Adam Conway — vp of product management, Aerohive Networks, Inc.
Adam Conway is Vice President of Product Management at Aerohive Networks, Inc. Adam joined Aerohive Networks in 2006 when there were only 3 others in an overheated garage. With almost 15 years in Product Management he was previously in Product management at Juniper Networks inc, NetScreen Technologies, inc and worked as an engineer at Cisco Systems. In his career, Adam has delivered well over 100 products and has been multiple networking and wireless patents. Outside of work Adam is a consummate maker with 4 home-made drones, 2 Reprap 3D printers, a Shapeoko and sundry other projects at varying stages of completion. Adam is also one of the organizers of Willow Glen Young Makers. Adam Conway Received an MS in Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University with a minor in fine art.
Alasdair Allan — scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer
Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. Last year he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar. A few years ago he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what – at the time – was the most distant object yet discovered.
Alice Taylor — CEO, MakieLab
Alice is CEO of MakieLab, a toys-and-games company HQ’d in London, and makers of MAKIES, the world’s first 3D printed toy at retail. Alice has learned the hard (and fun!) way what using nu-manufacturing is like in producing consumer-facing goods, and she wants to share. Previous to MakieLab, Alice used to make educational games, digital toys and pixel-based entertainments mainly for kids & teens.
Anderson Ta — Research Tech II/Lab Manager, Rice University
Anderson Ta makes things that makes things! By day he is a research tech and lab manager for Miller Lab at Rice University researching and hacking materials and processes for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. By night he is a open source hardware hacker/maker, digital fabrication consultant and operating manager of Matterfy LLC. Anderson is all about lowering the barriers of entry to making and helping people realize their ideas! He believes the future belongs to the makers of the world!
Andy Forest — co-executive director (learning), www.makerkids.ca
Andy is a self-educated lifelong tinkerer. He has run a web development company for 19 years, and has taught programming to adults throughout that time. He has been doing science, technology and craft activities with his kids (now 4 of them!) for many years. In 2010, he started running inventions summer camps for kids in his garage. Expanding to meet the demand, in 2012 he co-founded MakerKids with Marianne Mader as a full time makerspace for kids.
Bertier Luyt — president of leFabShop
Ten years ago, Bertier Luyt was unemployed, so he decided to start is own interior decoration business. He started using SketchUp in 2005 for showing his ideas to clients.After the 2008 crisis, Bertier reinvented his company, orienting it toward set design and construction for the entertainment industry. Modeling in 3D, he soon became interested in digital manufacturing and CNC machines.
When in Boulder for SketchUp Basecamp 2010, he gave a talk on modeling for digital manufacturing, and introduced an audience to the emerging world of 3D printing. In 2011, Google France asked him to use SketchUp to model Versailles in 3D for the purpose of producing short movies and putting the Palace on Google Earth.
After Maker Faire New York in 2011, Bertier entered a competition for entrepreneurs where he presented his idea for Le FabShop, a digital workshop. In 2012, Le FabShop entered into a distribution deal with MakerBot. Bertier Luyt is now CEO of Le FabShop, which leads the personal 3d printing market in France. Le FabShop is famous for its creations in design and ideas, and also for being the producer of the eco-friendly 3D printing Seaweed Filament. @Bertier_Luyt
Brandon Harris — senior systems engineer, Electric Imp
Brandon Harris is an engineer at Electric Imp, an innovative and powerful service platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet. He is a hardware expert and deeply knowledgeable about how to integrate Internet connectivity into devices. At Electric Imp, Brandon utilizes his expertise to help the company’s consumer and industrial sector customers build compelling and useful Internet of Things-oriented smart products from concept to production. He also enjoys bringing his own smart device ideas to life.
Prior to Electric Imp, Brandon worked at Apple as a system integrator for the iPhone 4, which he oversaw from initial design to mass production. Seeking new challenges, Brandon joined the Google ChromeOS team where he led advanced research projects. After seeing a demo of the Electric Imp platform, he departed Google in 2012 and joined Electric Imp to help product manufacturers bring Internet connectivity to their devices and services.
Brandon Harris graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.
Brook Drumm — founder and CEO, Printrbot
Brook Drumm is the founder and CEO of Printrbot, Inc. Brook is an American maker who set out to start a side business in his garage. After a wildly successful kickstarter in 2011, Brook was catapulted to the white-hot intersection of crowd funding, 3d printing and the exploding maker-culture. Printrbot is an example of what blood, sweat and tears can produce if you set your mind and heart on what you are passionate about.
Bunnie Huang — Research Affiliate for MIT Media Lab
Bunnie loves hardware. He loves to make it, and to break it; he loves the smell of it. His passion for hardware began in elementary school, and since then he has garnered a PhD at MIT in EE, and has designed nanophotonic silicon chips, wireless radios, consumer electronics, robotic submarines, and other things. He believes hardware is delightful in part because there are no secrets in hardware; you just need a better microscope. Likewise, he is a proponent of open source hardware, and is an active contributor to the ecosystem. At chumby, he designed several open source hardware platforms, some of which had found its way to the shelves of retailers around the world. bunnie is also an educator; he serves as a Research Affiliate for the MIT Media Lab, technical advisor for several hardware startups and MAKE magazine, and shares his experiences manufacturing hardware in China through his blog. He currently lives in Singapore.
Carl Bass — president and CEO, Autodesk
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart.
Carla Diana — founder, Smart Interaction Lab
Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’»s top design firms such as frog Design and Smart Design , Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at SVA and in the University of Pennsylvaniaäó»s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.
Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.
Connie Hu — co-founder and CEO, ArcBotics
Connie Hu is a Co-Founder and the CEO of ArcBotics. Prior to ArcBotics, she was a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, the leading consulting firm spun off from Bain and Company that works with nonprofit organizations and foundations. At Bridgespan she focused on consulting for education clients working in STEM.
Connie graduated with honors from Dartmouth where she was a Presidential Scholar.
Cyril Ebersweiler — founder, HAXLR8R
Cyril is a venture partner at SOSventures and the founder of HAXLR8R. He built and run the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China, Chinaccelerator, home of the Techcrunch Disrupt winner Orderwithme. He also foundedHAXLR8R, an accelerator for hardware-related startups based in Shenzhen and the Bay (if you are reading this here, yeah it’s me who will kick your ass hard every single day).
He is mentoring at Techstars, 500startups, OnLab and East Ventures Alpha, an advisor to the Global Accelerator Network (http://globalacceleratornetwork.com/about/) as well as a board member/advisor to a few startups including Leap Motion. He has been investing across the universe (and beyond) and helps entrepreneurs become truly global.
Places were Cyril gave lectures, went on panel or organized startup competitions include AdTech, MIT GSW, MIT CHIEF, GMIC, CESIF, Shanghai Jiatong University, DMU, DUT, NEUSOFT, Samurai Incubate, RailsRumble, Nodeknockout, IBM Smartcamp, NUS, etc… He is the organizer of the 10×10 Conferences held in Beijing and Shanghai.
Cyril is also one of the folks behind Startup Workaway: Coworking with Coconuts!
Daniel Gordon — technology partner, Valhalla Partners
Dan has been in the tech business for more than thirty years, as a software developer, manager, entrepreneur, analyst, and venture investor.
David Lang — co-founder, OpenRov
David Lang is a co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots. He is the author of Zero to Maker and a contributing editor to MAKE: Magazine where he chronicled his journey from under-skilled beginner to manufacturing entrepreneur and ocean explorer. The book is a guide for anyone– regardless of experience level– to get involved with the maker movement and digital fabrication tools, like 3D printing. He lives on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay.
Debra Goldfarb — chief research analyst, Intel
Debra’s nearly 30 year career in High Performance Computing started at IDC where she spent 17 years leading the company’s presence in high end computing in government, academia and industry; science and technology policy initiatives in the US and abroad, and driving new initiatives in healthcare and life sciences. She led the strategy for IDG’s investment in life sciences with IDC’s practice and consultancy; and was instrumental in creating Bio-IT World magazine, Bio-IT World Expo, and consulting with IDG Ventures life science practice.
Following IDC, Debra was VP of Strategy for IBM’s Deep Computing organization; and ran strategy and Market Intelligence for IBM’s System and Technology Group business unit, leading such initiatives such as IBM’s Blue Gene program and the early hosted HPC solutions of Deep Computing on Demand.
After IBM, Debra was CEO for Tabor Communications, expanding the scope of the company beyond HPCWire, launching a Research organization, and revamping the infrastructure and platform for delivering the publication. Following Tabor, Debra was at Microsoft focused on building out its Technical Computing strategy and products. She launched the Technical Computing Executive Advisory Council and drove several high profile collaborations with key partners including the Gates Foundation, UN, DoD, and NetHope.
Since joining Intel, Debra has led the company’s efforts in multiple fronts, including expanding the use and adoption of high performance computing into new markets and communities, including K-12, Community Colleges and technical institutes, small and medium companies, emerging economies and into new user communities such as Makers. She is actively involved in STEM policy initiatives and in working with global organizations to advance economic development through access and use of leading edge technologies. Outside of Intel Debra is active in the community sitting on several boards. She is a devoted mom and an avid skier.
Diego Tamburini — manufacturing industry strategist, Autodesk
Diego Tamburini currently works as the Manufacturing Industry Strategist for Autodesk, where he focuses on defining the vision for Autodesk in manufacturing and evangelizing Autodesk’s thought leadership in the industry.
Diego came to Autodesk from Microsoft, where he worked in the Microsoft Dynamics development team developing the first cloud release of Dynamics ERP for Professional Services. Prior to Microsoft Dynamics, he worked with the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, helping Global ISVs in Engineering & Manufacturing align their product strategies with future Microsoft technologies.
Diego also worked as Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Product and Systems Lifecycle Management Systems (PSLM) Center on engineering information modeling, software infrastructures for integrated collaborative engineering, and knowledge representations and interoperability technologies to enable them. He also worked closely with the OMG group developing and reviewing the SysML standard (an extension of UML targeted to Systems Engineering).
Before Microsoft, he worked at SDRC (now Siemens PLM) as a Principal PLM Implementation Engineer, helping large customers such as Boeing and Goodrich Aerospace implement UGS’ PLM system (known as Metaphase at that time).
Diego lives with his wife and two daughters in Snoqualmie, WA. He enjoys traveling with them to warm places and participating in long distance triathlons and marathons.
Dominic Pajak — embedded strategist, ARM
Dominic joined ARM in 2002 as an engineer in ARM’s CPU group. He later took the ARM Cortex-M0 Processor from concept to launch, which now powers millions of MCUs, low-power RF and smart sensor devices. Today Dominic is focussed on the Internet of Things, and smart connected devices.
Edward Wright — president, United States Rocket Academy
Edward Wright is founder of the United States Rocket Academy and project manager of Citizens in Space. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the computer, aviation, and space industries.
Emile Petrone — founder, Tindie
Emile Petrone is founder & CEO of Tindie, the marketplace for buying & selling indie hardware. After seeing so many interesting projects pop up over the last few years, he built the marketplace as a way for markers to bring their creations to market. In a year and a half, over 1,900 products have been listed by over 400 maker businesses. Emile is also on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association.
Eric Klein — partner, Lemnos Labs
Eric’s passion is building, marketing, and funding innovative hardware products. Eric is a Partner at Lemnos Labs, the leading early stage hardware investment fund based in San Francisco. Eric previously enjoyed product roles at Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Real Networks, Palm, and Apple. He founded or played an early role in a number of successful startups including Bungie, the developers of the Halo game franchise, and Dash Navigation, creators of the world’s first connected GPS device. He is also an active angel investor, focused on consumer, enterprise, and media startups.
Eric Pan — founder and CEO, Seeed Studio
Eric Pan, founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, life long maker and biker. He is trained as EE with projects about Electronics, Embedded System, Robotics. After graduation, he worked in Intel as chipsets product engineer on quality control and NPI, then took various job including international trading and sourcing.
He established Seeed Studio since 2008, providing open hardware modules and service to help makers turn ideas into products. He also created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. With all the works done to accelerate small scale hardware innovators, he has been selected as cover page by Forbes China as 30 young entrepreneurs under 30.
Erica Compton — project coordinator, Idaho Commission for Libraries
Erica Compton is an Idaho native with a background in education, technology, and training. Erica has worked primarily with educational and training organizations for over 20 years. Much of her work experience has been in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education with students ages 6-18.
In 1998 Erica co-founded an education company and spent four years as Director of Operations and Lead trainer. The company developed a product where tweens and teens could design and build their own 3D environments to address complex challenges and then interact in those environments in fully immersive virtual reality. She trained throughout the US and enjoyed working with staff from Science Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, and public schools. She was also fortunate to work on two incredible projects in California and Florida designed to address the issue of underrepresentation of women in STEM fields of study. Both projects focused on introducing middle school girls to STEM education, with the goal of increasing the percentage of women pursuing careers in STEM related fields.
Erica joined the Idaho Commission for Libraries in February of 2010 as a Project Coordinator for Special Populations. In 2012 she co-developed the Make It at the Library pilot project, implementing MAKING in public libraries in Idaho. The project focused on supporting libraries in the creation of makers regardless of space restrictions, and incorporated extensive hands-on training, materials and tools, and ongoing support. Libraries included those in small rural towns, in urban areas, and even one in a school/community library. The second year of the project was launched in January of 2014 and now supports eleven libraries throughout Idaho. The Make It at the Library project has been highlighted in conferences and presentations across the United States and has been met with great enthusiasm and interest.
Fritz Grobe & Stephen Voltz – founder, Eepy Bird
For the first twenty years of his life, Fritz Grobe wanted to be either a designer for Lego or a mathematician. Then came juggling. While attending Yale University, he founded the Yale Anti-Gravity Society, the university’s juggling club. After leaving Yale, he turned to Celebration Barn Theater’s renowned performing arts school.
He went on to win five gold medals at the International Jugglers Championships and hold a world record for juggling 15 objects between two people. He was also a lead actor and featured solo clown in the original cast of Birdhouse Factory, a touring Cirque du Soleil spinoff.
Along with fellow presenter Stephen Voltz, he founded EepyBird, a company which explores creativity, and in particular, the ways in which ordinary objects can do extraordinary things. In their laboratory deep in the woods of Buckfield, Maine, Fritz and Stephen and their creative team conducted the infamous Coke & Mentos viral experiment, and many more. They spend countless hours searching for ways to transform these things from everyday life into something new, into something unforgettable.
Gokul Krishnan — PhD student, Vanderbilt University
I am a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. My research focuses on understanding how to employ virtual and tangible tools in education. On the side I am driving a Makerspace initiative at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Makerspace would be a very first in a children’s hospital. Prior to moving to Nashville I spent time in India working with children in slums teaching STEM using a variety of technologies.
Grace Belangia — co-founder and executive director, HACK Augusta
Grace Belangia is a Founding Member of theClubhou.se, Co-Founder/ Executive Director of HACK Augusta, and Organizer/ Lead Curator of TEDxAugusta. theClubhou.se is a collaborative technology incubator with over 40 members and 23 companies. HACK Augusta is a Non-profit 501(c)3 development company cultivating innovation and creative collaboration across the Southeastern United States. Prior to working in the hacker/maker culture, she was an independent public relations professional, digital magazine managing editor and professor of communications. Grace is a political science graduate of UCLA, holds a MS Degree in Mass Communications from SJSU, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Augusta Training Shop.
Hardi Meybaum — founder and CEO, GrabCAD
Hardi Meybaum is the founder and CEO of GrabCAD, the largest community of mechanical engineers and designers in the world. He recently published a book focused on Open Engineering called “The Art of Product Design: Changing How Things Get Made”. Hardi’s background is in manufacturing, as an engineer, consultant, CIO and ERP Team Manager with a strong combination of IT, sales, marketing and finance skills. Hardi holds a MSc in production development from Tallinn University of Technology.
Ian Cole — The Maker Effect Foundation
Ian Cole is a founder of The Maker Effect Foundation, a non-profit group organized to study and amplify the effects of makers within their communities. He’s currently researching the intersection between the personal and professional success of makers for a book which will be published later this year. Ian is very active in the Orlando maker community as a board member of FamiLAB, Orlando’s Hackerspace, and as a founding organizer of Orlando Mini Maker Faire. Ian blogs about his family’s maker adventures at raisinggeeks.com and covers maker events on the Make Magazine blog.
Janos Veres—area manager, electronic materials & devices, PARC
Janos Veres joined PARC to manage its Printed Electronics team. His current interests are in combining disruptive material, process, and device technologies — for printed, flexible circuits; sensor and memory arrays; batteries and display devices — all with a focus on early commercialization opportunities. Janos has experience in components such as novel printed circuits, organic transistors, and printable semiconductors; applications such as OLEDs, displays, and RFID; as well as printing/coating technologies including electrophotography, flexography, and offset printing.
Before joining PARC, Janos was the CTO at PolyPhotonix, where he developed radically new process technologies for OLED devices. Prior to that, he worked at Eastman Kodak as their Program Manager of Printed Electronics. Janos also played a key role in establishing and managing several joint development projects with major electronic and printing OEMs when he was a Business Research Associate at Merck Chemicals (formerly Avecia); in addition to generating direct revenue, these projects also led to several World’s first demonstrators built using novel electronic materials. Janos also set up unique pilot production lines for solution coating when he was responsible for Organic Photoreceptor development at Gestetner Byfleet.
An author on over 20 patents and 40 publications, Janos has published key findings in the physics of organic semiconductor materials such as interface phenomena and the use of blends and phase separation. Dr. Janos Veres holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Electronics from Imperial College in London and an MSc in Physical Electronics with distinction from Lviv Technical University in Ukraine.
Jason Kessler — grand challenges program executive, NASA
Jason Kessler, NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Program Executive, has been with NASA since 1994. He began in NASA’s Legislative office and spent the next six years in various positions, including Deputy Chief of Staff to the NASA Administrator. After a brief absence to earn his MBA, Kessler returned to NASA to join the SERVIR program office. He now heads the Asteroid Grand Challenge program at the agency, which seeks to identify asteroid threats to humankind and find solutions to handle them.
Jay Shergill — e-NABLE contributor, 3D printing evangelist, blogger, MakerBlock.com
Jay Shergill is a 3D printing evangelist, blogger, co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, 3D designer, maker of robots, and taker-aparter of things.
Jay Silver — founder / CEO, JoyLabz / Makey Makey
Jay Silver is the Founder/Director of JoyLabz and was the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time’s Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and MaKey MaKey (Kickstarted for $500,000, Pop Sci Best of ToyFair). Jay has been a speaker at many TED events, exhibited artwork internationally, and been named a top 100 inspirational world changer by DELL. Jay has taught Yoga for ten years and practiced Reiki since the age of 12. Jay has a bunchuh degrees and tunnuh awards, and has his PhD ABD from MIT Media Lab.
Jeffery McGrew — founder and architect, Because We Can
Jeffrey McGrew is a Licensed Architect in California.
Jeremy Ashley — vice president, Oracle Applications User Experience group
Jeremy Ashley, vice president of the Oracle Applications User Experience group, comes from an industrial design background and says he cares deeply about producing a product with a complete, useful user experience.
He has built a large, multidisciplinary organization, bringing together the former user experience teams from Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel, and Agile to meet the challenges of defining and delivering the user experiences of the next generation of enterprise applications.
He previously worked for Taligent and Apple Computer, and formerly supported Oracle’s business intelligence, data warehousing, and Corporate Performance Management or CPM applications.
Jeremy is a member of the Design Management Institute, he is a regular contributor to the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) and Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) conferences, and he publishes regularly on issues relating to design management. He has advanced degrees in Industrial Design and Computer-Related Design from the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.
Joanne Domeniconi — co-founder and chief discovery officer, The Grommet
Joanne is Co-Founder and Chief Discovery Officer of the product launch platform, The Grommet. The company’s media rich platform gives product creators a place tell their story and connect with people who believe in supporting innovation through their own consumer purchases. The Grommet calls this movement – Citizen Commerce™. Joanne has extensive experience creating and launching consumer products and spent over 20 years at Stride Rite Corporation as Vice President of Product Development. Joanne loves building things in a team setting and thrives in fast paced, creative environments. She has a degree in Retail Merchandising and Business from Simmons College.
John Park — COO, All Quality and Services
John Park is the COO of AQS (All Quality and Services,) an EMS and medical device solutions provider located in the Silicon Valley and Asia. AQS provides services including one-stop solutions for Engineering Design, PCB Layout, PCB Assembly, NPI Product integration, testing, quality inspection and logistics.
With over 23 years of management experience, John has used his computer science and law background to collaborate with many pharmaceutical companies to manage their projects. These projects include FDA approval (510K) processing and clinical studies. He also worked with many engineers to launch new projects within a precise budget and timeline.
In his current position as the GM of AQS, John has gone into a deeper field of contract manufacturing and engineering. He is currently collaborating as a hardware partner for the Google Ara modular phone project.
John attended Columbia University Law School and Boston University.
José Gómez-Márquez — director, Little Devices lab at MIT and co-founder, Pop Up Labs
José Gómez-Márquez is co-founder of Pop Up Labs and director of the Little Devices @ MIT lab. He is a co-inventor the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors, nurses and patients to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include crowdsourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and reconfigurable diagnostics for extreme environments. He is a three-time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, with two Lemelson Awards for International Technology. In 2009 Technology Review included Gómez-Márquez on its “TR35” list of innovators under 35 and named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was selected as a TEDGlobal Fellow. Last year he co-founded Pop Up Labs diffuse DIY medical technology products and strategies. He leads the MakerNurse project to uncover the stealth innovation of nurses in America.
Katherine Hague — co-founder and CEO, ShopLocket
Katherine Hague is the Co-Founder of ShopLocket, a platform for hardware entrepreneurs looking to bring innovative products to life and into the hands of visionary consumers. Prior to founding ShopLocket, she worked as an independent digital media consultant and in a variety of marketing positions for Toronto-based startups. In January of 2014, ShopLocket was acquired by PCH International to help make a world where passion is the only requirement to bringing a product to life.
Kevin Kelly — founding executive editor of Wired, founder of Cool Tools
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called What Technology Wants, published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.
Laura Kassovic — co-founder and CEO, MBIENTLAB INC
Laura Kassovic (@LauraKassovic) is the CEO and Co-Founder of MbientLab, an engineering design firm specialized in low-power embedded systems based in San Francisco, CA. Laura was an Intel hardware and electrical engineer and was the recipient of the AMD design award. A Bluetooth LE expert, Laura and MbientLab are responsible for building the hardware for companies coming out of Orange, YCombinator, and Techstars developing automated systems, beacons, wearables, and much more.
Lauren Britton — doctoral student, Syracuse University
Lauren Britton, MLIS, is a doctoral student at Syracuse University in Information Science and Technology and a researcher for the Information Institute of Syracuse. As a leader in the library makerspace movement, Britton has worked with libraries across the globe to build these transformative spaces. Britton’s current research is centered on digital media and learning, with a focus on integrating theory and practice. Britton is passionate about the future of libraries and has authored a number of articles and frequently presents on the subject for national conferences and webinars, including: The Clinton Global Initiative; Beyond Access; and the Public Library Association.
Lisa Fetterman — co-founder and CEO, Nomiku
She is the co-founder and CEO of Nomiku. She first learned to solder from Mitch Altman in 2011 and has been an unstoppable hacker ever since. Nomiku started production coming off the heels of the most successful campaign on Kickstarter in the food category in 2012.
Mark Hatch — co-founder & CEO, TechShop
Mark is a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew twentyfold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at a range of firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison and Health Net. In 2013, his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education and San Francisco Business Times recognized Mark as one of “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs.” Mark has spoken at industry and leading events like SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. Mark is a former Green Beret and holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.
Massimo Banzi — co-founder, Arduino
The Arduino project cofounder has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor, and many years as a software architect, both in Milan and London.
Michael Bell — corp vp and gm, New Devices Group for Intel Corporation
Michael A. Bell is corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group for Intel Corporation. In his role, Bell leads a global team chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel’s product portfolio into new areas of computing, including wearable technology. Previously, Bell co-lead the Mobile and Communications Group with Hermann Eul, a worldwide organization focused on the development of hardware, software and connectivity ingredients for phones, tablets, Ultrabook™ and other mobile devices, and complete system solutions.
Prior to joining Intel in 2010, Bell was part of the executive management team at Palm Inc. From 2007 to 2010 he served as senior vice president of product development. He was responsible for all aspects of product strategy, development and deployment, bringing the Palm PRE, the Palm PIXI and many more products to market. Prior to his time at Palm, Bell was vice president, CPU Software, Macintosh Hardware Division, at Apple Inc. Over the course of his career at Apple, spanning 1991 to 2007, he made significant contributions to the iMac, Apple TV and iPhone programs.
Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.
Michael McCool — principal engineer, Intel
Intel Principal Engineer Michael McCool has degrees in Computer Engineering (University of Waterloo, BASc) and Computer Science (University of Toronto, M.Sc. and PhD.) with specializations in mathematics (BASc) and biomedical engineering (MSc) as well as computer graphics and parallel computing (MSc, PhD). He has research and application experience in the areas of data mining, computer graphics (specifically sampling, rasterization, path rendering, texture hardware, antialiasing, shading, illumination, function approximation, compression, and visualization), medical imaging, signal and image processing, financial analysis, and parallel languages and programming platforms. In order to commercialize research work into many-core computing platforms done while he was an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, in 2004 he co-founded RapidMind, which in 2009 was acquired by Intel. Currently he is a software architect with Intel working on programming models for both parallel computing on the one hand, and embedded systems (including internet-enabled embedded systems) on the other. In addition to his university teaching, he has presented numerous tutorials at Eurographics, SIGGRAPH, and SC on graphics and/or parallel computing, and has co-authored three books. The most recent book, Structured Parallel Programming, was co-authored with James Reinders and Arch Robison. It presents a pattern-based approach to parallel programming using a large number of examples in Intel Cilk Plus and Intel Threading Building Blocks. Most recently, he is collaborating with the Intel Edison team on the development of suitable programming model that combines low-level high-performance device control with sophisticated internet capabilities.
Mickey McManus — principal and chairman, MAYA Design
Mickey McManus is a principal and chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab. A pioneer in the field of pervasive computing, he spearheaded the launch of MAYA’s Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world, where even now computing devices outnumber people. In 2012, he coauthored the book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley) — a field guide to the future, when computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment.
Mickey speaks frequently about pervasive computing, design, and business innovation. Speaking venues include the Aspen Ideas Festival, SXSW Interactive, Techonomy, the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit, the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, GridWeek, AdWeek, and TEDx, where he spoke about design literacy for children and pervasive computing. He has been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Illinois Institute of Technology, LUMA Institute, MIT, Princeton, University of Illinois, UC Berkeley, and UCLA.
Mickey has a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois and holds nine patents in the area of connected products, vehicles, and services. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.
Mike Bradshaw — executive director, The Company Lab in Chattanooga
Mike Bradshaw is the executive director of The Company Lab in Chattanooga, TN. CO.LAB is a part of the LaunchTN network of accelerators and is a major force in Chattanooga’s start up community. CO.LAB manages Gig Tank, a program to develop next-generation applications using Chattanooga’s unique all-fiber gigabit network. CO.LAB also hosts several accelerator classes each year concentrating on high-growth potential startups; CO.STARTERS, which promotes the development of community-based businesses throughout the city working with organizations such as The University of Tennessee Chattanooga and the Urban League. CO.LAB sponsors events such as 48 Hour Launch, Will This Float, and a Nuts and Bolts, a monthly startup meetup, all of which create connections among Chattanooga’s robust startup community.
Mike has been a leader in developing Chattanooga’s Maker Movement. Bringing together partners in the community around making and 3D printing, the city’s first Maker Day, held at the Chattanooga Public Library last March, was attended by 1,800 people. Since then, Chattanooga has embraced the Maker Movement and will host its first Maker Faire this Fall. GIGTANK, Chattanooga’s largest tech accelerator, will focus on 3D printing startups this year. Seven founders and their teams will spend the summer in Chattanooga working on 3D printing applications as diverse as innovations in biologic tissue printing to 3D printed shoes made exactly to size.
Paul King — director of product design, Mattel
Paul King is Director of Product Design at Mattel. Responsible for generating innovative electronic products for Mattel brands, Paul delivers new play experiences by marrying lifestyle trends with emerging technologies.
Prior to his career at Mattel, Paul worked with design industry leader Hauser Inc and award-winning consultancy Joss Design. He has created products across a wide range of categories – medical, consumer electronics, housewares, automotive, hardware – for big name brands such as P&G, Microsoft, and Johnson Controls.
Paul holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas.
Peter Hirshberg — CEO, The Re:imagine Group
The Internet would change everything: it’s a truism now, but for some, this took years to sink in. Not for Peter Hirshberg. A marketing specialist at the epicenter of emerging technology, he has spent a quarter of a century charting the reverberations of all things high tech in culture and in business. (It’s big business, too.)
Hirshberg first helped bring Apple into the online services arena., then acted as strategic adviser to Microsoft, AOL and NBC. Along the way, he was CEO of Gloss.com and Elemental Software. He’s built a deep understanding of the fundamentals of content production and consumption — and how they’ve changed, both online and off.
Hirshberg is a trustee of the Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He serves on the advisory board of Technorati and keeps up a lively blog on disruptive culture.
Rachel Kalmar — data scientist, Misfit Wearables
A data scientist at Misfit Wearables, where she wrangles noisy data and tries to quantify anything and everything she can. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she’s spent over a decade using data to explain, predict and influence behavior.
Scott Miller — co-founder and CEO, Dragon Innovation
He is the CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation. Prior to founding Dragon Innovation, Scott spent 10 years at iRobot, based in Hong Kong and China and responsible for founding, scaling and leading the Hong Kong, China and India teams as integrated parts of iRobot’s global product development engine.
Stephen Carter — co-director, New Jersey Makerspace Association
Stephen “Skip” Carter helped establish many major initiatives at Rutgers, including two professional and continuing education units: The Rutgers Advanced Technology Extension (RATE) in 2007, one of New Jersey’s premier educational centers for engineering, information technology, and green science. In 2012, Mr. Carter left RATE to start a new University-wide lifelong learning unit concentrating on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Rutgers Center for Innovation Education (RIE), in addition to IT and “green” programs, supports the makerspace related programs for Rutgers, and Mr. Carter additionally serves as the Co-Director of the New Jersey Makerspace Association.
Prior to continuing education, Mr. Carter served as Director of Technical Operations for the Center for Advanced Information Processing, a nationally renowned research center based at Rutgers. In the nearly 25 years in this position, he participated in many distinguished “firsts” for Rutgers technological advancements including installing the University’s first computer network, first internet connection and gateway (a homemade router utilizing directions from a small two person company now known as cisco). Later he led Rutgers into world class computing power in establishing one of the world’s largest multi-processing systems and a few years later, Rutgers first supercomputer. Mr. Carter is also a successful entrepreneur, having owned several retail businesses, as well as a custom real estate development company building condominiums at the New Jersey shore. He lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and two children.
Taylor Dawson — product manager- FirstBuild, General Electric
Taylor has been working in product development for consumer products for 10 years. He believes that great products are made when the designer takes an active role in understanding the user. As a student at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, he has provided product consulting services for firms from Kenya to Myanmar. He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the lead product manager for FirstBuild, GE Appliances’ new venture for open innovation.
Tim Dye — senior vice president, meteorological and air quality measurements, Sonoma Technology, Inc.
Tim, with STI since 1990, provides strategic and senior oversight of our operational and public outreach and education programs, and oversees our domestic and international business development activities. For more than a decade, Tim has directed his knowledge and creativity toward the design and development of innovative information systems, such as AirNow, AirNow International, and SmogCity2. He leads several efforts to conduct low-cost, citizen-based air quality monitoring. His enthusiasm for finding ways to communicate air quality information effectively also led him to explore the fusion of environment, technology, and art in our everyday world.
Tim is accredited by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. He serves on the Management Review Board for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement as well as AMS’s Board on the Urban Environment and Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists. He earned BS and MS degrees in Meteorology from Millersville University and Penn State, respectively.
Travis Good — MAKE contributing editor
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 http://make.GoodPursuits.com.
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.
Wayne Losey — Co-founder, Dynamo Development Labs
He is cofounder of Dynamo Development Labs, a design firm exploring the nexus of user-centered play systems, our connection to stories, and the boutique future of toys. He’s spent 20 years as a professional toy designer and creative director for mega-brands like Star Wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, and Pokemon.
Yancey Strickler — co-founder & CEO, Kickstarter
Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Zach Kalpan — CEO, Inventables
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of InventablesTM, the hardware store for designers. The company is attempting to bring manufacturing from the factory to the desktop making it as accessible as desktop publishing. Inventables sells machines and supplies for custom manufactures to make products ranging from jewelry and signs to furniture.
Kaplan has spoken on product development and innovation to audiences at conferences across the country, including the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference (TED), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, National Plastics Exposition, Sensors Expo & Conference and the International Housewares Show. His work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. In 2006 he was honored by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as a Modern Leonardo da Vinci and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Fast Forward exhibit and a board member at the Tinkering Lab of the Children’s Museum.
Prior to Inventables he created Lever Works, a custom web application and hosting company that sold to Leo Media, a multimedia firm, in 2001. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.