Mitch Altman（米奇·奥特曼），拥有伊利诺斯大学电气工程学硕士学位，美国知名创客，国外创客的领军人物之一。1997年，奥特曼与合伙人创立3ware公司，主要从事电脑光驱业务。随后，他还成立了Cornfield Electronics公司，主要从事电子企业顾问工作。 2008年，奥特曼联合其他一些友人，创办了位于旧金山的Noisebridge（美国知名的创客空间），并一直致力于推动创客文化。奥特曼喜欢周游列国，给电子车间讲课，并结交全球各地的电脑、电子发烧友。
Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. He was also co-founder of 3ware (a Silicon Valley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine's most popular DIY projects. For the last many years he has been on the road from hackerspace to hacker-con leading workshops around the world, teaching one and all to make cool things with electronics and teaching everyone to solder with his open source hardware kits. Mitch is one of the co-founders of Noisebridge, a San Francisco hacker space, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.
Here's a description for the talk:
In 2007 there were a handful of hackerspaces. Now there are over 900 existing or forming throughout the world. All this has happened without a central organization, and with very little money. This growing movement has exploded because individuals started these supportive communities where people can explore and do what they love. We all need community, and we all need to express ourselves creatively. Hackerspaces provide a physical space for exploring and supporting these two universal, powerful, deep, inner needs. Hackerspaces also provide a very real alternative to the failed education systems in the US and elsewhere. In this talk I will share my experience of starting Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, as well as my experience visiting hackerspaces around the world. I will show how anyone can benefit from a hackerspace, as well as how to start a hackerspace anywhere. The future of China and all of humanity rests on the ability of individuals creating opportunities for themselves and those around them to live lives that we, individually and collectively, want to live.