World Maker Faire New York 2013

September 21 - 22, 2013


  • Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan is the author of Learning iOS Programming, Programming iOS Sensors, Basic Sensors in iOS, Geolocation in iOS, iOS Sensor Apps and Arduino and Augmented Reality in iOS. Last year he and Pete Warden caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all of the time without you knowing. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. He isn't sure what to think about that. From time to time he stands in front of cameras, and you can often find him at conferences run by O'Reilly Media. He runs a small technology consulting business writing bespoke software, building open hardware and providing training, including a series of workshops on sensors. He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary about them in 140 characters or less. Alasdair is also a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter. As part of his work there 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 the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.
  • 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.
  • William Casebeer William D. Casebeer, PhD, is a retired AIr Force officer and presently a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Carla Diana Carla Diana is a design and product innovator focused on the intersection of the physical and the digital. She is Fellow at the innovation firm Smart Design where she runs the Smart Interaction Lab.
  • 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.
  • Regina Dugan Dr. Regina Dugan is Vice President of Engineering at Google and leads the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP is a small band of makers and believers charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market. From May 2012 until February 2014, Regina was Senior Vice President and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Motorola Mobility. In February 2014, ATAP transitioned to Google’s Android, Chrome & Apps product area.
  • David Gauntlett David Gauntlett's books include Making is Connecting (2011). He has worked with some of the world's leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, V&A, Tate, and Lego.
  • 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.
  • Mark Hatch Mark Hatch is CEO of TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide. Mark is author of "The Maker Movement Manifesto."
  • Peter Hirshberg Peter Hirshberg is Chairman of Re:imagine Group which shapes strategies at the confluence of economic development, brands and cities. As co-founder San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation for the Arts where he's led initiatives at the forefront of citizen engagement in placemaking, open data and public art. These include San Francisco's Summer of Smart civic hackathon program with 16 mayoral candidates and Urban Prototyping initiatives in Singapore, London, San Francisco, Geneva and Zurich. As advisor to the United Nations Global Pulse project, he's developed addressed the U.N. General Assembly on real-time data for international development Peter is a frequent technology and media industry speaker, having presented at TED, the World Economic Forum, DLD, EG the Entertainment Gathering, and The Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • A.J. Jacobs A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically. He is editor at large at Esquire and a contributor to NPR.
  • Jason Kridner Jason Kridner is a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). Kridner is also the co-founder of where he has created open-source development tools such as BeagleBoard, BeagleBoard-xM, BeagleBone and the new BeagleBone Black. During his 20-year tenure with TI, Kridner has become an active leader in the open-source community. He has engaged audiences at a variety of industry and hardware and software developer shows, including Maker Faire, Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builders Summit, OSCON, CES, Design West, Collaboration Summit and Design East.
  • David Lang David Lang is a co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots. He is also the author of Zero to Maker. He was named a 2013 TED Fellow.
  • John Maeda John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner. He advises KPCB portfolio companies on how to maximize the impact of design in their products and company cultures. He serves on the boards of Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy. He also chairs the eBay Design Advisory Board and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models and a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
  • Sylvia Martinez Sylvia is President of Generation YES, a non-profit with a mission of empowering young people to improve their schools and communities with modern technology. Sylvia works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Sylvia speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning. Previous to Generation YES, Sylvia was in charge of product development at several software publishers, designing and creating video games and educational software. Sylvia also had a career in aerospace engineering as a senior scientist on the GPS navigational satellite system research and development. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.
  • Lori Melichar Lori Melichar, Ph.D., M.A., is a labor economist and senior program officer in the Foundation’s Research and Evaluation Unit, working with the Pioneer Portfolio and Human Capital Portfolio. She currently manages grants in the Pioneer Portfolio that study how social networks impact health and health care. What excites Melichar the most about her work is “uncovering and motivating individuals in the networks that have the power to spread, implement, or expand pioneering ideas.”
  • Shree K. Nayar Shree K. Nayar is the T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. His areas of research are computer vision, computational imaging, computer graphics and robotics.
  • Mason Peck Mason Peck is NASA's Chief Technologist, serving as the principal advisor and advocate on technology policy and programs, communicating how NASA technologies benefit the day-to-day lives of Americans.
  • 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, and taught art in the Seattle public schools.
  • Science Bob Pflugfelder "Science Bob" Pflugfelder is an award-winning elementary school science teacher and the resident science teacher on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His experiments have been featured in Popular Science and Wired.
  • 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.
  • Ivan Poupyrev Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is scientist, inventor and designer. He is currently with the Walt Disney Company, where he directs an Interaction Technology group in Disney Research Pittsburgh Laboratory.
  • Mitch Resnick Mitch Resnick leads a team which develops tools for creative learning, including Scratch, the online programming tool and community for kids. He was awarded the 2011 McGraw Prize in Education.
  • Matt Richardson Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, contributing editor to MAKE magazine, and Resident Research Fellow at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
  • Douglas Rushkoff Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Vi.
  • Amol Sarva Amol Sarva is a cognitive science doctorate from Stanford, a former McKinsey consultant and co-founder of Virgin Mobile USA.
  • Robert Scoble Scoble is the Rackspace Startup Liaison Officer, helping small teams have a huge impact with cloud computing technology. He’s a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley and since 1985 he has been building online communities. Robert travels the globe studying and making media about world changing startups. You will also find his videos on YouTube, Google+, Twitter or on the Scoble blog, Robert is also the father of three sons, Patrick, Milan and Ryan, who are lots of fun and they are all geeks in training.
  • Gary Stager Gary Stager, an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant, is the Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990), has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab’s Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation’s Learning Team. Stager’s doctoral research involved working with longtime colleague, Dr. Seymour Papert, on the creation a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens. This work documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.
  • Clive Thompson Clive Thompson writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine on the everyday impact of new technologies. He is also a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Thompson was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. His work has been widely anthologized, and he has received two Mirror Awards for his coverage of digital media. His new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, will be published by Penguin in September.
  • Eben Upton Eben is a founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device. In his day job, he works for Broadcom as an ASIC architect and general troublemaker.
  • Lee von Kraus Lee von Kraus is a neuroscience doctorate from SUNY Downstate and widely-published electronics hacker.
  • Dawn Wendell Dr. Dawn is an Engineer and Maker whose past projects range from Battlebots robots to medical devices. She received her degrees from MIT including a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

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About this conference

Have you ever wanted to build your own robot? Or learn how to knit? Do you enjoy wiring complex circuits or cooking with homegrown produce? In your spare time, do you design furniture with LEGO bricks or play music on your homemade ukulele? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then welcome to World Maker Faire, where it's cool to be smart!

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.

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