Special guests

Carl Bass Autodesk

Carl Bass

San Francisco

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk. Named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies under Carl’s direction, Autodesk is the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Previously, he held several executive positions at Autodesk, including CTO and COO.



Michael Brennan


During his time with United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), Mike Brennan has guided the organization through economic downturn in the Detroit region; diversified revenue; obtained unprecedented investment from GM; demonstrated the community impact of donations from contributors; increased to four stars UWSEM’s rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the US; provided recognized leadership to the international UWW system; and received regional recognition as a visionary leader.


 Alex Chunn

Alex Chunn

Hong Kong

Alex Chunn is the vice president of innovation and product planning of Hong Kong-based Techtronic Industries (TTI). Alex has led TTI’s innovation group, Techtronic Design Asia (TDA), to become a powerhouse of product designers, engineers, researchers, graphic designers, and information developers, cementing TTI’s position as a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of power tools, outdoor power equipment, and floor care.

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Dale Dougherty

San Francisco

Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands.



Jamshyd Godrej


Jamshyd Godrej is chairman of the board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Liminted. He is also the chairman emeritus of Aspen Institute India (now known as Ananta Aspen Centre) and chairman and trustee of Ananta Centre. He is president of World Wide Fund for Nature, India. He is the chairperson of the board of directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and chairman of India Resources Trust. He is a director of World Resources Institute, USA; director of ClimateWorks Foundation, USA; and director of Global Footprint Network, USA.

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Navroze Godrej


Navroze directs strategy and innovation at Godrej & Boyce, India. His belief that the innovation process can be used for identifying hidden opportunities which can ameliorate the lives of people led him to set up the Innovation Centre at Godrej & Boyce. The centre implements Disruptive Innovation and Human-Centred Design and works with a diverse set of employees from various Godrej & Boyce businesses to imbibe a culture of innovation at a grassroots level. Navroze believes that strategic design should pervade every aspect of a business. He holds a Master of Design degree from the IIT Institute of Design, Chicago.

 Grace Hawthorne

Grace Hawthorne

San Francisco

Grace is an entrepreneur, artist, author and educator. She is the creator and founder of Paper Punk, an innovative creativity toy+tool for kids ages 6-99+. As a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s design institute, she teaches courses on creativity and failure and leads a groundbreaking research project on creative capacity building. Previously, she cofounded ReadyMade, the culturally groundbreaking design magazine for GenXY. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, and Rolling Stone while her artwork has been exhibited in several national museums.

 Cory Kidd

Dr. Cory Kidd

San Francisco

Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a healthcare technology company focused on delivering effective behavior change. The company has developed a hardware and software platform that uses a combination of psychology and artificial intelligence to successfully engage patients through interactive conversations. Dr. Kidd is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. Prior to this, Dr. Kidd received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction.

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David Li

Hong Kong

David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a think tank on makers and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.


Silvia Lindtner

Hong Kong

Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information with an affiliated appointment in the Center for Chinese Studies and the Science and Technology Studies (STS) program. She is a co-founder of the Shanghai-based research hub Hacked Matter, focused on interdisciplinary scholarship of cultures of technology production in China.


Victor Lo

Hong Kong

C. W. Lo, Victor GBS, OBE, JP is chairman and chief executive of Gold Peak Industries (Holdings) Limited. Victor is one of the leading industrialists in the region while at the same time, committed in the promotion of local design and creative industry.


Joseph Luttwak

San Francisco

Joseph Luttwak is the founder of Blackbird Guitars and more recently Lingrove Natural Composites. For over a decade he has run design, development, and manufacturing at Blackbird. Joe was first introduced to high performance composites while working at Ferrari in Italy. Joe, with his team, strive to create fine quality instruments through the use of unique design and material solutions including carbon fiber and Ekoa, the natural composite he developed via spin-off company Lingrove.


Director of the Makers’ Lab, Marin Country Day School

Matt Pearson

San Francisco

Matt Pearson is a fifteen year veteran of developing and tinkering with curriculum in the K-12 classroom to build learning environments that are engaging, mindful and diverse in there pedagogical approach. Matt explores, researches, and teaches ways to blend science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) using sustainable and backward design approaches. Matt is the Director of the Makers’ Lab at Marin Country Day School and blogs regularly at: makerslab.com.


Brandon Schauer

San Francisco

Brandon Schauer, CEO of Adaptive Path, has over a decade of experience developing new experiences for products and services across the digital and real-world touchpoints. His insight into customer behaviors—plus a solid grounding in business analysis and a mastery of design methods—allows Brandon to help organizations define and design more meaningful experiences for their customers. Brandon co-authored Subject to Change: Creating Great Products and Services for an Uncertain World and was named one of Business Week’s “Twenty-One People Who Will Change Business”.

Scott Sheppard

San Francisco

Scott Sheppard has worked for Autodesk for 23 out of the last 25 years depending on if you count acquisitions and dot coms. Scott began his tenure as a software developer working on the HOOPS 3D graphics system as part of Ithaca Software when the company was acquired by Autodesk. From there, Scott continued to work on a variety of projects with Autodesk over the years. Scott is currently a Program Manager for Autodesk Labs which is a part of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Norman Winarsky

Norm Winarsky

San Francisco

Norman Winarsky is Advisor to Ventures Groups, Consultant, Author, and Angel Investor. He is past President of SRI Ventures, and has been responsible for creating SRI’s highest value venture and license opportunities. He is a founder of SRI’s venture process, which includes venture and license incubation, seed funding, the Entrepreneur-In-Residence program, and the nVention venture forum. Norman was co-founder and board member of Siri, which was spun out from SRI in January 2008. Siri has now been incorporated into all Apple iPhones.