2017 Program

DigiFab Conference
Microsoft NERD Center
Cambridge, MA

March 30, 2017
Registration & Coffee
8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
*Sarah Boisvert, Founder, DigiFabCon
*Larissa Matzek, Mass Development

9 a.m. – noon
*Sherry Lassiter, Director, Fab Foundation
*Dale Dougherty, Founder, Make: Media

*Tomas Diaz, Fab Cities
Fab Cities Panel: Tomas Diaz, Dale Dougherty

Integrating Design with Technology
1 – 4 p.m.
* Design for the Tools You Have: A Model for Sustainable Micro-Factories, Brian Owen, ShopBot Tools
* The Future of Making and Learning Things, Sunand Bhattacharya, Autodesk
* The Physical Feedback Loop: using digital fabrication to drive emerging technology, Matthew Borgatti, Super-Releaser
* Interactive Design Thinking Exercise, TIES Fellows Banafsheh Khakipoor and Lamalani Siverts

Expo & Fab Festival
5 – 8 p.m.
Featuring a book signing by Dale Dougherty Founder of Maker Media and Rachel Ignotofsky author of Women in Science, Hands-on demonstrations, and reception

March 31, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Neil Gershenfeld, Director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
* David Ott, Co-founder, Humanitarian Lab

Simultaneous Breakout Sessions

* Entrepreneurship & Manufacturing

  • Keynote: Andreas Bastian, Autodesk & Enable Community Foundation
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Scott Kirsner, The Boston Globe & Founder, Innovation Leader
    The Future of Manufacturing: Opportunities and challenges in New Manufacturing Models

    • Neil Gershenfeld, MIT; Andreas Bastian, Autodesk & Enable; David Ott, Humanitarian Lab; Buzz Baldwin, 3D PrintLife;  Xanthe Matychak,  Rev Hardware Accelerator
  • Presentations:
    Anna Waldman Brown on how entrepreneurs make their production decisions
    Innovation Engineering, Matthew Wade, Fab Foundation
    Sarah Boisvert presenting Case Study of Digital Fabrication Apprenticeship program
  • Panel Discussion
    • Workforce Certification Programs
      • Fab Lab Baltimore at CCBC, Century College, Indian Hills  Community College, and Space Coast Fab Labs

* Education

  • Keynote: Rachel Ignotofsky author of Women in Science
  • Interactive Presentations including:
    Rich Lehrer on 3D Printing as a Catalyst for Student Empowerment and Community Action
    Jennifer Kimbrell, Interactive Storytelling with Coding
    Chris Haid, NVBots, STEM curriculum
    Nathan Pritchett, Fab Lab Tulsa & Andrea Calvin, Vice President of FableVision Learning, on Friendly, affordable digital fabrication tools for elementary learners
  • Panel Discussions
  • Mobile Fab Labs with Fab Lab Tulsa, Limitless Child International and Fab Lab San Diego

Optional Hands-on Workshops
April 1, 2017
Makerspace and Fab Labs in Somerville, Cambridge & Boston

New This Year!
Pre-Conference Professional Development Courses

Wednesday March 29, 2017
Cambridge Innovation Center

Lean 101:  Principles & Tools for Fab Labs & Makerspaces
A Guide to Sustainability from Strategy to Promotion