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Solid 2014 Schedule

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Festival Pavilion
Add Thursday Welcome to your personal schedule
9:00am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Thursday Welcome Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Add The Future of How Things are Made to your personal schedule
9:10am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
The Future of How Things are Made Carl Bass (Autodesk)
Add Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things through Intelligent Systems to your personal schedule
9:40am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things through Intelligent Systems Steve Teixeira (Microsoft)
Add Folding = Coding for Matter to your personal schedule
9:50am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Folding = Coding for Matter Matthew Gardiner (Ars Electronica Futurelab)
Add Musical Counterpoint in Wood, Bone, Metal and Carbon Fiber to your personal schedule
9:55am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Musical Counterpoint in Wood, Bone, Metal and Carbon Fiber Richard Isaacs (Fisk)
Add The Third Digital Revolution to your personal schedule
10:10am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
The Third Digital Revolution Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)
Add Hardware Startup Showcase Winners Announced to your personal schedule
11:00am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Hardware Startup Showcase Winners Announced Renee DiResta (Haven)
Add Bootstrapping Design Culture to your personal schedule
11:05am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Bootstrapping Design Culture David Cranor (Solid)
Add The New Frontiers of Design to your personal schedule
11:15am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
The New Frontiers of Design Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Add The Internet as Material: Empowering the Next Phase of Connected Hardware Innovation to your personal schedule
11:30am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
The Internet as Material: Empowering the Next Phase of Connected Hardware Innovation Ayah Bdeir (littleBits)
Add Building for Resilience to your personal schedule
11:45am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Building for Resilience Abe Gong (Superconductive Health)
Add Hardware by the Numbers to your personal schedule
11:50am Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Hardware by the Numbers Renee DiResta (Haven)
Add Software Above the Level of a Single Device: The Implications to your personal schedule
12:05pm Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Software Above the Level of a Single Device: The Implications Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Add Fireside Chat with Tim O'Reilly and Rod Smith to your personal schedule
12:20pm Plenary
Room: Festival Pavilion
Fireside Chat with Tim O'Reilly and Rod Smith Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies ), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Add Between Hooking-Up and Marriage: Rethinking Opportunities in Manufacturing to your personal schedule
2:05pm Between Hooking-Up and Marriage: Rethinking Opportunities in Manufacturing Terry Foecke (PCH International), Erin O'Malley (PCH International)
Add Beyond the Screen: Humans as Input-Output Devices to your personal schedule
2:35pm Beyond the Screen: Humans as Input-Output Devices Kelsey Breseman (Tessel Project)
Add There is No China Button to your personal schedule
2:55pm There is No China Button Brady Forrest (Highway1)
Add Giving Factories a Voice in the Age of the Industrial Internet to your personal schedule
3:25pm Giving Factories a Voice in the Age of the Industrial Internet Joseph Salvo (GE Global Research)
Add Wearables at Work to your personal schedule
5:10pm Wearables at Work Ben Waber (Sociometric Solutions)
Add The Internet of Things Democracy to your personal schedule
6:00pm The Internet of Things Democracy yodit stanton (opensensors.io)
Fleet Room
Add Printing Digital Objects to your personal schedule
1:45pm Printing Digital Objects Janos Veres (PARC)
Add New Materials, New Narratives to your personal schedule
2:35pm New Materials, New Narratives Dan Williams (N/A)
Add Insights from Objects to your personal schedule
2:55pm Insights from Objects Joel Young (Digi International)
Add Functional Forms to your personal schedule
3:25pm Functional Forms Mike Kuniavsky (PARC)
Add Anticipatory Things — How to Fix the Internet of Things to your personal schedule
4:50pm Anticipatory Things — How to Fix the Internet of Things Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Add The Development of Home Environment Sensor Networks to your personal schedule
5:10pm The Development of Home Environment Sensor Networks Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI Technologies)
Add Andiamo Session to your personal schedule
5:40pm Andiamo Session Naveed Parvez (Andiamo)
Fire House
Add Memoirs of an Object to your personal schedule
1:45pm Memoirs of an Object Simone Rebaudengo (frog)
Add Sensing Space to your personal schedule
2:35pm Sensing Space Ariel Waldman (Spacehack.org & Science Hack Day)
Add Sketching ‘Peripheral’ Innovations to your personal schedule
3:25pm Sketching ‘Peripheral’ Innovations Shigeru Kobayashi (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS])
Add How Can I Help You? to your personal schedule
3:45pm How Can I Help You? Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Add The Role of UAVs in Oil & Gas Pipeline Maintenance to your personal schedule
4:50pm The Role of UAVs in Oil & Gas Pipeline Maintenance Pramila Mullan (Accenture Technology Labs)
Add Converging Toward the Jetsons to your personal schedule
5:10pm Converging Toward the Jetsons Mark DeRoche (Aerofex)
Add User Innovation on the Internet of Things on Wheels to your personal schedule
6:00pm User Innovation on the Internet of Things on Wheels Venkatesh Prasad (Ford Motor Company)
Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
Add Innovate While You’re Winning: How to Stay on Top When You’re a Market Leader to your personal schedule
1:45pm Innovate While You’re Winning: How to Stay on Top When You’re a Market Leader Gordon Hui (Smart Design), Murphy Freelen (Smart Design), Robert Curtis, Ben Rottler (Independant)
Add How to Prevent Crowd Funding from Destroying the Hardware Revolution to your personal schedule
2:05pm How to Prevent Crowd Funding from Destroying the Hardware Revolution Scott Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)
Add Design For Your Early Adopters: Women to your personal schedule
2:35pm Design For Your Early Adopters: Women Anna Shaw (Smart Design)
Add Integrated Product Development at the Intersection of Hardware and Software to your personal schedule
2:55pm Integrated Product Development at the Intersection of Hardware and Software Aren Kaser (Igor Institute), Sean Murphy (Smart Design)
Add Pre-commerce: Funding the Hardware Revolution to your personal schedule
3:25pm Pre-commerce: Funding the Hardware Revolution Katherine Hague (ShopLocket)
Add Creating Technology in Public to your personal schedule
4:50pm Creating Technology in Public John Dimatos (Kickstarter), Aurora Thornhill (Kickstarter), Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.), Al Linke (Open Gadgets LLC), Adam Rodnitzky (Occipital Inc.)
Add What Do Startups Need to Know about Patent Law to your personal schedule
5:40pm What Do Startups Need to Know about Patent Law Jeffrey Schox (Schox Patent Group)
C260
Add Paper Prototyping Hardware to your personal schedule
2:35pm Paper Prototyping Hardware Ian McFarland (Neo Innovation, Inc.)
Add Doing it Wrong: Figuring Out Installation Tech thru Failure to your personal schedule
2:55pm Doing it Wrong: Figuring Out Installation Tech thru Failure Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins), Matt Powell (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Add Controlling Physical Appliances Through Head-Worn Infrared Targeting to your personal schedule
3:25pm Controlling Physical Appliances Through Head-Worn Infrared Targeting Sean Yu-Hsiang Chen (UC Berkeley), Ben Zhang (UC Berkeley), Claire Tuna (UC Berkeley)
Add Materializing Interaction to your personal schedule
5:10pm Materializing Interaction Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike)
Add Smart Machines, Smart Privacy: Rules of the Road and the Challenges Ahead to your personal schedule
6:00pm Smart Machines, Smart Privacy: Rules of the Road and the Challenges Ahead Laura Berger (Federal Trade Commission)
10:30am Break
Room: Break
4:05pm Break
Room: Break
12:40pm Lunch
Room: Lunch
9:00am-9:10am (10m)
Thursday Welcome
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Joi Ito and Jon Bruner, Solid Program Chairs, welcome you to the second day of the conference.
9:10am-9:40am (30m)
The Future of How Things are Made
Carl Bass (Autodesk)
Carl Bass is CEO of 3D design and engineering software leader Autodesk. He’ll discuss the new ways small companies are changing manufacturing, and how trends in business and technology are influencing this evolution. He’ll highlight the intersection of hardware and software—both proprietary and open—and the communities that are shifting what’s possible.
9:40am-9:50am (10m) Sponsored
Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things through Intelligent Systems
Steve Teixeira (Microsoft)
The Internet of Things is not a futuristic trend. It’s here today, involving the “things” that are most valuable to you —the devices, sensors, data and services you depend on the most. In this session, understand how to unleash the full potential of your devices by rapidly creating connected apps and intelligent solutions, focused on your things and changing the meaning of possibility once again.
9:50am-9:55am (5m)
Folding = Coding for Matter
Matthew Gardiner (Ars Electronica Futurelab)
Folding, the origami of nature, has emerged as a creative strategy for programming function into materials. In recent years, artists, designers, scientists and tech giants alike have embraced the concepts, mathematics aesthetics and efficiency of folding as a method to add function to their creative products.
9:55am-10:10am (15m)
Musical Counterpoint in Wood, Bone, Metal and Carbon Fiber
Richard Isaacs (Fisk)
* Organs 101 - a very brief history in organ-time *Fisk organs - overview of what we do * Why on Earth would we do that in the 21st Century?
10:10am-10:30am (20m)
The Third Digital Revolution
Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)
I will present emerging research on digitizing fabrication by coding the construction of functional materials, and explore its implications for programming the physical world.
11:00am-11:05am (5m)
Hardware Startup Showcase Winners Announced
Renee DiResta (Haven)
Winners of the Hardware Startup Showcase are announced from the keynote stage.
11:05am-11:15am (10m)
Bootstrapping Design Culture
David Cranor (Solid)
In an early stage hardware startup, the act of balancing zealous devotion to product perfection with the hard realities of time and money resources can be a major challenge. This talk will will discuss strategies for accomplishing this in a variety of contexts; from overall product strategy all the way down to prototyping processes.
11:15am-11:30am (15m)
The New Frontiers of Design
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Design has branched out in new directions, galvanizing young practitioners, sparking novel business models, and attracting worldwide attention. A designer today can choose to focus on interaction, interfaces, the web, visualization, socially minded infrastructures, immersive spaces, biodesign, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and, yes, even products and furniture.
11:30am-11:45am (15m)
The Internet as Material: Empowering the Next Phase of Connected Hardware Innovation
Ayah Bdeir (littleBits)
The emerging IoT space holds enormous potential for positive social, environmental and financial impact if it is built with the most important node at its center: people. I
11:45am-11:50am (5m)
Building for Resilience
Abe Gong (Superconductive Health)
Wearable and ubiquitous computing create new challenges and opportunities for resilience: building products that will stand up to the pressures of real-life use. This talk is about designing resilient systems by combining the capabilities and cultures of makers in hardware, software, and data.
11:50am-12:05pm (15m)
Hardware by the Numbers
Renee DiResta (Haven)
Conventional wisdom is that hardware startups are hot right now. What does the data really tell us about underlying trends in what's getting funded and who's starting companies?
12:05pm-12:20pm (15m)
Software Above the Level of a Single Device: The Implications
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
It's easy to talk about "the Internet of Things" and to miss the bigger pattern: we are no longer just building software for individual devices, but creating networks of intelligence and action that make it possible to completely rethink how we organize work, play, and society itself.
12:20pm-12:40pm (20m) Sponsored
Fireside Chat with Tim O'Reilly and Rod Smith
Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies ), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Join Tim O'Reilly and Rod Smith, IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, for a fireside chat.
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Machines
SOFT, not SOLID : Beyond Traditional Hardware Engineering
Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
SOFT, not SOLID : Beyond traditional hardware engineering, and why soft is going to replace solid in so many technologies.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Machines
Between Hooking-Up and Marriage: Rethinking Opportunities in Manufacturing
Terry Foecke (PCH International), Erin O'Malley (PCH International)
“Hooking-up” has replaced long-term relationships with manufacturing suppliers and this no-promises model is failing. All this commitment avoidance has created opportunities to make stuff faster, better, and smarter…we just need to connect the dots in new ways. The sweet spot for getting design and manufacturing done right relies on hardware, software, factories, and....
2:35pm-2:55pm (20m) Machines
Beyond the Screen: Humans as Input-Output Devices
Kelsey Breseman (Tessel Project)
Kelsey Breseman, neural engineer and member of Technical Machine, surveys the currently-available and soon-to-be available technology that interfaces with humans’ natural signal inputs and outputs. It is time to start creating devices that allow humans to act intuitively and subconsciously to understand information and to control their world.
2:55pm-3:15pm (20m) Machines
There is No China Button
Brady Forrest (Highway1)
Making something is easy; making something that can be made is hard - very hard. Hardware takes longer, costs a lot and requires more people. It can be perilous for a company, but the rewards can be great. This talk outlines some of the pitfalls that have befallen hardware companies in the past - and still do today.
3:25pm-3:45pm (20m) Machines
Giving Factories a Voice in the Age of the Industrial Internet
Joseph Salvo (GE Global Research)
Think manufacturing in the U.S. is on anachronism? You won't after you attend this talk. To illustrate, we invite you to take a peak at how open source edge-devices, supercheop electronic sensors, 3-D printing, and big data analytics are being applied to advance manufacturing across industries.
3:45pm-4:05pm (20m) Machines
Your Thing is pwnd - Security Challenges for IoT
Paul Fremantle (WSO2)
Internet-connected Things are already everywhere, and more by the day. Are they secure? Do I care if someone knows my blood pressure? Step count? If the lights in my bedroom are on? It depends who and what else they know. This session will review examples of attacks against Things, why they matter, and what we can do about them.
4:50pm-5:10pm (20m) Society
Humanizing Data : Implementing a Genuine People Personality Server (p.s. thanks for all the fish Douglas Adams)
Kati London (Microsoft Research)
In this talk we'll see an experimental platform that enables and challenges developers and designers to use character design and social mechanics as a way to drive engagement with real time and networked data.
5:10pm-5:30pm (20m) Society
Wearables at Work
Ben Waber (Sociometric Solutions)
Wearables have a long history as an integral part of the workplace, appearing in devices such as ID cards and audio headsets. But current applications only scratch the surface. The real power of this technology comes when we pair the data generated from these wearables with micro-level outcome data. This will not just change how people are managed, but will fundamentally alter the world economy.
5:40pm-6:00pm (20m) Society
Emerging Markets and the Internet of Things: Why Devices Designed for High-Income Countries Don't Work and What to Do About It
Timothy Prestero (Design that Matters)
Design that Matters is a nonprofit that applies design and technology to the needs of the poor in low-income countries. How might we move beyond concepts like mHealth and mobile money to apply desktop manufacturing and "the internet of things" to reduce costs, build connectivity and improve outcomes in healthcare, education and energy for poor countries?
6:00pm-6:20pm (20m) Society
The Internet of Things Democracy
yodit stanton (opensensors.io)
The era of one trillion connected devices is upon us. What will we make of this opportunity? Better yet, how can we use this data to improve as many lives of as possible?
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Foundations
Printing Digital Objects
Janos Veres (PARC)
Janos Veres will describe how PARC has combined the techniques and materials used by printed electronics with those of multimaterial 3D printing. He will review printed electronics and discuss future directions, from smart labels and wearables, to trends and technologies that enable the printing of whole devices, complete with sensing, displays, logic and batteries.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Foundations
Relative Robotics: Autonomous Digital Assembly of Reconfigurable and Arbitrarily Sized Structures
Matt Carney (The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT)
Robots optimized to live within the structure they build and maintain. Structures based on crystal lattices with sparse density and tuneable modulus based on the arrangement and design of the lattice faces. The elements are placed one at a time by robots that step through the structure one element at a time. That is to say the robots make one-bit motions relative to the structure.
2:35pm-2:55pm (20m) Foundations
New Materials, New Narratives
Dan Williams (N/A)
What's normal in apps and the web can be disastrous when implemented in software for the real world.
2:55pm-3:15pm (20m) Foundations
Insights from Objects
Joel Young (Digi International)
Joel Young, CTO of Digi International, describes how to obtain the raw material for good insights from device data and gain full value from the rich diversity of the physical world. He presents real-world examples that show how combining a variety of information paths can lead organizations to a better understanding of their infrastructure, products and customers.
3:25pm-3:45pm (20m) Foundations
Functional Forms
Mike Kuniavsky (PARC)
3D printed electronics extend the capabilities of materials and printing processes to integrate sensing, actuation and information processing directly into what a device is made of. To design trillions of Internet of Things devices we will not be able to use exotic machines or materials, but common materials and common machines. Thus, the key will be in the shapes and patterns those materials take
3:45pm-4:05pm (20m) Foundations
More Pixels Law: How The Camera is Becoming the World's Most Important Sensor
Greg Borenstein (MIT Media Lab)
For 40 years, camera resolution has improved by an order of magnitude per decade, a Moore's Law-like curve. Combined with computer vision breakthroughs and the rise of mobile computing, cameras have become the essential contemporary sensor: capable of tracking human motion, detection objects, and even taking a pulse. This session is your entrée to understanding and working in this vital new field.
4:50pm-5:10pm (20m) Foundations
Anticipatory Things — How to Fix the Internet of Things
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Everyday things are becoming smarter. The problem? The things are becoming smarter, but they’re also becoming selfish and you’ve ended up as a mechanical turk inside your own software. How can we fix the Internet of Things? The things have to become not just smarter, but more co-operative, and the Internet of things needs to become anticipatory rather than reactive.
5:10pm-5:30pm (20m) Foundations
The Development of Home Environment Sensor Networks
Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI Technologies)
This talk describes a new, ultra-low-power sensor network technology called SNUPI: Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure. This technology enables long-lived sensor networks with whole-building range by using the powerline infrastructure as part of a large receiving antenna. SNUPI Technologies has commercialized this technology to enable smart home monitoring and hazard detection.
5:40pm-6:00pm (20m) Foundations
Andiamo Session
Naveed Parvez (Andiamo)
http://andiamo.io/
6:00pm-6:20pm (20m) Foundations
Building the Form 1: A Case Study in Using Software to Bring a Low Cost High Tech Product to Market
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs)
A presentation on the struggles of bringing the Form 1 3D printer to market from the perspective of the lead engineer on the project. I will discuss the development process from prototypes to maintaining a product post launch. The emphasis will be on using software tools combined with hardware to manufacture a more reliable, precise and capable 3D printer than possible before.
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Society
Memoirs of an Object
Simone Rebaudengo (frog)
The discussions on connected and smart products are mostly centred around highly utilitarian and efficiency based scenarios, but these products have evolved beyond simply offering remote access and are becoming relevant actors in our daily lives. But what changes when we a product actually becomes an actor? I will talk about one of them: a toaster, its addiction and its memoir.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Society
Aging in Place: How the Internet of Things Can Bring the Mountain of Social Connectedness to a Massive, Growing Market of Elderly Users
Thomas Brady (Reaction, Inc.)
More people each year find themselves healthy enough to live at home, but isolated enough to not be comfortable doing so at their age. Many of them feel they've missed the boat with technology; and feel isolated from friends and family. In our labs, we explored how the Internet of Things could connect and protect and aging-at-home population, empowering them, rather than spying on them.
2:35pm-2:55pm (20m) Society
Sensing Space
Ariel Waldman (Spacehack.org & Science Hack Day)
From the collisions of subatomic particles to the explosions of supernovas, this presentation takes you on an unusual trip through the weird, whimsical and fun ways to physically sense our universe.
2:55pm-3:15pm (20m) Society
Commercializing Academic Research: From the MIT Media Lab to a Consumer Robot
Cory Kidd (Catalia Health)
Hear lessons learned from the long and arduous process of turning proof-of-concept academic research in cutting-edge interactive robots into a product and company in the story of Intuitive Automata, an MIT Media Lab spinoff building social robots for long-term healthcare applications.
3:25pm-3:45pm (20m) Society
Sketching ‘Peripheral’ Innovations
Shigeru Kobayashi (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS])
Highlighting case studies from 5 make-a-thon events in Japan. Where diverse teams of developers, engineers, designers, artists, and factory engineers, tackled the challenge; “How might we make our daily life pleasant with smartphone gadgets?” Encouraged to break out of their comfort zones, a few teams continue to collaborate, developing their hardware sketches into commercial realities.
3:45pm-4:05pm (20m) Society
How Can I Help You?
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Compassion, access to raw materials, and software are the last remaining technological barriers between us and an empowered society. Magical objects can be designed and built, but not everyone has the means and the permission to create them. What happens when these barriers are overcome and the only thing standing between you and the needs of your community is your desire to satisfy them?
4:50pm-5:10pm (20m) Machines
The Role of UAVs in Oil & Gas Pipeline Maintenance
Pramila Mullan (Accenture Technology Labs)
We will showcase how an Oil and Gas company can integrate the use of UAVs into its maintenance and monitoring business process.
5:10pm-5:30pm (20m) Machines
Converging Toward the Jetsons
Mark DeRoche (Aerofex)
The convergence of hardware and software is influencing aircraft design and development at a fundamental level. The addition of a network providing cues about the environment will serve as the catalyst that enables a revolution in personal flight.
5:40pm-6:00pm (20m) Machines
The Hardware Renaissance and How Anyone Can Get a Product Concept Manufactured
Hardi Meybaum (GrabCAD)
There is a hardware renaissance underway and the Internet is the key driver. Today virtually anyone can get a product concept manufactured thanks to Open Engineering. Barriers to entry are breaking down and taking advantage of web­-based communities, knowledge and tools to accelerate the design and manufacturing processes is easier than ever.
6:00pm-6:20pm (20m) Machines
User Innovation on the Internet of Things on Wheels
Venkatesh Prasad (Ford Motor Company)
There are about a billion licensed cars, trucks and buses on the planet, and these automobiles are rich concentrations of technology, masterfully engineered to be safe, "green," "smart," and quality products, designed with an emotional appeal. It takes large concentrations of capital investment to manufacture automobiles, and the....
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Companies
Innovate While You’re Winning: How to Stay on Top When You’re a Market Leader
Gordon Hui (Smart Design), Murphy Freelen (Smart Design), Robert Curtis, Ben Rottler (Independant)
In the Age of Connected Devices, established incumbents face unrelenting competition from well-resourced Fortune 500 companies and nimble VC-backed startups. How do market leaders repeatedly innovate, create game-changing products, and avoid disruption? This panel brings together senior innovators from leading technology firms to discuss “next practices" for creating sustained success over time.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Companies
How to Prevent Crowd Funding from Destroying the Hardware Revolution
Scott Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)
The hardware revolution has begun – new factors such as cheaper components and 3D printing along with crowd funding are encouraging the democratization of innovation. Yet, too many entrepreneurs in the past year have been unable to deliver to the backers. We will walk through the steps entrepreneurs should take to prepare for a successful crowd funding campaign of their prototype.
2:35pm-2:55pm (20m) Companies
Design For Your Early Adopters: Women
Anna Shaw (Smart Design)
Women have been silently dominating the purchase and adoption of technology for 150 years. But myths persist that women lag in their use. That’s because women’s needs take a distinctly different slant than their male counterparts. Understanding those needs and designing for them can activate this often-invisible market and make your hardware/software product a resounding success for all.
2:55pm-3:15pm (20m) Companies
Integrated Product Development at the Intersection of Hardware and Software
Aren Kaser (Igor Institute), Sean Murphy (Smart Design)
What is integrated product development and what makes successful devices dependent on a well implemented PD process? Explore the intersection of hardware and software, creating a company that sells hardware, and delivering a highly receptive experience.
3:25pm-3:45pm (20m) Companies
Pre-commerce: Funding the Hardware Revolution
Katherine Hague (ShopLocket)
Hundreds of hardware startups are crowdfunding their products every month either through platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo or through custom integrations on their own site. The trend towards selling an idea before it actually exists is what is now known as Pre-Commerce. This talk will cover the risks and rewards of pre-commerce along with overall trends emerging in the category.
3:45pm-4:05pm (20m) Companies
How Kickstarter Helped Oso Technologies Create a Hardware as a Service Business Model
Eduardo Torrealba (torrealba.io)
Software as a service has long been established as a viable business model across numerous industries. By offering landscaping businesses hardware based solutions to their common problems Oso Technologies has created a hardware as a service business model. This session will highlight the ways that hardware companies can introduce reoccurring revenue streams into their business models.
4:50pm-5:30pm (40m) Companies
Creating Technology in Public
John Dimatos (Kickstarter), Aurora Thornhill (Kickstarter), Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.), Al Linke (Open Gadgets LLC), Adam Rodnitzky (Occipital Inc.)
With more than 1,000 technology projects funded, Kickstarter has become a hub of creativity for technologists & product designers from around the world. This session focuses on how the product development changes when creators embrace transparency, collaborative funding & community involvement, enabling people to become engaged throughout the creative process rather than consumers or spectators.
5:40pm-6:00pm (20m) Companies
What Do Startups Need to Know about Patent Law
Jeffrey Schox (Schox Patent Group)
Why do startups file patents? Hint: it is not to "protect your competitive advantage." Learn about how to craft a patent strategy that's right for your startup.
6:00pm-6:20pm (20m) Companies
What Can IoT Entrepreneurs and the Mittelstand Learn from Each Other?
Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat)
The German industrial landscape has remained competitive and export-oriented despite operating in a high-cost environment. Yet, it seems Germany has not fully embraced the potential inherent in this new hardware industry. By bringing IoT entrepreneurs and Mittelstand companies together, we explored how both sides can work better together - and will share the insights in an informal conversation.
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Tools
Open-Source Hardware and the Digital Fabrication of Electronic Devices
David Mellis (MIT Media Lab)
When electronic devices are designed for production using digital fabrication, they can be easily shared, reproduced, modified, and evolved. This talk discusses lessons from my work designing radios, speaker, computer mice, and cellphones; open sourcing their designs; and working with others to make and modify them. This approach allows for scaleable alternatives to high-capital mass production.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Tools
Forensic Diplomacy - How to Rock out Production/Manufacturer Relations
Jen McCabe (Downtown Project)
When you hop on a plane to China to set up production, you better understand that your job is not production engineering...you, my friend, are about to become a Forensic Diplomat. We'll explore the importance of performing root cause analysis and figure out how to fix both design and production flaws by creating an integrated, collaborative production team with a strong vendor relationship core.
2:35pm-2:55pm (20m) Tools
Paper Prototyping Hardware
Ian McFarland (Neo Innovation, Inc.)
In this session, I'll show how easy it is to build a paper prototype of a fully functional circuit. It's a simple idea. In fact, it's so simple, you won't believe you didn't think of it. But it will transform how you think about hardware prototyping.
2:55pm-3:15pm (20m) Tools
Doing it Wrong: Figuring Out Installation Tech thru Failure
Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins), Matt Powell (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Building hardware & software installations for the world's largest brands is exciting, but comes with huge challenges and countless setbacks — even for seasoned makers & engineers. We'll share what we've learned about doing it right from doing it wrong building tech-powered installations for PUMA, BMW, Jay Z, & others. Hear practical advice that, we hope, measurably improves future projects.
3:25pm-3:45pm (20m) Tools
Controlling Physical Appliances Through Head-Worn Infrared Targeting
Sean Yu-Hsiang Chen (UC Berkeley), Ben Zhang (UC Berkeley), Claire Tuna (UC Berkeley)
We describe a novel way to select and control smart appliances in physical spaces through a head-worn computing device. Users can express their interest of interaction by looking in a general direction to an appliance. The device communicates with the targeted appliance and displays relevant contexts for users in the near-eye display. It is intuitive since “what you see is what you get”.
3:45pm-4:05pm (20m) Tools
Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED
Nick O'Leary (IBM)
Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. Built on top of node.js, it provides a light-weight, browser-based environment that makes it easy to integrate different streams of both physical and digital events. This session introduces Node-RED, demonstrates what it can do and how it can be extended.
4:50pm-5:10pm (20m) Tools
Digital Fabrication for Your Digits: Tools for Making Interactive Objects that Respond to Touch and Manipulation
Valkyrie Savage (UC Berkeley)
Computing has moved beyond the screen into the physical world, with tangible devices (think game controllers) proliferating. Meanwhile, digital fabrication tools like 3D printers have spread from industrial design firms into hackerspaces and homes. Interactive devices and digital fabrication don't play nice; fabricated prototypes need fiddly electronic assembly to be functional. I'm changing that.
5:10pm-5:30pm (20m) Tools
Materializing Interaction
Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike)
Computer graphics and digital fabrication create the illusion that form is independent from matter. In reality, the behavior and aesthetics of the things we create are inherently limited by the material and scale constraints of our tools. In this talk, I present three works which push the limits of fabrication through a variety of scales and techniques, spanning from microscopic engravings on a...
5:40pm-6:00pm (20m) Tools
The Industrial Internet and Manufacturing’s Digital Revolution
Jackie Scherer (Sight Machine)
“The Industrial Internet is coming!” Who are the companies preparing for this emerging opportunity? And why should you jump on board? There are many important and exciting technology problems to solve in industry. A prime example lies in manufacturing where millions of machines are sitting isolated on plant floors, waiting to be connected to the internet.
6:00pm-6:20pm (20m) Tools
Smart Machines, Smart Privacy: Rules of the Road and the Challenges Ahead
Laura Berger (Federal Trade Commission)
This session will provide a brief overview of the issues that device makers must address to ensure that their devices provide appropriate privacy and security protections.
10:30am-11:00am (30m)
Break
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m)
Break
12:40pm-1:45pm (1h 5m)
Break: Lunch