Speakers for this years Open Hardware Summit 2018 include but are not limited to:

Neil Gershenfeld is Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, a sister lab to the MIT Media Lab. His research studies are predominantly focused in interdisciplinary studies involving physics and computer science

Sara Chipps is CEO of Jewelbots and co-founder of Girl Develop It, a non-profit focused on helping more women become software developers. CDI is now in 17 cities, and have taught over 4,000 women how to build software.

Surya Mattu is an artist and data reporter at Gizmodo’s Special Projects Desk. As well as an R&D Journalism Resident at EYEBEAM and a Research Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media lab. He was a contributing researcher at ProPublica where he developed  Machine Bias, a series that aims to highlight how algorithmic systems can be biased and discriminate against people. Machine Bias was a Pulithttps://twitter.com/trklouzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism.

Adam Benzion is the co-founder of Hackster, a global community of 500,000 hardware hackers and engineers, with over 12,000 open source projects from Arduino to FPGAs, Teensy to TI. He is a Microsoft alumni and a recovered hardware entrepreneur.

Tarek Loubani is a Canadian doctor and humanitarian. He runs the Glia Project, which seeks to provide medical supplies to impoverished locations, and invented a low-cost stethoscope in 2015. He serves as an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario and works as an emergency room physician in his spare time.

Eric von Hippel is T. Wilson Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a Professor in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division in the MIT School of Engineering, and is the Head of the MIT Innovation Lab. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. He is especially interested in the contributions of citizen makers to innovation. Von Hippel publishes widely, and makes both his books and articles available for free downloading on the Web. von Hippel graduated from Harvard College (BA), MIT (MS), and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, and numerous honors and academic prizes, such as the Humboldt Foundation Research Prize (2013), and the EU “Innovation Luminary” Award in 2015.