karta-2 Luigi Mattia of Karta Strategy will be providing the opening speech for the DIY Innovator conference. Mr. Mattia is currently the Managing Partner for Karta Strategy, which is a strategic advisory firm focusing on specialized technology sectors. Previously, Mr. Mattia was the President for Messier-Dowty Inc and Group Vice-President for Messier-Dowty SA, which is involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of aircraft landing gear. During this time he was responsible for the development of the landing gear systems for the Boeing 787 and for the Sukhoi Regional Jet. Prior to that he worked with Spar Aerospace on projects ranging from the Anik C and D satellites and the Canadarm.

Joel Spark
 of Nanosatisfi will be opening our session titled “From Academic to Entrepreneur.” Nanosatisfi believes that the age of paying big bucks to get into space is coming to an end, and they’re working hard to make it happen. Their current project, Ardusat, is a not-for-profit endeavour that aims to produce Arduino-based nano-satellites that anyone in the world can program and control. In addition to their website, you can also check out the Nanosatisfi Facebook page, or follow their Twitter feed: @Nanosatisfi.


Cameron Robertson of AeroVelo will be delivering our pre-conference speech on the friday prior to the official conference start. AeroVelo believes in the fabrication of extremely light weight efficient designs and their application to human powered technologies. Their most recent success has been Atlas, a human powered helicopter that very recently won the coveted Sikorsky Prize. Atlas compliments AeroVelo’s long list of accomplishments including the world record for a human powered ornithopter, and Collegiate Human-Powered World Speed Record. In addition to their website, you can also check out the AeroVelo Facebook page, or follow their Twitter feed: @AeroVelo.


John McGinnis of Synergy Aircraft will be opening the TSAA’s “Impact on Industry” session. Synergy believes that in this second century of flight, small groups and families should be able to quickly travel where they want, when they want, in comfort and safety, and with economy surpassing the present automobile. Their advanced double boxtail aircraft design applies a sixfold strategy for faster speeds and better fuel economy than currently possible with the cramped, noisy, expensive, and inefficient personal airplanes of present. Synergy has already created a 25% prototype and is working towards their roomy 5-seat full-scale prototype. In addition to their website, you can also check out the Synergy Aircraft Facebook page.