MakerCon – The Nordic Edition

Panel Discussions and Debates

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The Impact of the Maker Movement
Jo Uthus (Atmel), Jennifer Turliuk (MakerKids), David Lang (author «From Zero to Maker»), Haakon Karlsen Jr. (FabLab Lyngen), Graham Hayward (Fellesverkstedet). Convener: Mike Senese (Maker Media)

The maker movement is said to be a part of a new industrial revolution. New digital fabrication tools together with social media, makes it possible to develop products, get them crowdfunded, mass produced and sold in new ways. The maker movement is getting the attention of the media, the industry and lately President Obama, who embraced the maker movement by arranging the first White House Maker Faire this spring.

Is tomorrows successful entrepreneurs a maker? What does the democratization of technology mean for the educational system and the industry? And what impact does the maker movement have in political, economical and social terms? Is the maker movement really representing a new industrial revolution?

In this panel we discuss these themes with some of the people at the forefront of the maker movement.

Jo Uthus is Director of World Wide Applications Support at Atmel, the inventors of the AVR Microcontroller at the heart of Arduino and the Make movements favorite toys and prototyping platforms.

Jennifer Turliuk is the Co-President of MakerKids, one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world.

David Lang is the author of Zero to Maker, a contributing editor to MAKE: Magazine and a co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots.

Haakon Karlsen Jr. is one of the globally acclaimed founders of the worldwide FabLab network. He is the charismatic grandfather of the Norwegian maker movement.

Graham Hayward is the founder and general manager of Fellesverkstedet, the largest open access production facility in Oslo.

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, microcontrollers, and everything else in the maker community.

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A 3D printer revolution?
Hilde Sevens (Autodesk/Spark), Erik de Bruijn, (Ultimaker), Espen Sivertsen (Type A Machines) and Simen Skogsrud (Polarworks). Convener: Mike Senese (Maker Media).

Is the 3D printer a part of a new industrial revolution? Will everyone have one on their desktop in the future, or is it mostly for the geeks? What are the major challenges in 3D printing today? Can reliable desktop 3D printers create new opportunities in low volume manufacturing?

In this panel we discuss these themes with some of the leaders for 3D printer hardware and software development.

Hilde Sevens is Director of Business Development for Autodesk , Inc. a world leader in design innovation technology and in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Hilde defines and executes Autodesk’s partner strategy for Spark, Autodesk’s open software platform for 3D printing.

Erik de Bruijn is co-founder of the 3d printing company Ultimaker and CEO of the 3D sharing platform YouMagine.

Espen Sivertsen is CEO of Type A Machines, builders of the award winning Series 1 desktop 3D printer.

Simen Skogsrud is the inventor of the core principle of the Polarworks Alta. He is a tinkerer and software auteur at the Bengler digital studio in Oslo.

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, microcontrollers, and everything else in the maker community.

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Open Hardware versus Patenting
Opponents: Jon Nordby, TheGrid and Laila Dahl, Norwegian Industrial Property Office/Patentstyret

One of the hottest topics in the maker movement today is the discussion on open hardware versus patenting. When creating a business out of making, this is a highly debated question. One of the most famous cases came up two years ago when the 3D printing company MakerBot Industries stated that for their new Replicator 2 they "will not share the way the physical machine is designed or the GUI". This departure from the previous open-source hardware model was strongly criticized by the maker community. At the same time large companies such as Autodesk are launching Spark, an open software platform for 3D printing, connecting digital design information to 3D printers in a new way. Spark provides the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to push the boundaries of 3D printing technology.

Join us for this debate to learn about the pros and cons of open hardware and patenting.

Jon Nordby is a Software Engineer at TheGrid. Jon is very active in the local hacker/maker scene, especially the Bitraf hackerspace. He is also a proponent of Open software and hardware and attended as a speaker at the Open Hardware Summit in September 2014.

Laila Dahl works as patent examiner at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)/Patentstyret. NIPO is a government authority providing knowledge and expertise concerning intellectual property rights and values, enabling businesses to secure their investments, their competitive position and create economic growth. As a former teacher for hundreds of ingenious and creative youngsters, Laila believes in dialogue and mutual learning. In-between patent scrutiny, she therefore tries to be an advocate for increased collaboration.