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The 11th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium

MAKING: IMPACT


Drawing from over a decade of field experience, Fabbers are creating an interactive Fab11 program that includes hands-on workshops, talks, planning meetings, project demonstrations, Fab Academy graduation, Global Fab Awards, a Fab Youth track , informal opportunities to connect and fabricate and, of course, fun celebrations of our network. Join your colleagues at Fab11 and expand the impact you have on your world! Stay up to date on the emerging program by checking the Schedule here.

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International Fab Lab Network members from more than 450 labs in 55 countries are gathering in August 2015 in the birthplace of the Fab Lab concept. We come together this year to explore how the ability to “Make (almost) Anything” is impacting individuals, communities, businesses and collaborative research and projects from Detroit to Togo, Barcelona to Shanghai and everywhere in between. At Fab11, members will share technical expertise, best practices, and the powerful stories behind Neil Gershenfeld’s statement “The power of Digital Fabrication is social, not technical”.

Fab11 Symposium


The Fab Symposium: Making : Impact will take place August 6th at Boston’s famed Symphony Hall. It is a one-day, public event that explores the principles, applications and implications of digital fabrication. This year our focus will be on the incredible makers who have emerged from fab labs and digital fabrication education over the last 12+ years, who have made significant social, economic and community impact in the world and who are inventing the future. From the White House to Google to Barcelona to Togo, these makers are changing the world around us. Details about speakers and participants will be updated frequently on the conference schedule web page and via our social media channels.

Fab Festival


Over the weekend of August 8 and 9 the cities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville will come alive with a public Fab Festival. The 3-city Festival is a celebration of making and creativity. The weekend includes exhibitions, demonstrations, cool performances, hands-on activities for the whole family, and talks and panels featuring great makers from around the world. The Fab Festival is free and open to the public. Check the Fab Festival program often as new, fun activities will be added daily by Fabbers from across the city and around the globe!

Our Venues

  • MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
  • Symphony Hall
  • Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • South End Technology Center

Fab 11 Hosts


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Neil GershenfeldDirector, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
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Sherry LassiterMIT Center for Bits and Atoms; President, Fab Foundation

Fab 11 Conversations


Mon Aug 3 11:00-12:00 Making Robots >>

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Russ TedrakeDirector, Center for Robotics, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
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Sangbae KimMIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab
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Mick MountzFounder, Kiva Systems
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Gill PrattProgram Manager, DARPA Robotics Challenge, DARPA Defense Sciences
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Marc RaibertFounder, Boston Dynamics
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Radhika NagpalSelf-organizing Systems Research and Robotics Group, Harvard University

Tue Aug 4 11:00-12:00 Making Movies >>

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Will StaplesScreenwriter; Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and Call of Duty video games
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Paul DebevecChief Visual Officer, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
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Janet and Jerry Zucker (video)Zucker Productions; Science and Entertainment Exchange
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Alex McDowellCreative Director, 5D GlobalStudio at Wondros; Professor of Practice, University of Southern California
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Sebastian SylwanFormer Chief Technology Officer, Weta Digital
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Bran FerrenCo-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Applied Minds

Wed Aug 5 11:00-12:00 Making Life >>

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George ChurchRobert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
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Peng YinMolecular Systems Lab, Harvard Medical School
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Joseph JacobsonMolecular Machines Group, MIT; Co-founder, Gen9
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Pamela A. Silver Ph.D.Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School

Fri Aug 7 11:00-12:00 Making Policy >>

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Megan SmithUnited States Chief Technology Officer
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Rep. Bill FosterCongressman (Il-11); Fermilab; Electronic Theatre Controls
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Rush HoltCEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Publisher, Science Family of Journals

Sat Aug 8 11:00-12:00 Making Cities >>

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Martin J. “Marty” WalshMayor, Boston MA
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Nadeem MazenCouncil Member, Cambridge, MA
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Joseph CurtatoneMayor, Somerville MA
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Shirley FengExecutive vice president and Secretary-General, N.I.D.I.A., ShenZhen Industrial Design Profession Association
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Mondli GungubeleMayor of Ekurhuleni, South Africa
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​Dr Jayasankar Prasad CChief Executive Officer; Kerala Start Up Mission
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Irakli KashibadzeChairman, Innovation and Technology Agency; Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development

Fab 11 Symposium


Moderators

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Mitchell BakerChair of the Mozilla Foundation
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Haakon KarlsenSolvik Gard, Norway
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Mel KingDirector, South End Technology Center
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Stuart KestenbaumFormer Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
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Melissa FranklinDepartment Chair and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University
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Martin Luther CulpepperMaker Czar, MIT Mechanical Engineering
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Andrew McAfeeCo-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; Associate Director, Center for Digital Business
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Marko AhtisaariCo-founder, The Sync Project; former Head of Product Design, Nokia
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Neil GershenfeldDirector, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

Speakers


How To Make Design >>

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Markus KayserMediated Matter Research Group, MIT
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Hiroya TanakaKeio University; Fab Lab Japan
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Skylar TibbitsMIT Self-Assembly Lab; SJET LLC
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Vicente GuallartBarcelona City Architect; founder Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
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Meejin YoonHead, Department of Architecture, MIT
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Kelly DobsonGoogle ATAP; Former Head of Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design

How To Make Business >>

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Sam CalischMIT Center for Bits and Atoms
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Kamau GachigiFounder, Fab Lab, University of Nairobi; Executive Director, Gearbox
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Ed BaafiFounder, Modkit
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Max LobovskyCo-founder, Formlabs
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Raffi KrikorianEngineering lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center; former VP of Platform Engineering, Twitter
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Ayah BdeirFounder, littleBits

How To Make Tools >>

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Matt KeeterFormlabs; Antimony developer
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Fiore BasileFab Lab Toscana, Italy; Fab modules developer
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Ara KnaianCo-founder, NK Labs; Project Ara
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Tomas DiezBarcelona fab lab; Smart Citizen developer
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Nadya PeekMachines That Make developer, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
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Amon MillnerAssistant Professor, Olin College; developer, Scratch

How To Make Research >>

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Will LangfordRobotics, Fabrication; MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
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Kenny CheungNASA Ames Research Center
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Manu PrakashDepartment of Bioengineering, Stanford University
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Rehmi PostLead Scientist, Samsung Think Tank Team; Co-Founder, ThingMagic
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Rich DeVaulLeader, Google [x] Rapid Evaluation Team
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Yael MaguireEngineering Director, Facebook Connectivity Lab; Co-Founder, ThingMagic

How To Make Community >>

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Josh GordonsonCo-Founder, Olopede
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Ted HungFabLab Asia Network Board member; Founder, FabLab Taipei
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Ohad MeyuhasFounder, FabLab Israel / Hope Lab
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Heloisa NevesDirector, Fab Lab Brazil Network; Coordinator, Insper Fab Lab; Founder, WE FAB
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Reginald BryantIBM Research Africa
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Blair EvansExecutive Director, Incite Focus, Detroit

How To Make Education >>

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Richard DavisTransformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University
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David SengehMIT Media Lab; TED Fellow
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Abubakari AdamCentury College, Minnesota; Takoradi fab lab, Ghana
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Makeda StephensonNat'l Tech Outreach and Community Help Chair, NSBE
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Dina El ZanfalyMIT Design and Computation; Fab Lab Egypt
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Sherry LassiterMIT Center for Bits and Atoms; President, Fab Foundation

Hosts


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Sponsors


Fab Lab Underwriters

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Fab Movers & Shakers

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Fab Sponsors

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Fab Production Partners

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Fab Affiliates

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Fab Scholarship Sponsors

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