Experience the Future of Technology

November 7, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. & November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Javits Center, New York

Engadget Expand is designed from the ground up for technology fans. The consumer event gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite technology and science luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at the show floor exhibition. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.

The Expand stage offers live panel and one-on-one sessions with some of consumer electronics’ greatest visionaries, putting attendees face to face with the people behind the most interesting and innovative devices on the market today. Panelists including CEOs, scientists, futurists, and roboticists from companies like GoogleMicrosoftToyota, NASAOUYA, and 3D Robotics who took the Expand San Francisco stage in March 2013. And cutting-edge companies like Ekso Bionics and da Vinci stole the spotlight on the show floor with the truly awe-inspiring robot exoskeleton and surgical robot, respectively.

At Expand NY 2013, we welcomed big names including LeVar BurtonReggie WattsBen HeckSpike LeeBen Huh and speakers from companies like Google, Sony, Pebble, Adafruit and The Electronic Frontier Foundation. The show floor featured interactive opportunities including a Raspberry Pi Make:Off hosted by Matt Richardson of Make Magazine, Carnegie Melon’s modular snake robot, and two days’ worth of hands-on workshop programming. Other highlights from the Expand NY exhibition included 3D Systems’ Sense scannerVirtuix Omni’s 360-degree virtual reality treadmill, and the launch of the Singtrix all-in-one karaoke machine, to name a few. Stay tuned for more details on what’s in store for Expand NY 2014!

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Alex Gruzen

CEO, WiTricity

Alex Gruzen joined WiTricity as chief executive officer in 2014, and has a proven track record helping companies accelerate growth and deliver value for customers. Before WiTricity, Gruzen co-founded Texas-based Corsa Ventures, where he focused on building leading technology companies via early-stage investments. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president of the consumer and small medium business product group at Dell, and previously led the company’s global notebook business. His experience spans product development, global sales/marketing, operations and growth through mergers and acquisitions, having also held leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Sony. Gruzen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an M.S. and B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Bas Lansdorp

CEO & Co-founder , Mars One

Bas Lansdorp is a born entrepreneur with a passion for ambitious projects. He is the co-founder and CEO of Mars One, the Dutch foundation aiming to land the first humans on Mars in 2025.Lansdorp received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Twente in 2003. At Delft University of Technology, he worked for five years on his Ph.D. research in wind energy. He abandoned his research to start his first company, Ampyx Power, which is developing a novel, cheaper-than-coal method of wind-energy generation. Lansdorp sold part of his shares in Ampyx Power to finance the start of Mars One. Just three years later, Mars One is one of the established names in the world of space exploration. Mars One aims to send its first unmanned demonstration mission to Mars in 2018 and recently announced a contract with aerospace titan Lockheed Martin for this mission.


Alexander Reben

President & CEO , BlabDroid Inc.

Alexander Reben designs robots and novel interfaces to explore our evolving relationship with technology. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, Volta and The Whitney Biennial and has been featured in New Scientist, Fast Company, and The New York Times. His recent interactive installation, Robots in Residence — a documentary shot and directed by robots — was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is currently the director of technology and research at Stochastic Labs, an incubator for sustainable creative design companies, where he is working on machine ethics and next-generation social robotics. Reben is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab.


Paul Eremenko

Technical Project Lead, Project Ara,, Google ATAP

Paul Eremenko is currently a director at Google, in the Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) organization, where he heads Project Ara. Previously, he was an associate vice president at Motorola, where he led the development of Ara, a project to create a modular hardware ecosystem around smartphones in an effort to deliver the mobile internet to the next 5 billion people. He is also a research affiliate at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division. Prior to joining Motorola and then Google, he directed the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously, he developed and led DARPA’s advanced design and manufacturing program portfolio, and also served as program manager for several space efforts, including the 100 Year Starship. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in aeronautics from MIT and Caltech, respectively, and a law degree from Georgetown University.


Mark Setrakian

Robotics and Animatronics

Combining his childhood passions for monsters and machines, Mark Setrakian started his career at the age of 19 at George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic. Always seeking the intersection of art and engineering, Mark pioneered creature animatronics for such films as Men In BlackMen In Black IIMen In Black 3Mighty Joe YoungHellboyHellboy II: The Golden ArmyLady In The WaterHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Pacific Rim. Mark is the former heavyweight champion of Robot Wars, a seven-time trophy winner at BattleBots, a gold medalist at RoboGames and is the creator of the fighting robots of Syfy’s Robot Combat League. Mark specializes in bio-inspired mechanisms, and has developed robots for applications ranging from next-generation bomb-squad robots to the contemporary art world.


Colin Guinn

SVP of Sales and Marketing , 3D Robotics

Colin joined 3D Robotics in 2014 after co-founding and serving as CEO of DJI North America. He’s one of the most interviewed experts on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology in the world, and has been featured at premier industry conferences and in countless top-rated publications and newscasts. At 3DR, he’s responsible for sales and marketing, strategic product development and maintaining his role as a prominent advocate for the company and the industry at large. Colin’s uniqueness to the aerial cinematography world is that he understands the technology at an engineering level, yet can explain it in a simple, digestible way that the average consumer will find interesting and exciting.


Cynthia Breazeal

Founder and CEO, Jibo Inc.; Associate Professor and Director of Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab

Cynthia Breazeal is the founder and CEO of Jibo, Inc. She is also an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab. Breazeal is recognized as a prominent innovator at the intersection of technology and society as the pioneer of social robotics. Her research spans both the creation of intelligent and socially responsive robots, as well as studying their impact on contributing to people’s quality of life across education and learning, creativity, health, telecommunications, aging, entertainment, play and more. Jibo brings the technologies, design insights and user experience of social robots to the home as the world’s first family robot to help busy families to manage, care for, coordinate and connect with loved ones. As an open platform, Jibo enables third-party developers to bring the engagement and emotional lift of social robots to their apps and services.



Ebbe Altberg

CEO, Linden Lab

Ebbe Altberg is the CEO of Linden Lab, the company best known for Second Life, the most successful user-created virtual world, and Blocksworld, the free build-and-play iPad game for kids and adults. Under Ebbe’s leadership, Linden Lab has now also begun work on the next-generation virtual world, which will be in the spirit of Second Life while empowering creators to go far beyond what’s possible today.Most recently prior to joining Linden Lab in early 2014, Altberg was COO of BranchOut. Prior to that, he was part of the executive team at Yahoo, most recently as SVP of media products. His more than 25 years of experience managing teams that create world-class products and services also includes leadership roles at Ingenio (acquired by AT&T Interactive) and Microsoft.


Arati Prabhakar

Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Arati Prabhakar is the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prabhakar has spent her career investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in applied physics and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. Prabhakar has served in recent years on the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy; the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley; and the red team of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Research Council. In addition, she chaired the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee for the US Department of Energy. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer and a Caltech Distinguished Alumna.


Becky Stern

Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit

Becky Stern is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit, an educational electronics manufacturer and kit company in downtown New York City. Every week, she makes a new do-it-yourself craft+tech project tutorial and video, and hosts “Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern,” a weekly live show on YouTube. She was 5 years old when she first wielded a video camera, cloned her first Beanie Baby at age 8 and has been combining textiles with electronics since 2005. Becky studied at Parsons The New School for Design and Arizona State University and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Products of Design grad program. She is a member of the Brooklyn art combine Madagascar Institute and the internet-based group Free Art & Technology (FAT).


Matt Bell

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Matterport

When Matt left Google’s research team at 22, he wanted to create environments in which people interact with computers in an intuitive, natural way. Matt founded Reactrix, where he formed the technology team and provided the key computer-vision innovations behind the interactive floor displays that let millions of people play with virtual koi ponds and soccer balls. When Matt first saw Microsoft’s Kinect, he recognized the huge spectrum of computer-vision applications it could power. He chose to focus Matterport on building models of real things because of the potential to help millions of people communicate in 3D. When Matt isn’t rallying the team at Matterport, he likes to organize community hacking events. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University.



Music producer and musician

RJD2 began his career in Columbus, Ohio, as a DJ in 1993. After working as a DJ in the rap group MHz, he signed with Fondle ‘Em Records, releasing Your Face Or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed with the Definitive Jux record label and released his solo debut album Deadringer. His second solo album, Since We Last Spoke, was released in 2004, which was lauded as one of the year’s 40 best albums by Spin. RJD2 released another solo album, The Third Hand, in 2007. His career reached a marked turning point after he scored “A Beautiful Mine,” the theme to the hit AMC series, Mad Men. In 2010, he released The Colossus, the first album released on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. More Is Than Isn’t followed in 2013.


Day 1

Friday, November 7th

Welcome Remarks

12:55 pm - 1:00 pm

Sharp shooters

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

The emergence of intelligent firearms has raised concerns from both the NRA and gun control advocates. We'll explore the rise of smart guns and why they have so many up in arms.

Intro of Insert Coin judges and projects

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

What not to wear: In Conversation with Adafruit’s Becky Stern

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Adafruit's director of wearables discusses the do's and don'ts of strapping a computer to your body, and why these devices are suddenly en vogue.


Unplugged with Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

We're living in the future. So why do we still have to plug in our gadgets? WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen discusses the state of wireless power.


And you thought your iPhone was cutting-edge. Wrong.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Google's Paul Eremenko talks about the future of mobile and Google's modular phone, Project Ara.


  • Paul Eremenko - Technical Project Lead, Project Ara,, Google ATAP

RJD2 melts faces and blows minds. Find out how.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


  • RJD2 - Music producer and musician,

Day 2

Saturday, November 8th

Robo dance party

10:00 am - 10:10 am

A squad of dancing Nao robots busts a move. Need we say more?

Insert Coin – Judge’s Questions

10:20 am - 11:20 am

Future Soldiers: In conversation with DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar

11:20 am - 11:40 am

Military jetpacks, folding space telescopes, headless horse bots. These are just a few of the groundbreaking ideas taking shape at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. We sit down with its director to talk about the future of defense.


  • Arati Prabhakar - Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Up in the Air: In conversation with 3D Robotics’ Colin Guinn

11:40 am - 12:10 pm

With regulators struggling to figure out what to do with drones, the future of consumer-grade UAVs is still uncertain. 3D Robotics' SVP of Sales and Marketing Colin Guinn explores the past, present and future of the drone.



12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Back to reality: VR beyond gaming

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

PTSD therapy, social networking and gender swapping: This is what happens when virtual reality stops playing games and starts getting real.


3D printing everything

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm

3D printers aren't quite mainstream, but as the technology advances, so do its uses. We'll explore some of the more inventive applications in this new age of manufacturing.

Making TV and movie magic with robots

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Computer-generated FX are de rigueur in Hollywood, but robots and animatronics are still an important part of filmmaking. Join us as Mark Setrakian shares the secrets of building mechanical creations for Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows.


Life on Mars

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Mars One aims to create the first human settlement on the red planet. Will it succeed? We sit down with CEO Bas Lansdorp to explore the perils and possibilities of living on another planet.



3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

As automatons grow in number and sophistication, we're forced to consider how we interact with them. Leading roboticists and experts ponder what love and intimacy look like with a cold, hard machine.


  • Cynthia Breazeal - Founder and CEO, Jibo Inc.; Associate Professor and Director of Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab
  • Alexander Reben - President & CEO , BlabDroid Inc.

Technology’s the new (legal) PED

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Sports science is a new and evolving field, and the full training benefits of wearables are just starting to be explored. Find out how technology is helping athletes perform better and stay safer.

Whatever happened to Dippin’ Dots? The future of food

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

There are 7 billion people on Earth (and growing), and they all gotta eat. Technology's got a big part to play in feeding all those mouths, so join us as we explore the present and future of food.

Insert Coin Winners Announced

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Insert Coin Contest

Engadget’s Insert Coin: New Challengers competition is aimed at helping to make inventors’ dreams a reality. Winners receive prizes including: cash to take your project to the next level, an Engadget review and the chance to debut your product on stage in front of audience members, influencers and press.

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Grow Cubes
$15,000 Reader's Choice
$10,000 Judge's Choice

Indie Corner

Engadget Expand brings together everyone from hardware giants to individual makers. Indie Corner is a celebration of hardware startups and cool gear makers that features everything from robotic drones to 3D printers. If your company is less than 3 years old and has fewer than 30 employees then you are eligible to purchase an Indie Corner exhibitor package and showcase to Expand’s 10,000 attendees.

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