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Saturday, March 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
How the DIY Movement Is Reinventing America

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The Founding Fathers were do-it-yourselfers, from Jefferson's explicit idealization of the self-sufficient yeoman farmer to Franklin's intrepid experimentation with electricity. Over the centuries, a return to this kind of independent DIY spirit has helped fuel the Industrial Revolution, the radio era of the early 20th century, the hippie movement, and punk rock.
Now, after decades of outsourcing and offshoring, the Maker Movement is rekindling a DIY spirit in the U.S. 3-D printing startups like Makerbot have become real businesses, while thousands of people embrace DIY projects of their own, from pickling things to raising chickens to making cars.
Meanwhile, American companies like Motorola and GE are beginning to return manufacturing facilities to the U.S.
Are these trends connected? Can DIY help spark a resurgence of manufacturing?
This panel will look at the opportunities and challenges facing the DIY movement and its potential to revitalize American industry.

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Mitch Altman

CEOCornfield ElectronicsMitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he was also co-founder of 3ware (a SillyValley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual... Read More →
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Alice Brooks

Co-FounderRoominateAlice co-founded Roominate, a company with the goal to inspire the next generation of female technology innovators.
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Eric Gradman

Co-Founder & Mad InventorTwo Bit CircusEric Gradman is an inventor & entertainer who makes others see technology as magic. He has a colorful history as a circus performer, professional whistler & roboticist.
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Dylan Tweney

Editor-in-ChiefVentureBeatI’m the editor-in-chief at VentureBeat, where I’ve been running the news team since June, 2011. As a completely independent media property, unrestrained by corporate or investor control, we’re increasingly aiming our reporting firepower on uncovering... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Omni Downtown, Longhorn

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