Experience the Future of Technology

Nov. 7, 12-6pm & Nov. 8, 9am-6pm // Press preview Friday 10am-1pm

Javits Center, New York City

Engadget Expand is an interactive experience designed from the ground up for technology fans. It’s a free, 10,000+ attendee event that gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite tech innovators and science luminaries on stage, meet the Engadget editors face to face, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices on the show floor. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.

The Expand stage offers curated live panel and one-on-one fireside chat sessions with some of consumer electronics’ greatest visionaries and hottest new figures, putting attendees face to face with the people behind the most compelling devices on the market today. Panelists include CEOs, scientists, futurists, and roboticists from companies like Google, Microsoft, Toyota, NASA, OUYA, and 3D Robotics – all of whom took the Expand San Francisco stage in March, 2013. And cutting-edge companies like Ekso Bionics and da Vinci stole the spotlight in the exhibit hall at the first Expand with a life-changing robot exoskeleton and a remotely controlled surgical robot, respectively.

At Expand NY 2013, we continued to welcome big names including LeVar Burton, Reggie Watts, Ben Heck, Spike Lee, Ben Huh and speakers from Google, Sony, Pebble, Adafruit, and The Electronic Frontier Foundation — to name a few. The show floor featured unique interactive opportunities including a Raspberry Pi Make:Off hosted by Matt Richardson of Make, Carnegie Melon’s modular snake robot, and two days’ worth of hands-on workshop programming. Just a few of the highlights from the Expand NY exhibition included 3D Systems’ Sense scanner, Virtuix Omni’s 360-degree Oculus Rift virtual reality treadmill, and the launch of the Singtrix all-in-one karaoke machine.

TL;DR version: Thank you for joining us at Expand NY 2014!

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Speakers

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Anna Kaziunas France

Digital Fabrication Editor , Maker Media, Inc.

Anna Kaziunas France is the Digital Fabrication Editor of MAKE magazine and the Dean of Students for the Fab Academy program. Formerly she taught the “How to Make (Almost) Anything” rapid prototyping course in digital fabrication at the Providence Fab Academy. She is also the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and she compiled the forthcoming Make: 3D Printing book. Before joining MAKE, Anna wore many different hats and has worked as an information architect, user experience designer, usability specialist, interaction designer, experimental fabricator, artist and teacher. She loves Providence, Rhode Island and is in the process of scanning and printing it.

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Mat Smith

Senior Editor , Engadget

Mat once failed an audition to be the Milkybar Kid: an advert creation that pushed white chocolate on gluttonous British children. Two decades later, having repressed that early rejection, he completed a three-year teaching stint in Japan with help from world-class internet and a raft of bizarre DS titles. Based in Tokyo, he now spends his free time hunting down authentic Korean food — preferably with octopus.

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Richard Lai

Senior Editor; Engadget Chinese Editor-in-chief, Engadget

Richard’s love for gadgets was probably triggered by an electric shock at the age of five while poking his finger into power sockets for no reason. Since then he has managed to destroy a few more desktops and phones until he was sent to England to start secondary education. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are. Follow Richard around in electronic stores and you will witness some intense exchanges between him and the sales reps.

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James Trew

Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget

James Trew is a technology journalist originally from Bristol, UK, currently based in London. James began writing for magazines in the ‘90s reviewing Raves and interviewing DJs, before moving into a career in IT/telecoms. It wasn’t long before the two worlds merged and writing about technology, particularly in the music making world, became a full time career. Knobs buttons and faders keep him out of trouble between making bad noise on good machines.

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Nicole Lee

Senior Editor , Engadget

Raised in the tropics of Malaysia, Nicole Lee arrived in the United States in search of love, happiness, and ubiquitous broadband. That last one is still a dream, but two out of three isn’t bad. Her love for words and technology reached a fever pitch in San Francisco, where she learned you could make a living writing about gadgets, video games, and the Internet. Truly, a dream come true. Other interests include baseball, coffee, cooking, and chasing after her precocious little cat.

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Isaiah Kacyvenski

Head of Sports and Fitness Segment , MC10

Isaiah Kacyvenski’s diverse background includes playing in the National Football League for eight years for the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, Sports Legacy Institute. Isaiah currently runs the Sports Segment at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of wearable electronics to optimize athlete performance. Isaiah holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program in May of 2011.

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Vaiva Kalnikaitė

Founder, Dovetailed

Vaiva Kalnikaitė is the founder of Dovetailed, a user experience design studio and innovation lab based in Cambridge, UK, where she leads a group of talented researchers, designers and innovators. Vaiva researches, designs and makes digital and physical experiences that evoke behavioral change and create memorable interactions. Recent projects include hats that highlight the presence of nearby surveillance cameras, a novel approach for edible 3D printing, mobile toolkits for sensing and understanding the pulse of a city, and an exploration into community vibes using embedded technology and street art. Vaiva is a visiting senior research fellow at University College London and has worked on projects for Microsoft Research Cambridge, Palo Alto Research Center, General Electric, the University of Cambridge and Qualcomm.

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William Woodworth

Project Coordinator/Content Developer, Geek Squad Academy

William Woodworth is a Geek Squad agent from Kansas City, Missouri, and has traveled the country with Geek Squad Academy for the last six years. Educating youth, de-mystifying technology and inspiring students to develop new skills has been the driving force behind his career with Best Buy over the last 10 years.

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Agnieszka Nazaruk

Co-founder and Biz Dev, Niwa

Since Agnieszka (Aga) started her entrepreneurial journey, she has always been fascinated by how technology can help us address some of the most pressing social and environmental problems. In a world where our very own food system is broken and new challenges are on the horizon, last year she co-founded a visionary company called Niwa. Niwa has developed the first smart, modular, hydroponic growing system and hopes to empower anybody with limited space, knowledge and time to grow their own food right from their smartphones. By making growing fun, easy and affordable, Niwa is paving the way for smart garden appliances to become a part of our kitchens and daily lives sooner than we think. Since lanching a very successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Niwa has been featured in over 100 media outlets and is on track to ship the first units in early 2015.

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Greg Sewitz

Co-founder, Exo

Upon graduating from Brown in May 2013, Greg Sewitz co-founded Exo, a company that is pioneering the consumption of insect protein as a sustainable and nutritious food source. Since launching its first product line in March 2014, protein bars made with cricket flour formulated by a Michelin three-star chef, Exo has been featured in numerous press outlets, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and attracted many well-known supporters, including Tim Ferriss and Tom Colicchio.

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Angela Ruggiero

Four-time Olympic medalist

Angela Ruggiero is an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA and a four-time Olympic medalist, including a gold medal. She competed for the fourth time at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she won the silver medal. In 2010, she was elected to be a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, where she is also chair of the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympics Coordination Commission, as well as a board member of the United States Olympic Committee. Angela is also a four-time world champion and a leader of the US Women’s Hockey National Team. She currently holds the record as all-time leader in games played for Team USA. Angela is currently the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She is a Harvard graduate, has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota and is currently working on a master’s degree at Harvard Business School.

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Marte Roel

Co-founder, BeAnotherLab

Marte Roel is a co-founder of BeAnotherLab, a Creative Commons initiative that aims to create and understand empathy between individuals, as well as our sense of body agency. Its project, The Machine to Be Another, received a Laval Virtual Award (Learning, Sciences & Humanities), as well as an honorary mention from Ars Electronica. He is an associate professor of psychology and interactive design at the Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as an associate professor of digital fabrication in the Universidad Anáhuac, both in Mexico City. He has worked extensively in different applications for virtual reality ranging from health care and cognitive-science research to artistic practices.

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James Dietrich

Strategic Partnership/Developer Program Manager – Americas, Aldebaran Robotics

James is focused on growing Aldebaran’s developer program for the Americas. Globally, Aldebaran supports a community of engineers, developers and others who are interested in exploring the endless possibilities of how robots can be used in the home, workplace, schools, health care, etc. The community is challenging the future of social, emotional and personal robotics by developing applications that will allow these humanoids to enrich the lives of humans. James also leads Aldebaran’s strategic partnership initiatives for the Americas.

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Benjamin Heckendorn

Master modder and host of element14’s The Ben Heck Show

Benjamin Heckendorn, more commonly known as Ben Heck, is a master modder and host of element14’s The Ben Heck Show. Sponsored exclusively by the element14 community and dedicated to the science and art of system and hardware modding, the show caters to a global audience of design engineers, students and tech enthusiasts. Each episode spotlights a mod of popular electronic devices and educates viewers on the underlying technology powering each project. Viewers are then encouraged to share ideas and ask Ben questions. Currently in its fourth season, the show has reached more than 15.5 million views globally and more than 285,000 subscribers on YouTube. A self-taught electronics engineer with a background in design, Ben is well-known in the maker space for his knowledge of 3D printing, circuitry, computing and more. When he’s not in his workshop or filming the show, you can find Ben building custom pinball machines.

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Craig Dalton

Co-founder and CEO, DODOcase

An MBA graduate from UC Irvine, Craig has been involved in technology for years, helping manage mobile and social media startups. His early career was defined by years in the bicycle industry, running sales and marketing for storied brands such as Avocet and Dean Bicycles. Craig has enjoyed coming full circle by combining his experiences in craftsmanship and technology with DODOcase. In his free time, he enjoys hitting Bay Area mountain bike trails with his “Dawn Patrol” crew, trail running and triathlons (although he likes to claim he’s retired). Craig calls San Francisco home.

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Patrick Buckley

Co-founder, DODOcase , Co-author of The Hungry Scientist Handbook

A graduate of MIT, Patrick Buckley has worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories as a mechanical engineer. When not tinkering or inventing, he can be found kite boarding, paragliding or training for triathlons. He loves collecting free yachts and converting old DHL vans into cryogenic ice cream trucks. Patrick lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sarah Grant

2012 Artist-in-Residence, Eyebeam; Technical Lead , The Barbarian Group

Sarah Grant is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and programmer. She is interested in building networks of data between machines and living creatures in addition to electrical engineering with organic and living materials. She has experimented with creating textile-based interfaces for audio hardware, working with sound as a tangible material and, more recently, creating conductive circuit traces out of slime molds. Embedded-sensor networks and the idea of aware and responsive natural environments that cross the senses and freely transport information are key inspirations. Sarah has given talks, taught workshops and shown her work locally and internationally at events such as the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, Maker Faire San Mateo and New York, Dorkbot and Eyebeam. She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art (printmaking and sculpture) from UC Davis, and a master’s from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

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Jeff Branson

Educational Outreach Coordinator , SparkFun

Jeff Branson grew up in a family where people built and fixed things themselves. This upbringing gave him an appreciation for being hands-on with the technology. As a teen, Jeff worked in his father’s machine shop, and was introduced to CNC tools at an early age. After a long stint working with middle and high school students in robotics programs, Jeff found a place in the Education Department at SparkFun. He spends his time traveling the country for SparkFun, training people from elementary school students to NASA on a range of technology from paper circuits to satellite systems.

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Kate Hartman

Associate Professor, OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University

Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics and conceptual art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by The New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR and in books such as Fashionable Technology and Art Science Now. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto at OCAD University, where she is associate professor of wearable and mobile technology and director of the Social Body Lab. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU.

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Matt Richardson

Contributing Editor, Make: Magazine

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and contributing editor to Make: Magazine. He’s the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a consultancy focused on blending creativity and technology. After graduating with a master’s from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2013, he continued his work there as a resident research fellow. Matt is the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone and Getting Started with Intel Galileo.

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Rahul Sood

Creator of Voodoo and Microsoft Ventures , and now CEO of Unikrn

Rahul Sood is Creator of Voodoo and Microsoft Ventures, and now CEO of Unikrnand. Sood joined Microsoft in 2011 and created Bing Fund in February 2012. In 2013, Microsoft consolidated its global startup activities under Sood’s leadership. He launched Microsoft Ventures in June of 2013. A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups, including luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006. He is a cofounder of Brightsquid Medical and Brightsquid Dental, creator or retail investment platform BullsOnWallStreet and an angel investor in a number of small Canadian-based energy companies. He is active in the entrepreneurial community and often speaks of creating balanced teams by bringing design, technology and business together to create beautiful products.

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Chris Quintero

Program Manager, Bolt

Chris is currently the program manager of Bolt, a seed-stage fund that invests capital, personnel, equipment, and expertise in startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Bolt provides companies with capital, staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to Bolt, Chris led development projects in Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Cameroon and has experience in engineering and product development. He currently focuses on finding great founders for Bolt to partner with.

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Cyril Ebersweiler

Founder , HAXLR8R

Cyril is a venture partner at SOSventures and the founder of LEAP Axlr8r in San Francisco, hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R in Shenzhen and San Francisco and the first mentorship-driven seed-funding program China Axlr8r in Shanghai.
He is a mentor at Techstars and 500 Startups, an advisor to the Global Accelerator Network and a board member/advisor to startups including Leap Motion, OrderWithMe, Nextly and gTar. Places where Cyril has given lectures, went on panel or organized startup competitions include the Pioneers Conference, the New Context Conference, AdTech, MIT Global Startup Workshop, MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, Global Mobile Internet Conference, China Early-Stage Investor Forum, Samurai Incubate, Rails Rumble, Node Knockout and IBM SmartCamp.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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RJD2

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.

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Richard Lawler

Senior HD Editor, Engadget

Often found twerding it up in a Detroit club basement, Richard’s been tech obsessed since first laying hands on an Atari joystick. Now fully ensconced in the HD gaming era he scours the net for the latest news on HD screens and content, only taking an occasional break to submit Dreamcast 2 rumors on Joystiq’s tip form.

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Terrence O’Brien

Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget

After being laid off from his tech support job in the financial industry, Terrence decided to pursue his dream of working from home in his underwear. Through a lot of dumb luck and marathon sessions of cruising Craigslist, he eventually landed his first writing gig with the now defunct (but never forgotten) Switched. Since then he has continued to hone his craft while letting his more technical skills atrophy, eventually landing at Engadget where he runs the east coast news desk. When not planted firmly in front of his laptop, Terrence can be found wandering the forests and mountains of the greater New York area with things strapped to his back that don’t have an LCD screen.

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Michael Gorman

Editor in Chief, Engadget

Michael Gorman is a licensed attorney and Virginia Tech grad who would welcome the chance to exchange any of his worldly possessions for one VT BCS National Championship. Despite his compulsive need to witness the Hokies’ gridiron exploits, he once went an entire year without cable television in protest of his apartment’s lack of HD access. In a prior stage of his life (2nd grade), Michael wrote, produced, and filmed his own episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His subsequent accomplishments, few and far between, pale in comparison.

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Daniel Cooper

Associate European Editor, Engadget

After training to be a lawyer, Dan abandoned his career in favour of something a lot more worthwhile: sitting at home playing with gadgets. He lives in the UK with his wife, his books and far too many opinions on the state of British TV comedy. In addition to his editorial duties, he’s the also host of the Engadget Eurocast, which offers a different slant on the week’s events. Oh yeah, and if you don’t want to be bored to tears, don’t ask him about Doctor Who — he’s rather vocal about his desire to take over running that show at some point in the future.

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Dana Wollman

Managing Editor, Engadget

As an intern, Dana answered Oprah’s phone calls and once penned a rejection letter for Gerard Depardieu’s eponymous cookbook. Yet somehow she landed in the far geekier profession of tech writing, first for Laptop Mag and, later, the AP. She received her first computer at four and spent the ensuing years indoors, playing Sim City, Sim Tower and, when she was really bored, Sim Farm. She sorely misses Conquest of the New World and rues the day her father beat Super Mario World while she was at sleepaway camp. An avid runner, she now spends time outside, but still uses an Excel spreadsheet to tally her mileage. It is her firmest belief that every photography nerd (or anyone, really) should find a way to go to the Galapagos.

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Christopher Trout

Executive Editor, Engadget

Former Editor-in-Chief of independent quarterly Box Magazine, Christopher has written about Naomi Campbell’s temper tantrums, America’s most illustrious hustler and the coming of the robot apocalypse. He also spent six years working in the archives of photographer Bob Mizer, and contributed to various publications, including BUTT magazine and the Austin Chronicle. He got his start writing for the El Paso Times at the age of 16.

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Brad Molen

Senior Mobile Editor, Engadget

While he could really try to spice up his bio, Brad admits to living the quiet suburban life and raising a family in the Bay Area. What isn’t quiet is his infatuation with mobile devices, having been involved in the wireless industry for the last eight years and writing about it for six. If you’re lucky, you may catch Brad singing or even beatboxing; since he disappears into the mountains once in a while, you may not even catch him at all. Also, Brad does a killer running man and wishes he could break dance.

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Ben Gilbert

Senior Editor, Engadget

Ben Gilbert is a Senior Editor at Engadget where he focuses on gaming coverage. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. with a cat, a dog, and a fianc̩e. He’s covered the game industry professionally since 2008, and been writing since he learned how.

Agenda

Day 1

Friday, November 7th

Welcome Remarks

12:55 pm - 1:10 pm

Speakers:

Social Wearables Workshop

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Imagine a world in which people have become so absorbed with their social connections through social media that they have forgotten how to recognize social interaction in the physical world. Using simple switches made of conductive materials, workshop participants will create a wearable circuit that lives on multiple bodies and responds to a social interaction between two or more people. All ages and levels welcome. Materials will be provided.

Speakers:

  • Kate Hartman - Associate Professor, OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University

Demo of Sprout by Hewlett Packard

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Building connected objects for The Internet of Things

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

The Internet of Things (IOT) is an oft-used phrase, but what is it? And how do I make one of these "things"? In our workshop, we are going to fast-track a connected object to the internet using low-cost and low-overhead materials and software. We aim these workshops at people who may have had no coding experience ever, but we also assume a level of comfort with jumping in and coding, as well as a little hardware tweaking.This workshop is based on data.sparkfun.com and uses common hardware/software, Arduino and Processing.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Branson - Educational Outreach Coordinator , SparkFun

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.

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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.

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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.

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RJD2 melts faces and blows minds. Find out how.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Speakers:

  • RJD2 - Music producer and musician,
  • James Trew - Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget

Make: Wearables on the Runway

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wearable electronics is the hottest new trend in the DIY space. Make: Magazine hosts a fashion show featuring designers who are using the latest technology to create exciting new designs, from 3D-printed shoes and accessories to garments embedded with circuits and sensors connecting people to the digital world. Make: Magazine Contributing Editor and author Matt Richardson will host the show with commentary by two designers blazing a trail in wearable technology, Kate Hartman and Becky Stern. Don't miss this eye-popping showcase of consumer wearables and one-off creations.

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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?

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  • James Dietrich - Strategic Partnership/Developer Program Manager – Americas, Aldebaran Robotics

Social Wearables Workshop

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Imagine a world in which people have become so absorbed with their social connections through social media that they have forgotten how to recognize social interaction in the physical world. Using simple switches made of conductive materials, workshop participants will create a wearable circuit that lives on multiple bodies and responds to a social interaction between two or more people. All ages and levels welcome. Materials will be provided.

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  • Kate Hartman - Associate Professor, OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University

Learn mesh networking with the Raspberry Pi and the BATMAN ADV protocol

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Given the increasingly locked-down nature of the web today, the ability to break off from commercial networks is becoming a practical skill to have. Whether your network is used for distributing content and facilitating communications at a protest or for keeping connected to neighbors in your apartment building, there are many exciting possibilities that open up when you can create and administer your own wireless network. Learn mesh networking with the Raspberry Pi and the BATMAN ADV protocol in this 90-minute tutorial and demo.

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  • Sarah Grant - 2012 Artist-in-Residence, Eyebeam; Technical Lead , The Barbarian Group

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.

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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.

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Lunch

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Demo by BloomSky

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Back to reality: VR beyond gaming

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Rapid 3D visualization of physical spaces, social networking and gender swapping: This is what happens when virtual reality stops playing games and starts getting real.

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Make your own VR headset

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

DODOcase will present a 20-minute introduction to VR and provide the DODOcase VR story from the company's co-founders. DODOcase will provide 50 VR kits to attendees -- and demo/guide in the kit-building process. The final 20 minutes will be for attendees/audience members to explore and play around in VR. Attendees will be advised on how to download apps and more to their phones.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot-building competition

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Engadget Expand and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® will host a robot-building competition. The challenge has two themes: Build a robot that can "take" Manhattan or "take care" of Manhattan. Robots will be judged by an Engadget editor, a LEGO MINDSTORMS expert, a representative from the LEGO Group and a tech "celebrity" judge. The winner in each category will receive a LEGO MINDSTORMS Trophy and a $500 LEGO® gift card, which will be presented onstage.

Robotic Relations

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

As automatons grow in number and sophistication, we're forced to consider how we interact with them. Experts in the field of social robotics explore our evolving relationships with cold, hard machines.

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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.

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Make Your House in 3D

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Now you can design the house of your dreams using SketchUp Make, a 3D-modeling program that helps you make your perfect home with shapes and other creative touches. Geek Squad Agents will help you explore and discover the tools you can use to build realistic objects in 3D and make them your very own.

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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.

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Insert Coin Winners Announced

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

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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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$10,000 Judge's Choice

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