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The conference committee has announced the keynote speaker for the 2014 APMM Conference in San Jose, California, March 6 -10, 2014. David Kelley, founder of IDEO - a global design consultancy based in San Francisco - will speak at the keynote dinner on Saturday, March 8. David's story is a fascinating one. The following biography of David Kelley was taken from IDEO's website:

As founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital generation - the first mouse for Apple, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo's remote control, to name a few. But what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely.

David's most enduring contributions to the field of design are a human-centered methodology and culture of innovation. More recently, he led the creation of the groundbreaking d.school at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Kelley was working (unhappily) as an electrical engineer when he first heard about Stanford's cross-disciplinary Joint Program in Design, which merged engineering and art. What he learned there - a human-centered, team-based approach to tackling sticky problems through design - propelled his professional life as a "design thinker."

In 1978, David co-founded the design firm that ultimately became IDEO. Today, he serves as chair of IDEO and is the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford, where he has taught for more than 25 years. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his "distinguished contribution to design education." He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Among many speaking appearances, Mr. Kelley was featured on 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose on January 5, 2013. David's current project is his book on Creative Confidence which is co-authored with his brother Tom Kelley.

Nacho Mendez, an APMM member and IDEO employee, has been instrumental in securing David Kelley as our keynote speaker. Nacho has been a part of IDEO for 21 years. He started in shipping and receiving and currently holds the title of Business Lead for IDEO's Bay Area Model Shops. According to Nacho, his interaction with David Kelley really depends on his busy schedule. On average Nacho "gets to throw a few jokes at him in passing. But when I need face time with him he always seems to find the time. David Kelley has always supported me and my career growth. He truly has created an organization that I call home." Nacho says that "David is fascinated with making and building cool stuff. He frequently stops by [the model shop] and has his own personal shop at home."

For more information, visit: www.modelmakers.org/conference-2014

APMM Conference 2012 Registration is now OPEN for the 17th APMM International Conference in Kansas City March 16-19, 2012 with the theme "Growth and Opportunity". Our conference will be about ways to increase capabilities, expand business and improve your work life.  We'll explore new potentials created by increases in local manufacturing as well as DIY design and fabrication.  We'll also address situations created by the economic downturn and look at what people and companies are doing to ride it out.

Keynote Speaker

Our speaker at this year's Keynote Event is David Laverick from Garmin International.  David has been a professional model maker since 1980 and has run a successful prototyping company from the mid 80's through 1994, when he joined Garmin.  He has experience with weathering economic swings and building successful businesses.

Technical/Model Shop Tours

We have a great line-up of tours through a very diverse cross-section of the making community in the greater Kansas City area. We'll have exclusive access to some model shops of distinction, innovation centers, and beneficial local attractions. To find out more about our tours of Kansas University Metalsmithing Department, Reuter Pipe Organ Company, Hallmark Prototype Facility, World War I Museum, R&D Prototype, UMKC Toy & Miniature Museum, Garmin International, and Dimensional Innovations.

The Only Gathering for Professional Model Makers!

If you've never attended an APMM Conference, you will be surprised by the strength of expertise and experience that you will encounter. If you are a veteran attendee, perhaps you'll find that a new contact, a vendor you had never met before, or come across an innovative solution will make your attendance at our 2012 event a good investment in your future. If you miss Kansas City in 2012, our next gathering won't take place until 2014!

What Will YOU Bring?

As with every APMM conference - your contribution is indispensable!  There are many of you out there with your own experiences to share, both rewarding and challenging.  Your fellow modelmakers need to hear from you.  You may not feel you have anything to talk about but we're also interested in what you want to hear about.  If you have faced obstacles, odds are you aren't the only one.  What kind of workshop or panel discussion would you like to see?

For more information, visit: www.modelmakers.org/conference-2012

At the Association of Professional Model Makers (APMM) 2010 Conference Keynote Professor Neil Gershenfeld, MIT's Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms, presented his MIT course "How to Make Almost Anything", Fab Labs and personal fabrication.  In his 2006 book "FAB" Neil predicted that personal fabrication will grow as fast as the personal computer has.

For information on the APMM visit: www.modelmakers.org

For information on The Center for Bits and Atoms visit: http://cba.mit.edu/

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