MakerCon – The Nordic Edition

Featured speakers and Keynotes

Autodesk’s 3D Printing Platform: Sparking innovation
Hilde Sevens, Director of Business Development, Autodesk/Spark

Autodesk’s Spark is 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. Learn more about what’s to come with this amazing new platform. Imagine shaping your world. Imagine resurrecting the creative spirit that you had as a child... and imagine easy-to-use, creative tools that make it all possible. Get inspired. Get started. Make something.

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. She has 15+ years of experience in online, mobile and desktop software in multiple industries, including consumer, manufacturing and collaboration. Currently Hilde defines and executes Autodesk’s partner strategy for Spark, Autodesk’s open software platform for 3D printing. Hilde was introduced to 3D printing 20 years ago when she was using the technology as product designer to create prototypes for the automotive industry. Formerly Hilde held roles in Product Management and Business Unit Management at Autodesk and Siemens PLM.

Atmel and Arduino : Coincidence or Delibaret
Jo Uthus, Sr Director, System Applications, Atmel

Jo will talk about Atmel's conscious decisions made two decades ago in the design of the AVR microcontrollers, the development tools, ecosystem and how the huge fan-base and community impacted the current Make community. Are the wheels now turning so the Make community is impacting Atmel's strategies?

Jo Uthus fell in love with electronics and software after implementing a sine-scroller and building RAM extension-boards on the Amiga platform a few decades ago. Jo now serves as 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. Jo also serves on the board of Trondheim Makers because he believes his three daughters deserve to grow up enabled to create, share and participate rather than consuming only.

How Making is Changing the World - and How You Can Too!
Jennifer Turliuk, Co-President, MakerKids

Jennifer will give a talk about the business of making, tools of innovation, inspiration, and stories about MakerKids and littleBits. MakerKids is one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world that lets kids play with power tools, use soldering irons and saw to encourage creativity and confidence.

Jennifer will also give an introduction to littleBits, an award-winning library of electronics that has been dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” littleBits is the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics and can help designers, artists, and children alike to take their idea from concept to prototype easily and quickly.

Jennifer Turliuk is the Co-President of MakerKids, one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles. She attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. In her spare time she enjoys salsa dancing, extreme sports (such as kiteboarding), improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations.

Open-Source Adventuring: OpenROV, OpenExplorer and the Future of Connected Exploration
David Lang, Author of "Zero to Maker» and CoFounder of OpenROV, TEDFellow

Over the past few years, the Maker Movement has created a whole suite of low-cost exploration tools (drones, ROVs, satellites, sensors) that rival the expensive, commercial counterparts. Along with trends in citizen science, this is reshaping the process of science and discovery, especially in fields that can benefit from large, public participation. It's more than just garage tinkering - makers are taking their tools into the natural and physical world. It's curiosity gone wild!

David will be talking about his experience building OpenROV - an open-source underwater robot - as well as OpenExplorer, a directory of makers and scientists who are taking these new tools out into the field.

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

Maker Evolution
Mike Senese, Executive Editor of Make Magazine

Over the past nine years, we've seen the maker movement grow in incredible and surprising ways. Using Make: magazine and Maker Faire as a guide, let's take a look through the past to see where we've been, where we are now, what exciting opportunities await those who are fast enough to anticipate what's happening next.

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, microcontrollers, and everything else in the maker community. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It. Mike has worked and written for a variety of magazines including Wired, Popular Science, ReadyMade, and Triathlete. An avid maker, he spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. He currently resides in the San Francisco region with his wife Sandra and young son Massimo.

Making a toy for makers
Erik Torstensson, Professional Play Uncle, Strawbees and Creatables

The slightly crazy story of Strawbees, the startup that grew out of Maker faire and has been prototyping everything from the toy itself to funding and the business model. A story of strange coincidences and the unexpected advantages of choosing to have your project open source.

Erik Torstensson is a mechanical engineer, serial entrepreneur and maker of things and was named maker of the year 2014 by Maker Fair for his efforts in teaching science and making in schools around the world. Erik latest invention, Strawbees, recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that got almost five times the funding goal.

Ultimaker and open source 3D printing
Erik de Bruijn, Co-founder, Ultimaker

Our maker DNA has become dormant since the 2nd industrial revolution. Erik will give examples of what beginners and pioneers are doing with 3D printing and how 3D printing supports them. The open source community is the driving force of the next industrial revolution and Ultimaker works with them to make 3D printing available to the masses. Ultimaker invites you to collaborate and make the next creative renaissance a reality!

Erik de Bruijn is co-founder of Ultimaker and CEO of 3D sharing platform YouMagine. Erik has a passion for connecting digital fabrication tools and communities.

Polarworks Alta and the quest to design the simplest 3D printer possible
Simen Svale Skogsrud and Hans Jakob Føsker, inventors, Polarworks

The design and engineering team behind the Polarworks Alta are all reluctant 3D printing enthusiasts tired of having to constantly hack and tune their printers. Simen Svale Skogsrud (inventor) and Hans Jakob Føsker (industrial designer) relates the teams quest for a hassle-free 3D printer and their approach of uncompromising simplification.

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.

Hans Jakob Føsker is an independent industrial designer recently graduated from Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Making in Norway
Haakon Karlsen Jr., Graham Hayward, and Jens Dyvik

An open review of the relevance and cultural significance of non-profit open access platforms for making and collaborating in Norway. Two generations of facilitators present a view from the inside in a political, economical and social context.

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. Since 2003 he has been the general manager of FabLab Lyngen and offers a wealth of experience from within the world of makers.

Graham Hayward is the founder and general manager of Fellesverkstedet. He has provided Oslo with its largest ever open access production facility, enabling local artists and creators to take their work to previously inconceivable levels. Since the start of Automaton in 2008 he has been instrumental in creating dedicated open access production facilities in Oslo, and providing domestic and international consultation to a broad range of individuals and organizations.

Jens Dyvik is one of the co-founders of Fellesverkstedet and helped establish it as Oslo's gateway to the global Fablab network. Drawing upon more than six years of involvement and collaboration with FabLab's from across the world, he is a recognized specialist in open design, global collaboration and local manufacturing, giving him a uniquely relevant perspective on the global maker movement and the values at its core.

Breaking the mold: Printing 1000’s of parts
Espen Sivertsen, CEO, Type A Machines

With the advent of (more) reliable desktop 3D printers, new opportunities in low volume manufacturing are starting to change the industrial landscape. New 3D Print-on-Demand solutions are enabling the cost effective production of 1000’s of parts, complimenting injection molding and milling processes where high complexity, tooling costs or changing designs have previously proved prohibitive. With the barrier for entry lower than ever before, new companies are emerging to challenge the old way of doing things, and they are winning. To stay competitive in the new era of think-to-print, schools, companies and governments must embrace speed, complexity and the new tools of rapid manufacturing.

Espen Sivertsen is CEO of Type A Machines, builders of the award winning Series 1 desktop 3D printer. With a background in business and psychology, Espen has previously served as Team Leader with the KaosPilots, a Scandinavian school of entrepreneurship described by Fast Company as the “new curriculum for managing change". Prior to this, Espen worked as Head of Demolab at iLab, an international knowledge center for new technologies and trends. When not at work, Espen can be found digging planter holes in the garden under his wife's ardent supervision, or playing frisbee golf in Golden Gate park (using 3D printed frisbees of course).

Hovering Clouds: Looking at online tool offerings for Product Design and 3D Printing
William Kempton, PhD fellow, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

3D printing, also referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM), is rapidly gaining traction in the field of Product Design. As its use shifts from creating simple prototypes to small-batch production, a range of online tools supporting content creation and sharing are emerging. However, these tools have different target users and targets different kind of use. William seeks to give an overview and case examples of current and emerging systems for online based Additive Manufacturing, and offer a taxonomy of functionality; Collaboration, Creation, AM Integration, Target Audience etc. William presents and dicuss the services that are deemed relevant from a design perspective, as well as presenting new models for Product Design. In conclusion he will argue that the transition of users, producers and aggregators are becoming more fluid. He will also argue that we are moving into a more dynamic way of creating physical, personalized products.

William Kempton is a PhD fellow at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), researching new design methodology and processes for 3D printing. His thesis, entitled ‘3D Printing Unlimited – Is the 3D printer our next home appliance?’, explored the inherent qualities of the technology itself, and though it, how versatile a 3D printer was from the viewpoint of domestic needs and domestic knowledge. A part of the diploma has resulted in a peer reviewed international top level research article, later also presented in Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP).

Making a one year school course for young makers
Olav Helland, teacher at Buskerud Folk High School

Folk High Schools are a pillar of Nordic education, and in many ways they have much in common with the maker movement. However, until now they have been slow to embrace technology and making based subjects. Olav will give a talk on how we can change that and start educating young makers across Scandinavia and beyond.

Olav Helland has a BA in Interactive Media from HiHM. He is a video-game enthusiast and works as an e-sport teacher at Buskerud FHS. On his spare time, he dabbles in photography, 3D-printing and other geeky stuff.

How to make 3D printer electronics #exactsteps
Elias Bakken, CTO, Intelligent Agent AS

Elias will present the electronics involved in making a 3D printer work such as steppers, heaters, thermistors and fans. He will shown example schematics with explanation of interfaces and how to control the different parts. On the next level is the PID controller and implementation of basic moves in a Cartesian coordinate system (G1). There will be math!

Elias Bakken lats, traps, pecs and hacks.

Mega bottles and magic photobooths
Pål Smitt-Amundsen and Knut Skåla, Creative developers, TRY / APT

Knut and Pål will talk about two (or maybe three!) large creations they have created for their clients at TRY / APT - an advertising agency here in Norway! They will talk about how they created the systems in "The World's Largest Message In a Bottle", a 8,5 meter bottle that floated across the Atlantic – reporting home position and 360 degree pictures home three times a day. They will also peek into the magical photo booth they created this summer, powered by air cannons, a mega screen and a massive surround sound system!

Pål Smitt-Amundsen and Knut Skåla are two happy creative developers always trying to challenge themselves into creating something new!

Evolutionary algorithms as a design tool - from art to robotics
Kyrre Glette, Associate Professor, University of Oslo

Kyrre Glette will give an introduction to evolutionary algorithms and how they can be used as a design tool. A computer assisted search for solutions to your design problem can often lead to unexpected and creative solutions. Glette will give some examples of evolutionary design, from "genetic art" to robotic bodies, and how the results can be taken from a digital world to the real one.

Kyrre Glette is an Associate Professor at the Research Group for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, the University of Oslo. His academic interests are in artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, evolvable hardware, robotics and system-on-chip and embedded systems.

Make and break
Hans Gerhard Meier, Self employed/AHO, Designer and teacher

I must make stuff, if I don't I will go crazy. So I make crazy stuff. I mix media and skills, often I have to learn the skills as I go, as a result most projects I do, I do twice, the first one always breaks.

Hans Gerhard Meier is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in Norway. He started out with illustration, moved on to graphic design, animation, printmaking, sculpturing and has now become a self made maker of stuff…

The First Maker Faire in Sweden
Nils Olander, Curator, Tekniska museet Stockholm

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo in 2006. White House Maker Faire was held this spring and in 2014 Maker Faire will be held 150 different places around the world.

Nils will give a talk on how "Tekniska museet" in Stockholm, Sweden, managed to make a low budget Maker Faire in cooperation with makers, maker spaces, companies, nonprofits and others.

Nils Olander is a Curator at Tekniska museet in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also an organizer of Stockholm Mini Maker Faire and the popular "nördcaféer" at the museum.

How being a maker enables me to travel and live around the world
Øyvind Nydal Dahl, BuildElectronicCircuits

Øyvind has been travelling and living around the world for over year now. From exotic beaches in Mexico, to the thick jungles of Guatemala, to the party-life of Miami Beach, to the urban hipster lifestyle of Berlin. Øyvind will share how being a maker enables him to travel the world.

Øyvind Nydal Dahl loved making stuff from a very young age. Øyvind is the CEO of Intelligent Agent AS, a producer of 3D printer systems such as Replicape, a powerful and smart 3D printer brain based on Beaglebone, and Manga Screen, an open source, multi purpose, multi touch screen."

Innovation Inspiration - Intellectual Property Rights Databases as a Source of Inspiration
Hege Langlo, Advisor, Norwegian Industrial Property Office/Patentstyret

Is your brilliant new idea really as new as you think? How can you improve your idea? And did you know that 80 % of technical information can only be found in patents? Learn how to find this information and how to use it as a source of inspiration. Hege will give an overview of what can be protected by Intellectual Property Rights, and which databases you can consult to find out if your idea is new.

Hege Langlo is responsible for the Norwegian Industrial Property Office/Patentstyret (NIPO) online database. She has long experience in informational retrieval, with intellectual property rights as specialty. Hege is an advisor at NIPO, a Norwegian government authority. NIPO provide knowledge and expertise concerning intellectual property rights and values, enabling businesses to secure their investments, their competitive position and create economic growth.

Musical Instruments for Everyone
Alexander Refsum Jensenius and Kristian Nymoen, Associate Professors, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo

Alexander and Kristian will present their approach to building and performing with electronic/digital musical instruments. This includes a focus on low-cost hardware, open and accessible software, human-focused design, no square corners, physical presence of sound and a focus on collaborative musical exploration/performance.

Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician. He is working in the fields of embodied music cognition and new interfaces for musical expression (NIME). He is currently the Head of Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, where he also holds an associate professorship in music technology. Alexander studied informatics, mathematics, musicology, piano performance and music technology at UiO, Chalmers, UC Berkeley and McGill. An active member of the international music technology community, he organised the NIME 2011 conference and is currently chairing the NIME steering committee. Occasionally he performs on keyboard instruments and live electronics in various constellations, including the Oslo Laptop Orchestra (OLO) and Oslo Mobile Orchestra (OMO).