The breakthrough products of the near-term future will not be created by pushing the boundaries of science and technology. Instead, innovation is being driven by a rising tide of entrepreneurs, who are now able to develop ideas into products that once required the resources of large organizations.
New products—and markets for those products—are appearing at an increasingly frenzied pace, threatening to disrupt established companies. Much of this is the result of “Frictionless-Frameworks”: tools and technologies that are intuitive and accessible, yet powerful and extendible. Those characteristics are frequently in conflict. However, consumer-centric design principals are being more commonly applied—not just to the development of new products and services, but also to the tools that can be used to build those products and services.
This talk will discuss what most conversations about the “Maker” movement have ignored: How large companies will wield influence and multiply their creative potential by intentionally designing frictionless frameworks that lower the barrier to entry for lead-user communities, and harnessing the power of transactional innovation
Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty. He is also the Demo Chair of the Open Hardware Summit and a featured innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He has founded startups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, including the Data Sensing Lab and Revolution By Design. Kipp is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He coauthored Distributed Network Data. He serves on the boards of RIMOSA, The Providence Athenaeum, the community arts organization AS220, and on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine, in addition to co-organizing Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire.
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