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September 24, 2015 06:30 ET

MakerCon New York Kicks Off

Worldwide Leaders of the Maker Movement Join the Conversation at MakerCon: How Making Is Changing the New York Business Economy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2015) -  MakerCon, the only conference by and for Makers, today brings the most prominent individuals in the Maker Movement together for a one-day conference focusing on vast discussion topics relevant to the business of Making and the impact it's having on the economy. MakerCon New York is a popular event during Maker Faire Week New York, which concludes this weekend with World Maker Faire on September 26 and 27.

The morning will begin with some inspiring words focusing on the impact of Making in the greater New York area. Minerva Tantoco, the first chief technology officer of New York City and Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, are both leading the Maker Movement locally by promoting the growth of startups, technology, and innovation in education, business, and science.

Keynote conversations will be led by James Fallows, national correspondent for "The Atlantic"; Dr. Ellen Williams, director at Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy; and Harbrinder S. Kang, Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Cisco Systems, Inc.

"MakerCon New York always has its own exciting atmosphere because it's so focused on the folks who are making an impact worldwide, but also within the local community," said Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media. "So much of the Maker Movement is always attributed to the tech scene on the west coast, but when people discover how powerful the Maker ecosystem is here in New York, it's exciting and inspiring. We actively celebrate the designers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs who are reinvigorating New York's legacy as America's innovation hub."

 Other New Yorkers embracing new ways of doing business at MakerCon include:

  • Allan Chochinov, Chair, MFA Products of Design
  • Amanda Peyton, Head of Manufacturing, Etsy
  • Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Media
  • Peter Hirshberg, Chairman, City Innovate
  • Amanda Parkes, Fashion Technologist, Chief of Technology and Research, Manufacture New York
  • David Ehrenberg, President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
  • Emilie Baltz, Food and Experience Designer
  • Gokul Krishnan, SciPlay Research Fellow, New York Hall of Science
  • John Costik, Founder, Nightscout
  • John Schimmel, Co-founder, DIYAbility
  • Lea Yoon, Education Director, Open Style Lab
  • Mo Kinberg, Advocacy and Organizing Manager, Freelancers Union
  • Matthew Burnett, CEO and Founder, Maker's Row
  • Rooftop Reds

To learn more about today's events, the speaker lineup, and session descriptions visit The schedule of events for Maker Faire Week and World Maker Faire can be found at

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. Headquartered in San Francisco, 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,, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

About Maker Faire Week New York
Maker Faire Week is a week-long celebration for Makers with activities, events, meetups, parties and more, all focused around the Maker Movement. With reach across all sectors, including tech, design, education, city planning and artistry, Makers will enjoy meeting and collaborating with their peers at events around the greater New York area from September 21-27, culminating with World Maker Faire. Maker Faire Week New York also hosts signature events presented by Maker Media including MakerCon, the professional conference by Makers for Makers on September 24 and World Maker Faire on September 26 and 27. With over 150 Maker Faires worldwide, Maker Faire Week New York is just one of the ways that the Maker Movement reaches over 1 million people, including families, educators, inventors, artists, corporate professionals and investors each year. Learn more about Maker Faire Week New York here.

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