Avi Reichental, Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems, Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation discuss manufacturing's future, and the effects of technology on industry. Moderator: Kevin Delaney, Editor-in-Chief, Quartz; Former Managing Editor, WSJ.com
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.
He is also author of the forthcoming book, The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.
He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
Kevin J. Delaney
Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
Beyond his many publications and patents, MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the author of the books Fab and When Things Start To Think, and the technical texts The Nature of Mathematical Modeling and The Physics of Information Technology. His work has been featured by the White House and Smithsonian Institution in their Millennium celebrations, he has been the subject of print, radio, and TV programs in media including the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and PBS, and has been selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.
Avi Reichental has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems NYSE: DDD since September 2003. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping the way we design, what we create, and how we manufacture.
Through his passion to democratize the ideation-to-production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from the inventor of 3D printing to a provider of end-to-end solutions that are transforming entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers worldwide to create and make.
Prior to joining 3D Systems, for more than 22 years, Avi served in various senior executive positions with Sealed Air Corporation NYSE:SEE, a leading provider of food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide, most recently as Corporate Officer, Vice President, and General Manager of Sealed Air’s Shrink Packaging business.
Avi is a passionate maker and community service leader. He is the recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award and the 2012 Financial Times Boldness in Business award and holds 25 U.S. patents. Avi currently serves as faculty chair of the Digital Fabrication Program at Singularity University and is a member of the XPRIZE innovation board and the NCOHF board, also known as America’s ToothFairy.
Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow. Although Gershenfeld concedes Atkinson's argument that localized manufacturing cannot compete with the productivity of large manufacturing, Gershenfeld believes that there is a place for household-sized plants.