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 successful SillyValley startup) and did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research in the mid-1980s.  He has contributed to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and wrote a chapter for “Maker Pro”, a book that was published this year, and for the last several years has been giving talks, and leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder.  He promotes hackerspaces and open source hardware wherever he goes. He is a co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspace, and is President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.