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

Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things.

He is the author of a number of books, and from... Read More.

Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York), @CuriousOctopus

Paola Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often
including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art,
science and technology. In addition to her role as Senior Curator... Read More.

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

Danielle is a cofounder of Other Machine Co., a San Francisco-based company focused on joyful creation experiences. Danielle’s expertise integrates a strong background in science and technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with an advanced degree... Read More.

Tom Armitage

I’m a freelance technologist, designer and writer living and working in London.

I make systems, tools, toys, and art out of hardware, software, and the network. I’ve worked on everything from a large-scale website to... Read More.

Timo Arnall
Timo Arnall (Oslo School of Architecture & Design), @timoarnall

Timo Arnall leads an international research project on the design of emerging technologies at the Oslo School of Architecture & Design. Timo works with interactive products and media, most recently focusing on research around Read More.

Aurora Aurora

Aurora Thornhill is the head of the Project Specialist Team at Kickstarter but specializes in projects in the Technology category. She started at Kickstarter two and a half years ago as a member of the... Read More.

Carl Bass
Carl Bass (Autodesk), @carlbass

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Carl cofounded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he... Read More.

Ayah Bdeir
Ayah Bdeir (littleBits)

Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist, and one of the leaders of the open... Read More.

Laura Berger
Laura Berger (Federal Trade Commission)

Laura D. Berger is an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. She enforces federal laws that protect consumer privacy. Recently, her law enforcement work has focused on... Read More.

Peter Bihr
Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat), @peterbihr

Peter Bihr explores how emerging technologies change the world we live in. He does this in various roles: As an independent advisor, he helps organizations excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid... Read More.

Josh Bleecher Snyder

Josh Bleecher Snyder is the Director Of Software Engineering at PayPal. He was a co-founder / CTO of, which was acquired by PayPal in 2012. Josh was leading’s technology development. Before... Read More.

Christina Bonnington

Christina Bonnington is a Staff Writer for WIRED covering consumer technology, including mobile, wearables, and robotics. She is also co-host of the wildly popular daily 6-second Vine tech news show The GINGERCAST. With... Read More.

Greg Borenstein (MIT Media Lab), @atduskgreg

Greg Borenstein is an artist, technologist, and teacher. He creates illusions for humans and machines. His work explores computer vision, machine learning, game design, visual effects, and drawing as media for storytelling and design.

Greg... Read More.

Chris Boshuizen
Chris Boshuizen (Planet Labs), @cboshuizen

Chris Boshuizen is a co-founder and the CTO of Planet Labs Inc. Planet Labs will provide frequently updated maps of the entire planet with its own constellation of Earth imaging spacecraft that are now... 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... Read More.

Thomas Brady
Thomas Brady (Reaction, Inc.), @thomasqbrady

New technologies fascinate me, but I am most enthralled with innovations that enable humans to
share their experiences. I want to be a part of a technological revolution that sees more people in
... Read More.

Kelsey Breseman
Kelsey Breseman (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative), @ifoundtheme

Kelsey Breseman has a degree in neural engineering from Olin College. She has researched sleep and temperature, implantable vision devices, and devices for lung cancer diagnosis. She is now a member of Technical Machine– a... Read More.

Rodney Brooks
Rodney Brooks (Rethink Robotics)

Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT.

He is a robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics). He is also a Founder, former... Read More.

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

Jon Bruner oversees O’Reilly’s publications on hardware, the Internet of Things, manufacturing, and electronics and is program director of the O’Reilly Security Conference. Before coming to O’Reilly, he was data editor at Forbes magazine, where... Read More.

Sean  Carey
Sean Carey (Helium), @densone

Sean Carey has been working in the software industry for almost 20 years. He started his career out of high school working at Microsoft and quickly learned that working with startup companies was what he... Read More.

Andy Carle
Andy Carle (Marvell Semiconductor)


Andy Carle, PhD
User Experience Architect, Kinoma Software Platform
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

Core focus at Marvell:
Andy Carle’s top focus within the Kinoma group at Marvell is new... Read More.

Matt Carney
Matt Carney (The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT)

Matt Carney is a research assistant pursuing further graduate degrees in the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab. His experience has been diverse, yet, acutely focused as a mechanical design engineer... Read More.

Jean-Francois Chamberland
Jean-Francois Chamberland (Raven Standard LLC.)

Dr. Jean-Francois Chamberland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He was born and raised in Quebec City, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree... Read More.

Yu-Hsiang Chen
Yu-Hsiang Chen (UC Berkeley)

Sean (Yu-Hsiang) Chen is a UI/UX designer and creative technologist. He recently acquired a Master’s degree in School of Information, UC Berkeley, where he focused in UI/UX design, Human-Computer Interaction, and product design. After graduation,... Read More.

Josh Clark
Josh Clark (Big Medium), @globalmoxie

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in multi-device design, strategy, and user experience. He’s author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010) and the forthcoming “Designing for Touch” (A Book Apart, 2014). Josh’s agency... Read More.

Christopher Clearfield

I am a principal at System Logic, a consulting firm that helps organizations manage the risk of complex systems. Before starting System Logic, I worked as a derivatives trader at a prestigious proprietary trading firm... Read More.

Marcelo Coelho
Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio / Alike), @marcelocoelho

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... 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... Read More.

Beth  Comstock

Beth Comstock is passionate about change and innovation.
She leads GE’s growth efforts via marketing, sales, licensing and communications and oversees GE
Ventures. Her current priorities include partnering with and investing in start-ups,... Read More.

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... Read More.

David Cranor

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... Read More.

Robert Curtis

Robert’s currently holds the position of Principal Program Manager for a Fortune 100 consumer electronics company. Robert works within the global industrial design group leading the creative definition, design, and design implementation for a variety... Read More.

Michael DelGaudio

As Creative Director at frog, Michael leads teams to produce products and services customers love. Placing high value on design research and the user’s point of view, Michael approaches business problems through the lens of... Read More.

Mark DeRoche

Mark De Roche is the developer and test-pilot of a flying motorcycle, and is the founder and CTO of Aerofex Corp – a technology development firm seeking to democratize flight.
A UCLA... Read More.

John Dimatos
John Dimatos (Kickstarter), @dimatosj

John Dimatos is a Project Specialist for the Design and Technology categories at Kickstarter. Previously he was head of applications at MakerBot Industries where he oversaw the launch of the original replicator, the Soho retail... Read More.

Renee DiResta
Renee DiResta (New Knowledge), @noupside

Renee DiResta is a Principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she evaluates innovative technologies and makes seed-stage investments. Prior to joining OATV in June of 2011, Renee spent seven as a trader... Read More.

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

Mike is Executive 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... 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... Read More.

Cyril Ebersweiler

Cyril is a venture partner at SOSventures and the founder of HAXLR8R (the premiere accelerator program for hardware startups – Shenzhen & San Francisco), Chinaccelerator (the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China – Shanghai)... Read More.

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,... Read More.

Mike Estee
Mike Estee (Other Machine Co), @mikeestee

Mike has designed giant sculptures, circus equipment, robots, flying machines, and written software used by millions.

As a co-founder of the Other Machine Company he is passionate about finding a way to bring the all... Read More.

Jeremy Faludi
Jeremy Faludi (UC Berkeley)

Jeremy Faludi (LEED AP BD+C), is a sustainable design strategist and educator. He is co-author of the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, and has taught green product design at Stanford and elsewhere. He has contributed to... Read More.

Kamal Farah
Kamal Farah (MIT Media Lab), @kcfmedia

Kamal Farah is a research assistant in the Playful Systems group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is investigating future urban systems and the impact of emergent technologies and virtual networks on physical... Read More.

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

Noah Feehan is 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... Read More.

Ian Ferguson
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs), @ianworld

Ian Ferguson is lead engineer at Formlabs working 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... Read More.

Terry Foecke
Terry Foecke (PCH International)

Terry Foecke is head of Supplier Development at PCH International, identifying and implementing progressive supply-chain practices that promote environmental and social responsibility. He has worked in and with factories since he was a teenager,... Read More.

Brady Forrest
Brady Forrest (Ignite Talks), @brady

Brady is the Head of PCH’s new incubator, Highway1, and is on the lookout for the next great piece of hardware. He co-started and “shepherd” Ignite; he’s part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF.... Read More.

Shawn Frayne
Shawn Frayne (Looking Glass Hong Kong Ltd.), @haddockinvent

Shawn founded Haddock Invention in 2006, a clean technology incubator based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, and co-founded a spin-off company, Humdinger Wind Energy, in 2007. Through these companies, Shawn has led the development... Read More.

Murphy Freelen
Murphy Freelen (Smart Design), @smartdesign

Murphy Freelen leads the global digital services practice at Smart Design. As an expert in guiding and growing creative services firms, Murphy provides strategic leadership of the company’s digital design services for our global clients.... Read More.

Paul Fremantle

Paul Fremantle is Chief Technology Officer of WSO2, where he leads the technical team in building the Open Source SOA and Cloud middleware. Paul is also a researcher at the University of Portsmouth studying... Read More.

Chris Gammell
Chris Gammell (, by Supplyframe), @chris_gammell

Chris Gammell is a full time electrical engineer and a podcaster on The Amp Hour electronics podcast (a weekly show reaching over 5000 electronics professionals and enthusiasts). More recently, he started an online education site... Read More.

Matthew Gardiner
Matthew Gardiner (Ars Electronica Futurelab), @airstrip

Matthew Gardiner is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト and then created the field of art/science research called Oribotics. Oribotics is a field... Read More.

Brian Gerkey
Brian Gerkey (Open Source Robotics Foundation), @OSRFoundation

Brian Gerkey is CEO of OSRF. Prior to joining OSRF, Brian was Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage. Previously, Brian was a Computer Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Center at... Read More.

Neil Gershenfeld
Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments.... Read More.

Abe Gong
Abe Gong (Superconductive Health), @abegong

Abe Gong is a data scientist at Jawbone, where he builds data products to support the UP fitness tracker.

Julia Grace

Julia is a software engineer, maker and avid athlete. She is currently Head of Engineering at Tindie where she was the first employee and built the engineering team. Prior to joining Tindie, she was Read More.

Saul Griffith
Saul Griffith (Other Lab)

Saul Griffith is known as an inventor, but was trained as an engineer. He received his PhD at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT Saul studied... Read More.

eduard guzman
eduard guzman (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS]), @kotobuki

He worked for a digital musical instrument company as a sound designer and a software engineer. Now teaching interaction design and prototyping at Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS]. He designed Open... Read More.

Katherine Hague

Katherine Hague is the Co-Founder of ShopLocket, a platform for hardware entrepreneurs looking to bring innovative products to life and into the hands of visionary consumers. Prior to founding ShopLocket, she worked as an independent... Read More.

Alden Hart
Alden Hart (Synthetos)

Alden has been developing hardware for “a few decades now”, and tiny little motion control systems for about 4 years. His aim is to bring industrial grade motion control to small and affordable projects.

Björn Hartmann
Björn Hartmann (UC Berkeley), @bjo3rn

Björn Hartmann is an Assistant Professor in EECS at UC Berkeley. His research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on design tools, fabrication, and crowdsourcing. He co-founded the CITRIS Invention Lab and also co-directs the... Read More.

Alex Hawkinson
Alex Hawkinson (SmartThings), @ahawkinson

Alex is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” space. Alex believes that the Physical Graph represents the next major phase of the Internet that will create revolutionary change in every... Read More.

Andrew Hessel
Andrew Hessel (Autodesk Inc.)

Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc.’s new Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, which is developing tools for designing living and nanoscale systems. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the... Read More.

Zak Homuth
Zak Homuth (Upverter), @zakhomuth

Zak Homuth is the CEO and founder of Upverter, the leading collaborative hardware design platform. As a child, Zak was always coming up with new businesses, and at 16 he put his high school... Read More.

Alex Hornstein
Alex Hornstein (TinyPipes), @enjrolas

Alex Hornstein is an independent inventor. He spends his time dreaming, designing and building impossible, impractical, and wonderful things, and he’s particularly fascinated by communities of people that work creatively with technology. Nowadays, he works... Read More.

Greg Huff
Greg Huff (Raven Standard LLC.)

Dr. Greg Huff is currently a professor at Texas A&M University specializing in electromagnetics. His research interests are reconfigurable antennas, novel high frequency antennas and other passive devices (from microwave to terahertz) for radar, sensing... Read More.

Jason Huggins
Jason Huggins (Sauce Labs Inc), @hugs

Jason Huggins is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Sauce Labs. Prior to Sauce, Jason was a testing engineer at Google in Mountain View where he worked on the scaled test automation of Google... Read More.

Gordon Hui
Gordon Hui (Smart Design), @smartdesign

As the founder of Smart Design’s Business Design and Strategy practice, Gordon is passionate about projects that explore the intersection of emergent technologies, new services, and breakthrough business models. For over 15 years, he has... Read More.

Richard Isaacs

For the past eighteen years, Rick has been a Pipe Organ Builder and a Mechanical Designer at C. B. Fisk, Inc. of Gloucester, Massachusetts – one of the world’s premier pipe organ makers, a 50+... Read More.

Hiroshi Ishii
Hiroshi Ishii (MIT Media Lab), @ishii_mit

Hiroshi Ishii is a Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. He was named Associate Director at the Media Lab in May 2008. He is co-director of... 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... Read More.

Jeremy Jaech
Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI Technologies), @jjaech

Jeremy Jaech has led market-creating companies since 1983, including Aldus, Visio, Trumba, Verdiem, and SNUPI Technologies. He was co-founder and technical leader for Aldus, the creator of PageMaker. At Visio, he co-founded and served... Read More.

Jeff Jensen
Jeff Jensen (Raven Standard LLC.)

Jeff Jensen is currently a Ph.D student at Texas A&M University in the field of electromagnetics studying mobile random networks and arrays. Previous work and notable projects include Android software development for the military, phased... Read More.

Scott Jenson

Scott has worked at Apple, Symbian, Google, and frog design, working at the edge between UX design and technology. He has been writing and speaking about smart devices for several years and is now at... Read More.

Aren Kaser
Aren Kaser (Igor Institute), @igorinstitute

Aren has led teams of talented people committed to enhancing companies’ unique brands and helping redefine the conversation around product development, healthcare, and higher education. His areas of focus have ranged wide—from product development and... Read More.

Dov Katz
Dov Katz (Oculus VR)

Dov Katz is leading Oculus VR’s computer vision R&D. He is passionate about human and computer perception. His research interest include computer vision, machine learning, and autonomous manipulation. At Oculus, he developed a high precision... Read More.

Andra Keay
Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics), @svrobo

Andra Keay is a human systems engineer, Founder of Robot Launchpad, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics and CoFounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is also Treasurer of the Robots Association and... Read More.

Cory Kidd
Cory Kidd (Catalia Health), @coryk

Dr. Cory Kidd is CEO and founder of Intuitive Automata, a health care company that creates interactive coaches to help people address the challenges of making lasting change. Dr. Kidd received his M.S. and... Read More.

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

Simon King leads the interaction design discipline at IDEO Chicago. His work encompasses both macro- and micro-interactions across diverse industries including professional medical devices, mobile device platforms, in-vehicle experiences, large-scale imaging systems, and financial... Read More.

Tobias Kinnebrew
Tobias Kinnebrew (Bot & Dolly), @botndolly

For over a decade, Tobias has been leading strategic thinking at the cutting edge of consumer technology in experience, business, and engineering. After 8 years at Microsoft, driving design for several of that company’s most... Read More.

Daniel Koffler
Daniel Koffler (Rio Tinto Alcan), @dkoffler

With over 20 years of experience in enterprise and start-up technology companies, Daniel has recently moved into the world of large enterprise heavy industry operational technologies. As information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge... Read More.

Mike Kuniavsky
Functional Forms Breakout

Mike Kuniavsky leads user experience design in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, a Xerox company. A twenty-year veteran of digital product development, he designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge... Read More.

Travis Lee

Travis helps lead Product and Venture Design in the IDEO Chicago studio. He enjoys applying cutting-edge technology and creative engineering to diverse design challenges. A champion of “hack-to-build” rapid mechanical prototyping, he is passionate... Read More.

gabriella levine
gabriella levine (OSHWA (Open Source Hardware Association)), @gabriella_sneel

Gabriella Levine is an artist and hardware designer interested in the relationship between technology and ecology. She creates sculptural and robotic works that mimic environmental phenomena and animal behavior.
She co-founded Floating Point Studios... Read More.

Al Linke (Open Gadgets LLC)

With 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Al Linke is Director of Information Technology at a Fortune 500 company. Outside of his day job, Al is an active member in the open source... Read More.

Kati London
Kati London (Microsoft Research), @picklesnumber1

For her work in both real world games and the Internet of Things, Kati was named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (2010), “Top 100 Most Creative People... Read More.

Kuan Luo
Kuan Luo (Grand St.), @kuanluo

Kuan Luo is the Director of Design at Grand St., a new marketplace for indie electronics. She oversees all design decisions from concept to implementation. Kuan comes from the Washington Post, where she worked on... Read More.

Jen McCabe
Jen McCabe (Downtown Project), @jensmccabe

Jen McCabe runs the Nimbus Portfolio, an allocation of Tony Hsieh`s Vegas Tech Fund devoted to hardware. She leads seed and early stage investments in robotics, drones, hardware-as-a-service, connected devices, health peripherals, internet of things,... Read More.

Ian McFarland (Neo Innovation, Inc.), @imf

Ian is an entrepreneur and technologist. He’s the Founder of Neo, a leading global product innovation company. He has a long track record of identifying trends early. He saw an opportunity in worldwide distributed Hypertext... Read More.

Carin Meier
Carin Meier (Cognitect), @carinmeier

Carin started off as a professional ballet dancer, studied Physics in college, and has been developing software for both the enterprise and entrepreneur ever since. She has a thing for Clojure and can be usually... Read More.

David Mellis
David Mellis (MIT Media Lab), @mellis

David A. Mellis is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab and a co-founder of the Arduino electronics prototyping platform. His research explores ways to support people in making electronic devices for use... Read More.

Tom Metcalfe
Tom Metcalfe (rain cloud), @tommetcalfe

Tom is the Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox. Based in the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK.

He is a designer, with a specialism in object design, physical-digital and design thinking. His... Read More.

Hardi  Meybaum

Hardi Meybaum is the founder and CEO of GrabCad, the largest community of mechanical engineers and designers in the world. He recently finished a book focused on Open Engineering called “The Art of Product... Read More.

Ljuba Miljkovic
Ljuba Miljkovic (Automatic Labs), @ljuba

Ljuba is a scientist-turned-designer whose work spans hardware, software, and services. He’s the founding designer and Chief Product Officer of Automatic Labs in San Francisco. Before that, he was at Adaptive Path, an experience design... Read More.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)

Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Over the course of his career, he’s worked on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering,... Read More.

Ralf Muehlen (Internet Archive), @RalfMuehlen

Ralf Muehlen is a programmer, network architect and maker. He builds non-traditional data centers and runs the global network of the Internet Archive. Dedicated to open access, Muehlen helps build community networks in San Francisco,... Read More.

Pramila Mullan
Pramila Mullan (Accenture Technology Labs)

Pramila Mullan is a Senior Manager in Accenture Technology Labs focused on innovation in Industrial Internet. Prior to Accenture, she has extensive experience in software engineering at companies such as Cisco, Motorola, Orange, and AT&T... Read More.

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy (Smart Design), @sp_murphy

A design and innovation engineer with 15 years of product development expertise spanning consumer electronics, medical devices, electronic toys and industrial automation. A mechanical engineer by training, he has spent his career blending mechanics and... Read More.

Andrew Nicolaou

Andrew is a User Interface Developer for BBC R&D. He’s interested in prototyping future connected experiences across TV, radio and online, particularly using emerging web technologies and tangible interfaces. Previously, he built audience-facing applications... Read More.

Dan Nuttall
Dan Nuttall (BBC)

Dan is a Software engineer for Internet Research and Future Services in BBC R&D. He has worked for a range of companies in Europe and Africa, building web sites, browser extensions, servers and everything... 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... Read More.

Erin O'Malley
Erin O'Malley (PCH International)

Erin O’Malley works to synthesize disparate information to enable informed decisions that improve sustainability. She currently lives and works in Shenzhen, China, an area with almost infinite opportunities for sustainability improvement.

Before joining PCH... Read More.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @timoreilly

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In... Read More.

Mark Palatucci
Mark Palatucci (Anki Inc.)

Mark Palatucci is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Anki. He is passionate about creating products that truly surprise and excite people. Prior to Anki, Mark launched his own embedded systems and mobile software... Read More.

Amanda Parkes
Amanda Parkes (Columbia University)

Amanda Parkes is a biomedia designer & fashion technologist. She is the founder of Skinteractive Studio in Brooklyn, NY researching and developing technologies and hi-tech textile projects at the convergence of fashion, the body, biology,... Read More.

Andiamo Session Breakout

Co-Founder of Andiamo which aims to drastically reduce the pain and time needed to produce custom orthotics for disabled children, using 3D scanning and printing tech.

Background as a digital project and programme manager across... Read More.

Nadya Peek
Nadya Peek (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)

I work on digital fabrication tools, machine communication protocols, and technology for humans.

Emile Petrone

Emile Petrone is the founder of Tindie, a “maker marketplace” for independent hardware manufacturers . He has worked at a number of successful startups such as Yelp, Redbeacon, Simplegeo, and Urban Airship. While Emile is... Read More.

Amanda Peyton is the CEO and co-founder of Grand St., a new marketplace for indie electronics. Grand St. introduces creative, well-designed, delightful new devices to consumers and enable makers large and small to sell... Read More.

Andy Piper
Andy Piper (Twitter), @andypiper

Andy Piper is a Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, the Open Source Platform-as-a-Service. He is an Eclipse M2M IWG Community Member and has been involved with the Eclipse Paho project since the... Read More.

Ivan Poupyrev

Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is an award-winning scientist, inventor and designer who is creating cutting edge interactive technologies blending digital and physical realities. Ivan is currently Technical Program Lead at Google ATAP division. Prior to... Read More.

Zachary Pousman
Zachary Pousman (THINK Interactive)

Zach Pousman is the director of digital strategy at THINK Interactive (Atlanta, GA). Using deep empathy, boundless curiosity for people, Zach helps brands deliver innovative digital products and experiences. His passion is to understand... Read More.

Matt Powell
Matt Powell (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins), @mpowell

Matt is the Chief Information Officer at kbs+ and co-founder of kbs+ Spies & Assassins. He runs the agency’s creative technology practice which includes UX, Software Development, Hardware / Installations, Technical Project Management, Community Management,... Read More.

Venkatesh Prasad (Ford Motor Company)

As the group and senior technical leader of Vehicle Design and
Infotronics for Ford Research and Innovation, the birthplace of
Ford SYNC®, K. Venkatesh Prasad is Ford’s “What’s Next” guy,
responsible for... Read More.

Timothy Prestero
Timothy Prestero (Design that Matters), @tprestero

Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new products and... Read More.

Simone Rebaudengo

Simone Rebaudengo is a senior interaction designer at frog Shanghai, where he designs digital, physical, and behavioral interfaces. His personal research focuses on exploring the implications of living with networked and (somewhat) smart products that... Read More.

Cameron Robertson

Cameron is CEO and co-founder at Lockitron. Lockitron raised over $2 million through its own independent crowdfunding effort despite being rejected from the Kickstarter platform He believes that contextual computers are taking over the... Read More.

Adam  Rodnitzky
Adam Rodnitzky (Occipital Inc.), @rodtwitzky

Adam Rodnitzky is a serial entrepreneurial with a passion for startup marketing. He has co-founded three startups, two of which have been acquired: (acquired by in 2000), and ReTel Technologies (acquired by ShopperTrak... Read More.

Ben Rottler
Ben Rottler (Independant), @mediareason

Ben Honda Rottler most recently led the UX team at UXCA for Samsung Design in San Francisco, while also acting as Product Lead for early stage product concept incubation projects. First bit by the... Read More.

Dan Saffer
Dan Saffer (Saffervescence Inc.), @odannyboy

For 20 years, Dan Saffer has been designing everything from apps to robots and everything in between. Dan is the author of four acclaimed books on design, including his latest, Microinteractions, which Scott Berkun called... Read More.

samrat saha
samrat saha (Laughlin Constable)

At the moment I am working as a consultant at DCI Marketing, Milwaukee, USA. My education was in Geological Sciences, however I moved into IT quite early on and freelanced for a number... Read More.

Joseph Salvo
Joseph Salvo (GE Global Research), @JJSalvo

Joseph J. Salvo,
Director, Industrial Internet
Manager – Complex Systems Engineering Laboratory
GE Global Research
Niskayuna, NY, USA
M. Phil. Ph.D. Yale University
A.B. Harvard... Read More.

Alec Saunders
Alec Saunders (QNX Software Systems), @asaunders

As vice president of QNX Software Systems’ new cloud business,
Alec Saunders is responsible for developing strategies that will
grow market share and revenue for the company’s cloud
... Read More.

Valkyrie Savage
Valkyrie Savage (UC Berkeley)

I’m a PhD student at UC Berkeley working with Bjoern Hartmann. My focus is on design tools to make digital fabrication machines more useful.

Jackie Scherer
Jackie Scherer (Sight Machine)

Jackie Scherer is Lead Interaction Designer at Sight Machine, an industrial internet startup in San Francisco. She has designed enterprise and consumer products for over 7 years. Prior to Sight Machine, she was a Senior... Read More.

SOLS Systems co-founder and CEO Kegan Schouwenburg is a leading voice in 3D printing and mass customization, and obsessed with bringing nascent technology into the consumer sector. Schouwenburg’s background in industrial design and... Read More.

Jeffrey Schox
Jeffrey Schox (Schox Patent Group), @JSchox

Jeffrey Schox is a Patent Attorney and the founding member of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm that builds patent portfolios for startups. He has filed over 750 patent application and has represented 150... Read More.

Matthew Schroyer
Matthew Schroyer (, @matthew_ryan

I am the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, located online at, which is an organization of more than 90 journalists and drone developers, from 19 countries who, who are seeking... Read More.

Peter Shanley

Peter has a passion for customer-centered product design and organizational change, having worked in both large enterprises and startups to bring new ventures to market. He held intrepreneurial roles at Yahoo! Brickhouse and HP Labs/Snapfish,... Read More.

Evan Shapiro
Evan Shapiro (IDEO)

Evan Shapiro is a designer and engineer at IDEO in San Francisco. Evan works on a wide range of projects in varied capacities. He has built probabilistic simulations of electromechanical systems to optimize algorithms... Read More.

Anna Shaw
Anna Shaw (Smart Design), @annakshaw

Anna creates compelling, resonant user experiences that truly work. Anna has spent over 15 years developing and extending brands across a myriad of markets and touchpoints including digital products, design language systems, packaging and onscreen... Read More.

Rod Smith
Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies ), @IBM

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a team of highly technical innovators in seeking out disruptive technologies that aid businesses... Read More.

yodit stanton
yodit stanton (, @yoditstanton

Yodit Stanton is a Software developer and CEO of, a company founded to lower the barrier to entry in publishing city scale sensor data.

Jim Stogdill
Jim Stogdill (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Jim Stogdill heads up O’Reilly’s Radar and Strata businesses. A lifelong technology practitioner he’s finding this media thing ridiculously fun. In a previous life he traveled the world with the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately from his... Read More.

Moe Tanabian
Moe Tanabian (Samsung Mobile), @motanabian

Moe is Senior Director of Engineering for Samsung Electronics and the head of Samsung Smart Things IoT Innovation Lab in the Bay Area. He is first and foremost a Maker and advocates Maker Approach in... Read More.

Steve Teixeira
Steve Teixeira (Microsoft)

Steve Teixeira is the Director of Program Management for the Internet of Things team in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Steve has served in leadership roles at Microsoft in Visual Studio, the Technical Computing Group, the... 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... Read More.

Eduardo Torrealba
Eduardo Torrealba (, @Eduardo3rd

Eduardo Torrealba is 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 monitors the moisture needs of plants and... Read More.

Claire Tuna (UC Berkeley)

Claire Tuna is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, studying Computer Science and working as an HCI research assistant in the Berkeley Institute of Design.

Janos Veres
Janos Veres (PARC)

Janos Veres joined PARC to manage its Printed Electronics team. His current interests are in combining disruptive material, process, and device technologies – for printed, flexible circuits; sensor and memory arrays; batteries and display... Read More.

Lauren Von Dehsen

Lauren Von Dehsen is an Experience Design Director at R/GA NY. She has been working with Nike for over 2 years, shaping the digital experience around the Nike+ FuelBand including the new Nike+ FuelBand SE.... Read More.

Ben Waber
Ben Waber (Sociometric Solutions), @bwaber
Wearables at Work Main Stage

Dr. Ben Waber is the president and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management services firm that uses social-sensing technology to drive innovative transformation services. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT... Read More.

Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman ( & Science Hack Day), @arielwaldman
Sensing Space Breakout

Ariel Waldman is the founder of, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global instigator of Science Hack Day, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people... Read More.

Boris  Wertz
Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), @bwertz

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of Version One Ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 40 early-stage consumer internet and mobile companies, including hardware related startups... Read More.

Tom Wesselman
Tom Wesselman (Plantronics)

Tom Wesselman is Director, Ecosystem Architecture, at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. This starts with defining and building the data and services provided by Plantronics’... Read More.

Jon Wettersten

Jon Wettersten helps lead IDEO Chicago’s software efforts and has helped design and develop user experiences ranging across a variety of platforms such as embedded, mobile, web and desktop platforms.

Korjan Wieringen

Korjan studied Informatics & Economics in Rotterdam. Has a background as a software engineer, consultant and projectmanager. A bit of a jack of all trades, master of some. Or so he hopes.

Dan Williams

Dan W. makes things. Sometimes those things are made of atoms. Sometimes they are made of bits.

Dan collaborates with artists to prototype and fabricate digital artworks, ranging from jukeboxes telling theatrical stories to orchestras... Read More.

Laurie  Yoler
Laurie Yoler (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)

Laurie Yoler has been Senior Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. since March 6, 2013. Yoler was Partner and Managing Director of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, LLC. She has been helping emerging... Read More.

Joel Young
Joel Young (Digi International)

Joel Young is Senior Vice President – Research and Development, Chief Technical Officer of Digi International Inc. He joined the company in 2000 as Vice President of Engineering and was named Vice President of Research... Read More.

Ben Zhang
Ben Zhang (UC Berkeley)

Ben Zhang is a second year Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley working with Professor Edward A. Lee in TerraSwarm project. The primary focus of his research is about networked embedded devices that augments human-environment interaction... Read More.