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Innovation Forum: The Future of How Products Are Made: No Product Is an Island

January 14th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Autodesk


From traditionally complex and large systems; such as spaceships, airplanes, and cars; to everyday products connected to the Internet of Things; such as wearable fitness devices, home appliances, and car infotainment systems; the products we make are becoming increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary, and interconnected. This requires a shift in our approach to design: from defining digital 3D models of assemblies and parts to defining entire systems; from analyzing components in isolation to analyzing whole systems; from delivering a product that satisfies the technical requirements to delivering an operational capability that satisfies a business problem.


Co-speaker: Ben Einstein

Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and the managing director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. Prior to starting Bolt, he ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy.

Co-speaker: Katy George

Katy George leads McKinsey’s Global Manufacturing Practice. She focuses on the impact of global macroeconomic trends and advanced technologies on manufacturing strategies. She joined McKinsey 18 years ago after completing a PhD in business economics at Harvard.

Co-speaker: Justin R. Chambers

Justin R. Chambers is a PhD student in mechanical engineering. Working in diverse research and startup environments, he has founded 2 companies, plays a significant role in 2 other partnerships, and supports innovative efforts in nanotechnology research and development.

Co-speaker: Nikki Kaufman

Nikki Kaufman is the CEO and Founder of Normal, an innovative brand selling tailor-made, premium 3D-printed earphones that are manufactured and assembled in New York City. Kaufman is a graduate of Princeton University, and was a founding team member at consumer product company Quirky, where she led several departments, including People & Culture and Operations.

Co-speaker: Renee Di Resta

Renee DiResta is a principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) where she invests in seed-stage technology startups, researches emerging technology trends, and supports portfolio companies. Prior to joining OATV, she was an equity derivatives trader.

Co-speaker: Matthew Stanton

Matthew Stanton is the CEO and co-founder of SolePower, a company that develops wearable, power-generating devices. Prior to founding SolePower, Stanton worked as a mechanical engineer. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University.

Co-speaker: Jon Kirschhoffer

Jon Kirschhoffer is an industrial design specialist with 3M Corporation. With over 30 years of experience, he has provided expertise to major business units including health care, manufacturing, and electronics. Prior to joining 3M, he was an adjunct professor.

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