2017 Program

DigiFab Conference
Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

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

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

Keynotes
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, Blair Evans Director Incite Focus in Detroit MI

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.
MIT Media Lab
Featuring a book signing by Dale Dougherty Founder of Maker Media and Rachel Ignotofsky author of Women in Science, Hands-on demonstrations, and reception

Friday 
March 31, 2017
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Keynotes
9:00 a.m. Neil Gershenfeld, Director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
9:45 a.m. David Ott, Co-founder, Humanitarian Lab

10:15 am. break

Simultaneous Breakout Sessions

* Entrepreneurship & Manufacturing

Keynote
10:30 a.m. Andreas Bastian, Autodesk & Enable Community Foundation

  • 11:00 a.m. 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; Sarah Boisvert, co-founder, Potomac Photonics, Inc.

LUNCH 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

  • Presentations:
    1:30 p.m. Anna Waldman Brown on how entrepreneurs make their production decisions
    2:00 p.m. Innovation Engineering, Matthew Wade, Fab Foundation
    BREAK 2:30 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. Sarah Boisvert presenting Case Study of Digital Fabrication Apprenticeship program
  • 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
    • Workforce Certification Programs
      • Fab Lab Baltimore at CCBC, Century College, Indian Hills  Community College, and Space Coast Fab Labs

* Education
Keynote
10:30 a.m. Rachel Ignotofsky author of Women in Science

  • Interactive Presentations
    11: 00 a.m. Rich Lehrer on 3D Printing as a Catalyst for Student Empowerment and Community Action
    11:30 a.m. Jennifer Kimbrell, Interactive Storytelling with Coding
  • Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
  • Mobile Fab Labs with Fab Lab Tulsa, Limitless Child International and Matt Griffin from Ultimaker
    2:30 p.m.BREAK
  • 3:00 p.m. Nathan Pritchett, Fab Lab Tulsa & Andrea Calvin, Vice President of FableVision Learning, on Friendly, affordable digital fabrication tools for elementary learners
  • 3:30 p.m. Fab Lab El Paso, Creative Kids Programming at the intersection of Art, Technology, and Community-Building

Optional Hands-on Workshops
Saturday
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