Speakers at MakerCon 2014 New York

Aaron Horowitz

Aaron Horowitz

Co-founder, Sproutel
Aaron is a maker; from sculptures to business, he is fascinated with the process of taking an idea from concept to reality. He is passionate about creating physical computing interfaces that change the way in which we interact with technology. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, the creator of Jerry the Bear – a robotic learning tool for children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Aaron has shared his expertise in robotics and entrepreneurship through speaking at numerous conferences including Hardware Innovation Workshop, Big Ideas Fest, CUSP, TEDxProvidence, IFTF, A Better World by Design, NYU Ambition, MakerFaire NYC and SEEED. He holds a degree in Mechatronics and User Interaction Design from Northwestern University and sits on the national advisory board of Design for America.

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Ahrin Mishan

Ahrin Mishan

Executive Director, Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
Ahrin Mishan is the executive director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation,  a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse-led innovation. He oversees the Foundation's grant-making efforts which focus primarily on the education of nurse innovators, and on the advancement of leading edge, nursing-driven models of care. 

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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.

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Alice Taylor

CEO, MakieLab
Alice is CEO of MakieLab, a toys-and-games company HQ'd in London, and makers of MAKIES, the world's first 3D printed toy at retail. Alice has learned the hard (and fun!) way what using nu-manufacturing is like in producing consumer-facing goods, and she wants to share. Previous to MakieLab, Alice used to make educational games, digital toys and pixel-based entertainments mainly for kids & teens.

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Allan Chachinov

Allan Chochinov

Chair, MFA Products of Design
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Prior, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and lectures widely on design and contemporary culture.

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Amogha Srirangarajan

Amogha Srirangarajan

CEO/CTO, Carbon Origins
Amogha has been tinkering with electronics, robots, model airplanes and rockets since he was a little kid. In college, while triple majoring in computer, mechanical and aerospace engineering, he founded and lead various research projects and student organizations. This allowed him to get a broad hands-on experience in interdisciplinary fields of engineering and management. He was soon starting his own companies and is now serving as the CEO and CTO at Carbon Origins, a startup aerospace company developing rapidly reusable suborbital rockets and miniaturized spacecraft to take up small-to-medium-sized payloads. From their rocket flight computers was born APOLLO, a tiny embedded sensors and networking prototyping platform, which he will be presenting at MakerCon.

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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.
Prior to Autodesk, Dr. Anagnost held positions in sales, marketing and product management at EXA Corporation, spent several years under contract at NASA and as a NRC post-doctoral fellow and held engineering roles at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company.
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.

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Anna Waldman-Brown

Anna Waldman-Brown

Anna Waldman-Brown works with the Fab Lab network and Autodesk to promote creativity and sustainable development worldwide. She is a Fulbright fellow, and is building a shipping container house in California inspired by her research on Ghanaian grassroots manufacturing. 

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Ayah Bdeir

Founder and CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of Electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and one ofPopular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. littleBits was named as one of CNN’stop 10 Emerging Startups to watch. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.

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Betty Ray

Betty Ray

Director of Programming and Innovation, George Lucas Educational Foundation
Betty Ray is the Director of Programming and Innovation at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In this role, Betty combines her passion for innovation in education with over 20 years' experience leading communities around ideas that matter.  When she's not wrangling the creative juices of the large community of educators who create content for Edutopia, she's overseeing the site's content to ensure it is rigorous and authentic and will make a meaningful difference in students' lives.  
As one of the founders of the Webzine conferences in 1998, Betty has devoted her career to empowering and encouraging people to participate in DIY movements including education (Edutopia); internet radio (Live365); and personal publishing (Webzine, Tripod).  She was one of the organizers of TEDxSFED and #EdcampSF, and has participated in the Stanford d. school Design Thinking Boot Camp. Betty has spoken about the power of personal publishing and design thinking at conferences including an IGNITE session at ISTE, SXSWEdu, the NonProfit Technology Conference (NTC), TIDES, EdcampSF, and the Hero's Round Table.


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Brian Krzanich

Brian Krzanich

CEO, Intel Corporation
Brian M. Krzanich was appointed chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and elected a member of the board of directors on May 16, 2013. He is the sixth CEO in the company's history, succeeding Paul S. Otellini. Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the chief operating officer (COO) since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel's China strategy. His open-minded approach to problem solving and listening to customers' needs has extended the company's product and technology leadership and created billions of dollars in value for the company. In 2006, he drove a broad transformation of Intel's factories and supply chain, improving factory velocity by more than 60 percent and doubling customer responsiveness. Krzanich is also involved in advancing the industry's transition to lower cost 450mm wafer manufacturing through the Global 450 Consortium as well as leading Intel's strategic investment in lithography supplier ASML. Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel's manufacturing organization. He was responsible for Fab/Sort Manufacturing from 2007-2011 and Assembly and Test from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he was responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel's global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw the integration of Digital Equipment Corporation's semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel's manufacturing network. The assignment included building updated facilities as well as initiating and ramping 0.18-micron and 0.13-micron process technologies. Prior to this role, Krzanich held plant and manufacturing manager roles at multiple Intel factories. Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University and has one patent for semiconductor processing. Krzanich is also a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

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Carl Diana

Carla Diana

Designer, Author, Maker
Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’s top design firms such as frog Design and Smart Design , Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at SVA and in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab. Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

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Claus Moberg

Claus Moberg

Co-founder & CEO, SnowShoe
Claus is cofounder and CEO of SnowShoe, a company that makes magical little pieces of plastic. He has led the company since its formation in the fall of 2011. While at SnowShoe, he has participated in both the 2014 Disney Accelerator (Powered by TechStars) and TechStars-Boulder 2013, he won the TechCrunch DisruptSF 2012 Hackathon, and the company was named the #1 under-the-radar tech startup to watch by Mashable. Claus dropped out of his PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue SnowShoe, bringing to an end his 11-year reign as a full-time student at that institution. His BS degrees were in Political Science, Environmental Science and Economics, and his MS was in Atmospheric Science. In high school he became one of the youngest people to fly through a hurricane as part on a research internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He spends his free time hiking, biking and cooking with his wife, son, and two large black dogs.

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Dale Dougherty

Founder and CEO, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the founder & CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, 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.  He grew up in Louisville, KY.

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Daniela Perdomo

Daniela Perdomo

Co-founder and CEO, goTenna
Daniela Perdomo is the co-founder & CEO of goTenna, a hardware startup that builds tools for decentralized communication. The first is a small, rugged device that pairs with your smartphone and enables you to communicate with anyone who has goTenna even if you don't have service. goTenna works anywhere, regardless of access to cell reception or wifi, and allows you to communicate not just when you're off-grid but when you want to be, because it's end-to-end encrypted. Before becoming a hardware maker, Daniela made other things, like software apps, political journalism, and literary magazines. She's from São Paulo and lives in Brooklyn.

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David Schneider

David R. Schneider, PhD

Field Lecturer, Systems Engineering, Cornell University
David R. Schneider graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering in 1999, attended Columbia University Film M.F.A. Program in 2001, and earned his Masters and PhD from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls & Dynamics in 2007. David has taught at both Cornell and Columbia University. His most prominent research is his creation of the G*TA (G-Star-T-A) task allocation algorithm and his work as Program Manager of the Cornell RoboFlag program, with notable applications including AFRL UAV controls and NASA/NOAA unmanned boat designs. With a strong focus on education, David's latest endeavors are the creation of the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel, Innovative Embedded Design National Competition; leading the Cornell University Sustainable Design: Sustainability Research Facility project; and the broader impacts video game creation for the NSF Expeditions in Computing Grant on Computational Sustainability.

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Diane Levitt

Director of K-12 Education, Cornell Tech
Prior to joining Cornell Tech, Diane was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Belkin, the global consumer electronics organization. She managed Belkin’s philanthropy, community engagement, employee volunteerism and events, and government relations and was philanthropic and public policy advisor to Chairman and CEO Chet Pipkin. She helped develop Belkin Education, products designed to maximize the learning opportunities technology offers, and was deeply engaged in supporting the growth of high achieving charter and traditional public schools for low income students in Los Angeles, including several STEM schools. Prior to that, Diane worked for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District managing philanthropic and public funding. As a consultant, Diane has worked for the California Endowment and the California Wellness, Ewing Marion Kauffman, James Irvine, and Stuart Foundations. Diane received a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College, and a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Diego Tamburini

Diego Tamburini

Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Autodesk
Diego Tamburini currently works as the Manufacturing Industry Strategist for Autodesk, where he focuses on defining the vision for Autodesk in manufacturing and evangelizing Autodesk’s thought leadership in the industry.
Diego came to Autodesk from Microsoft, where he worked in the Microsoft Dynamics development team developing the first cloud release of Dynamics ERP for Professional Services. Prior to Microsoft Dynamics, he worked with the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, helping Global ISVs in Engineering & Manufacturing align their product strategies with future Microsoft technologies.

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Dominic Pajak

Dominic Pajak

Senior Embedded Strategist, ARM
Dominic joined ARM in 2002 as an engineer in ARM’s CPU group. He later took the ARM Cortex-M0 Processor from concept to launch, which now powers millions of MCUs, low-power RF and smart sensor devices. Today Dominic is focussed on the Internet of Things, and smart connected devices.

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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.

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Eric Dufresne

Eric R. Dufresne

Associate Professor, Yale University
Eric is a scientist and a teacher.  He is the Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, a makerspace for the Yale community.  His research lab investigates the physics of soft materials.  He teaches a freshman class on making, a sophomore course on mechanics and graduate courses in soft matter and biological physics.

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Erik de Bruijn

Erik de Bruijn

Chief Evangelist Officer, Ultimaker
Erik is passionate about enabling people to create and collaborate in new spaces. Erik is co-founder of Ultimaker BV and YouMagine. Ultimaker launched in 2011. Within its first year it became an established brand in the 3D printing community, with the "Ultimaker Original".

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Ian Charnas

Ian Charnas

think[box] Manager, Case Western Reserve University
Ian Charnas currently manages think[box], a $30M makerspace at Case Western Reserve University. His personal work blends art and technology in creatively-themed exhibits and events, including the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils, a Magical Mustache Mirror, and a Waterfall Swingset. Mr. Charnas and his work have been featured on Wired.com and Wired Magazine, NPR online, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Boing-Boing, Make Magazine, PitchFork, and Hack-a-Day. He aims to inspire creativity and the belief that you can do anything.

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James Adams

Director of Hardware Engineering, Raspberry Pi
From a career in the Cambridge (UK) electronics sector doing electronic product design and chip design for both startups and tech giants James currently heads up hardware design at Raspberry Pi.

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Jay Melican

Jay Melican

Maker Czar, Intel
Jay Melican is Intel’s Maker Czar. He currently serves in the company’s New Devices Group, coordinating internal maker-related initiatives and Intel’s outreach to the maker community. In this role, he works within Intel and with partners on programs that help inspire creativity, enthusiasm for learning and invention with the Intel® Galileo and Intel® Edison platform technologies. At Intel, Jay has worked as a research scientist in Intel Labs and has a background as a design ethnographer, user researcher, interaction designer and product strategy consultant. He holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in design from IIT.

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Jay Rogers

Jay Rogers

CEO & Co-founder, Local Motors
John “Jay” Rogers is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a next-generation car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, and owned. Founded less than 4 years ago, Local Motors is home to over 60,000 car design concepts, 17,000 community members, 30 full time employees, 1 production vehicle, the Rally Fighter, and one vehicle co-created for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Local Motors is the first automotive co-creation community, and the first company to produce an open source vehicle.

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Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk

Co-President, MakerKids
Jennifer Turliuk is the Co-President of MakerKids, one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. She attended Singularity University at NASA, and loves to write, dance and kiteboard in her spare time.

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Jesse Genet

CEO, Founder, Lumi
Jesse Genet is the Founder of Lumi and the maker of Inkodye, a light-sensitive dye for fabric. Using Inkodye, Lumi is pioneering a new DIY process for printing clothing and textiles using sunlight.

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John Kavanagh
John Kavanagh is the President of Dremel, a division of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.  Dremel has an 82 year history of offering products that provide passionate users the joy of creativity and project completion.  Prior to Dremel, John served as SVP and GM of Industrial and International businesses with Rust-Oleum, a specialty and aerosol paint company.  This experience has fostered a strong focus on DIY’ers, Makers, optimizing channels of distribution and inspiring passion through creativity and empowerment. John’s 25 years in sales, marketing and general management have rewarded him with experience in industries as diverse as printing, packaging, paint and power tools. He enjoys blending and optimizing strategies learned from his industrial B2B background with the product development, marketing and consumer focus of retail marketing.  He believes in product development that goes beyond the physical product, extending to the entire customer experience.  Dremel believes in project inspiration, product systems that amplify user applications and in providing world-class product support.  He is passionate about introducing products with simple messages and methods and removing intimidation and complexity from the user experience.

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Jose Gomez Marquez

Principal Medical Device Engineer, Little Devices Lab at MIT
José Gómez-Márquez works on diagnostics at the intersection of health and DIY technologies. He is interested in innovative uses of technology to empower citizens in the process of actively making. He is a three-time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, with two Lemelson Awards for International Technology. In 2009 Technology Review included Gómez-Márquez on its “TR35” list of innovators under 35 and named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was selected as a TEDGlobal Fellow.

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Kate Drane

Head of Outreach, Hardware and Technology, Indiegogo
Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s hardware category lead. She is responsible for all aspects of business growth for the platform’s design and technology categories and has led many companies, including Misfit Wearables, Scanadu and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.

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Kate Gage

Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab at the USAID
Kate Gage is the Advisor to the Executive Director in the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She leads much of the Agency's engagement with the maker movement and access to early stage manufacturing tools in the developing world. Previously she led work on Open Data and the launch of many of USAID's initiatives on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Before joining the Obama Administration, she worked on the 2008 Barack Obama Campaign and graduated from Dartmouth College. She is originally from Berkeley, California. 

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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.

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Katherine Hague

Co-founder and CEO, ShopLocket
Katherine is co-founder of ShopLocket, which was acquired by PCH International in January 2014. ShopLocket provides resources for the next generation of hardware innovation. Katherine was recently listed as one of Canada’s top tech stars by the Financial Post and as one of five women to watch in wearable technology.

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Kenny Davis

Kenny Davis

Senior Director, Global Marketing, Hasbro, Inc
A native-creative at his core, Kenny Davis is passionate about inspiring and enabling creativity and brings more than 20 years of insight and experience in leading creative teams, and developing and marketing children's entertainment brand. In his current position as Hasbro’s Senior Director, Global Marketing, Kenny is charged with launching new brands and furthering Hasbro’s innovation pipeline.  Kenny’s most recent brand launch, SuperFanArt, offers super-fans of select Hasbro brands a license to create 3D-printable art using those brands and the ability to sell their creations to other super fans.  Prior to SuperFanArt, Kenny re-launched Furby for a new generation of digital natives in Fall 2012.  The latest Furby is a huggable robotic friend who – with enough love and attention – will lay eggs on your iPad, which hatch into Furblings. Entrepreneurial by nature, Kenny has launched other brands prior to his tenure at Hasbro including Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, LivWorld.com, and Bakugan.  Kenny co-founded a chain of fitness centers in Los Angeles called Circuit Works; and prior to business school at UCLA, wrote and produced children’s television shows.  

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Lauren

Lauren Joseph

Director of Business Development, The Grommet
Lauren is the Director of Business Development for The Grommet, a media-rich launch platform for innovative, early-stage products. The company gives Makers a stage from which to tell their stories, connect with people who believe in supporting innovation through their own consumer purchases, and springboard into brick and mortar retail. At The Grommet, we believe consumers have the power to dictate the marketplace success through their purchasing behavior and call this exchange Citizen Commerce™ -- our current Maker Movement is not only enabling creators, but also empowering consumers and their roles in Citizen Commerce by giving them depth of product choice. Lauren studied Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College and has a Masters in 20th c. Irish History from Boston College.

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Lisa Regalla

Lisa Regalla

Interim Executive Director, Maker Education Inititative
Dr. Lisa Regalla was recently named the Interim Executive Director for the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed). In her previous role as the National Program Director, she led Maker Corps, a program that builds the capacity of youth serving organizations to engage youth and families in making. She also managed Maker VISTA, an AmeriCorps initiative focused on building thriving Maker Hubs within high poverty communities throughout the nation. Before joining the Maker Ed team, she was the Manager of Science Content & Outreach at Twin Cities Public Television where she was responsible for the educational content presented on television, in person, in print, and on the web as part of the Emmy-Award winning series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa previously served as an educator at the Museum of Science, Boston and the Da Vinci Science Center in PA. Lisa received both a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Theater from Lehigh University before earning her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida.


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Luke-Bauer

Luke Bauer

Principal, Maker Academy
Luke has been a teacher and administrator, working in both middle and high schools since 2002. Luke started his career in Kansas City, Kansas working at Turner High School as a high school social studies teacher and a baseball, basketball, and soccer coach. In 2006, he began working at East Bronx Academy for the Future (EBA), a 6-12 South Bronx school, where he taught both middle and high school social studies. In 2007 while still at EBA, Luke founded the Boston Road Alliance of Small Schools Athletic League to provide opportunities for students from small schools to compete in athletics. During the first three years there were 6-8 schools who participated in boys and girls basketball which culminated each year in a final tournament. Luke became an Assistant Principal at EBA in 2008 and helped develop the school’s use of mini-observations, interim assessments, and real-world performance assessments to improve student achievement. Luke strongly believes students should learn to apply skills and knowledge to real-world situations because that is what will be asked of them in college and the world of work. While at EBA, Luke realized his passion for working with middle school students. He believes these years are important for students to build the academic skills needed to be successful in high school and for figuring out who they are as individuals. Luke enjoys supporting them in both of these journeys. In 2012, he joined Odell Education and helped develop and write a Common Core literacy curriculum for New York State, which is featured on the Engage New York website. In 2013, Luke was appointed Director of Professional Development for Odell Education where he created and delivered training for teachers, principals, superintendents and other leaders in districts across the United States. Luke believes that all people should exhibit benevolence, appreciation, and resiliency and students deserve an education that teaches these and prepares them for the challenge of an ever changing world.

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Margaret Honey

Margaret Honey

President and CEO, NYSCI
Dr. Margaret Honey joined NYSCI as president and CEO in November of 2008. Among her current interests at NYSCI is the role of design-based learning in promoting student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. She is widely recognized for her work using digital technologies to support children’s learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Prior to joining NYSCI, she spent 15 years as vice president of the Education Development Center (EDC) and director of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology. While at EDC, Dr. Honey was the architect and overseer of numerous large-scale projects funded by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, The Carnegie Corporation, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Energy. She also co-directed the Northeast and Islands Regional Education Laboratory, which enabled educators, policy-makers and communities to improve schools by helping them leverage the most current research about learning and K-12 education.





Mark Belanger

Mark Belanger

Technical Instructor, Edgerton Center
Mark is the Student Shop manager at Edgerton Center. As the daytime instructor, he assists students with their machining needs, helping them with design issues, material selection, and project requirements. He also runs training classes on the variety of machining tools located in the plastic- and metal-working shop, including milling machines, lathes, and sheet-metal equipment. Mark has been with the Edgerton Center since 2005.

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Mason Peck

Mason Peck

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Professor Peck teaches at Cornell University and engages in research in spacecraft systems. His research focuses on innovating spacecraft architectures that exploit dynamics and other physics for performance. In 2011 he was named NASA's chief technologist, effective January 2012.

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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.

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Matt Hannigan

Matt Hannigan

Co-Founder and Deputy Director, The Sprout Fund
Matt Hannigan is a co-founder of The Sprout Fund and currently serves as its Deputy Director. The Sprout Fund is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Matt helped start Sprout in 2001 while receiving his MSPPM degree from Heinz College. Since then, Matt has been involved in the creation and implementation of all of Sprout’s major programs, which have provided catalytic support for more than 450 community-based projects through nearly $4 million of investments. Matt provides oversight for Sprout’s principal program areas, actively participates in fundraising, program development, and planning, and maintains primary responsibility for overseeing the finances and business operations of the organization. Through his work at Sprout, Matt has developed a keen interest in decisionmaking processes and fostering civic innovation through grantmaking.

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Matt Reyes

Matt Reyes

Strategist, NASA Ames Research Center
Matthew Reyes is a Emerging Technology Strategist for NASA Ames Research Center's Chief Technologist. Matt's current focus is on how NASA can best engage the Maker community through small satellite and advanced manufacturing initiatives. Matt serves NASA Ames as a subcontractor with Exploration Solutions; a small business he founded in 2007 after 4 years as Director of Technical Operations for the Zero Gravity Corporation. Matt has evaluated or participated with dozens of technical payloads and has flown hundreds of parabolic microgravity flights aboard B727 & KC135 aircraft. In 2012, Matt received NASTAR Center certification as a Sub-orbital Research Scientist with intentions on working in space someday. In his spare time, he's written for Make Magazine and helped build the Mars Rover Art Car for Burning Man.

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Matt Richardson

Contributing Editor, Make: Magazine
Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and contributing editor to Make: Magazine. He's the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a technology consultancy focused on blending creativity and technology. After graduating with a Master’s from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2013, he continued his work there as a resident research fellow. Matt is the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone and Getting Started with Intel Galileo.

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Mercy Chepkoech Sigey

Mercy is a freshman at Strathmore University. She is passionate about wildlife and she loves traveling. She is also very interested in the IT sector and enjoys working with electronics. When she was in high school, she started making a motion sensor because she saw the need to fight against poaching in Kenya. Her current prototype consists of a PIR module and an Arduino microcontroller which senses movement with a range of nine meters and sends the information to a computer through a cable. She is open to new things and always look forward to connecting with people all over the world.


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Micah Lande, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Micah Lande, Ph.D. teaches human-centered engineering design and innovation courses. Dr. Lande researches how technical and non-technical people learn and apply a design process to their work. He received his B.S in Engineering (Product Design), M.A. in Education (Learning, Design and Technology) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Design Thinking) from Stanford University. Dr. Lande is the PI on the NSF-funded project “Should Makers Be the Engineers of the Future” and a co-PI on the NSF-funded project “Might Young Makers Be the Engineers of the Future?” He also serves as senior personnel on a project to pilot NSF’s Innovation Corps for Learning (I-Corps-L). Dr. Lande founded the first Maker Corps site in Arizona, a program of the Maker Education Initiative.

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Mike Senese

Mike Senese

Executive Editor, Make: Magazine
Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, microcontrollers, and everything else in the maker community. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin ChunkinHow Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It. Mike has worked and written for a variety of magazines including WiredPopular ScienceReadyMade, and Triathlete. An avid maker, he spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. He currently resides in the San Francisco region with his wife Sandra and young son Massimo.

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Miquela Craytor

Miquela Craytor

Director of NYC Industrial and Income Mobility Initiatives, NYCEDC
Miquela Craytor is the Director of NYC Industrial and Income Mobility Initiatives for the Center for Economic Transformation Team at the NYC Economic Development Corporation.  Her Income Mobility work consists of overseeing a $10.2 million suite of pilot initiatives to work with lower income wage earners to connect them to work opportunities in the knowledge economy.  In her Industrial Policy work, Ms. Craytor oversees the city's revived policy efforts concerning New York’s industrial sector. Projects include the “NYC Crafted: State of Local Manufacturing” Fall 2013 report and overseeing the expansion of the Industrial Boundary Zone program.  She was formally the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx.  In her former role, she oversaw implementation of several community-based planning, policy and design initiatives.  These included expansion of a nationally-recognized green-collar training program, launching the MIT sponsored SSBx FabLab and New York State’s first green roof tax incentive.  Ms. Craytor also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in the economic arm of the Bronx Borough President's office. Ms. Craytor is a nationally-recognized advocate for using sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities.  She has formerly served on the advisory boards of the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Committee, DC Project, Green Jobs Green NY and the NYC Chapter of the Apollo Alliance.  Ms. Craytor received her BA in planning, public policy, and management from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and her MS in city and regional planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a 2010 BMW Transatlantic Fellow.  

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Peter Hirshberg

Chairman, The Re:imagine Group
The Internet would change everything: it's a truism now, but for some, this took years to sink in. Not for Peter Hirshberg. A marketing specialist at the epicenter of emerging technology, he has spent a quarter of a century charting the reverberations of all things high tech in culture and in business. (It's big business, too.) Hirshberg first helped bring Apple into the online services arena., then acted as strategic adviser to Microsoft, AOL and NBC. Along the way, he was CEO of Gloss.com and Elemental Software. He's built a deep understanding of the fundamentals of content production and consumption -- and how they've changed, both online and off. Hirshberg is a trustee of the Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He serves on the advisory board of Technorati and keeps up a lively blog on disruptive culture.

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Peter Weijmarshausen

CEO and Co-Founder, Shapeways
Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems. Peter was also Director of Engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Earlier in his career, Peter worked as ICT manager for Not a Number where he facilitated the adoption of the widely successful open source 3D software Blender. Peter was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010

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Rob Sanchez

Rob Sanchez

CSO, Manufacture NY
Rob Sanchez is the Chief Strategy Officer at Manufacture New York, where he is responsible for strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and development of new business ventures.  Previously, Rob founded Fashioning Our Industry, a conference on law, business and finance for fashion designers, and launched a fashion-focused pitch event that resulted in the successful funding of two companies.  He also founded Crosby Street Gallery, an online gallery that hosted popups in vacant storefronts throughout the tri-state area.  He holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he focused on Business Law, Fashion Law, and Entrepreneurial Law, and holds a BA in English and Psychology from Yale University.  Rob is also a photographer, sculptor, and shoe designer in his spare time.

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Sabrina Merlo

Sabrina Merlo

Program Director, Maker Faire
Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's licensing program for locally and independently produced "Mini" Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.

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Sam Ortega

Sam Ortega

Program Manager, NASA's Centennial Challenges
Sam Ortega is the Program Manager for NASA's Centennial Challenges Program managing technology challenge competitions for prize money. Prior to assuming this position Mr. Ortega was Lead for the Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Business Office managing day to day financial operations for the Solid Rocket Motor Office. Earlier assignment include subsystem manger positions within the RSRM Project, Systems Test Engineer for various microgravity facilities flying on the Space Shuttle, ISS and Russian MIR and structural analyst for multiple Shuttle payloads. Mr. Ortega has over 22 years experience in Engineering, Project and Program Management.

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Scott Miller

CEO and co-founder, Dragon Innovation
Scott Miller is the CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation. Prior to founding Dragon Innovation, Scott spent 10 years at iRobot, based in Hong Kong and China and responsible for founding, scaling and leading the Hong Kong, China and India teams as integrated parts of iRobot’s global product development engine.

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Architect, Anthropologist, Founder WOE Labs
In 2012 Sénamé Koffi Abdojinou founded WoeLabin in Togo, a co-working space for “the democracy of technology”, aiming to give access to tools such as computers and materials to youth, helping them to be realise innovative ideas.  The lab has grown from six to 15 members in one year of its launch. It is Togo's first fablab.

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Shawn Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Shawn Jordan, Ph.D. teaches context-centered embedded systems design courses. Dr. Jordan studies the use of context in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. He received is B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Education, from Purdue University. Dr. Jordan is the PI on the NSF-funded project “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?”, and is Co-PI on the project “Should Makers be the Engineers of the Future?”. Dr. Jordan also led a team to two Rube Goldberg Machine Contest championships, co-founded the STEAM Labs™ engineering design program, and held a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest working Rube Goldberg

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Stephanie Santoso

Senior Policy Advisor for Making, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
In her role at the White House, Stephanie has been leading efforts to develop initiatives, activities and programs to support the Maker Movement. This included helping to plan the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Day of Making to encourage communities across the U.S. to create more opportunities for individuals to make, build, tinker, fix, invent and come up with new ways to make the world a better place. She is working with a variety of stakeholders, including schools, universities, makerspaces, federal agencies, cities, libraries, museums, companies and non-profit organizations to think about how making can expand hands-on, informal STEM learning, facilitate entrepreneurship, foster a culture of domestic manufacturing and help encourage solving global challenges locally. Stephanie is also pursuing a PhD in Information Science at Cornell University, where her research focuses on the development of emerging technologies, including the relationship between open sourcing and intellectual property. She is also interested in the processes involved in governing these technologies and the role that users play in determining how a technology evolves in these contexts. Stephanie believes that students who engage in making experience first hand how design, art, science, technology, engineering and math are intertwined when it comes to developing new ideas and how powerful combining the knowledge from these different fields can be when it comes to solving problems.

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Surya Mattu

Surya Mattu

Co-creator, PowerClip
Surya is a hybrid artist, engineer and designer that takes a highly critical approach to the development and use of the engineered systems and infrastructures that we rely on for daily life. He has won the New York Next Top Makers prize and received a grant from UNICEF to develop a distributed power generation system for emergency responders. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, Wired, The Atlantic, and has been exhibited at BLDG92 and The Museum of Art and Design in New York.  

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Taylor Dawson

Taylor Dawson

Product Manager, FirstBuild, General Electric
Taylor has been working in product development for consumer products for 10 years.  He believes that great products are made when the designer takes an active role in understanding the user.  As a student at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, he has provided product consulting services for firms from Kenya to Myanmar.  He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the lead product manager for FirstBuild, GE Appliances' new venture for open innovation.

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Ted Southern

Ted Southern

President, Final Frontier Designs
Ted Southern, President of Final Frontier Designs, artist, and designer, began his career in aerospace by entering the NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge in 2007 as part of his MFA thesis at Pratt Institute. In 2009, Ted and Nik took home a cash prize and created FFD from the winnings. Prior to space, Ted’s work focused on technical garments for movies, theatre, and television including wings for Victoria’s Secret and costumes for Cirque du Soleil.

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Tim McNulty

Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
Tim McNulty is Associate Vice President of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University.  In this role he supports Carnegie Mellon faculty by enhancing collaboration with federal, state and local government partners—with a particular focus on helping to leverage the University’s excellence in research and education to spark regional economic development.  He assisted in Carnegie Mellon’s participation in The White House Maker Faire, President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the creation of the National Robotics Initiative and the development of America Makes.

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Tom Kennedy

Co-founder, ReFactory
Tom Kennedy has worked on a wide range of technical projects. He’s worked on medical devices, industrial control systems, robotics, wireless products and consumer electronics. He worked from 2004-2008 at Honeybee Robotics, an aerospace company. There he was the lead electrical engineer for the Sample Manipulation System, a robotic sample handling system aboard Mars Curiosity which continues to operate to this day on the surface of Mars. After Honeybee, Tom co-founded EnergyHub and served as the Director of Hardware Development and CTO. He also served on the Board of Directors up until its acquisition by Alarm.com. At EnergyHub he led the development of seven products that were deployed in the thousands by utility companies throughout the US. He worked on every aspect of the development from the hardware and firmware R&D to the selection of the contract manufacturers and the certification and mass production of the products. It was through this process that he learned firsthand how hardware startups get products made overseas and the challenges they face in doing so.

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Travis Good

Travis Good

Co-chair, MakerCon
Travis Good focuses on the transformative potential of the maker movement in schools, libraries, science museums, and civic government. He is a regular speaker at conferences, contributing editor to MAKE Magazine and is co-chair of both MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop and MakerCon. Recently he co-founded and produced San Diego’s first Maker Faire. In his maker journeys he has visited 28 start-up incubators, 95 makerspaces, and five fab labs while also chairing an incubator and co-founding Nova-Labs, a makerspace in Virginia. His broader agenda is available at http://make.GoodPursuits.com. In a prior life Travis served for seven years as Vice President of Technology and Operations at AOL Latin America, during which he led the launch, operation, and scaling of AOL services in to five countries. Before that he held a variety of management positions at AOL, including Vice President of AOL International Business Development, Director of Client Software Product Marketing, and Director of Global Network Navigator. He led product management for AOL’s front-end software products and supervised three major upgrades in functionality as AOL expanded from 3 million to 25 million subscribers. He was instrumental in the broad roll-out of AOL’s initial Internet access and content directory service called Global Network Navigator (GNN), which was a precursor to large consumer portal and search sites, such as Yahoo and Google. Prior to this he served in sales and management positions at GE Information Services and was founding General Manager of its operations in Mexico. And once upon a time he was with Citicorp for four years specializing in international finance. Travis earned an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Finance from Oregon State University. However, education never stops and he continues to pursue learning through projects of interest where he works to make significant contributions.

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Victor Ty

Maker Nurse
Victor Ty is a radiation oncology nurse at a comprehensive cancer center in Brooklyn, NY. An avid LEGO builder designing buildings and more recently medical equipment. Victor created a LEGO model of a linear accelerator to facilitate teaching children with developmental disabilities about radiation treatment. Victor also uses loom knitting to establish rapport with cancer patients to help alleviate the anxiety of cancer treatment. Victor is currently developing a program to teach children with Autism to loom knit and help them create products they can market to benefit the students as well as their schools.

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Wayne Losey

Wayne Losey

CEO, Modio
Wayne is a career toy maker who has migrated from traditional toys to push the boundaries of 3D printed products. He now brings his expertise to the digital world as the Chief Creative and PlayMaker of Modio, a 3D printing app that empowers users to design and customize their own unique creatures and characters.

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Will Porteous

General Partner & COO, RRE
Will Porteous is a General Partner and the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Will focuses on early and expansion stage investments across RRE’s multiple technology verticals, with a concentration on enterprise systems, digital media and mobile technology. Before joining the venture capital industry, Mr. Porteous held senior management positions in marketing and product management with SupplyWorks and NetMarket, the e-commerce pioneer now owned by Cendant Corp. Mr. Porteous is a Director of Buzzfeed, Connected Data, Crossboard Mobile, and Spire. He is a former Director of Whiptail Technologies (acquired by CSCO), Frictionless Commerce (acquired by SAP), Skyhook Wireless (Acquired by Liberty Media), Tacit Networks (acquired by PKTR), and Xobni (Acquired by Yahoo!). He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School and as Chairman of the Dockery Farms Foundation which he founded. Mr. Porteous holds an MBA from Harvard University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA with Honors from Stanford University where he served as Captain of the Varsity Crew.

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Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler

CEO and co-founder, Kickstarter
Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

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Zach Kaplan

CEO, Inventables
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, the hardware store for designers. Inventables is igniting the digital manufacturing revolution by simplifying the path from idea to finished product. To do this, Inventables sells digital manufacturing machines including 3D printers and over 10,000 materials and supplies for designers to make products ranging from jewelry and signs to furniture.

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Zack Schildhorn

Zack Schildhorn

Partner, Lux Capital
Zack is a Partner with Lux Capital, based in the Firm's New York headquarters. Zack has been working with Lux since 2006, focusing on marketing, operations, and investments at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. Zack led Lux's investments in Shapeways and Sols Systems and helped source the firm's investment in Matterport. He has also worked extensively with a number of Lux portfolio companies including Transphorm, Kurion, and Siluria. Before joining Lux, Zack worked as an expedition photographer on the Colorado Plateau. He created his own curriculum at Cornell University to study materials science and business entrepreneurship, graduating in 5 years with a B.S. in engineering and an MBA. Zack is a regular contributing editor for Forbes and has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at Cornell University, Drexel University, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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