Hackett is an artist, the director of the Madagascar Institute, occasional professor at NYU, and minor basic cable celebrity. He has not been arrested in over a year.
Mitch is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for co-founding 3ware (with J. Peter Herz and Jim MacDonald), his pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research and inventing TV-B-Gone. He is also President and CTO of Cornfield Electronics.
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate.
Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and an interactive artist, and the founder of littleBits.cc, an open source kit of electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Only 6 months after its creation, litteBits has been acquired by MoMA for the museum’s permanent collection, won "Best of ToyFair," been featured on Ted, BBC, Forbes and Popular Science, and called by Bloomberg TV, "LEGO's for the iPad generation."
Bdeir graduated with a Masters from the MIT Media Lab where she was a student in the Computing Culture Group. Prior to that, Bdeir studied Computer Engineering and Sociology in the American University of Beirut.
After the Media Lab (and a brief stint in Finance), Ayah got a fellowship and senior fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology center. She taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons and taught numerous workshops to get non-engineers, and particularly young girls, interested in science and technology. Bdeir was a mentor in the regional reality TV-show "Stars of Science" (initiated by Qatar Foundation) promoting science and technology innovation in the Middle East.
In 2010, Bdeir was granted a fellowship with Creative Commons in recognition of her work, including spearheading the first Open Hardware Definition and co-chairing the Open Hardware Summit at the New York Hall of Science in September of 2010 and 2011. Just recently, Bdeir was awarded the highly prestigious TED Fellowship, as one of 25 innovators in 2012 from around the world.
Bdeir is also the founder of Karaj, Beirut’s lab for experimental art, architecture and technology.
Ayah lives and works in New York.
Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur
with a passion for creating new products as well as finding new
applications for existing technologies. He was the founding CTO of a
number of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products,
HVAC, and medical devices.
Kipp co-founded Revolution By Design, Inc, a
non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment
through technology and co-organizes Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire. He
is the founder of KippKitts, LLC, an open source hardware company
As the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University
School of Engineering, Kipp teaches several engineering design and
He is the chair of the Rhode Island
Entrepreneurship Faculty group and serves on the boards of The Steel
Yard and AS220, where he is involved with AS220 Labs in partnership with
MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. He is also on the technical advisory
board of MAKE Magazine and is a Fellow at the College of Design,
Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University.
In his spare time,
he races bicycles as a semi-pro road cyclist and plays glockenspiel in
an activist street marching band.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Francisco D'Souza is President and CEO of Cognizant Technology.
Dale Dougherty is the founder, President & CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.
Justin Downs is CTO of GROUND Lab.
Tanja Dzambazova is trained architect with 12 years of experience in architecture and design in Vienna and London. Always fascinated by the impact that technology has on our lives, she decided to continue her career in the digital design technology world where she has been passionately evangelizing, teaching, authoring books and leading the development of exciting new digital design tools. An avid believer that we are all born with a sense for creativity and innovation and the need to express it, Tanja focuses her energy on making powerful design technologies accessible to wide audiences.
Kellan Elliott-McCrea is CTO of Etsy.
Bilal Ghalib, the man who once laser etched his finger nails and crowd sourced a haircut, will be speaking about his current trip to the middle east, using Autodesk 123D Catch and a flash Mob to capture the Sphinx into a 3D model in a project known only as Steal the Sphinx. He will also give a brief overview of the Egyptian and Bahgdad Hacker spaces that he visited and amazing middle eastern Makers that he met along the way.
David Giancaspro has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has been voiding
warranties for fun since an early age. Raising two children with his wife Jeanette, a crafter, in The Bronx.He is a core contributor to
Wired's Geek Dad and has had two projects featured in the Geek Dad
Alicia Gibb is a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs. She is a member
of NYCResistor, co-chair of the Open Hardware Summit, and a member of
the advisory board for Linux Journal. Her work has appeared in Wired
magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday and the New York Times.
I design medical devices for the developing world at MIT. Our lab creates DIY kits for docs + nurses in the field to come up with their own solutions. If you like DIY, or building things, or care about global health, infectious diseases, or clinical in far away places (or close to home), start by joining us online  I blog at Little Devices That Could and @jfgm @iihlab
John Hodgman is an author and Resident Expert on the Daily Show.
Margaret Honey is the CEO of the New York Hall of Science.
Bunnie is a hardware hacker whose most recent contributions include the portfolio of Chumby hardware products.
Kalil is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science
and Technology at UC Berkeley. He has been charged with developing
major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the
intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems,
and biology. He will also help develop a broad range of partnerships
between 2 of the California Institutes of Science and Innovation (Center
for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society,
California Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative
Biomedical Research) and potential stakeholders in industry, government,
foundations, and non-profits.
Anya Kamenetz writes about the future of education. In 2011, Learning, Freedom and the Web and The Edupunks’ Guide were published as free ebooks by the Mozilla and Gates Foundation respectively. Anya also penned Generation Debt which dealt with youth economics and politics. Her book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.
Heather Knight is PhD student at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute
and runs Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially
intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. From
Syynlabs to MIT to JPL to the Robot Film Festival she founded this past
July, Knight loves intersecting technology and the arts.
Zachary Lieberman is an artist with a simple goal: he wants you
surprised. His work uses technology in a playful way to break down the
fragile boundary between the visible and the invisible.Most recently, he
helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum,
wrote software for an augmented reality magic trick, and helped develop
the eyewriter, an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed graffiti
artist draw again. In 2010 he was named one of 100 Creative People in
Business by Fast Company Magazine. The eyewriter recently won Design of
the Year (Interactive) from the London Design Museum and the Golden Nica
(Interactive) from Ars Electronica. In addition to making artistic
projects, Lieberman is co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++
toolkit for creative coding.
In 2001 Hod Lipson joined the departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the faculty of Computing & Information Science of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is also a member of the Computer Science and Computational Biology graduate fields at Cornell. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University's Computer Science Department and a Lecturer at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his PhD in 1998 from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Before joining academia, he spent several years as a research engineer in the mechanical, electronic and software industries.
Jeffrey has been with the Fab@Home team since the launch of the model 2
redesign. He is a PhD Student in the Cornell Creative Machines Lab where
he reseachers applications and techniques for 3d printing.
Phil McKinney is President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.
Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at HP. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development (R&D) and product roadmaps for the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.
Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion. The book is available in hardcover, digital and audio formats. The book will soon be available in Russian, Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean and Japanese.
Emeka Okafor is an entrepreneur and venture catalyst. He is the curator of Maker Faire Africa and was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha, Tanzania. Other associations include TED Fellowships and the African Innovation Foundation. His interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm-breaking technologies in general.
Bre Pettis builds infrastructure for creativity. Passionate about all things DIY, he is a co-founder of MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn-based company that's bringing computer-controlled fabrication to the work benches of inventors, hobbyists, and mad scientists everywhere. The company's low-cost 3-D printers turn digital design files into physical objects, vastly reducing the cost and time required to prototype new products, manufacture custom parts, or realize art projects. MakerBot hosts the online community, Thingiverse, where users share designs and collaborate on open source hardware.
Pettis is also a founder of the hacker collective NYCResistor. He created the History Channel TV show History Hacker, produced and hosted Make magazine's Weekend Projects video series, created new media for Etsy.com, and taught art in the Seattle public schools.
Benedetta Piantella is co-founder of GRND Lab, a sustainable design lab located in Brooklyn, focused on software-hardware development, prototyping, specialty fabrication and interaction design.
David Pogue writes the tech column for the New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. On TV, you may know him from his funny tech videos on CNBC every Thursday, or his stories for CBS Sunday Morning, or the NOVA miniseries he hosted on PBS, called "Making Stuff." With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors.
He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music.
He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his three children. His web site is www.davidpogue.com.
Mr. M. Brant Revill is a Computer Scientist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic. His current role is Project Lead for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) crowdsourcing effort, UAVForge.net.
Veronika is a Detroit designer currently studying at The College for
Creative Studies. For the past year she has been working in homeless
shelters creating crazy post apocalyptic gear to help inspire pride and
help their livelihood. She's working towards bringing fantastic people
together to build new sustainable systems.
AnnMarie Polsenberg Thomas
AnnMarie is an engineering professor who spends a lot of her time trying
to figure out how to encourage the next generation of makers and
Eric has a Ph.D. from MIT, runs Instructables.com -- a site attracting
10 million people per month--, and recently sold his company to, and now
builds communities for, Autodesk. He has flown powered exclusively by
kite, competed in an ultra-marathon, and is recognized as a top
innovator under 35.
Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of Trade School, a non-traditional
learning environment where students barter with teachers for
instruction. Classes focus on traditions, techniques, and tactics, and
teachers have asked for everything from fresh produce to research help
from students. To find out more, go to
http://tradeschool.ourgoods.org/about Caroline is also a co-founder of
OurGoods, a barter network for creative people.