OPEN INNOVATION: How Companies Innovate with Makers

Maker Ecosystem

Thursday, September 24, 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm in Viscusi Gallery

Collaboration between large companies and maker start-ups benefits nearly any organization that pursues this interaction. What opportunities are there for Makers to work more closely with established global concerns? Which companies have established infrastructure or models that nurture this type of collaboration?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.