Maker Cities


Wednesday, May 13, 9:00 am to 9:20 am in Theater

There are a rich set of maker based activities and experiments being undertaken by American cities today which represent a leading edge of entrepreneurism and innovation in economic development. The Maker City Project brings national focus to the remarkable story of civic and economic reinvention taking place in America. Powered by the maker movement and toolsets that democratize the entire process of physical creation, manufacturing and new types of supply chains are returning to America – in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.


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 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.