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

Solid 2015 Keynote Speakers

Danielle  Applestone

Danielle Applestone
Chief Executive Officer, Other Machine Co.

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... Read More.

9:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Kipp Bradford

Kipp Bradford
Founder/President, The 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... Read More.

9:25am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
Jon Bruner

Jon Bruner
Editor-at-Large, O'Reilly Media

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... Read More.

9:00am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Robert Brunner

Robert Brunner
Founder/Partner, Ammunition

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,... Read More.

9:10am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Mengmeng Chen

Mengmeng Chen
Head of US & Chief Storyteller, Seeed

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... Read More.

11:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Marcelo Coelho

Marcelo Coelho
Creative Director, Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike

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... Read More.

11:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Rob Coneybeer

Rob Coneybeer
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

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... Read More.

11:10am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
David Cranor

David Cranor
Assistant Chair, Solid

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... Read More.

11:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Kevin Czinger

Kevin Czinger
Founder and CEO, Divergent Microfactories, Inc.

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... Read More.

9:25am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO, Divergent Microfactories, Inc. Full Details
Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow
Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger, EFF

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... Read More.

9:55am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
Gwendolyn Graff

Gwendolyn Graff
Creativity Fellow, Innovation, Wrigley

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... Read More.

11:45am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch
Chief Executive Officer, TechShop

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... Read More.

9:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito
Director, MIT Media Lab

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,... Read More.

9:00am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Joe Jacobson

Joe Jacobson
Molecular Machines Group Lead, MIT Media Lab

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... Read More.

11:20am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
David Kong

David Kong
Synthetic Biologist, MIT

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... Read More.

9:40am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
Mickey McManus

Mickey McManus
Fellow, Office of the CTO, Autodesk

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:... Read More.

11:35am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
We are fast approaching an era of unprecedented complexity as more and more things, environments, and systems become interconnected. Navigating this world will require coming to terms with three disruptive trends: digital manufacturing, machine learning, and the Internet of Things. Full Details

Quentin Mitchell

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... Read More.

9:10am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details
Edwina Portocarrero

Edwina Portocarrero
Researcher, MIT

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... Read More.

10:55am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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? Full Details
David Rose

David Rose
CEO | Instructor , Ditto | MIT Media Lab

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... Read More.

11:05am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Megan  Smith

Megan Smith
CTO, United States Government

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... Read More.

10:40am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Megan Smith, CTO, United States Government Full Details
Rob Soderbery

Rob Soderbery
SVP, Enterprise Products and Solutions, Cisco

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... Read More.

10:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler
Co-Founder & CEO, Kickstarter

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... Read More.

10:40am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details

Will Walker
Director of Events, Formlabs

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... Read More.

11:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
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. Full Details
Dennis Wingo

Dennis Wingo
CEO and Founder, Skycorp Incorporated

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... Read More.

11:25am Thursday, 06/25/2015
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. Full Details