About the event:
The Maker movement is providing new insights into local and global manufacturing, design, workforce development, education and even creative culture.
The Maker Conference provides valuable, practical insights into the impact of makers and making on education, the economy and emerging markets. The Maker Conference connects individuals at the forefront of the maker movement, focusing on the technologies, services ecosystem, manufacturing models, and funding methods that provide new ways of making things and getting them to market. The conference is a meeting place for passionate, entrepreneurs who want to test the commercial waters for their prototypes; cultural and civic leaders driving maker initiatives; and product developers inspired by the maker movement.
Sessions feature experts in digital manufacturing, technology and tool innovators, leaders of higher education and the new breed of industrial designers. Joining the conversation are partners and principals from top venture capital firms and crowd-funding services, accelerators and incubators.
Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google
Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop. Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division. He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ed is married with two children and lives in South West London.
Kumar Navulur, Director at DigitalGlobe
Mr. Kumar Navulur serves as President of Premier Geospatial, Inc. Mr. Navulur served as Vice President of Business Development of Premier Geospatial, Inc. since December 2007 and focused on building new products and content for many different markets. He has over 20 years experience in Remote Sensing and Business Development. He started his career at Resource21 LLC, where he served as Principal Engineer and Director of Technology Development. From there, he joined DigitalGlobe as Sr. Manager/Product Architect where he managed a team of scientists to develop multi-spectral imagery using state-of-the-art object oriented technology. Mr. Navulur served as Chief Technology Officer of Spectrum, where he was responsible for the technical direction of Spectrum and he managed the Technology Development Group and oversaw new product development, streamlined production and improved overall through put. Prior to joining Premier Geospatial, Inc., Mr. Navulur served as Sr. Consultant of NewFields, LLC, a full service environmental consulting firm. He spearheaded the geo-spatial technology development and technology transfer within the NewFields companies and developed a geo-spatial consulting practice to serve customers in the Oil and Gas, State and Local governments, Engineering and other industries.
Bryn Fosburgh, Vice-President at Trimble
Bryn Fosburgh currently serves as vice president for Trimble's heavy and highway construction business, and Trimble's Buildings group, which includes the following markets: architecture, owner, structures, MEP, and general contractor markets. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Fosburgh served as vice president for Trimble's Construction Division, with responsibility for a number of corporate functions and geographical regions. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Fosburgh was vice president for Trimble's Construction and Agriculture Divisions, and from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Fosburgh served as vice president and general manager of Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. Mr. Fosburgh joined Trimble in 1994 and has held numerous roles, including vice president and general manager for Trimble's geomatics and engineering division, and division vice president of survey and infrastructure. Prior to Trimble, Mr. Fosburgh was a civil engineer and also held various positions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Defense Mapping Agency. Mr. Fosburgh received a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay in 1985 and an M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1989.
Bertier Luyt, President Le FabShop
Bertier Luyt is a professional maker-entrepreneur, self educated, father of two kids. After a career in music, in the early 2000's he turned his career toward design and designing professional spaces, an activity for which he started using SketchUp. Bertier Luyt’s expertise was recognized in 2010 when he gave a conference atGoogle Sketchup 3D Basecamp about "3D modeling for digital manufacturing", at a time when the first 3D printers aimed at the general public made their appearance in the United States. After attending his first Maker Faire in New York in 2011, he launched leFabShop, a 3D modeling and digital fabrication studio, early 2012 in France. Early works include 3D modelling the Palace of Versailles for Google Cultural Institutewww.versailles3D.com. Bertier has written other books on 3D printing and 3D modelling; he's also a speaker at different conferences such as MakerCon, TEDx, Hello Tomorrow or Trimble Dimension. His favorite topics are digital manufacturing, self-empowerment and entrepreneurship. In 2013, he organized France’s first Mini Maker Faire in Saint-Malo and created SWF: the first Eco-friendly sea-weed 3D printing filament. He is the producer for Maker Faire in France
Steve Sherman, CEO Living Maths
Steve is the Chief Imagination Officer of an Educational NGO in South Africa called Living Maths. He teaches approximately 4500 students weekly in schools around Cape Town and now recently, the world. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering young people. He is also a multi-award purchasing educator and was voted most adorable educational innovator by his mother. He feels that it is his destiny to spread the joy of numbers and creative thinking to anyone who is willing to listen and even to those who are not. He knows Karate, Ju-jitsu and 2 other Japanese words. Steve is an Olympic medallist for Synchronised Paper Scrunching and an accomplished shadow puppet dancer. He wonders if he fooled anyone with this third-person thing, or if everyone knows that he wrote this bio himself.
Robyn Farah, CEO KAT-O
Robyn Farah is the founder of KAT-O, a Rapid Prototyping, Product Development and Technology Consultancy. She is the founder of Cape Town's electronics and maker communities Arduino Cape Town and the Modern Alchemists. And recently became a partner in Curiosity Campus. With a background in instrumental and electronic composition, she got into electronics due to her aim is to make everyday objects come to life with sound, allowing the manipulation, interaction and/or processing of sound to be more accessible to the public. This lead her to complete her Master’s in Sonic Art from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University in Belfast.
Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director at Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations
Barbara J. Ryan, is the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. GEO is comprised of nearly 100 Member States, the European Commission, and 90 international scientific and technical partner organizations. Under Ryan’s leadership, millions of satellite images and other Earth observation data have been made available to the general public at no charge, allowing scientists, planners and policy makers to make better-informed decisions on problems that transcend political boundaries. Her work addresses critical issues in agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, disaster planning, energy, health and water. Since becoming Director of GEO in 2012, Ryan has worked to integrate Earth observation systems from around the world into a single, comprehensive system that uses coordinated data to understand how environmental factors impact human life. Like Ryan’s career body of work, the system helps guide decision makers toward better agricultural, energy and land-use decisions.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town