Product Design and Development Breakout Session

Business of Making

Tuesday, May 12, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Crescent Room

Tools and technology are changing the way products are designed and developed. This session will introduce you to some examples of DIY design process and tools available for iterating products through the development stages.

DIY Design Thinking: empowering your process with Kathryn McElroy. Learn how Design Thinking can take your DIY project to the next level. Through multiple example projects, you’ll learn specific tools to empower your prototyping and user testing, and improve your end product.

From Prototype to Product: Cost, Quality and Schedule with Scott Miller – So you’ve got a working prototype… now what? Taking your hardware product from garage to factory can be a stressful and costly step with countless unknowns. To successfully build a product, it’s essential to understand and control the manufacturing triangle: cost, quality and schedule. Join us for a discussion on the key factors that affect each point of the triangle and learn strategies to efficiently move through the manufacturing process.

How to Compile 100 pcs Hardware in 1 Day with Eric Pan. Bringing hardware prototype into production is like compiling a executable program, but taking years rather than minutes to accomplish. Open hardware and desktop equipment are enabling us build small batches with less and less efforts. We have been hacking manufacturing for years, now it might be high time to consider 1 day.


Kathryn McElroy

User Experience Designer, IBM Watson
Kathryn McElroy is an award-winning, published designer and photographer living in Austin, Texas. She is a Design Lead and User Experience Designer for IBM Watson, designing future interactions with the world's most advanced cognitive system. She is passionate about smart objects, open hardware, and platforms; and has built and written about wearable technology.


Scott Miller

CEO and co-founder, Dragon Innovation
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro prior to joining iRobot where he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to high volume product of the first 3 million units. Since founding Dragon Innovation, Scott has enjoyed working with hundreds of companies to provide expertise from DFM to factory selection through project management and sustaining engineering. Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.