SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 25, 2014) - MakerCon in New York, September 17-18, prior to World Maker Faire, is shaping up to be an event best measured by the depth and breadth of content, from speakers to product announcements: 52 speakers; 10 keynotes; 42 sessions; 4 tracks; 6 major product announcements, and 20 startups. Leaders at the forefront of the maker movement will come together at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to share ideas and new insights into local and global manufacturing, design, workforce development, education and creative culture.
Presented by Cornell University College of Engineering, MakerCon is the "big tent," providing valuable and practical insights into the impact of makers and making across diverse areas, from education and community, to the economy and emerging markets. Technology providers join community leaders and local government agencies supporting the growth of maker culture and businesses in their cities.
"At its core, MakerCon is a shared conversation among the key constituents driving the growth of the maker movement, whether they are organizing makerspaces, hosting Maker Camp, incubating startup companies, or designing curricula and programs at higher education institutions," said Dale Dougherty, CEO and founder of Maker Media, publisher and founder of Make: magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire. "These diverse individuals have a common agenda: to derive the enormous benefits of maker culture: from collaboration and community, to open source technology and prototyping platforms, to project-based learning, and social entrepreneurship. The cumulative effect of this is the foundation for an emerging maker city."
The New York City Economic Development Corporation is a featured presentation on day two of the event. Miquela Craytor, director of NYC Industrial and Income Mobility Initiatives for NYCEDC will showcase the successful programs and businesses that have lead to revitalizing areas and providing new opportunities for makers, such as Manufacture NY, reFactory and the Navy Shipyard project.
Erik de Bruijn, CEO of 3D printer manufacturer, Ultimaker, joins the lineup of speakers including Yancey Strickler, CEO of Kickstarter, who will open the conference, and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, who will deliver the closing keynote. Other featured speakers include Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project; Dr. David R. Schneider, Cornell Engineering, founder of the Cornell Cup USA presented by Intel; Tim McNulty; VP of government affairs at Carnegie Mellon; and Jose Gomez-Marquez, principal medical device designer, Little Devices lab at MIT.
Other MakerCon sponsors include participating sponsors Autodesk Fusion 360 and Intel; host sponsor, NYSCI; communications partner, Marketwired; and, media partner, Engadget.
For more details about the New York-based event, the speaker lineup and agenda, and to register for MakerCon, go to makercon.com.
About Cornell Engineering
Founded in 1870, Cornell Engineering is the preeminent engineering school in the Ivy League. The college has a long history of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education within the context of a uniquely broad and renowned research-intensive university. Its strengths have developed from a fearlessness to question established thinking, a genuine commitment to students, and a sincere desire to make the world a better place for all. Cornell Engineering faculty members dismantle conventional wisdom to discover new knowledge and invent transformative technology, develop innovative interdisciplinary research and programs, and teach students who will brighten our future.
About MAKER MEDIA
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. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.