FAB: How Distributed Making Happens

Getting from 2D to 3D has never been easier or less expensive, opening a world of new possibilities for open source and independent manufacturing of consumer goods, medical supplies, culinary products, and more. Leaders in this field gather to discuss their perspectives and experiences as Maker Pros leading the digital fabrication charge.

MANUFACTURING: How Makers Get Things Made

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.

Medicine: How to Make it in Healthcare

Among the most exciting applications of the current wave of technological disruption is in the field of health care. From 3D-printing in the surgical theater to individualized gene-based therapies, the Maker Movement is redefining and leading medical trends. What awaits us and what are the opportunities for Makers of all disciplines?

OPEN INNOVATION: How Companies Innovate with Makers

Collaboration between large companies and maker start-ups benefits nearly any organization that pursues this interaction. What opportunities are there for Makers to work more closely with established global concerns? Which companies have established infrastructure or models that nurture this type of collaboration?

OPEN INNOVATION: How Government Innovates with Makers

Intersections. Where the public and private sectors meet on behalf of the civic good. During this session, panelists from NASA, the Department of Energy, the Army Cyber Institute, and others discuss how their agencies interact with the private and civic sectors to advance public/private technological innovations.