Mitch Altman 

Hacker movement, Electronics, Media

Mitch is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. He was also co-founder of 3ware, did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, invented the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine's more popular DIY projects. He has contributed to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.


Ben Bateman


Ben is the Director for Hardware, Design, and Technology at Indiegogo. He specializes in campaign strategy and tactics, and has been a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category. He is passionate about making hardware entrepreneurship more accessible, and has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, JIBO, Skully, Axent Wear, and many more.


Joel Carter

Robotics, Retail distribution, Marketing

Joel is a pioneer in educational robotics and marketing guru. He currently leads Innovation First, an industry leader in educational and toy robotics. Innovation First created many popular products, including HexBug, a six-legged beetle-like micro-robot, sold more than 1 million units at RadioShack. Before joining Innovation First, Joel was divisional vice president of RadioShack where he was responsible for the overall RadioShack retail brand experience, positioning and brand planning. He also managed the $1 billion RadioShack product brand, private label brands and licensed brands portfolio. Prior to RadioShack, Joel served as Vice President and Management Supervisor with international advertising agency Publicis where he launched Cellular One, the first nationwide cellular service brand. He was then named Partner at advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather.


Shawn Frayne

3D imaging, Clean energy

Shawn currently leads Looking Glass HK Ltd., advancing the world’s first patent pending volumetric 3D imaging technology.
Besides Looking Glasses, Shawn founded Haddock Invention in 2006, a clean technology incubator based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, and co-founded a spin-off company, Humdinger Wind Energy in 2007. Through these companies, Shawn has led the development of new technologies in the fields of green packaging, solar water disinfection, small-scale solar power, energy storage, and non-turbine wind power generation. For this work, he and the teams he works with have been awarded the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2007), noted as one of the ‘20 Best Brains Under 40’ by Discover Magazine (2008), and listed on Inc Magazine’s ’30 Under 30’ rising business leaders list (2009). Shawn received his B.S. in Physics from MIT.


Jeremy Gordon

Software, Tech investment

Jeremy is a former engineering VP with Twitter, and currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures. During his time at Twitter, Gordon led engineering for all of Twitter’s consumer products — essentially everything that wasn’t ad-related. This included core features such as tweets, direct messages, photos, search and relevance. Before that, he worked with Twitter’s mobile engineering team after joining the company through the acquisition of his startup, Cabana.


Sophie Kravitz

Maker movement, Media

Sophie currently works with Hackaday on The Hackaday Prize and, a global virtual hackerspace. Via The Hackaday Prize, she is helping to motivate hardware engineers to make better projects and products. Before joining Hackaday, Sophie was an R&D engineer for over 10 years, 5 of which with her own consultancy, designing electrical control systems for industrial equipment primarily used in semiconductor fabs. For the past few years, she has also been speaking to young people in schools all over the USA about how awesome engineering is.


Ian Lesnet

Open source hardware, Media

Ian Lesnet is an entrepreneur and electrical engineer who has lived and worked in cities all over the world. Ian has written about his open-hardware electronics projects on many popular electronics blogs, including DIY Live and Hack a Day. He is the owner and creator of Dangerous Prototypes (, an ­electronics blog with a focus on DIY electronic projects and tools. Ian’s most popular creation, the Bus Pirate, is the equivalent of an open-source electronics Swiss-army knife. The Bus Pirate is a go-to tool for beginners and experienced hardware hackers to communicate with and debug electronics components.


Greg Needel

Robotics, Product design

Greg is the Director of the Innovation Gymnasium at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is also the CEO of REV Robotics, an educational robotics company.
Greg is a mechanical engineer who earned his degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has built a career in that field, but his enthusiasm for building and tinkering can hardly be captured by that discipline alone. Professionally, Greg has focused on product development and has designed products for globally recognized brands such as DeWALT, Delta Machinery, HEXBUG, and REV. He has been awarded 50 patents for his designs and has numerous patents pending.
Greg is also an active member of the Dallas Maker Space. Designing and building robots are of particular interest and he has built personal projects and machines for competitions such as Battlebots, the DARPA Grand Challenge and Redbull Creation.


Sheng-Ying ‘Aithne’ Pao

Product design, New media, Tech-enabled art

Sheng-Ying is an interdisciplinary researcher, designer, and entrepreneur. In 2014, her creation, LightByte, won the iF Design Award, selected from several thousand international commercial entries from 55 countries. LightByte augments sunlight and shadows to become a new communication medium. Additionally, she has created a series of gesture ­sensing innovations, winning her ACM student research competition and MIT 10K Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Competition.
Sheng-Ying has a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, and was selected as an MIT Arts Scholar in 2013, and named MIT Cisco Fellow for two consecutive years. Sheng-Ying co-organizes MIT Living Labs workshop, and has developed and taught graduate level course, titled “Interactive Technology Design” in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.


Charles Pax

Open source hardware, 3D printing

Charles is the Director of Product and founder of Pax Instruments, makers of open-source lab instruments and development tools. As a life-long educator and former teacher Charles is committed to sharing his knowledge and experiences with other. He is also the former Director of Research and Development at MakerBot Industries, having developed the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer. Charles has both a B.S. in Physics and M.Ed in Physics Education from Rutgers University.


Nadya Peek

Digital fabrication

Nadya is part of the Machines That Make group at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. She works on digital fabrication, networking protocols for machine control, digital materials, machines that make machines, and rapid prototyping. Her advisor is Neil Gershenfeld, author of “Fab – The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop“. The group is also responsible for the concept of Fablabs, a global network of digital fabrication facilities where anyone can make almost


Emile Petrone

Hardware distribution

Emile is the founder of Tindie, a marketplace for indie hardware. Priort to Tindie, he joined Urban Airship after their acquisition of SimpleGeo, where he was the Developer Advocate. Prior to SimpleGeo, he founded Housefed, Knowble, and previously worked at Yelp & Redbeacon. Emile is also on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association.