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Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

An interactive discussion about makers successfully tackling global and local challenges and a conversation about the need to bring more traditional funders and partners into the maker community to explore how to support and sustain these groups as they grow and disseminate solutions.

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Dorothy Jones-Davis

Dorothy Jones-Davis is the Executive Director of Nation of Makers, a nonprofit whose mission is to support America’s maker organizations through advocacy, resource sharing, and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond. She is deeply interested in creating connections between a diversity of makers, enabling them to harness solutions for the world's challenges.

Stephanie Santoso

Steph was formerly the first Senior Advisor for Making at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama administration. In this role, she helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative to support and broaden access to the Maker Movement. Through her current work, she is focused on empowering makers solving global and local challenges.

Kate Gage

Kate was formerly a Senior Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Before joining the White House, Kate was Senior Advisor at USAID in the Global Development Lab during the Obama administration. At USAID, she led much of the Agency’s engagement with the Maker Movement and access to early stage manufacturing tools in the developing world.

Sam Bloch

Sam is the Founder/ Executive Director of Communitere International. Sam began his career of post disaster relief in 2004 in response to the Asian Tsunami and since then has worked in Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal to empower individuals to develop their own solutions to the problems in their communities. In 2016, Sam co-organized the first humanitarian focused Maker Faire in Kathmandu.