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

Keynote conference sessions

9:00am–9:10am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 49 ratings)
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Read more.
9:10am–9:25am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Robert Brunner (Ammunition)
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 42 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:45am–9:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.16, 44 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:55am–10:10am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Mark Hatch (TechShop)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 48 ratings)
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. Read more.
10:40am–10:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.65, 26 ratings)
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. Read more.
11:05am–11:20am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
David Rose (Ditto | MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.97, 39 ratings)
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. Read more.
11:20am–11:35am Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Joe Jacobson (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.05, 39 ratings)
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. Read more.
11:45am–12:10pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
David Cranor (Solid), Mengmeng Chen (Seeed), Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike), Will Walker (Formlabs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 23 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:00am–9:10am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 27 ratings)
Solid Program Chairs Jon Bruner, O'Reilly Media, and Joichi Ito, MIT Media Lab, welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Read more.
9:10am–9:25am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 25 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:25am–9:40am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 26 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:40am–9:55am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
David Kong (MIT)
Average rating: ****.
(4.35, 23 ratings)
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. Read more.
9:55am–10:10am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 22 ratings)
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. Read more.
10:40am–10:55am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Megan Smith (United States Government)
Average rating: ***..
(3.74, 27 ratings)
Megan Smith, CTO, United States Government Read more.
10:55am–11:10am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Average rating: ***..
(3.30, 33 ratings)
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? Read more.
11:10am–11:25am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
Average rating: ****.
(4.19, 31 ratings)
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. Read more.
11:25am–11:40am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Dennis Wingo (Skycorp Incorporated)
Average rating: ****.
(4.65, 34 ratings)
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. Read more.
11:40am–11:45am Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 12 ratings)
The winners of the Solid Startup Showcase will be announced. Read more.
11:45am–12:15pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Gwendolyn Graff (Wrigley)
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 14 ratings)
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. Read more.