Speaking

Delivering one-of-kind talks on innovation, prototyping, engineering, and education, Mike North inspires audiences with his work ranging from developing and hosting Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! to technical founder of the toy company Nukotoys to founding ReAllocate–using resources with purpose. For a complete speaker description read more here. EE5Fq2mLEugOEzLuB6yNcPnW-h_X8TKyOYdK4rrLpp4

Based in the heart of San Francisco, Mike has his finger on the pulse of innovation, giving audiences a glimpse into the future.  At the same time, Mike is a hands on practitioner, making his talks squarely grounded in reality.

If you are interested in Dr. North speaking at your event please email: info@northdesignlabs.com

The World Bank flew Mike to give a talk at TEDxSendai, Japan, on how to build more resilient communities.

Le Web invited Mike to give a talk in Paris on The Internet of Things.

The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology had Mike speak on how to bring innovation into the education system.

Flowserve hired Mike to inspire leadership with a talk on The 7 Healthy “Ins” of Intrapreneurship.

“As a speaker,  Dr North delivered a keynote at the Rapid 2009 conference that had the audience laughing, cheering and hit home a profoundly inspiring message specific for our audience.  He delivered an all inspiring message to the young high school students who attended RAPID in our Bright Minds program.  His background reinforced additive manufacturing is a rewarding and fun profession to enter.”

-Gary Mikola, Rapid Event Manager

Mike North was our Key-Note-Speaker in 2012 for our annual High-Tech Gruenderfonds portfolio-event called “Family Day” which is one of the Top-VC-events in Europe with more than 800 participants. His Key-Note was tailored for the audience, inspiring and entertaining. The audience was excited about his speech and we received fantastic feedback about it. 

 -Simon Schneider, Investment Director, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

“Mike spurred the ABET Symposium audience to think beyond accreditation to the core purpose of engineering education:  to provide as many opportunities for divergent thinking, designing and building with their hands and minds, and to encourage exploration in a safe fail (not fail safe) environment to learn the power of iteration. 
 
At the end of the talk, a young female faculty member from a well-known progressive engineering college said to me: ‘I can now say that ABET is cool.’ Then, she tweeted about Mike and his inspirational talk.
 
Mike made some people in the audience uncomfortable because he challenged tradition bound educational frameworks that many engineering programs still embrace. This is exactly what I wanted him to do. If we don’t change what is going on  in the classroom, we will never produce engineers that can collaborate to address the technical, human and environmental grand challenges the world continues to face.”

– Ashley Ater Kranov, Former Managing Director, ABET

Past Speaking Engagements:

MLOVE, 2014, Los Altos, CA.

HATCHexperience, 2014, Big Sky, MT.

Designers of Things, The Art of The Prototype, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Tech Open Air, Plenary Talk, 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Commencement Speech, Graduate School, 2014, UC Santa Barbara, CA.

Catersource, Taste of Technology Breakfast, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.

Lucidity Festival, Plenary Address, 2014, Santa Barbara, CA.

TEDxYouth@Austin, Possibility on a Whim, 2014, Austin, TX.

Mamahope Bootcamp, Inspirational Talk, 2014, Mill Valley, CA.

Additive Manufacturing Users Group, Keynote, The Future of 3D Printing, 2014, Tucson, AZ.

American Institute of Architecture, Future Care, Design For Health, 2013, San Francisco,CA.

American Society of Safety Engineers Inspirational Keynote, Your future, don’t play it safe. 2013, Chicago, Il.

Marketing 50, address to 90 Chief Marketing Officers of the largest global corporations. 2013, New York, NY.

HATCHexperience, 2013, Bozeman, MT.

Return to Esalen, Prototyping Workshop, 2013, Big Sur, CA.

Innovate Berkeley Dinner, 2013, Berkeley, CA.

Catalyst Week, Downtown Project, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

Flowserve, Inspirational Keynote on Intrapreneurship, 2013, Tucson, AZ.

Launch Silicon Valley, SVForum, Closing Keynote (following Ray Kurzweil and Guy Kawasaki), 2013, Microsoft Campus, Mountain View, CA.

Lucidity Festival, Plenary Address, 2013, Santa Barbara, CA.

Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology Annual Symposium, Keynote Address, 2013, Portland, OR.

SXSW, 2013, Austin, TX. LeWeb, 2012, Paris, France.

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2012, Humanitarian Robotics, Seattle, WA.

Day of Tofu, October 2012, Hatch CoWork, Tokyo, Japan.

Fukushima High School, 2012, Fukushima, Japan.

TEDxSendai, 2012, Sendai, Japan:

SOCAP, Community Building Panel, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

TEDxBlackRockCity, 2012, Black Rock City, NV.

High-Tech Gruenderfonds Conference 2012, Keynote, Bonn, Germany.

International Development Conference 2012, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA.

Social Enterprise Conference 2012, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA.

ASME Engineering for Change 2011, Denver, CO. IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2011, Closing Call-to-Action Keynote Address, Seattle, WA.

RAPID 2011, Iterative Design and Prototyping of  a Brace for Treating Clubfoot, Minneapolis, MN.

RAPID 2011, Bright Minds Keynote Inspirational Address, Minneapolis, MN.

OnMobile The Mobile Venture Summit 2011, Redwood City, CA.

RAPID 2010, Bright Minds Keynote Inspirational Address, Anaheim, CA.

RAPID 2010, Bringing Video Games to Education-FAST, Anaheim, CA.

Solidworks 2010, Opening Session, Anaheim, CA.

RAPID 2009, Keynote Address, Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Solidworks World 2009, General Session, Feb. 8-11, Orlando, FL.

Hilton Head 2006: A Solid State Sensor, Actuator and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 4 – 8, 2006

Max Planck Institute, December 7, 2005, Stuttgart, Germany

Transducers 2005,The 13th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Seoul, Korea, June 5-9, 2005

AMN-2, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, February 6-11, 2005, Queenstown, New Zealand

ISRS 04, International Student Research Symposium, December 20-22, 2004, IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, December 17, 2004,Bangalore, India

IMECE04, 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 13-20, 2004, Anaheim, California USA

ECS, The 206th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Joint Meeting, October 3-8, 2004 Waikiki, Hawaii USA

Back to top