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Explore how technology is enabling new ways to design products in this AU Innovation Forum. Fresh thinkers with new tools are challenging the status quo. A new generation of designers and makers are using technology to create and produce faster than ever, harnessing the power of the cloud, crowdsourcing, collaborators across the globe, and even algorithms to find the best, most interesting ideas and results. In this forum, we’ll showcase examples of the best innovators and thinkers who’ve gone way beyond file sharing and 3D printers and into the future of making things.



Roman Mars

Roman Mars is creator and host of 99% Invisible, an iTunes top 20 design and architecture podcast that averages 3 million monthly downloads. He captivated audiences as a TED main stage speaker in 2015, and was named 1 of the 100 Most Creative People by Fast Company in 2013. As the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history, Roman has raised more than $1.16 million through crowdfunding campaigns. He is also co-founder of Radiotopia, an innovative collective of story-driven podcasts.

Ian Briggs

Ian Briggs is co-founder and design director of Briggs Automotive Company. He is an accomplished designer known for innovative and radical concepts.

Taylor Dawson

Taylor Dawson is product evangelist for GE's FirstBuild Microfactory. He collaborates with makers worldwide to rapidly launch community-inspired products.

Vicki Dobbs Beck

Vicki Dobbs Beck is the executive in charge of strategic planning at Industrial Light & Magic.

Matthew Flail

Matt Flail and Tim Ganter are co-founders of Footprint Footwear. Active designers in various industries, they strive to balance beautiful form with innovative functionality.

Ulrich Homann

Ulrich Homann is an architect in the Cloud and Enterprise business at Microsoft.

Stephen Van Dyck

Stephen Van Dyck is a partner at LMN Architects. He leads the design and delivery of public assembly, performing arts, transportation, higher education, and mixed-use projects.



  • 2015
  • 11910
  • AU Las Vegas


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