Keynote Speakers


Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty
Founder and CEO
Maker Media, Inc.

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills.

Dougherty was a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O'Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013.


Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims
New York Times Bestselling Author, How to Raise an AdultĀ and Real American, and TED Talk Speaker

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Lythcott-Haim's decade as Stanford University's dean of freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university's Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating "the" atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in more than two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Real American details her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The child of an African-American father and a white British mother, Lythcott-Haims shows how microaggressions in addition to blunt-force insults can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through her path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other."

Lythcott-Haims is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts. 


Rob Minkoff

Rob Minkoff
Filmmaker and Animator

Rob Minkoff was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, where he developed a love for theater, film and animation. Upon graduating Cal-Arts' Character Animation Program, he began his career at the Walt Disney Studios in the Animation Department as a character designer, animator and story artist, working on such seminal films as "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." 

Minkoff made his feature directorial debut with Disney's Academy-Award winning "The Lion King," featuring the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voice talents of James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

After a 12-year career at Disney, he left to explore the world of live-action with Columbia Pictures' "Stuart Little" and its sequel, "Stuart Little 2," starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Michael J. Fox.

In 2007 Minkoff traveled to China to direct the martial arts action adventure, "The Forbidden Kingdom," featuring Chinese superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li. He then returned to animation for the 3D CGI "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" based on Jay Ward's classic characters. The film stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Allison Janney, Stanley Tucci and Stephen Colbert.

He is currently producing an all-new animated feature, "Blazing Samurai," based on Mel Brooks' classic, "Blazing Saddles." The film stars Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.




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