The panel included:
- Moderated by Niki Santo, Events Chair of Harvard Club of Silicon Valley
- Grace Joh, Florence University of the Arts Journalism Chair (joined remotely from Italy)
- Robert Scaccia, Founder and CEO of Zanoby.com
- Craig Dalton, Co-Founder and CEO of DODOcase
- Steve Kilzer, Owner and Designer at Capital Eyewear
- Janet Lees, Sr. Director of SFMade
- Todd Masonis, Co-founder and Chocolate Maker at Dandelion Chocolate
- EJ Tanu, Director of design firm EJ Tanu Design and Founder of Drip Module
- Lower barriers to entry. New tools such as 3D printing and access to industrial manufacturing tools empower experimentation, which in turn drives innovation.
- New toys. Facilities such as TechShop and the rise of micro-manufacturing creates new possibilities in decentralizing manufacturing.
- Making v. manufacturing mindset. Distinguishing makers by their personal stories, artisan craftsmanship, and the rise of events such as SFMade (see also SJMade, Palo Alto Made, etc.) is creating a viable market for makers in an ecosystem generally directed by manufacturers.