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

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Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
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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.
Nick O'Leary (IBM)
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The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach, or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products, and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the challenges of IoT is to make it as easy as possible to allow developers to create things, for play or profit, serious or whimsical, professional or hobbyist.
Tony DiCola (Adafruit)
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From its beginning ten years ago in Limor “Ladyada” Fried’s dorm room, Adafruit has been dedicated to open hardware that empowers its customers to build great things. This presentation will show how Adafruit applies this principle to the Internet of Things with the new Adafruit.IO service, allowing makers to interact with their creations over the internet.
Dennis Wingo (Skycorp Incorporated)
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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.
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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.
Joe Jacobson (MIT Media Lab)
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Similar to the way in which we use fabs to build microprocessors and software to program them, the field of synthetic biology offers the prospect of re-programming biological organisms to enable a wide range of new applications, from chemicals to food to pharmaceuticals.
Douglas Woods (AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology)
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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.
Kevin Czinger (Divergent Microfactories, Inc.)
Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO, Divergent Microfactories, Inc.
Ame Elliott (Simply Secure)
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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.
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
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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.
David Rose (Ditto | MIT Media Lab)
Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, phablets, and app stores. David Rose, award-winning entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab scientist, has a different vision.
Matthew Stein (Multitude)
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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.
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
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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.
Gwendolyn Graff (Wrigley)
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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.
Elecia White (Logical Elegance and Embedded.fm)
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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.
Brian Witten (Symantec)
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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.
Rob Soderbery (Cisco)
As part of his day job, Rob Soderbery, SVP of enterprise products and solutions for Cisco, discusses IOT strategy with business and technology leaders from around the world. In this session, he shares his insights into what it will take to catalyze widespread adoption of IOT and drive a virtuous cycle of adoption, funding, and more development.
Mark Hatch (TechShop)
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Fabrication labs like TechShop, the nation’s largest chain of makerspaces, have made it easier for anyone with an idea and a passion to build their dreams. In the last 10 years, makers have been at the forefront of turning big ideas into disruptive innovations. TechShop will discuss the rise of the Maker Movement and what dreams will become realities next.
Andrew Cavatorta (http://andycavatorta.com/)
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Our current obsession with technologically mediated experiences has roots that go back four centuries to automata, carillons, and pipe organs. This history informs my work in both technology and art. And this deep context helps illuminate the future directions of robotics, art, and the melding of the virtual and physical.
Julia Ko (SurePod Corporation)
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SurePod is a first gen mini cellphone built in a year for 100k. The entrepreneurs bootstrapped development and contract manufacturing overseas while building a dealer network in parallel. This session highlights methodologies on managing electronics manufacturers and the supply chain in Shenzhen. Get tools and insight into what it’s like working with factories at each stage in the cycle.
David Cranor (Solid), Mengmeng Chen (Seeed), Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike), Will Walker (Formlabs)
Join us for a blow-by-blow description of how we were able to organize six teams across three countries and two hemispheres in a radically collaborative and radically agile product development process to make Solid's Pop-Up factory demonstration a reality.
Michael McCool (Intel), Rex St. John (Intel), Ramesh Peri (Intel)
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Javascript is unique in that it can be used to program every part of an IoT system: the devices, the servers, and user interface. Node.js can be used for both embedded devices and servers in the cloud, while HTML5 can provide a user interface that works on any device. In this tutorial we will work through the development of a simple but complete IoT system using only Javascript.
Robert Brunner (Ammunition)
Robert Brunner, founder of Ammunition, will talk about the unique opportunity designers are faced with to rethink the purpose and design of everyday things through the lens of intelligence and connectivity.
Mark Stephen Meadows (Botanic, LLC)
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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.
Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter)
Kickstarter projects often go on to incredibly bright stages. GRAMMY and Oscar wins. Acquisitions by Logitech, Samsung, and Facebook. Showcases at MoMA and TED. Trips to outer space. And far beyond.
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
The problems we face are so complex that we have to use everything at our disposal to solve them: data, hardware, software, intuition, robots, empathy. The superheroes of the future are the MacGyvers who use CAD software and robots as readily as bubble gum and paperclips.
Kate Benson (af83), Aurélia Lacombe (af83)
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How to conduct user research regarding the integration of connected products in users’ daily lives by means of a diary study and employing anthropological methods in order to understand behaviors. Opting for "How" instead of the "Five Whys.
Arthur Petron (MIT Media Laboratory)
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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.
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 first day of keynotes.
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
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Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.