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

Building / Manufacturing conference sessions

In a connected world, a machine is much more than a machine. To go from brilliant ideas to successful physical products, you need to understand more than just how to connect sensors to systems and hardware—you need to know how to intelligently architect complex systems, anticipate human interaction (and interaction between devices), master security issues, and design for a post-screen world.

9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: Cowell Theater (Herbst Pavilion)
Zach Supalla (Particle), Will Hart (Particle)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 12 ratings)
One of the most challenging parts of developing a hardware product is building a supply chain, especially when that supply chain is overseas. But when done right, learning to "manage China" can help a young company iterate quickly and compete on cost. This tutorial will put you in the driver's seat of a project that sources hardware from a manufacturer (played by members of the Particle team). Read more.
1:30pm–3:00pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: Cowell Theater (Herbst Pavilion)
Buddy Michini (Airware)
Average rating: ***..
(3.92, 12 ratings)
The workshop will be hands-on, and we'll construct and program a demo drone in real-time with the goal of a having a flying system at the end of the 90-minute session! Read more.
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Douglas Woods (AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
5:25pm–6:05pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Robert Bodor (Proto Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.