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

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Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has been thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can... Read More.

Danielle  Applestone
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.), @dapplestone

Danielle is a cofounder of Other Machine Co., a San Francisco-based company bringing manufacturing tools to everyone. Danielle’s expertise integrates a strong background in science and technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with an advanced degree in chemical engineering and a software programming hobby, Danielle cofounded her first company in 2003—a... Read More.

Sally Applin

Sally Applin is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) where she researches the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: the reifications of Network Space in Personal Space. Her research is focused on... Read More.

Ross Atkin
Ross Atkin (Ross Atkin Associates), @rossatkin

Ross Atkin is a designer and engineer with experience working in industry (for leading UK manufacturers like Dyson, Stannah, and Furnitubes) and academia (at the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design). He works at the interface between disability and technology. He conducts research and creates products to... Read More.

Kate Benson
Kate Benson (af83)

Bilingual English-French, born American naturalized French, fine arts background with specialization in art history from the Sorbonne and Columbia University, Kate Benson organized contemporary art exhibitions before changing careers to design multi-device and connected product user experiences.

Matthew Berggren

Matt Berggren is a hardware engineer, systems architect, and product manager who spent 15 years in product management and hardware development at Altium, helping develop the underlying Altium hardware development methodology and workflow used by Altium customers. Since then he joined Supplyframe as senior director of product focusing on vertical... Read More.

Matt Biddulph
Matt Biddulph (Thington Inc), @mattb

Matt Biddulph is co-founder of Product Club, a new product development and invention company. He was co-founder of Dopplr, the social network for smarter travel acquired by Nokia in 2009. He started out in 1994 building search engines on CD-ROM, and now specialises in real-time data, social software, and... Read More.

Robert Bodor
Robert Bodor (Proto Labs), @ProtoLabs

Robert is currently vice president and general manager, Americas at Proto Labs, a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and low- to mid-volume production. At Proto Labs, Robert has also held roles as chief technology officer and director of business development. Prior to joining Proto... Read More.

Chris Boross
Chris Boross (The Thread Group), @TheThreadGroup

Chris Boross is president of the Thread Group. He is also technical product marketing manager at Nest, overseeing technology partnerships and wireless networking technologies.

Previously, Chris was a senior product marketing manager at Broadcom, leading the company’s wireless networking, smartphone, and consumer products efforts in both the US and the... Read More.

Kipp Bradford
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks), @kippworks

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... Read More.

Nikolai Braun
Nikolai Braun (Revolution Bioengineering), @NikolaiBraun

Dr. Nikolai Braun grew up in Washington D.C., has a Ph.D. in biophysics, and has worked for over a decade at the forefront of the synthetic biology industry building novel functionality in eukaryotic organisms. An accomplished trail biker and a competitive mountain climber, he is truly in touch with the... Read More.

Jon Bruner
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), @jonbruner

Jon Bruner is a data journalist who approaches questions that interest him by writing and coding. He is co-chair of the O’Reilly Solid conference, focused on the intersection between software and the physical world, and he oversees O’Reilly’s publications on hardware, the Internet of Things, manufacturing, and electronics. Before coming... Read More.

Robert Brunner
Robert Brunner (Ammunition), @rdbrunner

Robert Brunner founded San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition in 2007 to communicate ideas through products, brands, and their surrounding experiences. His work as an industrial designer has spawned numerous brand-defining designs over the past three decades for clients including Adobe, Beats by Dre, Barnes & Noble, Polaroid, Square, and Williams-Sonoma,... Read More.

Andrew Cavatorta
Andrew Cavatorta (http://andycavatorta.com/), @andycavatorta

Andy Cavatorta is a technologist and sculptor working with robotics and sound. He is an MIT Media Lab alum, Björk collaborator, TED exhibiting artist, recipient of the Lincoln Prize, with commissions from the Royal Opera House in London, European galleries, and commercial clients. His work is also featured... Read More.

Shu Kuen Chang

A high-level strategic thinker leading IDEO’s industrial design program, Design Director Kuen Chang is passionate about a hands-on approach. These days, he finds himself working at the intersection of physical and digital design, often in the health/wellness and consumer markets. Ultimately, with every project, Kuen strives to create brand-defining iconic... Read More.

Martin Charlier

Martin Charlier is an independent design consultant based in London, and a co-founder of rain cloud, a new kind of connected weather device. Martin is a designer with experience across new media art, industrial design, interaction design, and design research. His speculative design work has been awarded by the Royal... Read More.

Mengmeng Chen
Pop-up Factory Keynote

Mengmeng Chen is head of the US branch of Seeed Studio, an open hardware innovation platform that helps makers turn their cool ideas into reality. By providing open source hardware products and agile manufacturing services, Seeed pushes the boundaries of making and manufacturing. As head of the US branch,... Read More.

Roger Chen

Roger is a principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where he invests in early stage startups bringing enabling technologies to market. He spent his past life as a scientist and engineer, tinkering with photons and electrons at the nanoscale. Roger has a BS from Boston University and a PhD... Read More.

Michael Chui
Michael Chui (McKinsey Global Institute), @mchui

Michael Chui is a partner in the McKinsey Global Institute. He is based in San Francisco, where he directs research on the impact of disruptive technologies such as big data, social media, and the Internet of Things, on business and the economy. As a McKinsey consultant, Michael served clients in... Read More.

Tom Coates
Tom Coates (Thington Inc.), @tomcoates

Tom Coates is co-founder of Product Club, a new product development and innovation company based in San Francisco. He’s also a writer and technologist focused on the shape of the web to come and on developing new products that thrive in it. He’s worked for many prominent companies including Time... Read More.

Marcelo Coelho
Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike), @marcelocoelho
Pop-up Factory Keynote

Marcelo Coelho is an artist and designer whose work seeks to challenge our perception of the physical world by imbuing materials with computation. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, shedding light on how our senses shape and limit... Read More.

Don Coleman
Don Coleman (Chariot Solutions), @doncoleman

Don Coleman is a software developer who enjoys hacking with phones, Arduino, and other hardware. Don is the co-author of Beginning NFC Near Field Communication with Arduino, Android, and PhoneGap and is currently working on a book about Bluetooth low energy.

Rob Coneybeer
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), @robconeybeer

Rob Coneybeer is a veteran venture capitalist who approaches start-up investing from a product perspective. At Shasta Ventures, the Sand Hill Road firm he co-founded in 2004, Rob focuses on hardware and mobile startups. Rob is particularly interested in startups that have discovered creative new approaches to connecting the “real... Read More.

David Cranor
Pop-up Factory Keynote

David Cranor is associate chair of O’Reilly Solid. When he isn’t curating conferences, he can be found working as a design/technology consultant on a wide variety of projects ranging from bionic limbs to experiential theater installations. Previously, he cofounded desktop 3D printing company Formlabs. He holds an S.M. degree from... Read More.

Kevin Czinger
Kevin Czinger (Divergent Microfactories, Inc.), @dmicrofactories

Kevin Czinger is the founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories, Inc., a
company working to revolutionize car manufacturing. Kevin began his career serving in the United States Marine Corps and then worked as a lawyer trying some of the most prominent securities fraud cases of the late 1980s.... Read More.

Nitesh Dhanjani
Nitesh Dhanjani (Ernst & Young LLP), @nitesh_dhanjani
Blurred lines Session

Nitesh Dhanjani is a well known security researcher, author, and speaker. Dhanjani is the author of the upcoming book “Abusing the Internet of Things: Blackouts, Freakouts, and Stakeouts”. He has also written “Hacking: The Next Generation” (O’Reilly), “Network Security Tools: Writing, Hacking, and Modifying Security Tools” (O’Reilly), and “HackNotes: Linux... Read More.

Connor Dickie
Connor Dickie (Synbiota Inc.), @c0nn0r

Connor Dickie co-founded Synbiota Inc. to accelerate biotechnology R&D. Synbiota is a rapid prototyping software/wetware platform for synthetic biology that puts the power of life into the hands of enthusiasts and researchers around the globe. Connor is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab where he created context-sensitive and... Read More.

Tony DiCola
Tony DiCola (Adafruit), @tdicola

Tony DiCola is an engineer for Adafruit who is passionate about the Internet of Things and the maker community. His electronics projects have been published in Adafruit’s Learning System, and in print for Make Magazine. Before coming to Adafruit, Tony worked on large scale online services at Microsoft.

Henning is an entrepreneur, programmer and game designer. He worked as lead software engineer for companies in payment, insurances and games. Henning is the creator of the Erlang VoltDB driver Erlvolt and a maintainer of the Erlang MySQL driver Emysql. His Open Source contributions for... Read More.

Renee DiResta
Getting it here Session

Renee DiResta is the VP of business development at Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Prior to Haven, she was a principal at seed-stage VC fund O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). She also spent seven as a trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm... Read More.

Kelly Dobson (RISD)

Kelly Dobson designed and built the machines that contributed to inspiring essential self technologies. Dr. Dobson’s highly interdisciplinary background spans medicine, art, technology, and culture. She earned three advanced degrees from MIT where she trained in art, media arts and sciences, engineering, and anthropology. She has served as department... Read More.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to “The Guardian”, “The New York Times”, “Publishers Weekly”, “Wired”, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He was formerly director of European... Read More.

Mike Dory
Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins), @mike_dory

Mike is the Managing Director of kbs+ | Spies & Assassins, where he leads the creative technology team and drives technical thought leadership throughout the agency. At Spies, Mike is often found playing with platforms, applications, experiences and advertising, building web, desktop, and mobile experiences for such industry leaders as... Read More.

Kate Drane
Kate Drane (Indiegogo), @katedrane

Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s hardware category lead. She is responsible for all aspects of business growth for the platform’s design and technology categories, and has led many companies, including Misfit Wearables, Scanadu, and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.

Ben Einstein

Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and investor. Ben is currently the managing director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. In addition to seed capital, Bolt invests full-time staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran... Read More.

Ame Elliott
Ame Elliott (Simply Secure), @ameellio

Ame Elliott is design director for Simply Secure, where she is a passionate advocate for bringing design to usable security. She joined Simply Secure after eight years at IDEO San Francisco, leading design research and delivering human-centered tech strategy projects for Fortune 500 clients such as Acer, Ericsson, and... Read More.

Russ Fadel
Russ Fadel (ThingWorx)

Russell Fadel is the president and general manager of ThingWorx™, a PTC business, creator of an award-winning platform to build and run applications designed to leverage the Internet of Things. In his current position Russ is responsible for driving business to help customers in a wide range of industries... Read More.

Noah Feehan
Noah Feehan (New York Times R&D Lab)

Noah Feehan is a maker at the New York Times R&D Lab, which means he designs and implements all manner of solutions in hardware, software, and spaces in between. Before joining the Lab, Noah did many things including helping design performance interfaces for Björk, kitting out a Fab Lab at... Read More.

Ian Ferguson
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs), @ianworld

Ian Ferguson is lead engineer at Formlabs, where he works on all aspects of producing products from design to manufacturing and ongoing support. With an entrepreneurial background in mechatronic and robotics engineering, he likes to get into the nitty-gritty elements of design and development while maintaining a sharp focus on... Read More.

Caroline Fernandes
Caroline Fernandes (Keen IO)

Caroline and her team at Streetline were a bunch of hardware and cloud weirdos building the Internet of Parking Spaces back where there was no hardware or IoT in SoMa, San Francisco — only seven years ago. She’s lived through many a thrill of victory and agony of defeat in... Read More.

Hugo Fiennes (Electric Imp), @hfiennes

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp, an innovative and powerful Internet of Things-based cloud service and hardware platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the internet. Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been... Read More.

Gavin Fish
Gavin Fish (Light Harmonic)

According to The Street, Gavin has landed The Big Consumer Tech Lebowski when it comes to raising money through crowdfunding. As VP at Light Harmonic, he raised over $5M in contributions to fund projects for his harware start-up in just 14 months. Two of his campaigns are proudly stationed in... Read More.

Charles Fracchia
Charles Fracchia (MIT / Harvard Medical School), @charlesfracchia

Charles Fracchia is an IBM PhD Fellow at the MIT Medialab in Joe Jacobson’s Molecular Machines group, and in the Church lab at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School. Charles obtained his bachelor’s at Imperial College London, where he worked on a potassium ion channel-based synthetic biology... Read More.

Murphy Freelen
Murphy Freelen (Consultant), @mfreelen

An expert in guiding and growing creative services firms, Murphy provides strategic leadership for global clients by leveraging her deep understanding of clients’ desires and design’s capacity for generating business results. Most recently, at Smart Design, she elegantly and purposefully integrated digital, physical, and brand into compelling and unexpected experiences... Read More.

Chris Gammell
Chris Gammell (Supplyframe), @chris_gammell

Chris Gammell is a product manager at Supplyframe and a podcaster on The Amp Hour podcast. He also teaches electronics as part of an online educational platform called Contextual Electronics.

Abe Gong
Abe Gong (Human Centric Data Science), @abegong

Abe Gong is fascinated by the intersection of data science, behavior change, and the Internet of Things. Prior to co-founding Metta, he was the first data scientist at Jawbone, and lead data scientist at Massive Health.

Andy Goodman
Andy Goodman (Cortica)

Andy is a futurist. He’s been a digital native since 1994, when he wrote a documentary called “Secrets of the Internet.” Along with his love of digital, scientists inspire him: Brilliant people who make extraordinary discoveries and work to transform reality. After many years in the games, interactive TV, and... Read More.

Elizabeth Goodman
Elizabeth Goodman (confectious), @egoodman

Elizabeth Goodman’s writing, design, and social science research focus is on interaction design for mobile and ubiquitous computing. She is a co-author of Designing Connected Products, published by O’Reilly in 2014, and authored the second edition of Observing the User Experience, a widely-used handbook of design research methods. Elizabeth has... Read More.

Gwendolyn Graff

Gwendolyn Graff has worked for the Wrigley Company for 17 years; her first five years were spent at a subsidiary—where she primarily worked on R&D for kids’ bubblegum. Although always product-focused, she has spent a great deal of time in the early development process—ethnography, ideation, focus groups, prototyping, and concept... Read More.

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray (Spies & Assassins), @grayfuse

Jeff is a director of technology at kbs+ | Spies & Assassins, an award-winning creative technology boutique, playing with platforms, applications, experiences, and advertising across mobile, social, emerging platforms, the web, and at retail and physical locations. At Spies & Assassins, Jeff manages a team of UI developers, bringing best-in-class... Read More.

Arvind Gupta
Arvind Gupta (SOSventures)

With over a decade of experience, Arvind Gupta excels at empowering startups and Fortune 50 companies to launch new tech products. Arvind is behind the LEAP and IndieBio accelerator programs, imbuing them with deep expertise in purpose-driven design. A former equity options market maker, TEDx speaker, author, and winner... Read More.

Katherine Hague (The Blueprint/ShopLocket), @BlueprintShop

Katherine is the Co-Founder of ShopLocket and The Blueprint, recently acquired by PCH International. The Blueprint provides resources for the next generation of hardware innovation. Katherine is one of the creators of Launch Academy. Katherine has been featured in the New York Times, WIRED and TechCrunch. Connect with... Read More.

Will Hart
Will Hart (Particle)

Will Hart is head of supply chain at Particle. Will joined Particle shortly after receiving his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College. He quickly climbed the ranks from intern to running Particle’s overseas supply chain, and has spent the majority of the last two years in Shenzhen, China.

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Mark Hatch
Mark Hatch (TechShop), @MarkHatch

Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net.... Read More.

Keira Havens
Keira Havens (Revolution Bioengineering), @Keira_Havens

Keira Havens grew up in Hawaii, where she was fascinated by flowers, bugs, and the ocean. After receiving her bachelor’s in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004, she accepted a commission in the United States Air Force. She left active duty to pursue a... Read More.

Valentin Heun
Valentin Heun (MIT Media Lab), @dervali

Valentin Heun is a PhD student in the MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group. He is interested in transferring benefits from our shared digital experiences to our physical reality. Prior to his arrival in the group, Valentin cofounded an HCI company supported by an entrepreneur’s scholarship from the... Read More.

Peter Hoddie (Marvell)

As VP of the Kinoma Platform, Peter Hoddie runs the tightly integrated design and engineering team within semiconductor giant Marvell.

In 2002, Peter co-founded Kinoma as a start-up to develop a next-generation virtual software platform. Kinoma products became known for combining a thoughtfully designed user experience with leading-edge technology. Kinoma... Read More.

Joichi Ito
Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab), @Joi

Media Lab Director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and internet freedom, Ito is board chair (and former CEO) of Creative... Read More.

Joe Jacobson
Joe Jacobson (MIT Media Lab), @medialab

Joseph Jacobson is head of the MIT Media Lab Molecular Machines group. He received a PhD in physics from MIT and was a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Stanford. As a graduate student researching femtosecond lasers, he set the record for the shortest pulse ever generated by a... Read More.

Patrick Kalaher

Patrick Kalaher is vice president, Technology Strategy at frog. For more than ten years, Patrick has consulted for leading high-tech, telecom, utility, and pharmaceutical firms, driving transformation and strategic product development from the executive suite down to line of business and operations. He is a systems architect by training, with... Read More.

Daniel Kaufman

Dan Kaufman is the director of the Information Innovation Office. In this position he is responsible for identifying and creating promising new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit these advances for the benefit of the DoD. Kaufman staffs the Office and works with I2O program managers to... Read More.

Thomas Kennedy

Tom Kennedy has worked on a wide range of technical projects including medical devices, industrial control systems, robotics, wireless products, and consumer electronics. He worked from 2004-2008 at Honeybee Robotics, an aerospace company. There he was the lead electrical engineer for the Sample Manipulation System, a robotic sample handling system... Read More.

Cory Kidd
Cory Kidd (Catalia Health), @coryk

Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a healthcare technology company focused on delivering effective behavior change. Cory is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. His previous company, Intuitive Automata, created interactive coaches for weight loss. Prior... Read More.

Simon King
Simon King (CMU Design Center), @simonking

Simon King is a design director at IDEO in Chicago. His work encompasses both macro- and micro-interactions across diverse mediums and audiences, including large-scale medical imaging equipment, vehicle HMI platforms, personal health apps, and financial planning tools. He holds an MDes in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University... Read More.

Julia Ko
Julia Ko (SurePod Corporation)

Julia is a serial entrepreneur and has built two startups from the ground up, with one successful exit. At 19, noticing new trends of Asian foods on the West Coast, Julia founded and grew a food manufacturing company with multiple offices and retail operations in the Midwest. She formed partnerships... Read More.

David Kong

David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician, and photographer based in Lexington, Massachusetts. He conducted his graduate studies at MIT’s Media Laboratory, receiving a master’s degree for developing technology for printing nanostructures with energetic beams, and a Ph.D. for demonstrating the first gene synthesis in a microfluidic... Read More.

Mike Kuniavsky

Mike Kuniavsky leads user experience design in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, a Xerox company. A 20-year veteran of digital product development, he designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge of technological change. Prior to PARC, Mike co-founded several successful user experience-centered companies, including... Read More.

Aurélia Lacombe

Aurélia obtained her master’s in design at ENSCI les Ateliers, Paris. As a UX designer, she has worked for Air France and SEB, and has carried out research and development projects with CNAM and EDF (major electricity company in France) to conceive an interactive pedagogical system.

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Kuan Luo
Kuan Luo (Etsy), @kuanluo

Kuan Luo is a product designer at Etsy and director of design at grandst.

Fotini Markopoulou
Fotini Markopoulou (Team Turquoise), @tturquoise

Fotini Markopoulou is a theoretical physicist and hardware tech designer. Her physics work is on gravity, cosmology, quantum information theory, complex systems, and networks. She was one of the founders of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, one of the premier institutes on the frontier of theoretical physics. Since... Read More.

Michael McCool

Intel Principal Engineer Michael McCool has degrees in computer engineering (University of Waterloo, BASc) and computer science (University of Toronto, M.Sc. and PhD.) with specializations in mathematics (BASc) and biomedical engineering (MSc) as well as computer graphics and parallel computing (MSc, PhD). He has research and application experience in the... Read More.

Mickey McManus

Mickey McManus is a research fellow at Autodesk in the Office of the CTO and a principal and chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab. In 2012, he coauthored the book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley) — a field... Read More.

Mark Stephen Meadows

Meadows is an American author, inventor, and designer. With two decades’ experience in VR, fifteen years in AI, and five years in robotics, he has helped design voice-control and conversational characters at some of the world’s top research labs (Xerox PARC, SRI, Waag, others). As President of BOTanic... Read More.

Jody Medich
Jody Medich (Singularity University), @nothelga

Over the course of 20 years, Jody’s human-driven design practice has placed her at the bleeding frontier of new user interfaces, research, and development. As the barriers between people and technology dissolve, Jody’s grasp on physical narrative and the power of “speaking human” serves as a natural lens by which... Read More.

Tom Metcalfe
Tom Metcalfe (rain cloud), @tommetcalfe

Tom Metcalfe is a design consultant and co­-founder of rain cloud. His work is focused on building quality experiences and products within the Internet of Things.

Recently Tom produced REACT Objects Sandbox, a programme supporting six multi­disciplinary collaborations of academics and creatives to look at potential experiences in IoT.

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Buddy Michini (Airware)
Building a drone Tutorial

Buddy Michini is the CTO of Airware, where he helps guide the long-term product roadmap to incorporate new developments from industry and academia into the Airware product line. Buddy has a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is... Read More.

Matthew Milan
Matthew Milan (Normative), @mmilan

Matthew is a designer and entrepreneur who likes to get his hands dirty in as many places as possible. Currently this means a mix of experience design, service design, and strategy, but in the past he’s designed everything from spatial technology to ski hills.

He is currently a partner at... Read More.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)

Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro. At iRobot, he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale... Read More.

Sandeep Mistry is a professional software engineer who enjoys tinkering with the Internet of Things and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) devices. Sandeep has created/authored numerous open source BLE libraries, including noble and bleno for node.js, and BLEPeripheral for Arduino.

Born and raised on the tea estates just outside of Nairobi, Quentin Mitchell has become one of Kenya’s most successful and most competitive young rally drivers. Passionate about motorsport from a very young age, Mitchell displayed a particular sensitivity to cars and an ability diagnose vehicular problems by feel and... Read More.

Philippa Mothersill
Philippa Mothersill (MIT Media Lab)

Philippa Mothersill is a researcher in the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab, where she explores the language of design, particularly how objects can communicate information to us through their form. Through research that connects design theory, synesthesia, and linguistics, she investigates computational processes for the design... Read More.

Brian Mullins
Brian Mullins (DAQRI)

Brian Mullins is the founder and chief executive officer of DAQRI. Brian has consistently been on the forefront of technology and is a pioneer in the field of augmented reality. His experience with human machine interface and computer vision technologies enabled him to found DAQRI and develop its... Read More.

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy (PingThings), @sayhitosean

Sean Patrick Murphy, with degrees in math, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering and an MBA from Oxford, has served as a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins University for over a decade, advises several startups, and is now the chief data scientist for PingThings. Previously, he served as the chief... Read More.

Nick O'Leary

Nick is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys.

With a background in pervasive messaging, he is a developer on the Eclipse Paho project and sits on the OASIS MQTT Technical Committee. He... Read More.

Mike Olson
Mike Olson (Cloudera), @mikeolson

Mike Olson (@mikeolson) co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Prior to... Read More.

Justin Pahara (Synbiota Inc.)

Justin has more than a decade of bioengineering experience as well as extensive knowledge of synthetic biology tech, markets, and work-flows. Justin learned stuff at the University of Cambridge (PhD, MoTI in JBS), Singularity University (GSP-10; Google Fellow), iGEM (2007, 2008), the University of Alberta (B.Sc., M.Sc.), and... Read More.

Helen Papagiannis
Helen Papagiannis (Augmented Stories Inc.), @ARstories
Reality has changed Main Stage

Helen Papagiannis is recognized as a global leading expert in the field of augmented reality (AR). She has been working with AR for a decade as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences. Dr. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100... Read More.

Ramesh Peri
Ramesh Peri (Intel)

Ramesh is architect of IoT Devkit and Android tools at Intel, working on compilers, debuggers, and profilers for Intel mobile/IoT platforms. He is an expert in mobile/IoT platforms and spent over two decades working on a number of processors that include DSPs, micro-controllers, and a variety of application processors based... Read More.

Arthur Petron
Arthur Petron (MIT Media Laboratory), @darthur

Arthur is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomechatronics Group. He specializes in robotic measurement systems for biomedical system identification. Arthur seeks to increase the efficiency of productivity in order to allow people to get more, higher quality, better thought-out ideas transformed into real things. The purpose of this is to... Read More.

Edwina Portocarrero

Edwina Portocarrero is a PhD Candidate at MIT’s Media Lab. She designs hybrid physical/digital objects and systems for play, education and performance, blending the evocative and intimate qualities of objects and object interaction with the affordances of digital systems. She previously studied Design and Production with a focus on Lighting... Read More.

Greg Roberts
Greg Roberts (Icontrol Networks)

Greg Roberts serves as the vice president of marketing for Icontrol Networks. Roberts started with Icontrol in 2006 and leads all marketing and brand initiatives for the company. Roberts’s career features a celebrated track record of leadership and success in strategic branding and management for a range of tech companies.... Read More.

David Rose
David Rose (Ditto | MIT Media Lab), @davidrose

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information. David is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform that scours social media photos to find brands and products.... Read More.

Claire Rowland
Claire Rowland (Independent), @clurr

Claire is an independent UX design, research, and product strategy consultant working on Internet of Things products and services for mainstream consumers. She is the lead author of Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet of Things, published by O’Reilly. Claire has a particular interest in the use... Read More.

Dan Saffer
Dan Saffer (Saffervescence Inc), @odannyboy

The son of a plumber and a psychologist, Dan feels the interaction design he does is a little bit of both. Since 1995, he’s designed everything from websites to consumer electronics to robots. He feels that design isn’t only about problem solving, but also about creating a better, more humane,... Read More.

Peter Sand
Peter Sand (Modular Science)

Peter has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. He is the founder of Manylabs, a nonprofit focused on tools for science. Peter also founded Modular Science, a company working on hardware and software tools for science labs. He has given talks at Science Hack Day, Launch Edu, and... Read More.

Jerry Schuman
Jerry Schuman (PingThings, Inc.), @theagent

Jerry has been involved in the enterprise software industry as a serial entrepreneur and consultant for more than 30 years.

In 1993 he founded Flashpoint Systems, a leader in internet and Intranet application development. Following Flashpoint System’s 1995 merger with a leading systems integrator, he served as CTO, directing... Read More.

Tony Shakib
Tony Shakib (Cisco Systems), @NA

As vice president of IoE Vertical Business Solutions for Cisco, Tony Shakib leads Cisco’s Internet of Everything business development, industrial solutions creation, vertical thought leadership and customer relevancy across Process Manufacturing (Oil & Gas and Mining), Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation, Utilities, Smart City, M2M, Retail and Defense verticals.

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Anna Shaw
Anna Shaw (consultant), @annakshaw

Anna is passionate about making technology accessible for people—recently becoming an expert on how to design meaningful products that appeal to women. As a creative director, she works with clients to create visionary experiences that reinvent businesses, inform new categories, and create differentiation in competitive markets. She has spent more... Read More.

Tony Sheeder
Tony Sheeder (Nuance Communications, Inc.)

In his role as a Senior Manager of UX Design, Tony directs an interdisciplinary group of visual, voice, and interaction designers focused primarily on automotive applications – creating the next-generation in-car experience – as well as on the design of innovative transmodal applications – incorporating speech, touch, text, and gesture... Read More.

Elissa Shevinsky
Elissa Shevinsky (Jekudo Privacy Company), @ElissaBeth

Elissa Shevinsky is a security researcher, and CEO of Jekudo Privacy Company.
Jekudo is building secure group collaboration tools. Shevinsky has spoken about security
and privacy at events like DefCon, Shmoocon, and SXSW. Elissa is also
editor of the upcoming anthology “Lean... Read More.

Ian Skerrett
Ian Skerrett (Eclipse Foundation), @ianskerrett

Ian is responsible for marketing at the Eclipse Foundation. He has spent the last three years building an open source IoT community at Eclipse.

Megan  Smith
Megan Smith (United States Government), @smithmegan

In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data, and innovation can advance... Read More.

Rob Soderbery

Rob Soderbery leads enterprise strategy, solutions, products, and go-to-market for Cisco’s Development organization. He and his team identify enterprise needs, define solutions to address them, and determine the best ways to make those solutions accessible to organizations. His team works across Cisco’s product and technology groups and with partners to... Read More.

Rex St. John

Rex St. John is a software engineer, community organizer, and hardware hacker who evangelizes Intel® Mashery™ APIs and New Devices Group hardware (such as Intel® Edison) at hackathons, workshops, and conferences around the U.S. He relies on his experience in iOS*, Node.js*, Ruby on Rails*, Bluetooth* LE, and Android* software... Read More.

Matthew Stein
Matthew Stein (Multitude), @mattastein

Co-founder and CEO of Multitude. Former Head of Commercial Strategy and Developer Ecosystem for GE Digital.

Linda Stone served in senior executive roles at Apple and Microsoft, did pioneering work in multimedia technology and applications in the 1980s and early ‘90s, and in social computing technologies in the ‘90s. For the last decade she has studied, written, and spoken about trends, attention, and the psychophysiology of... Read More.

Yancey Strickler
Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter), @ystrickler

Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s head of community and head of communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

Zach Supalla
Zach Supalla (Particle), @zsupalla

Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a maker, and a designer. He is the founder and CEO of Particle, a startup that’s making it easier to build internet-connected hardware. Zach juggles hardware design, front-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware startup.

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Chris Swearingen

With more than 25 years experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and global marketing, Chris Swearingen is currently leading the SenseAware effort for FedEx. In his role, Chris oversees the US domestic and global rollout of SenseAware. Chris has spent the last ten years at FedEx fulfilling a multitude of marketing, product,... Read More.

Astro Teller

Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that can be brought to reality through science and technology. Before joining Google, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an AI-based investment management firm. Previously, Astro was the co-founding CEO... Read More.

Eduardo Torrealba
Eduardo Torrealba (torrealba.io), @Eduardo3rd

Eduardo Torrealba was the co-founder and CEO of Oso Technologies. During graduate school he worked with four friends to develop a soil-moisture monitoring platform called PlantLink. PlantLink monitored the moisture needs of plants using interconnected sensor systems and mobile devices. Eduardo received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Baylor... Read More.

Cameron Turner
Cameron Turner (The Data Guild)

Combining an extensive background in product research, data analysis, program management, and software development, Cameron co-founded The Data Guild in 2013. Prior, he founded ClickStream Technologies in 2003, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2009. While at Microsoft, he managed the Windows Telemetry team, responsible for all inbound data for... Read More.

Ryan Vinyard
Ryan Vinyard (Highway1)

Ryan is the engineering lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a Mechanical Engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previous to Read More.

Will Walker (Formlabs), @walkerwill
Pop-up Factory Keynote

We are a passionate team of designers and engineers. We created the Form 1 because we were frustrated in our own creative efforts at how expensive, cumbersome and out-of-reach truly high quality 3D printing has been. Formlabs spun off from the MIT Media Lab in 2011 to develop a... Read More.

Sean Ward
Sean Ward (Synthace Ltd), @synthace

Sean is a serial entrepreneur, first in the music industry with Relatable, and currently in synthetic biology with Synthace. At Synthace, one of the UK’s leading synbio companies, Sean is driving the work on Antha, a high level language for the reproducible and transferable execution of biological working practices. Before... Read More.

Justin Werfel
Justin Werfel (Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)

Justin Werfel is a senior research scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research includes work on swarm robotics, evolutionary theory, DNA self-assembly, social insect behavior, and other topics in complex systems and self-organization. His work on termite-inspired construction robots was featured on... Read More.

Elecia White
Elecia White (Logical Elegance and Embedded.fm), @logicalelegance

Author of O’Reilly’s Making Embedded Systems and host of the weekly Embedded podcast, Elecia White has worked on DNA scanners, inertial measurement units for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location system for catching criminals, and assorted other medical and consumer devices. She is... Read More.

Dennis Wingo
Dennis Wingo (Skycorp Incorporated), @wingod

Dennis has over 36 years worth of experience in the computer, academic, and aerospace industries. He has worked for many leading edge companies during the 80s such as Vector Graphic, Symbolics, and Alpharel, pioneers in the computer, artificial intelligence, and document management industries. He has built flight hardware at the... Read More.

Brian Witten
Brian Witten (Symantec)

Brian Witten is senior director of engineering at Symantec. Brian leads strategy for high-growth areas. Over the past few years, Brian has led engineering on Android, Symentec Endpoint Protection (SEP.cloud), and reputation-based security for enterprise, as well as encryption and identity technologies. Prior to that, Brian created Symantec Government... Read More.

Douglas Woods
Douglas Woods (AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology), @douglaskwoods

Doug Woods joined AMT as its president in April 2009. Prior to that, he held a number of executive positions at several manufacturing technology companies, including Liberty Precision Industries, Parlec, Cross & Trecker, Alliance Automation, and Alliance Tool Corporation. Doug was AMT’s chairman of the board in 2005-06 and... Read More.

Brad Younggren
Brad Younggren (Mobisante), @Younggren

Brad Younggren is an emergency physician and ultrasound evangelist. He is a medical futurist, passionate about the Internet of Medical Things. Brad is a believer that both software and hardware will catalyze the digital health revolution, to increase access, improve care, empower patients, and lower costs.