Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart.
Walter Greenleaf has a background in both neuroscience research and clinical product development. As a medical product developer, Dr. Greenleaf’s focus has been on the development of computer supported clinical products, with a specific focus on virtual reality and telemedicine technology to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine.
Dr. Greenleaf is known internationally as an early pioneer in the medical application of virtual environment technology, and is viewed as one of the founders of the field. He has designed and developed several clinical product streams over the last twenty-five years, including products in the fields of: surgical simulation, 3D medical visualization, telerehabilitation, clinical informatics, clinical decision support, point-of-care clinical data collection, ergonomic evaluation technology, automatic sleep-staging systems, psychophysiological assessment, and simulation-assisted rehabilitation technologies, as well as products for behavioral medicine.
Dr. Greenleaf founded and served as CEO for: Greenleaf Medical, a business incubator; InWorld Solutions, a company specializing in the therapeutic use of virtual worlds for behavioral health care; and Virtually Better, a company that develops virtual environments for the treatment of phobias, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
He has served as a scientific adviser and reviewer for the U.S. Public Health Service, National Science Foundation (NSF) National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Greenleaf helped start the California State University Center for Disability Solutions, and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Virtual Rehabilitation.
Dr. Greenleaf has presented and discussed next-generation medical technology on The Phil Donahue Show, NextStep, and CNN. He is frequently invited as a keynote speaker to medical and technology conferences.
Chief chatting officer. Uber connector. Navigator of Silicon Valley Arcana. Habla español. Secretly dresses up as Batou.
Kym McNicholas is an EMMY AWARD-WINNING Anchor/Reporter/Producer and Entrepreneur with 17 years of on-camera experience on national television and online, from Fox News Channel to Comcast Sports. You can see her every Saturday morning now on KRON 4 Mornings as a career/technology expert. She also was selected to run Sir Richard Branson's global startup competition, the Extreme Tech Challenge. And Kym is building an online video communications to help people learn how to communicate effectively.
Greg Fisher is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with a focus on hardware and manufacturing. After graduating from UC Berkeley with an engineering degree, Greg worked in the medical device, hard drive storage, ice cream, and professional tools industries in various management, manufacturing, and quality control capacities. His clients included Walmart, MAC Tools, Stanley Tools, Snap-On, Matco, Steelman, Honda and others
Beth is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and former college instructor with over twenty years in the media technology industry in strategy, production and marketing. Beth has founded games and apps companies including Signal 2 Productions, Match Factor and D2S Games, a new and innovative platform that uses smart phones with big screen TVs to play multiplayer games. She is an advisor to many start-ups such as Pear Therapeutics, Grimm Bros Games, Ponga, Digify, Major League Wizardry and the Mobile Monday Momentum Accelerator. Most recently, Beth founded Transmedia SF, an agency/studio/incubator/salon with the aim of accelerating the transmedia revolution across industries and around the world.
Erik Katz is a technology advisor and community organizer who is immersed in the Maker Movement and Hardware startup scene in the Bay Area. He has worked with companies such as TechShop, Maker Media and several start-ups.
Erik is the founder of the non-profit Maker Mart, which produced Makers@theMint, a large scale retail pop-up event at Historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco which was featured in Forbes.
He is an active participant as a mentor in Peter Thiel’s 20Under20 fellowship program. Erik is currently working with the fast growing payment platform startup, PayNearMe. He co-organizes various meet up groups and continues to organize large-scale events and conferences including HardwareCON3
Dorian Ferlauto saw a gap in the manufacturing industry and decided to build a bridge to connect buyers and suppliers. With over 10 years of experience in product design and working with manufacturers she launched BriteHub in 2013 with the mission to create a centralized marketplace to initiate, educate, and guide the relationships between manufacturers and the people that need their services. BriteHub is committed to leveling the playing field so that people and businesses of all sizes can succeed and grow together. Our mission is to be the heart and hub of the idea to object revolution both in America and abroad.
I've helped organize several events in the Bay Area for hardware and crowdfunding, including: the Hardware Summer Camp, Indiegogo Hardware Bootcamp, Hardware Workshop, and the SF Crowdfunding Meetup. The goal of these events is to help relevant experts educate entrepreneurs through lectures, panel discussions, and office hour sessions.
Over 20 years of leadership in bringing new high technology hardware products to market.
Founder and CEO of the Product Realization Group. PRG is a consortium of Silicon Valley companies that can take your product from idea to scale.
One source for prototype design and build, cost-reducing insights, and scalable manufacturing. Go to market faster, for less money than do-it-yourself. Get a smoother launch and lower costs by 20%. Our 500 clients include medical device, consumer electronic, and high-technology start ups, SMBs, and large companies such as GoPro, EMC, and Intuitive Surgical.
Successful entrepreneur and technology executive. Experience driving market growth, revenues and partnerships for connected devices and smart data companies. Enjoy leading high performance teams with multidisciplinary skills that produce remarkable results. Social media savvy, highly effective networker and "lean start up" practitioner.
Developed Indiegogo campaign for Jibo, raised $2.5MM #1 hardware funded project.
Raised $55MM in venture funding.
Launched (and funded) 3 successful consumer tech companies.
Author of The 2-Year Itch: how to build a successful consumer device company.
Adviser: M17, GAME, popSLATE, NUKO Toys, Blue Anatomy
Board member: Versaic
DEMO God winner 2006 (Pleo)
Mentor: PCH Highway 1 Incubator
Providing services that establish a solid foundation for HW companies during product development and production. We enable successful product launches and timely delivery of quality products that meet cost targets. Consulting on Operations, New Product Introduction, Supply Chain and CM/JDM/ODM Management, Negotiations, and General Management issues.
VP of Ops for Pure Digital (Flip Video) and then COO
VP of Ops and Engineering for Cisco Consumer Products
Advisor to Anki, Romotive, Faraday Bikes, and others
Some master the arc of technologies powering successful products. Others excel at marketing and selling those products in today's diverse marketplaces. Fewer, however, enjoy and succeed in fluidly moving between these worlds. I am, passionately, one of those people.
– Creating amazing products
– Connecting and collaborating with smart people
– Facilitating great teams
– Evangelizing customers to become product protagonists
– Imagineering the future
Early Stage Venture investments. Highly thesis driven.
Areas of Focus:
* Connected devices and low cost robotics
* Tools that enable engineers
* Data Science that closes the loop
I'm a starter with a Fortune 100 background. I was fortunate to experience startups and exits (software and hardware), few of which I founded, as well as working for Microsoft in Jakarta and Seattle for several years.
Bradley Leong is an entrepreneur, marketer, and technology geek. He has crowd-funded a number of products of his own design the most notable of which is Brydge which raised $800K on Kickstarter. He has also done the marketing for a handful of other crowd launches including Tile which raised $2.7M and Wonder Workshop which raised $2.3M. He’s a self-made Maker, designer, and tinkerer. Before working in hardware he was in the film industry and directed two feature films. He now works for Tandem Capital finding and helping hardware startups.
Proven serial entrepreneur, innovator, educator and an accomplished global product management executive with 13+ years of background in mobile, retail and payments industries.
Currently, Ajay is the co-founder and Ceo of www.produk.me, a startup focused on helping consumer hardware companies/brands deliver amazing first impressions for consumer products post sales on mobile. Brands can measure post sales impressions/engagement with their product. The result is superior customer satisfaction, engagement, loyalty, referrals and sales. Additionally, he is the lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Haas school of Business at University of California at Berkeley. Startup advisor to Padloc.co and Ecurv.com.
Previously, he co-founded, led and directed “Modiv Media”, an award winning venture capital funded
company providing time-tested and customer-embraced mobile shopper marketing solutions, that was
acquired by Catalina Marketing. Ajay has also held product and engineering positions at Nokia, Lehman Brothers and MemIQ.
Ajay is an alum of University of Mumbai, East Tennessee State University and Babson College with degrees in computer science and a MBA.
Allen Bell is president and co-founder of SeaTurtle Sports, a leisure sports company that creates, manufactures and markets contemporary outdoor games and accessories in the emerging “social sports” category.
Allen is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record of transforming concepts into viable business models, creating premium brands and building quality management teams. He has over 15 years of experience consulting start-ups and designing programs for business acceleration. Allen is co-founder and former president of The Idea Village, a New Orleans business accelerator recognized internationally for its innovation and leadership in transforming New Orleans into one of the country’s most vibrant entrepreneurial centers. Allen has an extensive media and marketing background. As general manager of New Orleans Net, he launched internet brands NOLA.com and MardiGras.com for parent company, Advance Publications. He was president and founder of marketing agency, StrategyBase, with clients including USA Network, Busch Entertainment, The Weather Channel and Tabasco.
Allen has served as board president for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and was an original board member of Trees Atlanta, today one of the most widely supported non-profits in metro-Atlanta. He is currently a member of the advisory committee for The Idea Village and is on the board of advisors for New Orleans based Life City, an organization promoting sustainability in economic initiatives and personal lifestyle.
Allen frequently guest-lectures and serves as a panel judge at the Tulane University Freeman School of Business, and he was an adjunct professor at the Atlanta Portfolio Center, a nationally acclaimed school for the creative communication arts. Allen earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
Adam is the founder and CEO of Faraday Bicycles. Faraday designs exceptional electric bicycles and believes that everyone deserves a commute that's efficient, healthy, sustainable, and fun.
Formerly a senior engineer at IDEO, Adam brings years of expertise in medical device design and biotechnology, as well as a passion for designing considered products and services that responsibly address pressing human needs. In 2010 Adam co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids TV show Design Squad Nation, a nationally broadcast series that showcases real, exceptional kids using engineering and design to turn their dreams into reality.
Adam studied mechanical engineering at Stanford and MIT. Originally hailing from Portland, OR, Adam has ridden, raced, built, wrecked, and advocated for bikes for close to two decades.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace.
Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot geek, STEM educator and film-maker.
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro prior to joining iRobot where he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to high volume product of the first 3 million units.
Since founding Dragon Innovation, Scott has enjoyed working with hundreds of companies to provide expertise from DFM to factory selection through project management and sustaining engineering.
Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.
Alex Witkowski is a patent attorney and founder at Witkowski Law, a bay area law practice that provides strategic intellectual property counseling and helps develop patent portfolios in electrical, software, information technology, mechanical devices, manufacturing, business methods and other technologies for startups and established companies. He spent 11 years at Intel Corporation where he worked as an engineer on development of three generations of microprocessors and then prosecuted Intel patent applications while being fully sponsored by Intel to attend law school. He holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School, and a law degree from Santa Clara Law School. He is licensed to practice law in California and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Erin is the Director of Marketing at Suitable Technologies, Inc. who builds the Beam Smart Presence System. Beam combines mobility and video conferencing for an immersive communication experience everywhere conversations take place. Erin a product storyteller with robotics experience across academia and industry, from both the Boston and Silicon Valley hotspots, with projects ranging from flexible logistics, supply chain, FDA approval, consumer products, military casualty extraction, assistive devices, Smart Presence (formerly known as "robotic tele-presence"), and warehousing. Erin takes a vested interested in finding ways to catalyze the robotics market by identifying unique value propositions for new robotic products, and by creating community and cooperation between companies and thought leaders.
Servos, 3D Printing, Vision Tracking Cameras and Robot Controllers? Robotics should be easy! After all, it is the future technology of the younger generation. This inspired DJ Sures, founder of EZ-Robot Inc., to create a fun and educational product-line of robot bits which inspire children and adults to build robots with features inspired from science fiction.
Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early-stage start-ups across three core sectors; Sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech, FoodTech) Mobility (Communications, IoT, Mobile) and Information Technology (Enterprise, Consumer Facing). Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors.
Mr. Lindenbaum has served as a board member or board advisor to: Acerro, Agnitia Networks(acquired by LeadingEdge), Aviatis, BonTriage, BPG Worldwide, Bright Light Systems, Corvigo(acquired by TMWD), DiveQuest, eSports(acquired by Ositech LTD), Environmental Institute of America, iLoopMobile(acquired by Archer), Inertia Beverage Group(now WineDirect), MerchEngines (acquired by Deluxe) MycoTechnology, Ooba Beverages(acquired by HealthyBrands), Realta Entertainment Group, SiteAudit, Sitebase, Smaato, Solaireo, SolarX, TerraFusion, Tunewear and Workout.com. As a venture development advisor, he has worked with more than 50 companies resulting in accelerated growth and transactions with top-tier Silicon Valley venture funds, private equity firms and in the public markets.
Liza co-founded "HoneyPoint3D" in 2013 with her husband, Nick Kloski. HoneyPoint3D offers classes for all skill and age levels, rapid prototyping, 3D Modeling, Scanning and Printing Services. Considered a 3D Printing retail expert, Liza has been interviewed on CNN, RT Television, San Francisco Business Times, KGO, most Bay Area newspapers and many more.
Founder and CEO of the ABO Electronics (Shenzhen) Co. LTD, Share Xia is an engineer and entrepreneur with a focus on Electronic Manufacturing Service(EMS) of Original Equipment Manufacturing(OEM) and Original Design Manufacturing(ODM). With over 20 years expertise in electronics manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta area in China, his clients have included Elster(German), Sirona(German), Telefonica(Spanish), Actia(French),Datascan(USA), Corinex(Canada), Leifheit(German), Hubsan(China), etc on.
Aditya is an entrepreneur, advisor, investor and mechatronics engineer. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, he co-founded BufferBox, a company solving the last mile delivery problem through a network of parcel pick-up lockers. At BufferBox, he led hardware engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, deployments, servicing and operations. BufferBox was part of the Summer 2012 Y Combinator batch and was acquired by Google later that year. He's currently a Technical Program Manager at Google's Robotics division and is responsible for bringing awesome robots to the world.
Ken Tarlow is the president of Tarlow Design LLC, a full service product development company in the San Francisco area. With 35 years experience in all phases of consumer product design, Tarlow has developed over 500 products worth over 1 billion dollars in retail sales. Ken has developed products for individual entrepreneurs as well as for major corporations including Mattel, Ronco, Casblanca Fan Company and Sharper Image. As an inventor and co-inventor, Tarlow has been awarded more than 80 US patents. He is the author of “Mind to Money”, a guide on how to take your product idea from concept to store shelf. Ken will be able to answer all your questions about the product development process in a down to earth way to help you make money from your great new product idea.
Sophi Kravitz is a hardware designer who has worked with room-sized industrial process equipment, robotics large and small, crazy art installations and built props and FX for movies in a past career (if it was a bleeding body part on TV in the 90s, she may have made it). Her passion for electronics has led her to evangelize education on the subject by working with student programs, and she recently served as a Hacker in Residence with Sparkfun. Her love of the hardware community has her promoting hacking by immersing herself in Hackerspace culture and organizing events like the Bring a Hack meetup at Maker Faire New York. She is currently working on The Hackaday Prize as well as being technical advisor to a soft robotics startup.
Kachina Gosselin launched The Artifactory, providing support services to the maker community in the heart of San Francisco. She also works with Maker Corps to teach professional maker skills while advancing technologies with a social impact. Their first project RoVR is adapting OpenROVs for conservation work and immersive VR experiences of coral reefs.
Peter Miller is a registered Patent Agent and founding partner of Run8 Patent Group, a San Francisco Bay Area patent prosecution firm specializing in building high-value, highly-effective patent portfolios for technology startups. Drawing on his bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and his backgrounds in mechatronics and manufacturing, he has filed several hundred patent applications on a broad range of hardware and software technologies, including medical devices, manufacturing systems, vehicle technologies, food systems, drones, Internet security, agricultural systems, and wearable devices.
During his time at Stanford University, Peter participated in the Varsity Wrestling program as well as spent innumerable hours in the Product Realization Lab regularly mentoring students on topics of prototyping, CAD modeling, the foundry, and manufacturing.
To keep a little grease under his fingernails and to fulfill his design interests, Peter collects and restores early postwar-modern furniture and classic British cars in his free time.
Charles is co-Founder and co-CEO of Creativity, Inc., Funfare LLC and Inspire Ltd, developers and inventors of electronic toys, games and Apps. Credits include over 6,000 shipped products earning over 70 "Toy of the Year" award nominations and awards, and several million mobile App downloads. Invented products have been licensed to Mattel, Hasbro, Fisher Price, Playmates and others for brands including Barbie, Monopoly, Battleship, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles etc.
Charles was born in Caracas Venezuela, and raised in Venezuela, the US, and the Bahamas. He graduated in music from Stanford, and played professionally for 10 years. He founded a guitar amplifier invention and manufacturing business, and recording studio/production facilities, working as an engineer and producer with artists such as John Lee Hooker and Bobbi McFerrin. Charles worked as a composer and sound designer for platform games, and then toys, starting with original Leapfrog products and Tickle Me Elmo. In 1998, Charles wife Sally co-founded Creativity Inc with offices in San Carlos and Hong Kong, and are the proud parents of two sons now based in Berlin and San Diego.
Ben Bateman is the Associate Director for Hardware, Design, and Technology at Indiegogo. He specializes in campaign strategy and tactics, and has been a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category. He is passionate about making hardware entrepreneurship more accessible, and over the past two years has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, JIBO, Skully, Axent Wear, and many more.
Ben has a degree in Literature from Lewis & Clark College, and spends his free time with his guitar of 8 years.
Business growth – setting game-changing go to-market plans; building value through customer partner relationships.
Over 20 years of tech experience building and helping startups at Oracle, DLA and Tello.
Working closely with founders to turn their businesses into growth machines.
Dana Madlem is VP of Client Services at Rush Order, a provider of global order fulfillment and customer support solutions to hardware startups. He is responsible for building the services that enable Rush Order’s clients to successfully launch hardware products and quickly expand their operations. Previously, Dana was VP of Business Development at Gerson Lehrman Group and Global Client Director at Gartner, the world’s largest IT and supply chain research company.
Lawrence specializes in getting viewer engagement from branding videos, and creating product explainer videos that sell. At the core, successful videos are captivating when the brand fully understands the viewer and the value of their product. Lawrence is an avid student of advertising, marketing strategy, and digs deeply into the most effective tactics and best practices for increasing conversion. A creative at heart, Lawrence looks for the best way to merge art and visual storytelling with consumer psychology all while keeping metrics in focus.
Anand has over 20 years of experience with specialization in embedded devices and cloud market. He is an entrepreneur by heart and has successfully built start-up as well as business unit with a company. Most recently he was VP/GM of a business unit at Calsoft Labs that was Adobe’s Scaling partner and specialized in Flash player. Anand started the BU and grew it to over 100 people worldwide. During his tenure, over 50 high-profile products were released. Earlier Anand founded Poseidon Design Systems, a start-up focusing on hardware acceleration of video via co-processor. His team successfully raised two rounds of capital and grew the company to 45 people. His early career spanned various engineering and marketing positions at Synopsys and LSI Logic. Anand is passionate about start-ups and Entreprenuership and is heavily involved with local organizations such as TiE. He is currently involved as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at F50 Ventures where his area of expertise includes Internet of Things, Smart Devices and Wearables. He keeps himself current with latest trends in the market via performing market research and is involved with Tractica, a premier market research firm. He advises numerous start-ups on various technology and business issues.
Kariz Matic (yes that really is her real name!) is a Digital Strategist and the Founder and CEO of The Matic, building tools and strategies for web and mobile. Bringing close to 20 years of technical leadership, strategic management and consulting experience to lean startups her contributions and experience have come from projects that included Disney, Litton Industries, Transamerica, HP, IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation, Nestle Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty, Genentech, VMWare and Cisco. She’s recently launched Social Media Engagement Party!, a half-day intensive workshop disguised as a guided tour through the value added virtues of social media, giving small business and startup entrepreneurs the framework for establishing metrics and aligning social media objectives with business goals while practicing techniques and developing a solid plan for growing awareness, earning credibility and driving engagement through social media. Do you already have a question? Get a head start and tweet it to @thematicinc using the hashtag #HWCON3
Andy Lee is a Internet of things engineer and serial entrepreneur. In his career he has worked at IDEO, Xerox PARC, started an open source robotics lab at NASA Ames, an Artist in Residence at Autodesk, and in his free time has launched a several hardware companies. Currently he consults as an associate at The Artifactory. At the moment he is obsessed with the possibilities of robotic furniture. For more information visit 5cell.net
Lei Yu is Co-Founder and CEO of Tappur. At Tappur, we make life easier by making your devices simpler to use. She loves blending her skills of human-computer interaction design and people focused products. In her spare time, she's dreaming up new ways to pioneer physical interfaces and haptic interactions. Previously, she developed and launched products in clean tech.
Paolo Salvagione is an artist who works at the intersection of engineering, participation, and levity. He spent a half a decade circling the world setting up bicycle factories from Italy to Indonesia — mastering titanium fabrication after hours at Martin Marietta in Colorado, working on next-generation paint-application systems for Boeing, employing CAD software for hi-tech bike design in Marin, even designing an atmospheric-dust collection tool for NASA. And he has worked, for over a decade, as lead engineer on the 10000 Year Clock of the Long Now Foundation.
Mark Brinkerhoff, PE (CA), is president and part owner of Fusion Design, Inc. in Campbell, Calif. Mark has obtained eight patents for mechanical devices and systems. Previously, Brinkerhoff was an engineering and model shop manager at Amdahl Corporation and a manufacturing engineer at Hewlett Packard Company. He has 30 years of experience developing both products and production machines. While earning his BSME degree at California Polytechnic State University and the College of the Siskiyous, Brinkerhoff participated in a co-op program at Schlage Lock company. He has been an active direct and indirect developer of mechanical systems and products (50 to 100 per year). These activities include design, analysis, DFM, DFT, DFA, Cost down and project management. Since joining the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, he has been active in Silicon Valley Chapter 98, where he previously served as treasurer has coordinated many factory tours throughout the Bay Area.
Greg Kress is the founder and director of the Radicand Lab – a collaborative platform for entrepreneurial and freelance engineering development located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Greg works directly with start-ups and established companies in an advisory capacity focusing on new hardware product development and technical R&D. His areas of expertise include rapid prototyping, mechatronics design & engineering, system dynamics, experimental research and consumer product strategy. Greg is a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University where he has served as Executive Director for the ME310 Global Design Innovation program and creator of the award-winning class ME211 Remake: Design Lessons from Restoration.
Sandeep Sood is the CEO of Monsoon, a digital product development company. His firm leads critical mobile & web projects for Wells Fargo, The Academy Awards, Zazzle, HP, Capital One, and others. He has written guest columns for the Wall Street Journal, Techcrunch, and Forbes, in addition to having spoken at SxSW, TED and TiE. Sood is also the founder of RainFactory, a technical marketing agency that has launched a few of the largest crowdfunding campaigns to date. Sandeep is also a TED Fellow. You can connect with Sandeep on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Brady is Vice President at Highway1, PCH’s incubator program. A prolific speaker and maker on the geek scene, Brady can be found at speaking engagements around the world, inventing new forms of transportation at Burning Man, or creating in the Highway1 San Francisco workshop. Additionally, Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar, tracking changes in technology. Brady is the founder of Ignite, a geek event which has spread to over a hundred cities worldwide.
Emile Petrone is the Founder & CEO of Tindie, a Mountain View based company making it easier for inventors to bring their hardware to market.
Emile is on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association. He has been featured in a number of books including, "Maker Pro" and "Makers at Work: Folks Reinventing the World One Object or Idea at a Time".
He was also a member of multiple successful companies including Yelp, Redbeacon, SimpleGeo, and Urban Airship.
Wearable World Labs is the world's first incubator/accelerator solely focused on wearable technology and the internet of things. We give startups the network, mentorship, tools, technology, and investment leads to take their innovations to market. We've worked with ~45 companies so far, including some of the top wearable and iot startups in the world such as Skully Systems, Sensum, and Drumpants. Our companies have a 90% fund rate and a 100% crowdfunding success rate.
Wearable World, headquartered in San Francisco with active Wearable World communities in 18 cities around the globe, is an organization dedicated to creating the social fabric for business around Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Our Mission is to connect technology experts, thought-leaders, corporate/startup executives, and investors to build these game-changing emerging technologies.
Chris Tsai is co-founder and CEO of Celery, a pre-order platform for launching new products. Chris studied quantitative marketing at Wharton, computer science at MIT and built his first PASCAL program when he was 12. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he has been working on tech and social finance startups since college. Before creating Celery, he led Groupon’s expansion in Asia. Chris lives with his wife in San Francisco.
Colin was raised in the deep south on a steady diet of trails, mischief, and tinkering. He was made (mostly) civil at Rice University (B.A. in Arch, B. of Arch.) and Art Center College of Design (M.S.I.D.). Prior to Sparse, he served a diverse set of clients including Wireless Generation, Nokia, NASA, Nike, Intel, Biodesign, and Terrazign. In addition to heading up Sparse, he is also an Assistant Professor at The California College of The Arts in San Francisco. In that position he founded the Urban Mobility Initiative which puzzles out civic transportation issues and makes bikes. When not careening through the streets of San Francisco or grinding up hills of the North Bay, he's brewing up the next batch of Sparse innovations.
Making a product or delivering a service is creative," says Couch & Associates Founder, KeAloha Couch “my clients are all creative people.” Couch learned how the creative process gets monetized inside the fast-paced world of New York fashion advertising with clients like Donna Karan, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast, Hearst, Lifetime Television and David Hockney.
Special event projects led Couch to California in 1992. Honored to work with Fortune 100 companies like Apple, KeAloha was involved in the launch of their iconic retail stores. Closer to home, she helped produce San Francisco’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival.
“No one uses the same online tools they did 10 years ago,” says KeAloha “businesses make money in new, creative ways.That is why our team has experience with the tax implications of crowd-source funding, global business and foreign partners. Financials tell us what an enterprise needs to grow and how we can reduce or avoid taxes, but that is not enough. We make it a point to understand our client’s personal goals because it’s not a win until they get what they want too.
Ms. Hong-Gonzalez specializes in intellectual property law with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution, intellectual property-related business transactions, and patent litigation support. She has prepared and prosecuted utility patent applications in various technical arts. She also has experience in drafting and negotiating research collaboration, confidentiality, material transfer, and consulting agreements in the life sciences field.
Mark Kelley is an industrial designer based in San Francisco with a client list encompassing both local startups and global corporations.
Colin Owen was raised by wolves in the southern hinterlands. He was housebroken and washed at Rice University (BA in Arch, B. of Arch.), and then distilled into a proper design-beast at Art Center College of Design (MSID). In past consulting life he served a diverse set of clients including Wireless Generation, Nokia, NASA, Nike, Biodesign and Terrazign. He teaches at California College of the Arts in the Undergraduate Industrial Design Department and Graduate Design Department. Colin is the founder of Sparse, an urban cycling brand launched in 2012. He spends sleepless nights in his lair building, tinkering and writing. He has not yet bitten any, students, VC's, or customers.
Colin is also an Assistant Professor of Design and Industrial Design at CCA.
Mr. Larson is a software and electronics expert and has lead OLogic for over a decade to work on the insides of influential robotics and consumer electronics projects in Silicon Valley and beyond. Prior to OLogic, Ted founded an internet software company called the Urbanite Network, a web server content publishing platform for media customers, and grew the company to over 70 employees, and raised over $10 million in private equity and venture capital. Prior to Urbanite, Ted held positions at Hewlett-Packard, Iomega, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ted has both a BS and MS in computer science from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Zachary Crockett has ten years experience developing secure, scalable, universally usable, database-backed applications. He specializes in architecting complex systems and is passionate about providing his team with a vibrant and challenging work environment. Crockett has a PhD from the University of Minnesota for both Music Composition and Computer Science. In his spare time he composes electroacoustic music for modern dance.
Rich Stump is the Principal at FATHOM, an advanced technology driven company with an expertise in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, cofounded with his business partner Michelle Mihevc in 2008. Stump’s 15 years of experience in sales and product development, digital manufacturing, and rapid prototyping has been vital in the exponential growth of FATHOM (Inc. 500 & 5000) and the additive manufacturing industry in the Bay Area. Rich’s experience spans the product development process, from his first job in CAD software sales, to being a prototype simulation consultant, and finally taking prototype to production with the two products he cofounded, Calibowl and Convectop.
Mikal loves to design things that he can touch and hold. His passion is to create products that embody simple and elegant solutions to complicated user experience problems.
With a background in industrial design and mechanical engineering he has taken many products from concept to the end customer. Most recently Mikal co-founded Wonder Workshop where he designed, engineered and managed the manufacturing for a group of engaging toy robots and accessories. With the goal of teaching programming to kids as young as five, he shipped 20,000 robots in time for Christmas 2014.
Previously, Mikal led the engineering group at frog design where he worked with talented teams creating products for companies from start-ups to those in the fortune 500. He has extensive experience in high volume manufacturing both locally and in Asia.
Mikal relentlessly pursues excellence in all aspects of product development.
Musician and maker specializing in novel physical interfaces. Previously, he architected and delivered apps and software for Google, Adobe, BandPage, and the Smithsonian. He holds degrees in Computer Science, and Digital Arts and New Media, and has published numerous papers in journals and books about gesture-controlled wearable interfaces.
Josh received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he's devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to make things that blink. As head of Crowd Supply's project efforts, he is helping others do the same. Prior to Crowd Supply, Josh worked in a variety of technology settings, from instrumenting thousands of audience members with custom wearable computers for a Cirque du Soleil performance to, most recently, serving as head of engineering at Puppet Labs.
Luke makes tools for personal sustainability: solar-powered garden sensors, off-grid shipping container homes, bicycle taxis, etc. I've founded / co-founded / worked for several early stage startups, with a few (mildly successful) exits and a bunch of educational failures:) Up next: scaling to change the world through great products that happen to be sustainable.
Espen is a serial entrepreneur with a strong focus on leadership and project management. His creativity and pragmatic approach has grown Type A Machines from a business concept to an industry leader. Espen also founder the first Arduino outlet in Denmark.
Kavita Krishnaswamy is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) working with Dr. Tim Oates. She is both a Ford Foundation Predoctoral and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has also worked at the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center – Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) in Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh and IBM Business consulting services.
As a professional researcher with a severe physical disability, Kavita is motivated by a powerful, innate force: autonomy is the soul of independent daily living that is achieved with the advancement of technology. Her research involves the development of robotic systems to provide assistance and increase independence for people with disabilities. She is developing several prototype robotic systems that will support transferring, repositioning, and personal care, with a focus on accessible user interfaces for control that are feasible for persons with severe disabilities.
Kavita attends many events and conferences with the Beam, by Suitable Technologies, allowing her independence and mobility to meet, learn, and network with professionals all over the world. The Beam gives her independence to be visible in the community to explore and expand technological boundaries from her home.
Brian is a cofounder of Celery, a pre-order platform for launching new products. Having worked with thousands of pre-order campaigns, he enjoys sharing insights from Celery's pre-order campaign playbook to help hardware makers grow their business. Brian studied mathematical & computational science at Stanford.Brian is a cofounder of Celery, a pre-order platform for launching new products. Having worked with thousands of pre-order campaigns, he enjoys sharing insights from Celery's pre-order campaign playbook to help hardware makers grow their business. Brian studied mathematical & computational science at Stanford.
Shaun Houlihan is a design engineer with experience in mechanical, electrical, and software design. He has built things ranging from heavy equipment for assembling jumbo jets, to satellites that fit in a shoe box, to consumer electronics and more. He started HEDLabs to help companies create and refine products that bridge the physical and digital worlds.
Social entrepreneur who has founded four companies (two for-profit social ventures, two
33-year career in global talent development, international education and exchange, and
First company founded, EarthCorps (Seattle nonprofit, 1993) trains young adults from around the
world in global leadership and environmental restoration through experiential, team-based
Third company, OneRoof Inc (San Francisco for-profit, 2005) develops management software for
cybercafes worldwide and distributes that software to public-access computing centers to help
bridge the digital divide
Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Chile and Honduras (1981-1983)
Yale University – B.A. in History (1981)
Josh has worked on software related to everything from gaming and web front and back ends, to machine learning, computational geometry, and cryptography. He created CloudFab, which provided automated quoting services for 3D printing and injection molding companies. He is currently working on hardware and software related to virtual reality.
With the tools available today it’s possible like never before for a startup company to take a physical product to market and compete on a global scale. Just as many other resources are coming of age in the space, we are proud to launch Hardware Con 3 as the first conference devoted to providing the experience hardware startups need to be more successful. Hardware Startups need:
Affordable and Convenient
An eminently affordable two day catapult that gives you momentum to take your business to the next level.
Access to Expert Advice
Design, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, finance, legal and more
Access to and Education about Funding
Our investor pitch contest will give insights and feedback about how investors think (and the winner will come away with funding!)
Focused on Business
All activities are designed for creating and growing a startup business
Sales and Exposure
Sell and get exposure for your products at our Expo
Targeted Networking for Potential Team Members and Partners
Connect with others at our CoFounders Lab sponsored Team Building event
Connect with hardware startups and professionals who have experienced the path before you or provide guidance to those getting started
Attend the many speaking and panel activities to hear from leading experts
To ensure a tight focus, each attendee will be vetted to ensure they are directly involved in working on a hardware startup or provide services and have experiences with helping hardware start-ups take products to market.
HW Expert Walkthrough:
An expert panel from separate disciplines walks the audience through the process of building a hardware business. The product idea will be crowdsourced from the live participants and taken from ideation through design, manufacturing, funding and distribution to get an indepth look at a theoretical case study. See how our experts pivot their model and work together to overcome obstacles we put in their way! The main take-away is aiming to show the difference between building a business versus building a product, the many nuances that experts will consider, and the ways they adapt in order to achieve hardware startup greatness.
Sponsored by Co-Founders Lab, this is the place to find your perfect partner. Come with an idea of the skills you are looking for, or what you have to offer and access the Co-Founders Lab platform to ensure you: possess complimentary skills, have compatible personalities goals and values, and utilize proprietary tools to ensure your partnership lasts.
A room full of experts with no barriers! An expert will host each table in the room with a sign signifying their expertise. Simply walk up to join their group and hear them answer questions on the subject from other founders and get your own questions answered. When you’ve got the answers you came for, stay to learn more on the subject or move on to the next expert. Some of the areas of expertise that will be covered include: marketing, design review, website/SEO, DFMA, manufacturing, legal, funding/crowdfunding, PR, messaging, branding, distribution…
In-depth and personal one-on-one time with the leading experts in their fields. Mentors and times will assigned to participants before the event begins to ensure you know how to prepare and make the most of this opportunity.
Practice your pitch in front of investors and get exposure in front of the entire HC3 crowd.
On-site expo where you can show your wares in front of the particpants and media. Engage the crowd and sell your product!
Expert Jam Sessions:
Ten minute jam sessions with expert feedback on stage. One or two minutes to introduce the company and any specific questions they have followed up by the experts’ take and suggestions on the model and best path forward. War stories from the experts during the transitions!