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Tinkering With Tomorrow

Will the DIY Movement Craft the Future?

New technologies are making it easier than ever to turn an idea into a reality. 3D printers, open-source software, hackable products, and collaborative communities have turned traditional tinkering into a full-scale “maker movement” that allows – and encourages – everyone to tap into their inner entrepreneur. Can this movement usher in a new age of innovation? Will hackers have a profound impact on the economy? And if so, are we prepared for it?


12:15 p.m. – How Tinkerers Built the Information Age

Tim Wu @superwuster
Author, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Professor, Columbia Law School
12:40 p.m. – What’s Building the Maker Movement?

Dale Dougherty @dalepd

Founder and Publisher, Make magazine

Tom Kalil @whitehouseostp

Associate Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


David Plotz @davidplotz

Editor, Slate

1:40 p.m. – Harnessing the Wisdom of the Crowd

Jeff Howe @crowdsourcing

Author, Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business

2:05 p.m. – “_why” Crowdsourcing Works

Annie Lowrey @AnnieLowrey
Economic Policy Reporter, New York Times

David Plotz @davidplotz
Editor, Slate

2:15 p.m. –Turning Practice Into Play

Mitzi Montoya @ASU_Technology

Dean, College of Technology & Innovation, Arizona State University

Jim Newton @TechShopJim

Chairman and Founder, TechShop


Annie Lowrey @AnnieLowrey
Economic Policy Reporter, New York Times

2:55 p.m. – Coffee break

3:05 p.m. – Crafting the Do-It-Yourself Economy

Cindy Au @shinyee_au
Community Director, Kickstarter

Chad Dickerson @chaddickerson
CEO, Etsy

Banning Garrett @AtlanticCouncil
The Atlantic Council


Matt Yglesias  @mattyglesias

Moneybox Columnist, Slate

3:50 p.m. – How Hacking Helps Us

Tiffany Rad @TiffanyRad
Research Scientist, Cyber Security Group Battelle Institute    

4:05 p.m. – Can Our Patent System Support (or Survive) the DIY Movement?

Marvin Ammori @marvin_ammori

Legal Fellow, New America Foundation

Timothy B. Lee @binarybits

Technology Policy Contributor, ArsTechnica

Michael Weinberg @mweinbergPK

Attorney, Public Knowledge


Sascha Meinrath @saschameinrath

Director, Open Technology Initiative
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:15pm - 5:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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What's Building the Maker Movement?
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Jeff Howe Presents: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business
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Tiffany Rad Presents: How Hacking Helps Us