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Open innovation, work economy, entrepreneurship, and distributive making are just some of the hottest topics to be discussed during MakerCon New York taking place Thursday, September 24, at the New York Hall of Science. MakerCon’s East Coast platform will attract more than 500 attendees, 50-plus speakers, 10 panel sessions, and four keynotes. MakerCon New York’s focus this year is on the Business of Making and the rapidly evolving Maker Ecosystem.

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MakerCon is the epicenter of the Maker Movement. It’s heralded as the only conference by and for passionate leaders in the movement who continually challenge traditional business and manufacturing models, as well as methods of funding. The 2015 agenda will include several prominent keynote speakers including Minerva Tantoco, the first Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York. Tantoco will be introduced by Margaret Honey, President, and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. Other keynote speakers include:

  • James Fallows, national correspondent for “The Atlantic”
  • Genevieve Bell, Fellow and VP of the Corporate Strategy Office, at Intel Corporation
  • Ellen Williams, director at Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy
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Panel sessions include key topics from: “How To Bootstrap A Company” and “How Makers Start Businesses” to “How Distributed Making Happens” and “Makers To Watch: Product Review.” Questions like: “Should I give up equity to some of the incubator models in exchange for product distribution and marketing advice?” Or, “What’s the sensible path to scale?” will also be discussed and answered from the biggest thought leaders in the Maker Movement including:

  • Massimo Banzi, Co-founder, Arduino Project
  • John Dimatos, Design and Tech Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
  • Dorian Ferlauto, CEO, BriteHub
  • Lisa Fetterman, CEO, Nomiku
  • Brian Garret, CPO and co-founder, 3D Hubs
  • Bethany Koby, Co-founder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us
  • Danit Peleg, 3D Fashion Designer
  • Dan Shapiro, CEO and co-founder, Glowforge
  • Jay Silver, Founder and CEO, JoyLabz/MakeyMakey
  • Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation and CEO Raspberry Pi
  • Bill Young, Special Projects at ShopBot Tools

Another exciting and refreshing segment of MakerCon is the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge, a competition presented by Make: in collaboration with Cornell University. Several months ago, Maker teams and individuals submitted prototype devices they designed for a chance to win a $5,000 prize. After months of anticipation, five projects have been selected and the winner will be announced at MakerCon’s “Evening of Innovation” closing event. An example of one of the finalists is Null Space VR.

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Null Space VR is a suit that allows reality gamers to “feel” the boundaries of in-game objects and employs 30 separate feedback zones across the body.

“The Pitch Your Prototype Challenge is an incredible opportunity for Makers to showcase their products and gain the attention of some of the most prominent business and Maker Movement leaders,” said Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media. “I’m always impressed with the creativity and innovation demonstrated by the next generation of Maker Pros. I’m so glad this competition fosters that spirit.”

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The Evening of Innovation showcase, presented by Sprout by HP, will feature some 25 exhibitors demonstrating innovative technologies and products. Highlighted companies include:

  • Flyte
  • PlasmonLAB
  • Play Works Studio
  • Haddington Robotics
  • QFusion
  • Smart Vision Labs

MakerCon is in conjunction with Maker Faire Week in New York, which begins September 21 and ends at the World Maker Faire on September 27.

Tickets are available for advanced purchase of $295 until September 18. For more information about attending MakerCon New York, visit makercon.com. The schedule of events for Maker Faire Week and World Maker Faire can be found at makerfaire.com.

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