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Sunday Keynote: Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

Sunday, March 25

"We Are All Makers"

Our innate love of learning is fueled by the desire to create, engineer, invent, and make. So believes Dale Dougherty, our closing keynote speaker, and father of the Maker Movement—a growing community of students, teachers, tinkerers, techies, hobbyists, and other DIY enthusiasts, who are passionately at work inventing and bringing their ideas to fruition. With homage to the Montessori belief that we are all naturally curious, lifelong learners, Dale will go one step further and explain how at heart we are also all makers, and reveal how a simple question—“Can I do it?”—can be the genesis for discovery and innovation. He will introduce you to a variety of makers and their unique creations across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft, which are expressive of the diversity of the human mind. He’ll explain how, by marrying STEAM disciplines with audacity, verve, and a radical spirit, makers exert control over their environment through innovation and creation.

By learning how to harvest ideas, materials, and tools from all aspects of your environment, you’ll come away with new ideas for creating and sustaining makerspaces in your schools—collaborative work environments for making, learning, exploring and sharing, which will ignite a passion in your students—and in yourself—for innovation and joyful creation.

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About Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is the founder of Make: Magazine, and the Maker Faire—an all-ages event for anyone with a love of technology and creation, that is part science fair and part county fair—which was first held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. The Faire and magazine became catalysts for a global Maker Movement, which has spawned nearly 200 Maker Faires in 40 countries, with over 1.5 million attendees. Dale is the CEO of Maker Media, Inc., which provides leadership, resources, and momentum to the movement. In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business.

Dougherty is the co-author of Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds, and Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities. Prior to Make:, Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media where he was an editor of many early technical books. While at O’Reilly, he developed GNN, the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995. We have Dale to thank for the term "Web 2.0." Dale can be found making wines with his family in Sebastopol, CA.

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