Oct 10 – Makers in Silicon Valley: A Partial History

Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 PM: Doors open for refreshments and networking
6:30 to 8:30 PM: Presentation and Q&A

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KeyPoint Credit Union
2805 Bowers Ave (just off Central Expressway)
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Our Thanks To KeyPoint Credit Union

IEEE SV Tech History committee is extremely grateful to KeyPoint Credit Union for use of their auditorium as a venue.
Many thanks to Doron Noyman of KeyPoint for his support in making this happen.

Makers in Silicon Valley: A Partial History



Many technologists got interested in technology by taking things apart in order to see how they work and building stuff themselves.  This meeting will include folks involved in the history of the Maker/Hacker Community in the Santa Clara Valley and beyond.  It will offers insights into the trends that shaped the maker movement and consider why making is as important for our future as it was in our past. It’s not just about tools and materials but about the people who learn to use them creatively.

Speakers will give their perspectives on how various maker communities started and what they have done.


Dr. Andrew Cromarty: President and CEO of Heathkit. Dr. Cromarty has served as a corporate scientist and corporate marketer for several corporations, served on the Board of a corporate VC, and performed due diligence on over 60 opportunities for investments, mergers, and acquisitions.  At Heath Company, Dr. Cromarty has applied his corporate, startup and recovery skills to restore this century-old former $100 million manufacturing company from bankruptcy back to successful operations, developing and overseeing all manufacturing, staff development, product development, back-office and fulfillment operations, customer service, and marketing and sales. Heathkit now has shipped new products to thousands of customers worldwide under his leadership.

Dale Dougherty: CEO of Make Media is a leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play.   He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and which has spread to nearly 200 events in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees. Both Make: and Maker Faire were catalysts of the Maker Movement.   He is President of Make: Community.  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.  He coined the term “Web 2.0.”

Camp Peavy, one of the founders of the Home Brew Robotics Club.

Tom Coughlin, the moderator, is an active member of this committee

Additional speakers may be added


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