As many of you probably already know, Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, was a member of L0pht Heavy Industries, is a prolific hardware designer as the head of Grand Idea Studio, and was recently a star on the Discovery Channel show Prototype This! Joe Grand will be bridging the gap between the Hacker and Maker cultures in his talk where he will discuss his experience over the years to show us what the definition of a "Hacker" really is.
George Dyson, a Northwest native, is an author, inventor, and historian of technology. He is the author of Darwin Among the Machines, Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship, and most recently Turing's Cathedral where he focuses his books on the history of the development of technology from computing to atomic energy to space travel. Growing up as the son of Freeman Dyson, the famous physicist and mathematician, George grew up immersed in of the birth of computing, atomic energy, and space travel but also was a rebel -- moving to Canada in his youth and building his own kayaks and researching historic voyages and the native peoples. We think George will provide a unique perspective of where technology has been, where it's headed, and how to escape from it all when you need a break.