Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.
Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino.
He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions allover the world.
Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.
He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.
Sam Cervantes, founder and CEO of Solidoodle, brings a wealth of engineering success and business knowledge to the 3D printing industry. Having previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for a 3D printing company in New York, Sam has a deep understanding of the emerging industry of 3D Printing. Before starting Solidoodle, Sam worked as an aerospace engineer working with and supporting engineers in India and China.
Sam received his Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his MBA from Ohio State University. An avid outdoor enthusiast, when not working on improving design and affordability for 3D printers, Sam can be found rock and mountain climbing throughout the United States.
Many fields already benefit from high tempo iteration (Lean Startup for business, Agile for software, and 3D printing for mechanical design). We are developing a robot that brings this capability to electronics.
The current options for making prototypes and short-runs of circuit boards are unattractive: wait weeks to get a board back from a board house or strain your fine motor skills trying to build boards yourself.
We aim to fix this with Electronics Factory, a reliable, easy to use, desktop robot. Think MakerBot for electronics. Our objective is to design a robot that etch traces, applies solder paste, places components, reflows, and tests. We will release each of these capabilities as they become available.
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Over the course of his career, he’s worked on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro.
At iRobot, Scott was responsible for leading the Roomba technical team to scale the functional prototype through all of the steps in the journey to high volume production. Scott lived in China for four years as the VP of Asia Pacific, setting up teams in the Pearl River Delta and India and leading the production of 3 million Roomba units.
Repatriating as VP of New Product Development, Scott led a high-performance team of 75 people to create the next generation of robots. During this time, he experimented with different innovation models to find what came after Roomba.
Leaving iRobot after 10 great years, Scott saw the deadly gap that many Entrepreneurs were facing in going from a functional prototype to high volume production. At Dragon Innovation, Scott has worked with over 100 companies to help them scale by providing them with his expertise in all sectors of the business: DFMA, Sourcing, Costing, RFQ, Manufacturing Service Agreement, Quality, Handover, Pre-Production, Production and Sustaining Engineering. Scott loves new challenges and the opportunity to work with world class teams.
Scott is an avid sailor and skippers a J/80. He has sailed from Portugal to Tahiti. Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.