Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
 

Solid 2015 Schedule

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Thursday, June 25

Herbst Pavilion
Add Why the new hardware movement is even bigger than the Internet of Things to your personal schedule
9:00am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Why the new hardware movement is even bigger than the Internet of Things Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
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9:10am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Keynote with Quentin Mitchell Quentin Mitchell
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9:25am Plenary
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Frictionless frameworks and the future of innovation Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
Add Street bio: Synthetic biology meets community to your personal schedule
9:40am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Street bio: Synthetic biology meets community David Kong (MIT)
Add The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them to your personal schedule
9:55am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them Cory Doctorow (EFF)
Add Innovation Nation to your personal schedule
10:40am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Innovation Nation Megan Smith (United States Government)
Add Thinking It There, Doing It Here: Networked Playscapes to your personal schedule
10:55am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Thinking It There, Doing It Here: Networked Playscapes Edwina Portocarrero (MIT)
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11:10am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Will Planned Obsolescence Kill Silicon Valley? Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
Add Adventures in Technoarchaeology, Lunar Orbiter and ISEE-3 to your personal schedule
11:25am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Adventures in Technoarchaeology, Lunar Orbiter and ISEE-3 Dennis Wingo (Skycorp Incorporated)
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11:40am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
Startup Showcase winners announced
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11:45am Plenary
Room: Herbst Pavilion
How we taste: A brain teaser Gwendolyn Graff (Wrigley)
Add The physical world as interface to the digital world to your personal schedule
2:05pm The physical world as interface to the digital world Valentin Heun (MIT Media Lab)
Add Connecting home: Designing for the systems of the whole family to your personal schedule
2:55pm Connecting home: Designing for the systems of the whole family Anna Shaw (consultant), Murphy Freelen (Consultant)
Add How to make an Othermill: From milk jugs to your door to your personal schedule
4:35pm How to make an Othermill: From milk jugs to your door Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Fleet Room (Bldg D)
Add Platforms, devices, and interoperability in the smart home to your personal schedule
2:05pm Platforms, devices, and interoperability in the smart home Chris Boross (The Thread Group)
Fire House
Add Many-to-Many: Designing Crowd Interactions to your personal schedule
1:15pm Many-to-Many: Designing Crowd Interactions Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike)
Add Essential self technologies: Body-based wellness machines to your personal schedule
2:05pm Essential self technologies: Body-based wellness machines Linda Stone, Kelly Dobson (RISD)
Add The Internet of Medical Things to your personal schedule
4:35pm The Internet of Medical Things Brad Younggren (Mobisante)
Add Building connected products that help disabled people to your personal schedule
5:25pm Building connected products that help disabled people Ross Atkin (Ross Atkin Associates)
Cowell Theater (Herbst Pavilion)
Add Indiegogo: The feedback channel for your new hardware products to your personal schedule
1:15pm Indiegogo: The feedback channel for your new hardware products Kate Drane (Indiegogo), Gavin Fish (Light Harmonic), Peter Hoddie (Marvell), Greg Roberts (Icontrol Networks)
Add The facts about my hardware startup failure to your personal schedule
2:05pm The facts about my hardware startup failure Eduardo Torrealba (torrealba.io)
Add Empathic engineering for the internet of experiences to your personal schedule
4:35pm Empathic engineering for the internet of experiences Fotini Markopoulou (Team Turquoise)
Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Add Origami for VR: Architecting virtual 3D spaces with paper to your personal schedule
1:15pm Origami for VR: Architecting virtual 3D spaces with paper Jody Medich (Singularity University)
Add Intro to inertial sensors: From taps to gestures to location to your personal schedule
2:05pm Intro to inertial sensors: From taps to gestures to location Elecia White (Logical Elegance and Embedded.fm)
Add We suck at attaching objects to people to your personal schedule
2:55pm We suck at attaching objects to people Arthur Petron (MIT Media Laboratory)
Add The design of personalities and natural language UX to your personal schedule
4:35pm The design of personalities and natural language UX Mark Stephen Meadows (Botanic, LLC)
Add Designing for Dialog: Speech and Transmodal Design for the Internet of Things to your personal schedule
5:25pm Designing for Dialog: Speech and Transmodal Design for the Internet of Things Tony Sheeder (Nuance Communications, Inc.)
Generals Residence
Add Blurred lines to your personal schedule
1:15pm Blurred lines Nitesh Dhanjani (Ernst & Young LLP)
Add The democratic internet of things to your personal schedule
2:55pm The democratic internet of things Henning Diedrich (IBM)
Add The Internet of Pwned Things: Securing the connected home to your personal schedule
4:35pm The Internet of Pwned Things: Securing the connected home Elissa Shevinsky (Jekudo Privacy Company)
Add IoT security cornerstones to your personal schedule
5:25pm IoT security cornerstones Brian Witten (Symantec)
C 210 (Bldg C)
Add Creating a paradigm shift in manufacturing to your personal schedule
1:15pm Creating a paradigm shift in manufacturing Douglas Woods (AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology)
Add Launch Academy: Your guide to launching a hardware company to your personal schedule
2:55pm Launch Academy: Your guide to launching a hardware company Katherine Hague (The Blueprint/ShopLocket)
Add Cloning Immersive Environments to your personal schedule
4:35pm Cloning Immersive Environments Jeff Gray (Spies & Assassins), Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Add AI + psychology + robots = patient engagement to your personal schedule
5:25pm AI + psychology + robots = patient engagement Cory Kidd (Catalia Health)
8:00am Coffee Break
Room: Festival Pavilion
10:10am Morning Break
Room: Festival Pavilion
12:15pm Lunch
Room: Festival Pavilion
3:35pm Afternoon Break
Room: Festival Pavilion
9:00am-9:10am (10m) Keynote
Why the new hardware movement is even bigger than the Internet of Things
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
9:10am-9:25am (15m) Keynote
Keynote with Quentin Mitchell
Quentin Mitchell
Kenyan rally car driver Quentin Mitchell will be teaming up with a team from Hella Shitty Racing led by Jeff Vier and Erica Muxlow to build a race car from scratch. This demo highlights the intersection of the making and rallying communities in San Francisco and Kenya.
9:25am-9:40am (15m) Keynote
Frictionless frameworks and the future of innovation
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
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.
9:40am-9:55am (15m) Keynote
Street bio: Synthetic biology meets community
David Kong (MIT)
In this talk, David will discuss the tools and infrastructure—hardware, wetware, virtual, and physical spaces—to enable broad participation in biological technologies. He will describe applications of these tools, from manufacturing genetic circuitry for the ID and destruction of cancer cells, to engineering microbial communities for sensing and curing disease.
9:55am-10:10am (15m) Keynote
The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them
Cory Doctorow (EFF)
From "ecosystem" strategies to the war on terror, from the copyright wars to the subprime lending industry, it seems like everyone wants to build an Internet of Treacherous Things whose primary loyalty is to someone other than the people with whose lives they are intimately entwined.
10:40am-10:55am (15m) Keynote
Innovation Nation
Megan Smith (United States Government)
Megan Smith, CTO, United States Government
10:55am-11:10am (15m) Keynote
Thinking It There, Doing It Here: Networked Playscapes
Edwina Portocarrero (MIT)
As a PHD student at the Media Lab, we are trained to try and think and build the impossible and to believe we are good at most anything, supported by amazing infrastructure and social capital that it is easy to take for granted. But what happens when you step out of the bubble and into the "real world" to make your grand ideas a reality?
11:10am-11:25am (15m) Keynote
Will Planned Obsolescence Kill Silicon Valley?
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
In Detroit’s heyday, automotive manufacturers built generations of vehicles with intentionally limited lifespans to encourage new vehicle purchases on a regular basis. In today’s world of connected hardware, leading vendors are again pursuing similar strategies based on planned obsolescence – to the benefit of everyone involved, especially consumers.
11:25am-11:40am (15m) Keynote
Adventures in Technoarchaeology, Lunar Orbiter and ISEE-3
Dennis Wingo (Skycorp Incorporated)
Beginning in 2008 a small team under the direction of Skycorp Incorporated and in collaboration with the NASA Ames Solar System Exploration Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI), began projects to recover our historical legacy from the Apollo program and early space age.
11:40am-11:45am (5m) Keynote
Startup Showcase winners announced
The winners of the Solid Startup Showcase will be announced.
11:45am-12:15pm (30m) Keynote
How we taste: A brain teaser
Gwendolyn Graff (Wrigley)
The way we experience food is highly complex. In this interactive keynote, Wrigley creativity fellow and chemist Gwendolyn Graff will describe the different biological and neural pathways by which our brain gets information, interprets it, and puts together inputs to draw meaning and understanding of what we are eating.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Design
Crowds, algorithms, and computation: The new materials of design
Matthew Milan (Normative)
In a world full of networked hardware, the design of software is more important than ever. For design to work at web scale it must move beyond users and screens. The new materials of design aren’t just plastic, pixels, and code; they’re the social and computational fabric of the web: Crowds, algorithms, and the software forms they enable.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Design
The physical world as interface to the digital world
Valentin Heun (MIT Media Lab)
Internet-connected things offer big promises, but at the moment the interface is complicated. The interface should be as convenient and simple as tapping a light switch and ideally should not compromise human control. The logical next step is that the physical world itself will become the interface for smart objects, while our phones will function as tools occasionally needed to edit this reality.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Design
Connecting home: Designing for the systems of the whole family
Anna Shaw (consultant), Murphy Freelen (Consultant)
Connected systems within the home should enhance life, not add complexity. But when products don’t consider the dynamics of a busy household—women, men, kids, seniors—they fail. Successful home products are designed for “we,” not “me.” We’ll discuss examples of missed experiences and how extending design principles for women creates smart home products that connect the whole family.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Building / Manufacturing
How to make an Othermill: From milk jugs to your door
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
When people ask me how many employees we have, I say 20. Sometimes people are surprised at how small we are, but that's probably because they don't realize that there are 400 people within a 200 mile radius of us that are actively involved in building the Othermill.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Building / Manufacturing
When hardware and software collide: Accelerating innovation through technology-powered manufacturing
Robert Bodor (Proto Labs)
As hardware undergoes a revival following the long software revolution, automation has had a significant impact across industries—manufacturing included. At Proto Labs, we’ve used automation to enable a digital transformation and begun to define ourselves as a technology company that enables short-run manufacturing.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Heavy Industry/Intelligent Enterprise
Being Bayesian: Strategies for modeling before, during, and after product creation
Patrick Kalaher (frog)
How do you know if your IoT system will produce interesting, valuable data? How can you perfectly predict the impact of your solution on your business before it's even designed? You can't. You can use different kinds of modeling before, during, and after product creation to help you adapt and evolve, increasing the accuracy of your predictions. You can’t be perfect, but you can be less wrong.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Heavy Industry/Intelligent Enterprise
Platforms, devices, and interoperability in the smart home
Chris Boross (The Thread Group)
Today’s connected home industry is a hotly contested space, with many alliances duking it out to become the dominant standard. The Thread Group’s Chris Boross will examine the efforts behind interoperability and its critical role in realizing the vision of the connected home. He will propose next steps for overcoming some of the key roadblocks that hinder widespread adoption of the connected home.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Heavy Industry/Intelligent Enterprise
Manufacturing disruption driven by the Internet of Everything
Tony Shakib (Cisco Systems)
In this session, Tony Shakib, Cisco’s Vice President, IoE Vertical Solutions Group, will talk about common themes in industrial digitization. He’ll share insights about how “connected everything,” big data analytics, and cool factory floor apps are changing manufacturing as we know it.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Heavy Industry/Intelligent Enterprise
GE and the industrial internet: Reinventing services through software
Matthew Stein (Multitude)
For more than three years, GE has been on a mission to reinvent its business through software. This session gives an overview of the transformation, highlighting many of the key learnings along the way as this 130-year old company built a portfolio of outcome-based industrial applications, an Industrial Internet of Things platform, and a vibrant partner ecosystem.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Heavy Industry/Intelligent Enterprise
Augmented reality and the future of work: Combining hardware and software to create an instant expert
Brian Mullins (DAQRI), Stacy Scopano (Autodesk)
Augmented reality is poised to change the face of today’s worker, reducing errors and increasing safety via wearable devices that overlay work instructions on real-world environments. DAQRI is pioneering AR in industrial settings, and founder and CEO Brian Mullins will discuss how wearable devices and 4D authoring software combined will create “instant experts” across a variety of industries.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Society
Many-to-Many: Designing Crowd Interactions
Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike)
Marcelo Coelho, Principal, Marcelo Coelho Studio
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Society
Essential self technologies: Body-based wellness machines
Linda Stone (.), Kelly Dobson (RISD)
Igniting an emergent movement within the fields of health, medicine, and mindfulness, the presenters describe technological inventions that support creative self-care and care of others in full, embodied, and restorative approaches. With a combination of field overview and design demonstrations, they call into action an evolution of our approaches to technologies for health.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Society
Today’s internet is broken and DARPA is here to fix it
Daniel Kaufman (DARPA)
This talk explores the current perception of cyber and information today, offers a glimpse into what it really is, and which six impossible things we can believe before breakfast.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Society
The Internet of Medical Things
Brad Younggren (Mobisante)
This presentation is an overview of the current state of the digital health revolution, specifically as it relates to medical devices. We will discuss where we are in 2015 for regulatory oversight and changes we might see in the future; and give examples of connected devices that can or will be available for purchase that will empower people to create a patient-centered healthcare model.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Society
Building connected products that help disabled people
Ross Atkin (Ross Atkin Associates)
Two case studies (one domestic and one ‘smart city’) illustrate processes that can be followed to design Internet of Things products that make life easier for disabled people, an area of enormous potential for the technology. This talk covers the process from ethnographic research through concept articulation, prototyping, and field trials.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Startups
Indiegogo: The feedback channel for your new hardware products
Kate Drane (Indiegogo), Gavin Fish (Light Harmonic), Peter Hoddie (Marvell), Greg Roberts (Icontrol Networks)
Hardware companies are turning to crowdfunding to directly connect with consumers, gain exposure, and learn their customer needs before moving to full-scale manufacturing. This panel discusses crowdfunding best practices, and presents real case studies that explain how hardware manufacturers have used Indiegogo to create evangelists for their products to get smarter, faster, leaner.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Startups
The facts about my hardware startup failure
Eduardo Torrealba (torrealba.io)
What happens after your product ships and you run out of money? Eduardo Torrealba walks you through the ups and downs of his last company. Get a rare glimpse behind the curtain to learn about how and why a venture-funded hardware startup went out of business. Find out what you can do to avoid a similar fate in your current or future company.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Startups
Around the block again: Tricks and tools learned in the trenches building a follow-on product
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs)
It's not every day that a hardware startup has success and goes on to grow, expand, and seek more technical and more challenging goals. Learn some of the tools, tricks, and experiences that Formlabs learned the hard way. Live examples of analysis tools we use, firsthand advice on picking a contract manufacturer, and many more topics.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Startups
Empathic engineering for the internet of experiences
Fotini Markopoulou (Team Turquoise)
The internet of things is not going to just be about interacting with data, it will also be a subjective experience. How will we make it the experience we want it to be?
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Startups
Machine intelligence to free human intelligence: How automation helps you win
Roger Chen (.)
Technology has a long history of boosting productivity by automating away inefficiencies. The rise of robotics and machine learning now enables whole new levels of automation through both hardware and software. Modern businesses are tightly integrating these technologies into their workflows, and it’s helping them win.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Tools
Origami for VR: Architecting virtual 3D spaces with paper
Jody Medich (Singularity University)
As designers, we're used to creating 2D designs for 2D screens. But when it comes to 3D experience design that belongs alongside the real world, these traditional digital design tools simply... fall flat! By rapidly prototyping your designs with origami-style 3D paper models, you can overcome flat thinking, engage with your design on a physical level, and design truly compelling 3D experiences.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Tools
Intro to inertial sensors: From taps to gestures to location
Elecia White (Logical Elegance and Embedded.fm)
What is the difference between an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer? What would you use each for? If you aren’t sure, let me explain.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Tools
We suck at attaching objects to people
Arthur Petron (MIT Media Laboratory)
We suck at attaching objects to people: using a novel robotic measurement device and multimaterial 3D printing to create more comfortable prosthetic sockets. This talk will help you understand the basics of how hardware and software communicate, why to choose one method over another, and what the future looks like for connecting hardware and software together in this constantly changing space.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Design
The design of personalities and natural language UX
Mark Stephen Meadows (Botanic, LLC)
We now talk with our computers via natural language. When they make suggestions about healthcare or finance – or when they measure our emotions with lexical analysis – ethical questions arise. This talk examines the role of personality design for robots, Internet of Things, and several other systems that use natural language interfaces.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Design
Designing for Dialog: Speech and Transmodal Design for the Internet of Things
Tony Sheeder (Nuance Communications, Inc.)
Speech can be a unifying interaction model for the Internet of Things – one that transcends or complements other modalities. Critical to the effectiveness of speech as an input method is the way in which it is designed for a specific device. Learn about some of the key design considerations for speech, and how proper design will help us realize the full potential of the Internet of Things.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Security
Blurred lines
Nitesh Dhanjani (Ernst & Young LLP)
This talk will discuss and demonstrate cutting edge attacks against IoT devices (lighting, cars, door locks) and discuss how to build better security mechanisms to protect against such attacks.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Design
Experience design for IoT security: Inspiration from building architecture
Ame Elliott (Simply Secure)
There is a tremendous design opportunity in making the user experience of Internet of Things security accessible to a mass audience. User experience designers can leverage lessons from building architecture to help design new connected domestic technologies, such as smart building sensors, that serve the needs of their inhabitants in a transparent and delightful way.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Security
The democratic internet of things
Henning Diedrich (IBM)
Autonomous devices in the Internet of Things will turn our world into science fiction, complete with the feel of a ubiquitous pseudo intelligence and a sustained competition between reality and its digital model. Humanity has a vested interest in getting this right. The democratic Internet of autonomous Things, based on Ethereum, will win the day. This presentation details how.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Technology
The Internet of Pwned Things: Securing the connected home
Elissa Shevinsky (Jekudo Privacy Company)
How do we build connected devices in a secure way? We'll start with an overview of potential hacks that impact the connected home, covering both the whimsical (pranking a neighbor so his printer informs him that it has achieved sentience), and the serious (compromising the core functionalities of a connected car). We'll conclude with best practices for baking security into connected devices.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Security
IoT security cornerstones
Brian Witten (Symantec)
As the Internet of Things grows at a stunning rate, security is all too often absent or inadequate, as recent, somewhat frightening events highlight. Compounding things, IoT differs dramatically from traditional "Information Technology." This talk will give practical guidance on how to build security into IoT, even where IoT presents a raft of challenges not present for IT.
1:15pm-1:55pm (40m) Building / Manufacturing
Creating a paradigm shift in manufacturing
Douglas Woods (AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology)
While communication and interoperability have long held a place in the consumer market and mainstream business world, manufacturing has often been slow to catch up. Enter MTConnect, a royalty-free, non-proprietary, and open source communications standard that is rapidly moving manufacturing into the digital age.
2:05pm-2:45pm (40m) Technology
Listen to your product; it knows more than your customer
Russ Fadel (ThingWorx)
The old adage of the customer always being right might need an asterisk in the Internet of Things world. As products continue to get smarter and more connected, not only should we listen to our customers, but we must listen to our products as well.
2:55pm-3:35pm (40m) Startups
Launch Academy: Your guide to launching a hardware company
Katherine Hague (The Blueprint/ShopLocket)
What do you need to know before starting your hardware company? A lot. Hardware is complex and it takes years to build a successful company. We've conducted 120+ interviews with today's top founders in hardware, and share our learnings in a comprehensive guide called the Launch Academy. In this talk we’ll help you cut your learning curve and go from hardware project to thriving hardware company.
4:35pm-5:15pm (40m) Technology
Cloning Immersive Environments
Jeff Gray (Spies & Assassins), Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Building interactive installations and immersive environments is a very customized endeavor, often proprietary and time-consuming to organize. Drawing on some of our recent findings at KBS's Spies and Assassins, we'll use this hour to explore how retrofitting new tools in provisioning websites has increased our ability to quickly install and run interactive environments for events and activations.
5:25pm-6:05pm (40m) Design
AI + psychology + robots = patient engagement
Cory Kidd (Catalia Health)
The talk shows our process of designing a new hardware+software (robots + AI & psychology) system that helps our customers manage long-term healthcare challenges. We’ll talk about applying lessons from our design process to other complex interactive products, and give examples of some of the challenges that we encountered through our iterative prototyping experiences.
8:00am-9:00am (1h)
Break: Coffee Break
10:10am-10:40am (30m)
Break: Morning Break
12:15pm-1:15pm (1h)
Break: Lunch
3:35pm-4:35pm (1h)
Break: Afternoon Break