Dr. Mike North of Discovery Channel's "Prototype This!" to Provide Interactive Closing Keynote at Designers of Things 2014

Register by September 12 to Save on the Hottest New Event in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, September 23-24

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  Today, Designers of Things, a new conference produced by UBM Tech dedicated to accelerating the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, announced that Dr. Mike North will keynote the inaugural event this fall. As the founder and president of North Design Labs, founder of nonprofit ReAllocate, and host and producer of Discovery Channel shows, "In the Making," "Prototype This!" and "Outrageous Acts of Science," Dr. North will inspire and engage the audience through his interactive closing keynote session on Wednesday, September 24. Designers of Things will welcome the industry's brightest design and development professionals for two days of intensive learning and networking September 23-24 at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center. For more information and to save $150 on your VIP or Tech Pass by September 12, visit www.designersofthings.com.

Designers of Things, a new conference dedicated to accelerating the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, happening September 23-24, 2014 at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center (PRNewsFoto/UBM Tech)

One word to describe Dr. North's professional history: multifaceted. A master of the "nano" world, Dr. North earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Materials Science and Engineering, and graduated summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara. During his graduate work, he designed and fabricated the world's first adhesive that could be turned on and off electronically. It was inspired by biological adhesives systems, such those in the feet of geckos.  Mike's scientific interests delve into specialties such as biomimetics, micro/nanofabrication, nanoscale microscopy and micro/nanomechanical characterization.

In addition to his work with North Design Labs where he advises and consults with other innovators, Dr. North is the founder of ReAllocate, a non-profit that leverages a volunteer network of high-level technologists, designers and innovative thinkers to holistically address real-world problems. Of note, Dr. North is also the creator, host and producer for Discovery Channel shows, "In the Making," "Prototype This!" and "Outrageous Acts of Science," in which he invented several memorable innovations such as the mind-controlled car and wearable airbag.

Dr. Mike North will take the keynote stage to deliver his presentation, "The Art of Prototyping," on September 24 at 4:45 PM.

"As a respected innovator, inventor, designer and engineer across the tech spectrum, Dr. North knows how to wear many hats and can provide unmatched expertise to the attendees of our inaugural event," explained Katie Stern, Event Director, Designers of Things.  "His ability to fuse engineering and science with empathy and creativity will surely entertain and engage the audience in our one of a kind interactive closing session."

Advance registration for Designers of Things ends September 12. This two-day conference will bring together leading designers, developers, entrepreneurs, innovators and project funders to collaborate and share ideas on building new devices, discover new opportunities and explore the road ahead for these technologies. Save $150 on a VIP Pass that gives access to everything from exclusive pitch coaching workshops to hands-on intensive sessions. To register, visit: http://ubm.io/DoTReg2014.

Sponsors of Designers of Things 2014 include: Gold Sponsor Freescale, as well as Ayla Networks, Grid Connect and wolfSSL.

About Designers of Things

Designers of Things is a new conference produced by UBM Tech that is dedicated to the revolutionary potential of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things (IoT), the business strategies and inventive people behind these technologies, and how they can successfully accelerate innovation to take their inspirations to the next level. Through in-depth educational programs, ground breaking technology demonstrations and unmatched networking opportunities, Designers of Things offers one of the most comprehensive and impactful meeting places for the technology design and development communities in the world. The Designers of Things flagship event will take place September 23-24, 2014 in San Francisco. For more information about this event, please visit: www.designersofthings.com.   

About UBM Tech

UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology communities through live events, online content and custom services. UBM Tech's community-focused approach provides its users and clients with expertly curated research, education, training, community advocacy, editorial and user-generated content,  and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities that serve the Electronics, Security, Enterprise IT and Communications, Network Infrastructure and Applications, Technical Service and Support, Game and App Developers, and Tech Marketing communities. UBM Tech's brands include Black Hat, DesignCon, EE Times, Enterprise Connect, Game Developers Conference (GDC), HDI, InformationWeek and  Interop, Create, a UBM Tech full range marketing services division, includes custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs based on its content and technology market expertise. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM: LN), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. For more information and complete portfolio, go to  http://tech.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBMTech.

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