SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2015) - The 2015 Bay Area MakerCon, the conference by Makers for Makers, at the Palace of Fine Arts, May 12-13, promises to be another content packed program with just the stuff that Maker Pros pine for: access to leaders at the forefront of the Maker Movement, advice from their peers who have successfully made the transition from hobbyist to entrepreneur, and the opportunity to showcase their hardware products to potential investors, incubators, and partners to take their ideas to the next level. What's more: attendees at the 2015 Bay Area event will also get to peer into the future of emerging trends like biohacking, drones, and wearables -- technologies with the potential to not only enhance everyday lifestyles, but significantly improve the quality of lives around the globe.
Leaders of the Maker Movement
Futurist Paul Saffo joins an all-star lineup of speakers, including Chris Anderson, CEO and founder of drones company, 3D Robotics; Yobie Benjamin, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Avegant; Eben Upton, head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation; and Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project; who are creating new market categories, launching new tools and applications, and disrupting traditional business practices, starting with product development.
"From distributed manufacturing to user centered design, Makers and Maker-driven companies are shaking things up and changing mindsets about how business gets done," said Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media, Inc., parent company of Make: magazine and the global Maker Faire network. "MakerCon is about what's possible today, but also about what we can expect tomorrow. Keynote speakers with thoughtful insights into future tech, or who have advanced the current state of the art, such as Paul Saffo, or Yobie Benjamin who has developed a next generation wearable device with his Avegant Glyph, will jumpstart important conversations at MakerCon."
Over the course of the two days, individuals at the forefront of the Maker Movement, including experts in digital manufacturing; technology and tool providers; incubators and accelerators that facilitate taking products to market; and Maker Pros, will connect during 50+ sessions focusing on the "Business of Making," "Tools of Innovation and Technology" and "Future Tech, Now."
Other Featured Speakers include:
- Danielle Applestone, CEO, Other Machine
- Bethany Koby, co-founder & CEO, Technology Will Save Us
- Eric Pan, CEO, Seeed Studio
- Kate Sofis, executive director, SF Made
- Ryo Koyama, founder & CEO, Weaved
- Zach Supalla, CEO, Spark
- Elaine Chen, founder & managing director, ConceptSpring
- Bram du Zwart, CEO, 3D Hubs
- Cyril Ebersweiler, CEO, HAXLR8R
Launch Pad: Hardware Startup Competition Features 10 Finalists
MakerCon kicks off with a new startup competition for hardware companies called Launch Pad. Ten finalists who meet the Launch Pad submission criteria (less than three years old with late or closed-Beta products, and with less than $3 million in funding) will get a chance to demo their products before a panel of judges who include:
- Rafe Needleman, Editorial Director, Yahoo Tech
- Gareth Keane, Qualcomm Ventures group
- Ann Miura-Ko, co-founder, Floodgate Partners
- Nick Pinkston, founder, Plethora
- Robert Stephens, founder, Geek Squad
Startups have until March 31st to participate. A $5,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning startup, a booth at Maker Faire in the Startup Pavilion, a profile in Make: magazine and a blog series on makezine.com
MakerCon Showcase: Startups Demos their Products
Twenty startups in the MakerCon Showcase will have two days to demonstrate their products and talk about their business plans with attendees. Gleaning insights into growing their companies, these startups also have the opportunity to attract the interest of investors, accelerators and incubators on the lookout for innovative hardware products.
Early bird registration ends March 31, and is $795 for a full conference pass, representing a savings of $100. More information about MakerCon can be found at makercon.com
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. 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, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.