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"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. Things we make are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our soul."
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The maker movement is in an amazing renaissance due to the cheapening of materials, the advent of consumer level 3d printers and the burgeoning ability to connect all manner of products to our digital lives. What is the promise of this new emerging market? What stories can be told using this new capabilities? Are we moving into a world where we can make anything we want and need at the comfort of our home - and then connect these devices to each other and our lives?
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms includingKinko’s, Avery Dennison and Health Net. In 2013, his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs” and by Popular Mechanics as one of “25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream." Mark has spoken at events like SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
Libby Falck - Director, City X Project
Libby Falck is an entrepreneur, designer and researcher based in San Francisco. She is a co-founder of The Coalition for Innovative Development, Education and Action (IDEAco) where she designs and prototypes programs with the mission of turning makers into changemakers. She has worked in education teaching filmmaking, video game design, 3D modeling, and graphic design to youth ages 8-19. Libby is passionate about the power of media and games to enable individuals to engage with complex systems. Her mission is to design tools that transform issues into actions, empowering anyone to contribute and execute solutions toward building a world that works.
Greg Fisher, CEO/Founder, Berkeley Sourcing Group
Greg Fisher is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with a focus on hardware and manufacturing. After graduating from UC Berkeley with an engineering degree, Greg worked in the medical device, hard drive storage, ice cream, and professional tools industries in various management, manufacturing, and quality control capacities. His clients included Walmart, MAC Tools, Stanley Tools, Snap-On, Matco, Steelman, Honda and others.
In 2003, Greg joined JS Products, an importer of professional automotive tools, where he was brought in to develop a quality program from the ground up, which was successfully installed and referenced by top clients as a benchmark program for others to follow. He managed quality control teams of engineers, inspectors, and translators in the US, the Jiangsu province in China and Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Greg is proficient in Mandarin.
In 2005, Greg founded Berkeley Sourcing Group, a turnkey manufacturing services provider and partner for small businesses manufacturing overseas. At BSG, he has evaluated more than 600 products for mass production and has helped to bring over 60 products to market. He lives 1/3rd of the time in China, managing up to 25 employees in Shenzhen and a micro-injection factory in the Jiangxi province and is currently opening additional factories for his growing client base.
Greg has served as President of the West Coast Region’s Engineers Without Borders, is an advisor to several hardware and product start-ups and is a frequent speaker and mentor at Tech Shop and for IndieGoGo’s hardware campaigners. He is an advisor for Produk.Me, a post-product purchase engagement platform, an Oakland based accelerator and co-working space for hardware companies, and is the founder of the East Bay Hardware meetup.
Erik Katz, Founder, Maker Mart
Erik Katz is a technology consultant and community organizer who is immersed in the Maker Movement and Hardware startup scene in the Bay Area. He has worked with companies such as TechShop, Maker Media (parent company of Maker Fare and Make Magazine), and several start-ups.
Erik is the founder of the non-profit Maker Mart, which produced Makers@theMint, a large scale retail pop-up event at Historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco which was featured in Forbes.
As a serial and social entrepreneur, Erik ran his IT services firm for over 8 years, and with his background in IT and business he helped launch a few different companies.
He is an active participant as a mentor in Peter Thiel’s 20Under20 fellowship program. Erik is also an advisor to a few organizations that serve and look to solve the homeless challenges in San Francisco. He co-organizes various meet up groups and continues to organize large-scale events and conferences.
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