Invited Speakers

PeterHirshbergPeter Hirshberg is at the epicenter of the noisy, connected world of online conversation, and has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years. Hirshberg is CEO of The Re:imagine Group, a fast growing agency helping some of the world’s best-known brands with strategy and marketing in a world of empowered and connected audiences and customers.

Previously he served as Chairman of Technorati,the largest social media ad network, as President and CEO of, the online prestige beauty etailer, and as Founder and CEO of Elemental Software (sold to Macromedia in 1999). He advises many educational and cultural entities, including the Computer History Museum, the Aspen Institute, the MIT SENSEable Cities Lab, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He is also Co-Founder & Chairman of San Francisco’s Grey Area Foundation for the arts. Peter is a frequent technology and media industry speaker, having presented at TED, the World Economic Forum, DLD, EG the Entertainment Gathering, the 140 Character Conference, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and many other events. Peter Hirshberg earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton, and worked for nine years at a little-known firm named Apple Computer.

Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. Cairn presently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday, Budnitz Bicycles and Mamava.

In 2014 he created Road Pitch which has grown into a five day motorcycle tour around Vermont bringing investors and entrepreneurs to 10 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas.

In 2011, the United States Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England and National Financial Services Champion.



AdamKempAdam Kemp directs the Applied Engineering department at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science and is active in the Maker community. His first book, The Makerspace Workbench, is a compilation of years of experience designing and creating both inside and outside the classroom.






Kathy Ceceri is the author of activity books for kids and adults, including Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics With Everyday Stuff from Maker Media, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future from Nomad Press, and Geek Mom from Potter Crafts/Random House. A frequent speaker on hands-on learning and STEAM education, she was the Homeschooling Expert at and a top contributor to’s GeekDad blog.

When she’s not writing or speaking, Kathy presents hands-on workshops for students, teachers, and families at schools, museums, and libraries throughout the Northeast and volunteers as the events coordinator for the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy, NY. She is the mother of two grown sons, one a game developer and the other a film student, and lives in Schuylerville, NY. Her website is



Michael Metz is the President of Michael Metz and Associates. He brings over 40 years of technical and international business experience to his consulting firm which focuses on business development involving precious and rare earth metal and metal compounds used in electronic applications. Michael received a BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College and an MBA from Columbia University in the city of New York. Michael currently serves on the non profit board of directors of Champlain College (where he chaired their successful Vision Innovation Passion Capital Campaign), The Vermont Community Foundation, Burlington City Arts, and The Maker Space Generator in Burlington (founding board member and past President). He also serves on for profit boards at MRA Labs, and Johanson Ventures. Michael was a founding board member of Magic Hat Brewery, The Echo Center in Burlington, and is a past board member of The Nano Materials Innovation Center in Clarkson NY, Frog Hollow Craft Center, Metz Metallurgical Corporation, and Degussa Corporation. Michael lives in Charlotte with his wife Denise, also a Middlebury Graduate.


EugeneKorsunskiyEugene Korsunskiy teaches Design Thinking at the University of Vermont. Before coming to UVM, he has taught at the Stanford and co-founded SparkTruck, a makerspace-on-wheels which has completed two cross-country trips and inspired thousands of kids all across America to tinker, make stuff, and develop their creative confidence. A repeat exhibitor at Maker Faire Bay Area, Eugene has been honored with two Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Awards and a Maker Faire Educator’s Choice Award. He is spending this summer building a small horse barn and learning to make wooden bowls.





CoberlinBrownellCoberlin Brownell is working at Champlain College as an Assistant Professor for the Communications and Creative Media department teaching in the Graphic Design Program. Currently the Education Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Artist (AIGA) Vermont Chapter and the Program Director for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont – IT & Digital Media strand, which works with Vermont high school students exploring Game Design, Animation, Video, Interactive and Programming/Coding.

Recently completed the Master of Fine Arts Program in Emergent Media at Champlain College. Thesis work explored preserving history in a digital age using technologies like virtual environments and augmented reality. In his professional life, “Coby” worked for Jager Di Paola Kemp (JDK) designing for clients including Burton, Nike, Merrell, Timex, New Era, and XBOX 360.

Coby studied painting and sculpture at the University of Ve­rmont and is still very active in the local art scene. Work has been displayed at the BCA’s Firehouse Gallery, Champlain Maker Faire and the South End Art Hop and recently exhibited at the Fleming Museum using projection, motion controllers, and augmented reality to showcase Picasso’s creative process.

Jenn Karson is a sound artist with a background in musical performance. She’s performed in many different environments including the stage, bars, galleries, basements, garages, and at the drive-in. Presently she creates sound installations for galleries and nontraditional places of display. A current project involves composing with “sub ambient” sounds and developing a sound mapping application.

Trained as a classical singer and musician, she transitioned into sound work after releasing four original sound recordings with the alternative all-female pop band Zola Turn and her solo project, Bad Ju Ju. She received an MFA in Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. During her time in San Francisciso began working with DIY electronics and attended early Bay Area Maker Faires. Upon returning to Vermont she cofounded Vermont Makers in 2011. Projects that have spun out of Vermont Makers include “Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark A Culture of Innovation” that in 2014 produced 28 summer programs for 15 mostly rural Vermont Libraries. At UVM Karson is a lecturer and manages the FabLab in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS).

Ken Howell is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Communication & Creative Media at Champlain College where he teaches primarily in the MFA in Emergent Media Program. He also serves as faculty advisor for the college’s MakerLab and leads the college SandBox team, a group of students, faculty, and staff working out of the Emergent Media Center on new and novel human-computer interface designs. Before coming to Champlain College he taught at both New York University and New Jersey City University.

He is a practicing artist whose work has been shown at galleries in North Carolina, New York and Maryland, and most recently at the BCA Center. He has been active in the maker movement here in Vermont and is a co-founder of Vermont Makers, co-organizer of the Champlain Maker Faire, and co-founder of the Generator makerspace in Burlington, VT where he serves on the board of directors.

Ken’s current maker projects include: map paintings, a flight simulator, a studio above his garage, a video game controlled by sitting in a cardboard box, and an elaborate fairy garden with his daughter, Rose.