The lineup of more than 40 speakers includes:
- Chris Anderson, founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, DIY Drones
- Kai Backman, co-founder, Airstone Labs
- Massimo Banzi, co-founder, Arduino
- Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk
- Kate Drane, Indiegogo
- Brook Drumm, founder and CEO, Printrbot
- Ted Hall, founder and CEO ShopBot Tools
- Bunnie Huang, co-founder, Chumby
- Eric Jennings & Sally Carson, co-founders, Pinoccio
- Zach Kaplan, founder and CEO, Inventables
- Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO, Quirky
- Ryan Kottenstett, principal, Khosla Ventures
- Zach Smith, program director, HAXLR8R
- Robert Stephens, founder, Geek Squad
- Trae Vassallo, general partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
- Peter Weijmarshausen, co-founder and CEO, Shapeways
New this year is the "pitches with prototypes" contest on May 14. Two dozen companies have submitted hardware projects and are competing to grab the attention of top VC firms, hardware incubators and accelerators, leading tool and technology providers and other maker entrepreneurs. Attendees will vote for the most interesting and innovative product ideas. The winner will receive a slot on the Maker Faire Innovation Stage to present their prototype the following weekend.
Innovation is the common thread of the conference. The workshop's Innovation Showcase will include a first-hand look at scores of new products from two dozen companies, including Pinoccio and Electric Imp, platforms helping to create the Internet of Things; a drone company called Skycatch that hopes to redefine security at construction sites and seaports, ArduSat, a DIY satellite; and MakieLab, a toy designer that allows you to create customized dolls, soldiers, and action figures.
Be sure to take advantage of $100 off the festivities by registering here.