will discuss engagement opportunities for Makers through NASA challenges and programs, as well as the business side of space exploration outside of NASA. Ted Southern, a CCP competitor alum in the Astronaut Glove Challenge, will discuss his experience competing and winning prize money at a NASA competition, and how he took advantage of that opportunity to start his own space suit design and manufacturing company.

Sam Ortega

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.

Maker Movement for Global Development

The Maker Movement is transforming the way people around the world design and produce things. There is a long history of making in Africa, where informal industry thrives across the continent, and now the Maker Movement and community maker spaces are springing up around the world to provide public access to tools and technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, and low-cost modular electronics, which dramatically expand what Makers are able to create and make Making more accessible to new audiences.  Digital manufacturing in particular lowers the barrier to entrepreneurship around the world, including in developing regions like Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kate Gage of USAID and Anna Waldman-Brown of the FabLab network will lead an introduction and panel discussion with Global Development makers, including Sename Koffi Abdojinou, founder of WOE Labs, Mercy Chepkoech Sigeyand the BioLite Camp Stove team.