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Session

The On-Demand Manufacturing Revolution

Dale Dougherty, Editor & Publisher, Make, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
John Hagel
Andrew Huang, Vice President Hardware, Chumby Industries
Brian Warshawsky, VP of Operations, Potenco, Inc.

Track: O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing
Date: Monday, March 26
Time: 9:15am - 10:00am
Location: Douglas B

There used to be a gulf between the hardware hackers we celebrate in the pages of Make and the kind of stuff we buy in stores. That barrier is breaking down, as new on-demand manufacturing networks put not just the workshop but the factory at the hacker's disposal. We'll open with a conversation with Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make: magazine, about the kinds of activity he's seeing on the enthusiast frontier that is Make's beat. Then Dale will join me in quizzing Brian Warshawsky, VP of Operations of Potenco and Bunnie Huang, chief hardware designer of the Chumby, about their own experiences with sourcing manufacturing in China, the rationale for open source hardware, and how hardware design and prototyping is changing. We'll also have a hands-on look at prototypes of Potenco's innovative power supply for the One Laptop Per Child project, and at Chumby, the next-generation wifi-enabled clock radio that you can "hack with a seam ripper." We'll wrap up by jumping to the big picture with John Hagel, who's been making a study of the next-generation design and manufacturing networks that are springing up in China.