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