The Beginning of Making with NASA

Space exploration is cool and can be profitable but as a MAKER how do you get started or be a part of America’s Space Exploration effort. NASA has multiple programs where you as a MAKER can get started as a Maker and this session will showcase some of those opportunities. Some opportunities come with funding to help you develop your technology to a higher level of technology readiness and some of them are self funded opportunities which offer monetary awards at the end. So come learn what these opportunities are and how you can get involved.

The Future of Work. Creating Global Problem Solvers with the Skills to Thrive.

The rapid pace of change driven by digital convergence is challenging all of us in shaping our economic future. Our society is experiencing a rise of an underutilized workforce, a shortage of technical talent and new requirements of expertise in making the transition to the digital economy. There are challenges to get there, but a cross-industry effort to drive this transformation offers an opportunity to bring benefit to both business and humanity. Working together, we can build the market, address social issues and enjoy the benefits of leading high market growth in the Internet of Everything economy.

The Next Maker Movement

Since those early Maker Faires of 8-bit Arduinos and 3D printers much has changed, from the the wide availability of powerful smartphone-class electronics to the rise of polished crowdfunded campaigns. So what’s now at the DIY bleeding edge, still experimental but soon to be mainstream? This talk will take a quick tour through the next big things, from 3D CNC, carbon printing and conductive inks to reality capture and, of course, fully autonomous smart drones.

Making in Science Breakout Session

A panel of Makers will describe their inexpensive devices and techniques to bring neuroscience experimentation to the masses. These would include devices for direct (wired) neural interfaces to experimental models (like Backyard Brains’ SpikerBox), as well as non-invasive interfaces to the human nervous system, such as EEG recording and transcranial stimulation. In the Laboratory for Neuroengineering at Georgia Tech, we have developed a cape for the BeagleBone Black ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor, called “Puggle” ( to allow the citizen-scientist to both record and stimulate neural tissue cheaply and effectively.

Impact of Making Breakout

Making for Impact: DIY, Sustainability and the Future of Design with Dawn Danby. Energy hacks in Mexico, upcycled electronics in China, and urban agriculture in Cambridge? By pairing clever technology with thoughtful design, makers around the world are responding to shared challenges like energy and water scarcity and climate disruption. We’re facing an unimaginable raft of challenges, but solutions are everywhere: makers are exploring how to apply their new skills to deliver thoughtful, human-centered, environmentally considerate projects.

Outer Space to the Edge of Disaster; building Resiliency at the Extremes with Dara Dotz. Resilience, disrupting supply chains, and making for good in extreme environments. Dara will discuss a variety of projects that demonstrate creative innovation in extraordinary conditions.

Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty with Shashi Buluswar. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—along with USAID’s Global Development Lab, The Lemelson Foundation, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, The Good Company and OMG—has put together a list of challenges primed for Makers to solve. They call these “Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty.” These are summarized in a 20-page list, and then fully explored in the full 600-page report. They shared this list “because the problems we all seek to address require urgent action,” and they invite the problem-solvers of the world (you, dear readers!) to “begin the conversation.”

The Internet of Drones

In the world of IoT, nothing captures the imagination like Drones. However, given this excitement, surprisingly few drones actually connect directly to the internet or leverage IP connectivity. This, is going to change soon in a big way. More and more, drones are directly connecting to, and being controlled using IP networks enabling untold new applications. In this panel we are going to explore the possibilities of connected drones. First, we are going to start with the basics – what are the wireless technologies are out there and how do we adapt them to drones and will conclude with a demonstration new applications for IP enabled drones.