DESIGN: A New Design Sense

How can the objects that emanate from the Maker Movement be more beautiful and more useful? This panel examines the contemporary materials, technologies, and languages of design currently at play, offering take-aways that attendees can use today to make their products more appealing and utile.

SELF-FUNDED START-UPS: How to Bootstrap a Company

Investors are often a necessary part of launching a business, but their money can come with strings that might sometimes strangle innovation. Learn from start-up founders who made the leap themselves about the strategies they employed to stay independent and why it is so meaningful to them and their businesses.

TECH: Cheaper, Faster, Better

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?

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: How Makers Start Businesses

 

Popular media loves to sell stories about an amazing hardware idea, its widely successful KickStarter campaign, and the line of VCs waiting to fund you. But what if your idea is amazing but maybe not a $250M market opportunity? Join a highly interactive discussion with entrepreneurs like you who have great startups (ideas) to better understand what the real journey and options are for your hardware idea, whether little, big, or just right.

MAKER REVOLUTION: The New Work Economy

What signals are coming out of the Maker Movement that might shape the coming economy, local communities, education, government policy, and initiatives? This panel examines how the movement is stimulating talent development, opportunity, and agency. This is a movement distinct from the 20th century industrial model — what that might imply for investment and development?

Crowdfunding: Building Community with Customers

Join Eric Klein in conversation with John Dimatos from Kickstarter and Josh Lifton from Crowd Supply as they discuss the multifacets of crowdfunding as a platform. This will be an interactive conversation so come with your questions!

Hardware Entrepreneur Fairy Tales : Myths, Realities, and Opportunities!

Popular media loves to sell stories about an amazing hardware idea, its widely successful KickStarter campaign, and the line of VCs waiting to fund you. But what if your idea is amazing but maybe not a $250M market opportunity? Join a highly interactive discussion with entrepreneurs like you who have great startups (ideas) to better understand what the real journey and options are for your hardware idea, whether little, big, or just right.

Please note: Space is limited to 40 people for this extended workshop. You must register in advance for the workshop in addition to registering for MakerCon.

Makerspaces Breakout Session

Join a series of presenters who will speak on the subject of makerspaces.

The State of Makerspaces with Christina Hug. This session will present the stats from the 2nd annual State of Makerspaces survey conducted by The Makers Nation. A project that was first presented at the Fab10 conference in Barcelona in 2014. Drawing from survey responses, 1:1 interviews, and independent research projects, this presentation will highlight common business models, outreach tactics, challenges, and successes from makerspace and Fab Lab managers from around the world. Being the second iteration of the study this talk will also hope to identify key areas of progress and growth within participating maker communities.

Makerspaces in Established Organizations with Elizabeth Congdon. Last year, 70-year-old Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab launched a makerspace to spark innovation and help its staff tackle complex challenges in new and interesting ways. How can an established organization incite innovation by building a makerspace for free and open use by its employees? Is it possible to bring innovators across your organization together in one space to “make awesome happen”? How do you do this in an organization whose culture and playbook are decades old? What are the benefits and pitfalls? Come learn how to crash the party and disrupt your organization for the better by building a makerspace at work!

Building the Design/Fabrication Lab with Gary Rohrbacher. The Design/Fabrication Lab is an initiative to build an urban digital fabrication laboratory, school, and factory for the future. Based in Amsterdam, the D/F Lab endeavors to advance the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) Industry through applied research, construction manufacturing innovation, and maker-focused education. We envision an urban digital laboratory-school-factory that builds upon Amsterdam’s climate of design-driven, bottom-up, interdisciplinary, pragmatic applications, as well as The Netherlands’ well-established cultural and institutional infrastructure.

Marketplace Breakout Session

Getting products to market has taken turn a turn with the democratization of marketplace tools and distribution. This session will highlight some of the new ways entrepreneurs are getting their products into the hand of consumers.

From Makerspace to Marketplace  with Sander Arts. As a Maker, you can create systems on Maker boards like Arduino faster than ever, dramatically lowering the cost of prototyping your new ideas. But, when you’re ready to promote your projects for funding or potential commercialization, how do you market your project to bring the necessary attention required? You need to find the right partner to help promote your projects through creative digital media including social, blogs, videos, infographics and more to get the word out. In this session, you’ll learn how to go from Maker Space to Market Place, turning your Maker-board prototype into a viable business through digital marketing platforms.

How 3D Printing is Changing Design with Peter Weijmarshausen. Design processes are constantly evolving, and new technologies always seem to have a way to raise the bar. As 3D printing technologies grow, the time between idea to iteration to final product is drastically being reduced, and time to market is jumping from years to mere months. With this technology, the traditional barriers to entry evaporate: there is minimal upfront investment, no inventory requirements, no minimum runs, and no partners on the other side of the ocean. The result is risk-free innovation. This presentation will explore how independent designers and large organizations alike are using 3D printing to introduce new products.

Community Driven Manufacturing with Bram de Zwart. Last year saw the first successful display of distributed manufacturing when the 3D Hubs community of 12k 3D printer owners produced over 50k products. Distributed manufacturing is not a future dream, but a current reality.