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Dale Dougherty and Sherry Lassiter to Open Annual
DigiFab Conference with Keynotes on How Digital
Fabrication Tools are Changing the World

February 25, 2017; Cambridge, MA: DigiFabCon is pleased to announce that Dale Dougherty, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media, Inc., and Sherry Lassiter, President of the Fab Foundation, will open the annual conference dedicated to how digital fabrication tools are changing the world. This year’s event will take place on March 30 and 31, 2017 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts with sponsorship from Chevron.

DaleMr. Dougherty is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, unleashing the Maker Movement worldwide. His vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. Mr. Dougherty explains: “The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals.” Make: began at O’Reilly Media where he was a co-founder and the first editor of their computing trade books

8062r2Ms. Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program.  A Fab Lab is a rapid prototyping platform for technical education, innovation and personal expression.  The Fab Lab network includes over 1,000 digital fabrication facilities in over 75 countries. She is President of the Fab Foundation, a non-profit organization ommitted to building technical capacity in a locality, improving individuals’ abilities to develop themselves and their communities and bringing access to tools and knowledge that cultivate and support innovating practices. Having earned a Master’s degree at Harvard University, Ms. Lassiter continues the effort to develop more intuitive, integrated tools and curriculum for teaching the engineering and science content that future engineers, scientists, artists and crafters will need to thrive in a global economy.

“DigiFabCon is thrilled to have two keynote speakers who have been instrumental in making the tools of digital fabrication accessible to people in all fields,” says DigiFabCon founder Sarah Boisvert. DigiFabCon speakers explore how new technologies such as 3D Printing, laser cutting, robotics, CAD Design and artificial intelligence are changing everything from manufacturing to medicine, K-12 education to community college workforce training programs, innovation at startups to next generation manufacturing, and humanitarian aid to community building.

The 2-day conference starts with a keynote session providing broad insights, and then moves to sessions on design, education/workforce development and entrepreneurship/manufacturing. On April 1, hands-on workshops will be taking place at fab labs and maker spaces in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. On March 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. a Fab Festival will open the event to students, families and entrepreneurs in the greater Boston community featuring a book signing by Mr. Dougherty.

For details and to register, please go to digifabcon.org.