Allan Chochinov is the Chair and co-founder of the SVA MFA in Products of Design Program. He writes widely on design education and the impact of design on contemporary culture. He has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale, NYU, University of Minnesota, RIT, and RMIT, and is a frequent design competition juror. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA. He is also a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of Core77.com, the widely read design website, Coroflot.com design job and portfolio site and DesignDirectory.com design firm database. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical and diagnostic fields as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. (Projects included work for Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Express, Kodak, A.C. Nielsen, Oral-B, Crunch Fitness and others.) He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club and The One Club. He serves on the national board of the AIGA.
Chair, MFA Products of Design
As a biomedia designer and fashion technologist, Amanda Parkes stands at the intersection of new media, textiles, and fashion. After completing her BA in art history and BS in mechanical engineering (product design) at Stanford, Parkes dedicated her career to discovering new ways that digital technology and ‘smart materials’ affect everyday lives. Before directing her skills towards fashion, she developed education science exhibits for notable museums such as the Exploratorium in San Francisco and Science Museum in London. She is the co-curator of Regeneration, an exhibition that opened in October 2012 at the New York Hall of Science featuring contemporary interactive art on themes of art, science, and cultural sustainability. As founder of Skinteractive Studios in Brooklyn, New York, Parkes researches and develops new high-tech textiles projects for fashion applications. She is also CTO of Manufacture NY, a Brooklyn-based fashion-tech incubator and factory for local emerging brands and designers. Parkes earned her PhD in tangible media from the MIT Media Lab and is currently a visiting scientist at the esteemed American research university.
Fashion Technologist, Chief of Technology & Research, Manufacture NY
Amon Millner directs the Extending Access to STEM Empowerment (EASE) Lab at Olin College. He develops technology and community platforms to facilitate learners becoming empowered to make and make a difference in their neighborhoods. He draws upon his experience from co-creating platforms such as the Scratch programming language (as the lead of Sensor Board development) and Modkit (as Learning Lead). Millner's work is also informed by his involvement in starting maker spaces and programs. He built the first Fab Lab, and was key in the growth of international networks for digital learning and fabrication such as Computer Clubhouses and Fab Labs. Millner is recognized internationally as a Fulbright Specialist and Grantee. He earned a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in the Lifelong Kindergarten Research Group; an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech; and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Assistant Professor of Computing and Innovation, Olin College of Engineering
Andrew received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as an engineer in the machining industry since 2003. Currently he is a senior applications engineer at Tormach Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. Tormach designs affordable, easy-to-use CNC mills, CNC lathes, and other tools for product development, prototyping, and specialty manufacturing of precision machined components.
Senior Applications Engineer, Tormach
Ben Salatin, a clinical rehabilitation engineer is the 3D printing evangelist within the VA. He started by pioneering the use of 3DP to create custom assistive technology & prosthetic devices in a VA hospital setting. This year, he teamed up with Presidential Innovation Fellow Andrea Ippolito to host the 1st ever VA make-a-thon held in July. Ben will give an overview of the VA's current efforts to incorporate 3DP across the healthcare spectrum, providing some specific examples of Veterans served. Andrea will discuss her efforts to transform the VA into a more Maker friendly agency, creating an environment which encourages innovation.
Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs
Trained as a boat carpenter, Bill Young now works for ShopBot Tools as a digital fabrication specialist. In his shop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Bill works on CNC projects ranging from milling circuit boards to fabricating full-sized houses. Bill is a co-creator of the Shelter 2.0 project and one of the founders of the 100kGarages digital fabrication network.
Special Projects at ShopBot Tools
CPT Brent Chapman is a Research Scientist at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. Brent was recently selected as one of the Army’s first Cyber officers. He holds a BS from West Point and an MS from Carnegie Mellon University.
Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute
Co-founder of 3D Hubs, the online platform connecting 3D printer owners with people who want to 3D Print. Award winning designer at Freedom Of Creation. Graduated with a MSc thesis on Mass-Customization in Rapid Manufacturing.
Co-founder, 3D Hubs
Community Editor, Make: Magazine
Community editor for Make:. I love to share the enthusiasm and projects that sprout out of our community with the world. In my spare time, I build big crazy things that typically involve rust, sparks, and fire, with an occasional splash of high voltage.
Chris is an associate at Bolt, an early stage venture capital firm that invests at the intersection of hardware and software. He's worked on engineering projects in Chile, Vietnam, and Cameroon and also runs the Boston hardware startup meetup group.
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).
CEO and co-founder, Glowforge
Danit Peleg is a fashion designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. For her graduate collection at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Danit successfully 3D-printed five outfits solely using home printers. Her collection captivated the attention of millions around the world. She is also the founder of an after-school fashion course for girls ages 7-13 to whom she teaches arts, crafts, the basics for fashion design, and recently, also 3D printing. Danit is always exploring new ways to create innovative textiles and to design fashion with new technologies.
3D Fashion Designer
David Ott is working at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Senior Innovation Analyst. He is developing the Red Labs concept to explore how the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can benefit from the development of digital fabrication technologies and the evolution of the maker culture. David has also worked a decade for the World Health Organisation managing the collaboration and knowledge management services used by staff and external partners. He has an academic background in Psychology and Educational Technologies and studied at the University of Geneva, where he also worked as teaching and research assistant for various labs.
Senior Innovation Analyst, ICRC
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.
Currently the director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), Dr. Williams previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland, where she has served as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology since 2000, Dr. Williams founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009.
Dr. Ellen Williams
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy
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.
Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation and CEO, Raspberry Pi
Emilie Baltz is an artist, entrepreneur, and educator known for her work at the intersection of food and sensory storytelling. She is based in New York City and is a founding member of NEW INC, the first museum led incubator hosted at the New Museum where she developed the first ever Cotton Candy Theremin with her collaborator Philip Sierzega. Emilie's work has been commissioned by EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center), Vitra Design Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, New Media Scotland, Eyebeam Gallery, Yale University and The Museum of Art and Design. She is also part of the founding faculty of the School of Visual Arts Products of Design MFA program and the creator of the Food Design Studio at Pratt Institute. Emilie is the author of the award-winning “L.O.V.E FOODBOOK“, recipient of Best First Cookbook in the World at the Prix Gourmand held annually in the Louvre, Paris; as well as the nationally featured cookbook, “Junk Foodie: 51 Delicious Recipes for the Lowbrow Gourmand." Her speaking appearances include Cannes Lions, DLD, PSFK, TEDx, Ignite, Creative Mornings, TODAY Show, NBC, Wall Street Journal and more.
Food and Experience Designer
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.
Partner, Lemnos Labs
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.
CEO, Seeed Studio
François Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice are the authors of Les Machines de L’île de Nantes.The workshop of the Co La Machine is the heart of the project. Every machines is conceived and built there, then tested in interaction with the visitors in the Galerie des Machines. In 2014 the Great Elephant, the Marine Worlds Carrousel and the Galerie welcomed 600 000 visitors at the heart of Jules Verne’s city.The Co La Machine conducted by François Delaroziere exports its machines and urban shows across the world.
François Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice
Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow and vice president of the Corporate Strategy Office at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists focused on people's needs and desires to help shape new Intel products and technologies.An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008. Bell holds a combined bachelor's and master's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department.
Fellow and Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Office, Intel Corporation
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.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs Cisco Systems, Inc.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
National Correspondent, The Atlantic
Jay Saul Silver is the Founder/CEO of JoyLabz/MakeyMakey. He was the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time's Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and MaKey MaKey (Kickstarted for $568,106, Pop Sci best of ToyFair). Jay has been a speaker at many TED events, PopTech, VM World, etc. He has exhibited internationally at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, Ars Electronica, etc. Jay studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech where he was named Engineer of the Year. He was awarded a Gates Scholarship to earn a master’s in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he was an NSF Fellow. He has a PhD from MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten where he won a Lemelson Student Prize for Inventiveness.
Founder and CEO, JoyLabz/MakeyMakey
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.
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.
Principal Medical Device Engineer, Little Devices Lab at MIT
Kevin is responsible for helping drive the Appliance business’ growth strategy by integrating technology innovation into product design. His success in building strong teams and robust processes has played a significant role in the business’ decisions to increase R&D investment, create new lines of business and launch new products. As a member of the senior leadership team he also plays a key role in commercializing new technologies through new business models and partnerships. Kevin assumed the Technology VP position in November of 2006. In his 25-year GE career, he progressed through various cross-functional operating roles in GE’s Home and Business Solutions and Industrial businesses. Throughout his career he has continued to develop new technology with 23 patent awards and has been involved in the design and launch of numerous innovative appliance products. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut as an Honors Scholar with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After university graduation, he entered the prestigious GE Edison Engineering program. Kevin and his family reside in Louisville, KY.
CTO, GE Appliances
Luke Iseman is Director of Hardware at Y Combinator. Previously, he has founded several hardware startups, including Boxouse (shipping container tiny homes), Edyn (wifi-connected soil sensors), and Dirtnail Pedicabs.
Director of Hardware, Y Combinator
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.
President and CEO, NYSCI
Matt focuses on strategy and business development. He manages Bare's unique R&D platform keeping exciting research on track, and is always interested in building new partnerships. After hours, he can be found running ultra-marathons or working on his motorcycle.
Founder and CEO, Bare Conductive
Matthew Burnett is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. Matthew received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. He began his professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel. After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close. In 2010, Burnett decided to start a line of leather goods (The Brooklyn Bakery) using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011 Burnett partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with Burnett on the accessories brand, Menendez suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With Burnett’s background in manufacturing and Menendez’s experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today, Maker’s Row.
CEO & Co-Founder, Maker's Row
Mo Kinberg is the Advocacy and Organizing Manager at Freelancers Union. She is a dedicated community and campaign organizer with over seven years experience working with community organizations and labor unions. She has worked on campaigns from the ground up, ranging from transportation and education to food policy and environmental justice issues. Mo Kinberg lives in Jersey City with her husband and two dogs.
Advocacy and Organizing Manager, Freelancers Union
Monsi Roman joined NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1989, where she worked for 16 years in the group that designed the water and air systems keeping the crew alive in the International Space Station and later managed the NASA team designing air systems needed to take the crew to Mars and beyond. Currently Ms. Roman is the Project Manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program. She also leads the development of an in-flight microbial monitor that will be tested in the ISS early in 2016.
Centennial Challenges Program Manager, NASA
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.
CEO and founder, Plethora
Based in Washington, DC, Paul is Cognizant's AVP of Strategy for next-generation business solutions. He is responsible for developing direction, service offerings, go-to-market programs, alliances, and business development for key strategic accounts. Paul is an acclaimed industry thought leader, analyst, and practitioner in business technology services globally. In addition to authoring dozens of articles on sourcing topics, he has advised on and participated in transactions worth billions in total contract value. In 2008, Paul was named one of the top services analysts globally by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations. Paul also held key positions in planning, negotiation, and successful global program implementation for customers from a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, federal government, and telecommunications for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Corporation. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. His doctoral research was on decision-making related to quality improvement in organizations.
Managing Director, Center for the Future of Work
Pepin Gelardi is a Design Entrepreneur with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan, Italy, and a BSME at Columbia University, New York. Pepin leads product design strategy at Tomorrow Lab. There he designs new products, forms, and interactions by articulating user insights, defining product benefits, and inventing new features.
Partner, Tomorrow Lab
Pepin began developing products for his family’s injection molding business over 15 years ago. Since then he has developed new products and brands at Procter & Gamble, Inch, Inc. and Fahrenheit 212. In his spare time, Pepin aspires to become a Pasta Scientist and creates site-specific art installations with his wife Teresa.
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.
Chairman, The Re:imagine Group
Richard is the founder and creative director at Richard Clarkson Studio, LLC. a innovative art and design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. During his studies at the Products of Design program Richard realized and developed a strong passion for physical computing and business management. Utilizing these and other key skill sets Richard launched his studio with flagship product: The Smart Cloud. The studio has since continued to grow reaching international buyers and press with an ever evolving set of projects and products. Evident in his work and methodology is a unique collision of Richard's New Zealand, Industrial Design background and his more recent experiences of the vibrance and culture of New York City.
Founder and Creative Director, Richard Clarkson Studio
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.
Senior Policy Advisor for Making, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Theodore Ullrich (1984) is the Founding Partner of Tomorrow Lab®, an internationally recognized product design and engineering studio based in New York City. Tomorrow Lab develops and manufactures smart hardware products for their clients, and was recognized on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014 as Top Tech Innovators. Ted regularly speaks on the role of design studios as invention centers and the application of science and design to small entrepreneurial ventures to create new technology products that solve big problems. Ted holds a Masters of Industrial Design from Georgia Tech, a Bachelors of Inventive Design Engineering from Purdue University, and has taught design studio courses at Drexel University in Philadelphia, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) in Denmark, where he serves on the in-house team of the NEST, the institute’s design-driven incubator.
Partner, Tomorrow Lab