The Maker Movement—that vibrant extension of the DIY culture, driven by technology-based invention, creativity and entrepreneurship—is rapidly putting the power of innovation into the hands of the tech-savvy. One of the movement’s most passionate proponents is an entrepreneur, technology consultant, and educator who serves on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine named Kipp Bradford.
Over the past decade, Kipp has distinguished himself as a prolific high-tech innovator. With a penchant for creating new products and finding new applications for existing technologies, he holds numerous patents for his inventions and has founded start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices—including Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, as well as the Bionica Corporation, where he led the research, development, and intellectual property work for a novel hearing-aid system as CTO. Some of his more interesting projects have turned into kippkitts, LLC, an open source hardware manufacturer that makes an array of tools for engineers and designers.
Kipp is the author of Distributed Network Data (Hardware Hacking for Data Scientists), with Alasdair Allan, and is one of the cofounders of the Data Sensing Lab. He is an advisor to Highway1, the leading hardware start-up accelerator, and founded the Innovation Institute, an NSF-funded project that teaches innovation to underserved youth in New York City. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's "Nifty Fifty." He was the Demo Chair of the 2013 Open Hardware Summit and contributed a chapter on manufacturing to the book Building Open Source Hardware, is on the program committee for the O'Reilly Solid conference, and has been recognized as a leading innovator at Frost & Sullivan's GIL (Growth, Innovation, and Leadership) 2013.
A resident of Pawtucket, Kipp organizes Rhode Island's mini Maker Faire and was a chair of the Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Faculty group. He is the recipient of numerous engineering awards for his outstanding innovations, including top honors in 2011 at the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition Elevator Pitch Contest for his KippCool Medical Cooling System (intended to aid heart attack and stroke victims when initially treated by first responders). As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He serves on the boards of The Maker Education Initiative and The Providence Athenaeum, and was formerly on the boards of community organizations The Steel Yard, AS220, and The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, . He is also a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and was an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Earlier in his career, Kipp served as Vice President of Engineering of Design Lab, where he developed numerous electronic toys for Hasbro and Mattel. He was a co-founder and Chief Scientist at Q-Labs, where he evaluated patents, designed and performed experiments to establish scientific credibility, created traceable reference standards, and established and managed clinical trials. Kipp was also a co-founder of Dewhurst Solution, LLC, where he worked on a novel design for titanium golf club heads with optimized material performance. Kipp holds a Bachelor's of Science degree and a Master's of Science degree in bioengineering from Brown University, where he was involved in research at the Brown Artificial Organ Lab and the Brown Artificial Intelligence Lab.