Michael Shiloh

Teacher, Tinkerer, Hacker, Builder, Teach Me to Make

Michael Shiloh is an engineer, hobbyist, researcher, artist, and educator. Michael creates by himself and collaborates with children and students of all ages and with other electro-mechanical artists, including San Francisco-based Survival Research Labs. Michael works with foam core, concrete, computers, hot glue, steel, Linux, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, remote controls, and broken glass. Michael has lectured and led workshops and classes at conferences, museums, schools, trade shows, and universities around the world.

Michael was the open source community liaison for the Openmoko project, a cellphone that was completely open sourced, including all software source code, schematics, and even the CAD files for the housing. By making all these sources available, modifications not only to the software but also to the hardware and the case (by those who posses the right equipment, which is now more and more accessible) were enabled.

Having worked in the tech industry for almost 30 years, Michael has observed first hand the changes in areas such as CNC metal fabrication and printed circuit board design and manufacturing, and the rapid price drops in 3D printers, laser cutters, and even the CAD software that we take for granted now. Michael is a strong believer in the creativity and ingenuity in each and every one of us, and is fascinated by the potential of making these tools and processes available to the masses.

Tinkering and Chain Reaction Construction Workshop at Lift France 2009, final chain reaction.

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