Impact of Making Breakout

Future Tech, Now

Wednesday, May 13, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Crescent Room

Making for Impact: DIY, Sustainability and the Future of Design with Dawn Danby. Energy hacks in Mexico, upcycled electronics in China, and urban agriculture in Cambridge? By pairing clever technology with thoughtful design, makers around the world are responding to shared challenges like energy and water scarcity and climate disruption. We’re facing an unimaginable raft of challenges, but solutions are everywhere: makers are exploring how to apply their new skills to deliver thoughtful, human-centered, environmentally considerate projects.

Outer Space to the Edge of Disaster; building Resiliency at the Extremes with Dara Dotz. Resilience, disrupting supply chains, and making for good in extreme environments. Dara will discuss a variety of projects that demonstrate creative innovation in extraordinary conditions.

Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty with Shashi Buluswar. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—along with USAID’s Global Development Lab, The Lemelson Foundation, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, The Good Company and OMG—has put together a list of challenges primed for Makers to solve. They call these “Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty.” These are summarized in a 20-page list, and then fully explored in the full 600-page report. They shared this list “because the problems we all seek to address require urgent action,” and they invite the problem-solvers of the world (you, dear readers!) to “begin the conversation.”


Dara Dotz

Designer and Innovative Humanitarian
Dara holds a BS in Industrial Design with a minor in International Business from MSCD. Dara combines her design strategy experience and rapid ethnographic assessment to empower others through technology. With a focus on disrupting supply chains and “making” in austere environments she has co-founded Field Ready, focusing in on-demand manufacturing in post Disaster Zones. Recently in Haiti, Field Ready brought 3D printers to teach locals how to make needed medical supplies and replacement parts for rural clinics. In the Bay Area, Dara also works as Human Factors Lead for Made In Space, Inc., a company that built and operates the first gravity-independent 3D printer on the International Space Station. In her free time Dara flies drones and is attempting to break the space time continuum. Dara believes that 3D printing in space is just the beginning.


Dawn Danby

Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager, Autodesk
Dawn Danby leads the Making for Impact program at Autodesk, exploring ways to encourage makers to channel their creativity towards tackling planetary challenges. Designer, educator, former professional woodworker.


Sashi Buluswar, PhD

Executive Director, LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Shashi Buluswar is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT). Shashi previously led Dalberg’s Conflict, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Aid practice and directed the firm’s San Francisco office. His recent work has included helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch and manage large agriculture programs in Africa, developing the global strategy for an international non-governmental organization that provides entrepreneurship training to youth, shaping the strategy for a large-scale climate change initiative in China, helping the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping to develop a plan to restructure its global support operations, and helping several corporations create innovative strategies for social responsibility and emerging markets. Shashi also teaches international development at the University of California at Berkeley.