Speakers at MakerCon 2015 New York

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Allan Chochinov (moderator)

Chair, MFA Products of Design
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.

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Amanda Parkes

Amanda Parkes

Fashion Technologist, Chief of Technology & Research, Manufacture NY
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.

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Amanda Peyton

Head of Manufacturing, Etsy
Amanda Peyton leads Etsy Manufacturing, a new marketplace for designers and manufacturers to form responsible partnership and transact with one another. Previously, she was the co-founder of Grand St., a marketplace for creative technology that was acquired by Etsy in 2014. Peyton is a technologist at heart and has worked at the intersection of technology and design for her entire career. She is an alum of MIT Sloan, Northwestern and Y Combinator and currently lives in New York City.

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Amon Millner

Assistant Professor of Computing and Innovation, Olin College of Engineering
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.

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Andrew Grevstad

Senior Applications Engineer, Tormach
  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.

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Andrew Rasiej

Founder, Personal Democracy Media
Andrew Rasiej is a civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about intersection of technology and politics,. Among its offerings are TechPresident.com an award winning news outlet. He is the Founder of MOUSE.org which focuses on 21st century public education, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English, and Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC organization using technology to make government more transparent. Andrew is the Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 40,000-member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers, representing start up and more mature companies using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world.  Andrew coined such terms as: We-Government, Voter-Generated Content, and Videracy, to help describe our expanding digitally connected world. In 2005 Andrew ran a highly visible campaign for NYC Public Advocate on a technology and innovation driven platform to redesign the office as a network, bring low cost broadband to undeserved communities, and open up access to city controlled public data. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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Ben Salatin

Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs
Ben Salatin is a clinical rehabilitation engineer at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA where he specializes in working with therapists to find the right combination of assistive technology to empower Veterans to live independently.  Shortly after joining the VA, he pioneered the use of 3DP in a rehab clinic to collaboratively design custom assistive technology with Veterans and their therapists.  Ben has become the leading advocate for 3DP within the VA, seeking to incorporate it across the healthcare spectrum and is building a national network of 3DP users across the agency.  This year, he teamed up with Presidential Innovation Fellow Andrea Ippolito to host the 1st ever VA make-a-thon with a focus on assistive technology and prosthetics.  He and Andrea are busy working to transform the VA into a more Maker friendly agency, creating an environment which actively encourages innovation.

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Bethany Koby

Co-founder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us
Bethany Koby is a CEO mom, designer, educator and art director. In 2012 she co-founded Technology Will Save Us.

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Bill Young

Special Projects, ShopBot Tools
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.

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Brent Chapman

Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute
CPT Brent Chapman is a Research Scientist at the Army Cyber Institute and Instructor in the Dept of EE&CS 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. He's an avid maker who has participated in several Maker Faire events and publishes his projects on his blog: http://www.brentmorelabs.com.

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Brian Garret

Co-founder, 3D Hubs
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.

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Caleb Kraft (moderator)

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.


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Chris Quintero

Associate, Bolt
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.

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Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

Founder and Executive Chairman, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” As Executive Chairman, Dale is involved in editorial and content strategy, and both business and product development. As part of this process, he forges strategic partnerships in support of maker education, and global, cultural, and economic initiatives.Make: began at O’Reilly Media where Dale was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books. When not in the office, Dale can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.

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Dan Shapiro

CEO and co-founder, Glowforge
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).

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Danit Peleg

3D Fashion Designer
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.

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Dave Rauchwerk

Founder & CEO, Next Thing Co.
Dave Rauchwerk is a builder of hardware and software. He is a HAXLR8R '14 Alum. Dave is a founder of @NextThingCo, makers of OTTO and C.H.I.P., the world’s first $9 computer.

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David Ehrenberg

David Ehrenberg

President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 1.8 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). While at NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was a senior manager on many of the City’s priority economic development projects including: the Applied Sciences initiative that resulted in Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island; the redevelopment of six acres of vacant land on the Lower East Side known as Seward Park; the Atlantic Yards project; as well as the creation and implementation of hundreds of millions of dollars of programs to support small businesses after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects across the City and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency. Before joining NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg worked at South Brooklyn Legal Services as the coordinator for a microenterprise program. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in government and urban studies, was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe, and received dual Masters Degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in Public Policy and Urban Planning.


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David Ott

David Ott

Senior Innovation Analyst, ICRC
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.

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Dr. Ellen Williams

Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy
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.


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Dr. Mark Micire

Program Manager, DARPA
Dr. Mark Micire joined DARPA as a Program Manager in 2013. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Micire worked for NASA Ames Research Center. Through an agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, he served as the Engineering Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) SPHERES National Laboratory and Project Lead for the Intelligent Robotics Group Human Exploration and Telerobotics SmartSPHERES program. Dr. Micire also served as a Technical Search Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he collaborated with a number of urban search and rescue task forces and missions. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His interests include mobile and space robotics, multi-touch interfaces, search and rescue, human-robot interaction, and autonomy.

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Emilie Baltz

Emilie Baltz

Food and Experience Designer
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.

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Eric Klein (moderator)

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 Pan

CEO, Seeed Studio
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.

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François Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice

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.

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Frank Harder

Vice President, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center
As vice president at Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center Frank is driving Samsung’s LED lighting and internet of things campaigns toward global growth. He’s held key management roles in the areas of general illumination, automotive and consumer applications and has developed and grown multiple $100 million businesses with major lighting OEMs.

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Genevieve Bell

Fellow and Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Office, Intel Corporation
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.

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Gokul Krishnan

SciPlay Research Fellow, New York Hall of Science
Gokul Krishnan is a SciPlay Research Fellow at the New York Hall of Science, where his goal is to create a center of excellence in Maker Therapy. The center aims to proliferate Maker therapy to children’s hospitals across the United States. Gokul has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, TN. He has introduced the first mobile Makerspaces in a children’s hospital, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, addressing the needs of chronically ill patients. The intent of these mobile Makerspaces are to provide children with creative outlets and learning opportunities but, equally important, to encourage social interchange with others and improve patient health care by increasing physical mobility. He calls this new patient learning experience as 'Maker Therapy’ Gokul was the first recipient of the Design, Make, Play Award from the New York Hall of Science in 2015. In June, The White House recognized Gokul as an honorary Maker for his research and development of the mobile Makerspaces in children’s hospitals.
He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Riverside and a B.E. in Manufacturing Science & Engineering from Bangalore, India. Gokul is passionate about working with children who have chronic illnesses and designing new learning environments and experiences for them, through the development and integration of technologies and 21st century skills.


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Harbrinder S. Kang

Vice President, Corporate Affairs Cisco Systems, Inc.
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.

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James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
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.

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Jasen Wang

Founder & CEO, Makeblock
Jasen Wang, Founder & CEO of Makeblock, a DIY platform for Makers to build almost everything, also a robot construction solution for STEM education. He got his master's degree on aircraft design in 2010, he worked as an embedded software engineer for one year, then he quit his job and found Makeblock. The idea of Makeblock comes from: as a robot hobbist, he found building a robot is not easy for most people, he want to solve this problem by providing a integrated platform including mechanical parts, electronic modules and software.

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Jay Silver

Jay Silver

Founder and CEO, JoyLabz/MakeyMakey
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.

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John Costik

Lead Software Developer, Center for Clinical Innovation - University of Rochester
When my 4 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I turned to technology to help minimize the impact of the disease on his health and his life. Using an Android phone and a Dexcom G4 continuos glucose monitor, I deciphered the USB communications necessary to create a remote blood glucose monitoring system. Connecting and openly collaborating with others impacted by type 1, the open source system known as Nightscout came to fill an intense unmet need for people with diabetes and those that care for them. The community that grew from this need and the desire to help others enjoy its benefits, “CGM in the Cloud,” a Facebook group, is now over 13,000 members strong. Today, I lead software development for the University of Rochester’s Center for Clinical Innovation and I sit on the board of the Nightscout Foundation. At the University of Rochester, I am able to focus my abilities on finding further unmet needs across the entire healthcare landscape, and using technology to help make people happier and healthier. Through improved collaboration and communication between patients, doctors, medical device & consumer electronics companies we can build robust systems that ingest, analyze and communicate data needed to improve an individual’s health.

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John Dimatos

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.


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John Schimmel

Co-founder, DIYAbility
John is a technologist and tinkerer who teaches Developing Assistive Technology and Web Development courses at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. John is the co-founder of DIYAbility, a company in New York City focusing on empowering people with and without disabilities to make their world through technology.

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Jose Gomez Marquez (moderator)

Little Devices Lab, 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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Josh Worley

Lead Designer, Opendesk
Josh graduated from Central Saint Martins University in London UK with a 1stClass hons. degree in Product Design. He focused on the digitalisation of products and experiences through web-platforms, underpinned by de-centralized manufacturing. Josh found his way into the ICON graduate of the year awards before joining Opendesk in 2014. Opendesk.cc is a platform for local making, offering design furniture, made locally around the world. He has helped build the platform to now represent a huge community of designers, makers and exciting clients across the globe.

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Kevin Nolan

CTO, GE Appliances
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.

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Lea Yoon

Education Director, Open Style Lab
Lea Yoon is the founding team member and the Education Director at Open Style Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative and stylish clothing for people with disabilities. Initially growing out of a public service project at MIT, Open Style Lab currently provides design consulting service to agencies and individuals who are invested in adaptive clothing designs. Lea is currently finishing her last year at law school at Fordham Law School, where she is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Journal. Her involvement in law is a result of her previous fascination with textual construction, in which she seriously considered the elusive path of scholarship in English Literature and the making of meaning out of words. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis (which includes a year of reading at University of Oxford, Keble College), and a M.A. from University of Pennsylvania.

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Luke Iseman

Director of Hardware, Y Combinator
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.

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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.

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Mark Hatch

CEO and co-founder, TechShop
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Timesas one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such asSXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.

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Mark Woods

Applications Architect / Maker, ARM
Mark has worked with ARM for 14 years. He's consulted with some of the largest and smallest technology companies in the world - on architecture, integration, manufacture and certification of low-power hardware.
He's passionate about technology and has a garage full of 3D printers, welding, and CNC stuff. And a tech shop membership for the machines too big to go in the garage!


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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 Johnson

Founder and CEO, Bare Conductive
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.

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Matthew Burnett

CEO & Co-Founder, Maker's Row
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.

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Mike Senese (moderator)

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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Minerva Tantoco

Chief Technology Officer, New York City
Experienced CTO with a track record in mobile applications, enterprise architecture, product management, technology strategy, innovation, software design and execution.

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Mo Kinberg

Advocacy and Organizing Manager, Freelancers Union
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.

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Monsi Roman

Centennial Challenges Program Manager, NASA
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.

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Nick Pinkston

CEO and founder, Plethora
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.

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Paul Roehrig

Managing Director, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant
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.

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Pepin Gelardi

Partner, Tomorrow Lab
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. 
 
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.


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Peter Hirshberg (moderator)

Chairman, City Innovate
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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Richard Clarkson

Richard Clarkson

Founder and Creative Director, Richard Clarkson Studio
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.

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Stephanie Santoso (moderator)

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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Ted Ullrich

Partner, Tomorrow Lab
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.

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