2011 World Maker Faire NY

September 17 - 18, 2011


  • Hackett Hackett is an artist, the director of the Madagascar Institute, occasional professor at NYU, and minor basic cable celebrity. He has not been arrested in over a year.
  • Mitch Altman Mitch is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for co-founding 3ware (with J. Peter Herz and Jim MacDonald), his pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research and inventing TV-B-Gone. He is also President and CTO of Cornfield Electronics.
  • Massimo Banzi Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate.
  • Ayah Bdeir Ayah Bdeir is founder and CEO of littleBits, the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics. As an engineer and a leader in the Maker movement, Ayah's career has centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, an alumna of the MIT Media Lab, and a TED Senior Fellow. Ayah has been named one of MIT Tech Review's 35 Innovators Under 35, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and one of Inc.'s 35 Under 35. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah lives in New York City.
  • Kipp Bradford
    Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for creating new products as well as finding new applications for existing technologies. He was the founding CTO of a number of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices. 

    Kipp co-founded Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology and co-organizes Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire. He is the founder of KippKitts, LLC, an open source hardware company As the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp teaches several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. 

    He is the chair of the Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Faculty group and serves on the boards of The Steel Yard and AS220, where he is involved with AS220 Labs in partnership with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. He is also on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine and is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University. 

    In his spare time, he races bicycles as a semi-pro road cyclist and plays glockenspiel in an activist street marching band.
  • Allan Chochinov Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
  • Francisco D'Souza Francisco D'Souza is President and CEO of Cognizant Technology.
  • Dale Dougherty Dale Dougherty is the founder, President & CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.
  • Justin Downs Justin Downs is CTO of GROUND Lab.
  • Tatjana Dzambazova Tanja Dzambazova is trained architect with 12 years of experience in architecture and design in Vienna and London. Always fascinated by the impact that technology has on our lives, she decided to continue her career in the digital design technology world where she has been passionately evangelizing, teaching, authoring books and leading the development of exciting new digital design tools. An avid believer that we are all born with a sense for creativity and innovation and the need to express it, Tanja focuses her energy on making powerful design technologies accessible to wide audiences. 
  • Kellan Elliott-McCrea Kellan Elliott-McCrea is CTO of Etsy.
  • Bilal Ghalib Bilal Ghalib, the man who once laser etched his finger nails and crowd sourced a haircut, will be speaking about his current trip to the middle east, using Autodesk 123D Catch and a flash Mob to capture the Sphinx into a 3D model in a project known only as Steal the Sphinx. He will also give a brief overview of the Egyptian and Bahgdad Hacker spaces that he visited and amazing middle eastern Makers that he met along the way.
  • David Giancaspro David Giancaspro has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been voiding warranties for fun since an early age. Raising two children with his wife Jeanette, a crafter, in The Bronx.He is  a core contributor to Wired's Geek Dad and has had two projects featured in the Geek Dad books.
  • Alicia Gibb Alicia Gibb is a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs. She is a member of NYCResistor, co-chair of the Open Hardware Summit, and a member of the advisory board for Linux Journal. Her work has appeared in Wired magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday and the New York Times.
  • Jose Gomez-Marquez José Gómez-Márquez is the program director for the Innovations in International Health (IIH) initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and cofounder of LDTC+Labs, a design and strategy consultancy for international development technology. Among the projects under his technology practice at IIH is the Aerovax Drug Delivery System, a device for mass delivery of inhalable drugs and vaccines to remote populations. His IIH invention portfolio also includes SafePilot, a wireless cane for the blind, and most recently, the X out TB program, which aims to increase tuberculosis-therapy adherence in developing countries using novel diagnostics and mobile technology. Recently, the group has developed the MEDIKit, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent medical technologies. The lab’s work has been profiled in Discover, Wired, and The Economist. Gómez-Márquez is also an instructor of MIT’s D-Lab: Health, a course on designing global health technologies.
  • John Hodgman John Hodgman is an author and Resident Expert on the Daily Show.
  • Margaret Honey Margaret Honey is the CEO of the New York Hall of Science.
  • Bunnie Huang Bunnie is a hardware hacker whose most recent contributions include the portfolio of Chumby hardware products.
  • Tom Kalil

    Thomas Kalil is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He has been charged with developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. He will also help develop a broad range of partnerships between 2 of the California Institutes of Science and Innovation (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, California Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research) and potential stakeholders in industry, government, foundations, and non-profits.

  • Anya Kamenetz Anya Kamenetz writes about the future of education. In 2011, Learning, Freedom and the Web and The Edupunks’ Guide were published as free ebooks by the Mozilla and Gates Foundation respectively. Anya also penned Generation Debt which dealt with youth economics and politics. Her book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.
  • Heather Knight Heather Knight is PhD student at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and runs Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. From Syynlabs to MIT to JPL to the Robot Film Festival she founded this past July, Knight loves intersecting technology and the arts.
  • Zach Lieberman Zachary Lieberman is an artist with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. His work uses technology in a playful way to break down the fragile boundary between the visible and the invisible.Most recently, he helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum, wrote software for an augmented reality magic trick, and helped develop the eyewriter, an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed graffiti artist draw again. In 2010 he was named one of 100 Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine. The eyewriter recently won Design of the Year (Interactive) from the London Design Museum and the Golden Nica (Interactive) from Ars Electronica. In addition to making artistic projects, Lieberman is co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.
  • Hod Lipson In 2001 Hod Lipson joined the departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the faculty of Computing & Information Science of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is also a member of the Computer Science and Computational Biology graduate fields at Cornell. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University's Computer Science Department and a Lecturer at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his PhD in 1998 from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Before joining academia, he spent several years as a research engineer in the mechanical, electronic and software industries.
  • Jeffrey Lipton Jeffrey has been with the Fab@Home team since the launch of the model 2 redesign. He is a PhD Student in the Cornell Creative Machines Lab where he reseachers applications and techniques for 3d printing.
  • Phil McKinney Phil McKinney is President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.

    Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at HP. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development (R&D) and product roadmaps for the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.

    Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion. The book is available in hardcover, digital and audio formats. The book will soon be available in Russian, Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean and Japanese.
  • Emeka Okafor Emeka Okafor is an entrepreneur and venture catalyst. He is the curator of Maker Faire Africa and was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha, Tanzania. Other associations include TED Fellowships and the African Innovation Foundation. His interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm-breaking technologies in general.
  • Bre Pettis Bre Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. Passionate about all things DIY, he is a co-founder of MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn-based company that's bringing computer-controlled fabrication to the work benches of inventors, hobbyists, and mad scientists everywhere. The company's low-cost 3-D printers turn digital design files into physical objects, vastly reducing the cost and time required to prototype new products, manufacture custom parts, or realize art projects. MakerBot hosts the online community, Thingiverse, where users share designs and collaborate on open source hardware.

    Pettis is also a founder of the hacker collective NYCResistor. He created the History Channel TV show History Hacker, produced and hosted Make magazine's Weekend Projects video series, created new media for Etsy.com, and taught art in the Seattle public schools.
  • Benedetta Piantella Benedetta is an ITP Graduate, founder of T4D Lab, a co-founder of GroundLab, an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic & NYU ITP, and a Technology Architect at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A graduate of ITP, Benedetta specializes in building sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social and environmental challenge worldwide. She has designed prototyped, manufactured and field tested projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and built partnerships with the UN, UNICEF & the Earth Institute.
  • David Pogue David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News. He's also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the For Dummies series and his own line of "Missing Manual" books.
  • Brant Revill Mr. M. Brant Revill is a Computer Scientist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic. His current role is Project Lead for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) crowdsourcing effort, UAVForge.net.
  • Veronika Scott Veronika is a Detroit designer currently studying at The College for Creative Studies. For the past year she has been working in homeless shelters creating crazy post apocalyptic gear to help inspire pride and help their livelihood. She's working towards bringing fantastic people together to build new sustainable systems.
  • AnnMarie Polsenberg Thomas AnnMarie is an engineering professor who spends a lot of her time trying to figure out how to encourage the next generation of makers and engineers. http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/
  • Eric Wilhelm Eric has a Ph.D. from MIT, runs Instructables.com -- a site attracting 10 million people per month--, and recently sold his company to, and now builds communities for, Autodesk. He has flown powered exclusively by kite, competed in an ultra-marathon, and is recognized as a top innovator under 35.
  • Caroline Woolard Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of Trade School, a non-traditional learning environment where students barter with teachers for instruction. Classes focus on traditions, techniques, and tactics, and teachers have asked for everything from fresh produce to research help from students. To find out more, go to http://tradeschool.ourgoods.org/about Caroline is also a co-founder of OurGoods, a barter network for creative people.
  • Jason Yosinski Jason Yosinski is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Cornell, where he studies computers and brains. Some of his recent research has been on learning quadruped robot gaits with the Cornell Creative Machines Lab.

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About this conference

2011 World Maker Faire NY is an amazing showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the DIY mind-set. It’s stimulating, inspiring and fun for all ages. You just have to be there to experience it for yourself.

Every year there are first-time makers as well as favorites returning with something new. See the latest technology using Arduino, check out projects in the Health 2.0 space and see what the Young Makers are working on! Practical. Whimsical. Experimental. Original. World Maker Faire is a weekend filled with an incredible variety of exhibits, talks demonstrations and performances, most of them hands- on and all of them engaging, bridging arts and crafts and science and engineering. World Maker Faire is a reflection of our community at its very best.

About Maker Faire

A family fun faire to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, act up, think, play & be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

For more information, visit: http://makerfaire.com/