The Machinists – 30 Incredible New Speakers

60 new speakers, and many more to come. It’s just over 2 months to Web Summit and things are really heating up. Want to be a part of it? Get your Early Bird ticket now.


These are the machinists. The leaders of the evolution of the Internet of Things. An extraordinary group of people building on the ideas that will shape the future of tech, and further afield. All of them will be speaking at the Machine Summit at Web Summit in November, all with different talents, different ideas, different outlooks and different opinions. Want to know who they are? Well lets take a look.

Katherine Hague – Shoplocket CEO

Katherine launched ShopLocket in May 2012 and raised a $1 million seed round last summer led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Rho Canada. Shoplocket now provides thousands of hardware and product entrepreneurs a simpler solution for selling online. The company provides resources to the hardware community through its interview series and Crowdfunding Guide.

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Hugo Fiennes – Electric Imp Associate

Hugo Fiennes has an incredible story. Prior to co-founding Electric Imp, Hugo led Apple’s hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking Apple iPhone. And even earlier than that Hugo founded empeg, creator of the first in-car MP3 digital audio-player, before working on many more MP3 players before his move to Apple then Electric Imp.

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Robert Brunner – Ammunition Founder

A former Apple designer, Robert played an integral part in the design on the original Powerbook. After leaving Apple Robert went on to found Design Firm, Ammunition. This excellent USA Today profile details how Robert has influenced how a new generation looks at headphones.

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 Massimo Banzi – Arduino Co-Founder

Easy-to-use technology for designers, hobbyists and artists, Arduino is a platform co-founded by Massimo, aiming to improve open-source electronics. Massimo has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Check out his website for a cocktail of intrigue and humour. Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.


Stephen Lake – Thalmic Labs Co-founder

Named as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2007, Stephen hasn’t looked back since, again being recognised for his work by being named one of the Next 36 entrepreneurial leaders in Canada in 2011. Stephen used his extensive study of hardware during his time at the University of Waterloo to build Thalmic into an exciting and innovative IoT company.

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Also confirmed to speak

Mike Soucie – Revolv Co-Founder
John O’Farrell – a16z Partner
Paul Glynn – Davra Networks CEO
Zach Supalla – Spark Labs CEO
Chris Bruce – Sproutling CEO
Brady Forrest – Highway1 VP
Mark Hatch – Techshop CEO
Jonathan Steel – Change London CEO
Andra Keay – Silicon Valley Robotics Managing Director
David Turner – Bentley Head of Connected Car
John Horn – RacoWireless President
Moon Ribas – Cyborg Foundation Co-Founder
Christian Sanz – Skycatch CEO
Robert Muggah – SecDev Foundation Director
Ben Werther – Platfora CEO & Founder
Phil Bosua –  Lifx CEO & Founder
Rob Kitchin –  Dublin SmartCity Project Leader
Dan Fredinburg – Google Product Manager
Shawn Hardin – Mind Pirate Founder & CEO
Alex Gruzen – Witricity CEO
Chris Gerdes – Stanford Associate Professor
Matthew Burris – Matterfab Co-Founder
Glenn Wilkonson – Sense Post Co-Founder
Kris Hammond – Narrative Science Chief Scientist
Petter Muren – Prox Dynamics CEO

It’s a long list and it just keeps growing, next week we’ll have another batch of incredible speakers as November draws ever closer. Want to be a part of it? Get your Early Bird ticket now.

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