TECH: Cheaper, Faster, Better

Business of Making

Thursday, September 24, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm in Theater

Maker development platforms—particularly microcontroller boards—are more powerful, less expensive, and more accessible to a broader range of Makers than ever before. How are they affecting the landscape today and how will they change it tomorrow?


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.


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.


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!


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 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.