New Wave of Maker-Led Innovation Revealed as Hardware Innovation Workshop, May 14-15, Explores Business of Making and Makers in

New Wave of Maker-Led Innovation Revealed as Hardware Innovation Workshop, May 
14-15, Explores Business of Making and Makers in
SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/13 --  New hardware products
and services and the makers creating them will be the focus of the
second MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop, presented by GE, May 14-15
at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA. Over 30 speakers will
take the stage, offering business insights into manufacturing options
for startups, and collaborative strategies from funding to production
to distribution and marketing. VCs will discuss which products get
their attention and why, and entrepreneurial makers will share
lessons learned from starting new businesses.  
"In the last year, we've seen a dramatic increase in the number of
startups and early stage products coming out of the maker community
as a result of a growing ecosystem made up of tools like 3D printers,
platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and software for advanced
manufacturing," said Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media and founder
and publisher of MAKE. 
Workshop speakers include recognized leaders from the maker movement
such as Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino; Chris Anderson, founder
and CEO of 3D Robotics and DIY Drones; Bunnie Huang, co-founder of
Chumby; Jay Silver, founder of MaKey MaKey; and Zach Kaplan, founder
and CEO of Inventables. In addition, partners from leading VC firms,
and accelerators and incubators that focus primarily on hardware
innovation will share their insights and strategies. 
The Internet of Things (IoT) is being realized by makers as a way to
connect almost anything to the Internet to create new devices:
Pinoccio is a new IoT platform for makers to build a variety of
devices; Nomiku is a new kind of cooking device that lets anyone
affordably use the cooking techniques of top chefs, and achieve the
same result; and, Cosmogia is an Arduino-controlled nanosatellite
that, with a few Arduino boards and sensors, reduces the cost of
building satellites. These startups, and dozens of others, will have
their early stage products, projects and devices on display at the
Innovation Showcase, which caps off the first day of the Workshop. 
Advanced Manufacturing 
 The Maker Pro Manufacturing Workshop, a
separate three-hour session provides insight into the business
ecosystem for makers and will be presented by experts in small,
medium and large scale manufacturing. Participants can bring their
prototypes to the workshop and presenters will recommend optimal ways
to produce their products and distribute them to their target
"We're also seeing a transformation taking place as hobbyist makers
see an easier path through access to startup capital from
crowdfunding sites, and accelerators and incubators that specialize
in hardware companies," said Dougherty. 
Other featured speakers include: 

--  Kai Backman, co-founder, Airstone Labs
--  Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk
--  Chris Boshuizen, founder, Cosmogia
--  Tim Chang, partner, Mayfield Fund
--  Jeremy Conrad, founding partner, Lemnos Lab
--  John Dimatos, Kickstarter
--  Brook Drumm, founder and CEO, Printrbot
--  Robert Faludi, collaborative strategy leader, Digi International
--  Brady Forrest, PCH International
--  Alden Hart, CTO, Ten Mile Square
--  Zak Homuth, founder and CEO, Upverter
--  Eric Jennings & Sally Carson, co-founders, Pinoccio
--  Rachel Kalmar, data scientist, Misfit Wearables
--  Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO, Quirky
--  Eric Klein, Entrepreneur-in-residence, OATV
--  Manu Kumar, founder and chief firestarter, K9 Ventures
--  David Lang, co-founder, OpenROV
--  Dave Merrill, co-founder and president, Sifteo
--  Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder, Dragon Innovation
--  James "Laen" Neal, OSH Park PCB
--  John Park, COO/GM, AQS
--  Nick Pinkston, founder, Plethora
--  Lisa Qui, co-founder, Nomiku
--  Renata Quintini, partner, Felicis-Ventures
--  Dan Roberts, founder, Scout Alarm
--  Zach Smith, program director, HAXLR8R
--  Robert Stephens, founder, Geek Squad
--  Trae Vassallo, general partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
--  Eric Weddington, marketing manager, Atmel
--  Peter Weijmarshausen, co-founder and CEO, Shapeways

The MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop is presented by GE, and sponsored
by ShopBot and media sponsor Engadget. For more details about the
event and to register for the 2013 MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop,
 Maker Media is a global platform for connecting
makers with each other, with products and services, and with our
partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a
growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology.
Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative,
resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how
they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE
Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a
worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture
and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the
publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also
develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker
Shed store as well as in retail channels.  
Vickie Welch 
(415) 806-0999 Mobile 
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