MakerCon Bay Area Makes a Splash

May 28 2015 - 4:00pm

It’s billed as the only conference by and for leaders of the Maker Movement. Hundreds of makers and industry leaders convened May 2015 at MakerCon Bay Area in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco to discuss 3D printing, digital manufacturing, tool production and other cutting-edge technologies.

The conference featured about 80 speakers, some covering the impact of the maker movement on business and technology.

“It’s so inspiring to learn about the amazing things people are working on,” says Dale Dougherty, executive chair and founder of Maker Media; founder and publisher of Make: magazine; and co-founder of Maker Faire. “What’s even more gratifying is that major companies and brands are revealing amazing new products, strategic partnerships, celebrating their growth while at MakerCon.”

MakerCon also hosted the first-ever Launch Pad competition, focused on the innovative work of hardware startups. A group of 10 companies presented a Shark Tank-style pitch for a $5,000 prize, plus exposure and support from the Maker Media properties and channels. The 2015 winner was BotFactory’s Squink, the desktop circuit printer that allows anyone to design and create circuits via their browser, without the hassle of installation.

MakerCon New York is set for September 2015.