Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled. New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties. The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
David Benjamin is Principal of architecture firm The Living and Director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The practice and the lab involve open source research and design. Recent projects include Living City (a platform for buildings to talk to one another), Amphibious Architecture (a cloud of light above New Yorks East River that glows and blinks according to water quality and public interest in the environment), Proof (a series of design studios that explore methods of testing and evolutionary computation), and Architecture Biosynthesis (a hands-on research initiative about synthetic biology, computation, and innovation in buildings).
CEO, TechShop. During Mark's first two years on the management team, TechShop tripled revenue and memberships and became a leading brand in the emergent "Maker-Space" business. Before coming to TechShop in October of 2007, Mark was the president of GL Services, a Business Process Outsourcing company, where he doubled the number of companies served by strategically launching new service offerings. Mark also served in management roles at Avery Dennison and Kinko's. He has his BA in economics from UC Irvine, an MBA from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, and is a former Green Beret.
Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents' house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. Shortly after mophie won "Best of Show" at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving people around the world in the development of new consumer products. The rapid growth of the mophie brand led to its acquisition in August of 2007, which allowed Ben to focus his efforts on bringing his idea of 'social product development' to the next level. After two years of research and development on the unique technology platform that became the foundation of his future work, Ben publicly launched Quirky in June of 2009. A passionate and opinionated speaker, Ben talks Quirky, products and design to audiences around the world. His work has landed him in hundreds of newspapers (New York Times, USA Today, New York Observer), magazines (Business Week, Entrepreneur, WIRED) and TV networks (CNBC, FOX Business News, The Today Show). In 2007, Inc Magazine named Ben the top entrepreneur in the country under the age of 30. He was 20 at the time. Other than participating in the development of awesome new products, Ben's favorite things include his niece Lily, Jay-Z, cool kicks and black t-shirts.
Self-Assembly Lab Director, Skylar Tibbits, is a trained Architect, Designer, Computer Scientist and Artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable material technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment. Skylar is currently a faculty member in MIT's Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT's Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a 2013 Architectural League Prize, a TED Senior Fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine's 2008 Design Issue. Skylar has a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design + Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science under the guidance of advisors; Patrick Winston, Neil Gershenfeld, Erik Demaine and Terry Knight.
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