Dale Dougherty

Dale is the founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire.   He is GM of Maker Media at O'Reilly Media in Sebastopol, California.  Dougherty is a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, a technical publisher and conference organizer known for its advocacy of Open Source and the Web.   An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference.

Jules Pieri

Founder and CEO, The Daily Grommet

Jules Pieri is Founder and CEO of the online marketplace, Daily Grommet. The company’s “Citizen Commerce” platform is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies, and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands such as Keds, Stride Rite and Playskool. Daily Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of She completed her undergrad degree at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School.

Dewayne Hendricks


Dewayne Hendricks is CEO, of Tetherless Access, Inc. (TAI), a Fremont, California based company which does research, product development and deployment of broadband wired and wireless data devices and services. TAI is the new incarnation of Tetherless Access Ltd. (TAL) where he was its CEO and co-founder.  TAL was founded back in 1990 and was one of the first companies to develop and deploy Part 15 unlicensed wireless metropolitan area data networks which used the TCP/IP protocols. TAL eventually went public in 1996. He is also a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technological Advisory Council (TAC).  He has participated in the installation of wireless networks in many parts of the world such as Kenya, Tonga, Mexico, Canada and Mongolia. He has been involved with radio since his teens, when he obtained his amateur radio operator's license.  In 2002, Wired Magazine did a profile on him and tagged him the 'Broadband Cowboy'.

Tim O'Reilly
CEO, O'Reilly Media

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

Lesa Mitchell
VP, Kauffman Foundation

Lesa Mitchell has been responsible for the Foundation’s frontier work in
understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement
of innovation from universities into the commercial market
and the new relationships between philanthropy and for profit
companies. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Foundation is
defining and codifying alternative commercialization
pathways, and identifying new models to foster innovation.
Mitchell was instrumental in the founding of the Kauffman
Innovation Network/ iBridge Network, the Translational
Medicine Alliance, the National Academies-based University–
Industry Partnership and leader in the replication of innovator-
based mentor programs across the U.S. In addition, Mitchell
serves on the boards of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation and the University of
Kansas Institute for Commercialization.

Dale Grover
A2 MechShop & GoTech Organizer

Dale is a member of A2 MechShop, an engineering co-working space in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and helps organize the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.

Andrew Sliwinski
O2 Solutions, Inc.
Andrew Sliwinski is a designer and technologist living and working in the Detroit area. With a background ranging between music, electronics, software development and design; Andrew finds unique ways to bring diverse groups of people, ideas and technologies together to solve problems. Andrew works at o2 Creative Solutions in Royal Oak, Michigan with a group of incredibly talented and dangerously smart individuals. Through a fully integrated team that spans multiple disciplines, o2 is able to craft unique immersive environments, interactive spaces, products and installations for clients all over the country. In addition to his work at o2, Andrew is a co-founder of the hackerspace OmniCorpDetroit and works regularly with Detroit area non-profits and educational institutions.

Dave Linabury
Group Director, Social Media, Campbell-Ewald
Dave Linabury is Group Director of Social Media for Campbell-Ewald (CE), one of the nation's leading agencies, based in Detroit, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. With over 16 years in Digital and 12 years in social media, Dave is considered to be one of the leading authorities on social media marketing in the United States.  He was the first social media expert to investigate how sociological methodologies could be adapted for social media marketing; as a result, universities across the United States have asked him to demonstrate, consult or present his findings, formulas and case studies.

He was one of the first developers on the WordPress blogging platform when it was still called B2. He has even solved two crimes for the authorities using social media methods and tools! Dave is a frequent speaker at social media conferences, universities and corporations.  He is most well-known for his community,, which has over 36,000 members and has won seven awards, and his long-running humor blog,, which has been winning awards and accolades since 1994.


John S. Barrie
Executive Director, The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Ann Arbor, MI