Gadgetoff 2007 -
goals are unabashedly patriotic: They care deeply
about quickening the pulse of American innovation
and keeping the U.S. in the race with Asia for
engineering prowess. Five years ago, they decided
that one way they could spice up the idea flow was
to invite some of the smartest tinkers and
they knew for a throw-down of ideas
"There are very few places where people who do
radical, dangerous things can get together and share
"...breathtaking array of ideas and
technology... smart dominated. Among the luminaries who
waltzed on stage for conversation were artificial
intelligence godfather Marvin Minsky, Boston
Scientific founder and billionaire John Abele, Oxbridgian longevity messiah Aubrey De Grey (who's
got 536 friends on Facebook), Tesla Motors founder
Martin Eberhard, sculptor Chuck Hoberman, Sims
creator Will Wright, genomics pundit Juan Enriquez
and computer scientist Sandy Pentland from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology"
"Other conference goers, many of whom are
Gadgetoff regulars, also shone: including Amazon's
Jeff Bezos, TED conference founder Richard Saul
Wurman, computer engineer Danny Hillis, polymath
inventor Dean Kamen, sly literary agent John
Brockman and Creative Good's Mark Hurst"
- October 11, 2007 - Bruce Upbin
"Gadgetoff, perhaps the coolest geek conference
on the planet, just passed through New York City.
The demo session was a confluence of
art, and wonderful
goofiness---all fitting the slogan “bringing the
smart and the useless together.” When the demos
weren’t going on, it was the kind of place where
bananas roasted under a flame thrower were
served to a crowd that included Dean Kamen, Jeff
Bezos, and Marvin Minsky"
- October 4, 2007 - Nick Thompson
"I spent Friday at Gadgetoff, a sort of mini TED with things you can touch. I’ve never been to a TED and not being part of the cult, it seems that a lot of it is in the clouds. I prefer being in a group of people making things."
"What struck me was just how wonderful it was to
be in the company of innovators and inventors —
and the other friends of mine they attracted from
many worlds: TV, news, investment. Sure, some of the
work is just theoretical and some of it impractical.
But tucked inside groups like this are the people
who really can and will change the world"
- October 1, 2007 - Jeff Jarvis
"Whoa, bang, boom, yikes, aha! That about sums up my experience at Gadgetoff 2007. What a mind torching adventure with a surplus of surprises, ear wrenching explosions, curious minds, and
a safari into a wonderful world of gadgets we all love to geek about! Everything from flame throwing bbq’s,
rocket bikes, robotics on wheels, and hybrid cars roamed
every corner while gaming devices, weird toys, numbing
food items, interactive screens, musical instruments,
and hot air balloons filled up the rest of this
landscape of greatness with people from all ages and
"Gadgetoff’s spontaneous flow of events kept you on your feet, jumping from boats, to buildings, into a rustic railroad house, and a cool science museum while somehow getting us all to sit calmly in an auditorium for several intellectually stimulating lectures.
We were a geek fest storming the town in fashion with electronics in every pocket, Segway’s leading the crowd, and
individuals rifling with excitement on anything cool
and usually out of the ordinary"
October 17, 2007 - Aaron Tang
"Gadgetoff was awesome. Many thanks to
the Dubnos, who have
turned a small get-together with their friends into a
smashing event. I flew in on the redeye, so I was pretty
tired, but it was great to see old friends as well as
all of the great exhibitors and demonstrators. Really
Sifry's Alerts -
September 28, 2007 - David Sifry
"After that came the boat
ride to Liberty State Park for some outdoor demos and
lunch, followed by a blinding array of presentations
at the Liberty Science Center"
"...I found a
thoroughly unexpected surprise. Sitting next to me as I
ate my box lunch was Joshua Klein, who would later show
off a machine he designed to train crows to pick up
spare change. It’s a gizmo that first gives crows
peanuts and coins together. Over time, it is meant to
show them how to drop coins in a slot to get the nuts.
Don’t call this useless, he insisted "there is $216 million in lost coins every year,”
"...there was also real science,
still mixed with offbeat humor..."
possibilities for mischief are endless"
refreshments had an odd experimental quality. One bar
asked you to sign a liability waiver before handing you
a glass with an luminous pink cocktail. It rather
quickly turns blue in the glass."
NY Times -
October 3, 2007 - Saul Hansel
"When we heard
that a bunch of creative geeks were showing off their
new inventions at Liberty State Park for Gadgetoff 2007,
Tim Murphy for a sneak peek. Do feel-good glasses work?
Is grilling with a modified blowtorch better than coals?
And is the rocket-bike as cool as it sounds? Watch the
video for more of tomorrow’s gadgets today. It's like
Real Genius come to life"
New York Magazine - October 1, 2007 - Tim Murphy
"...Thus was born Gadgetoff, an annual convocation of
like-minded gear-heads. It is an exclusive, sub-radar
affair that is devoted, as the motto goes, to “bringing
the smart and the useless together.” To get asked
back, you had better show up with something neat-o. If
someone bombed Gadgetoff, the future might cease to
exist, or look too much like the present.
"There was something wonderfully incongruous about
turning these futurists and their toys loose on the
grounds of a derelict military base. The Gadgetoff
headquarters, and any gizmos that could fit through a
door, were in the Admiral’s manse. A program of
show-and-tell bits, each three and a half minutes long,
was held in an abandoned church. Scattered about the
island and its shores were four submarines, a
helicopter, a hot-air balloon, and robots of various
sizes and intents. Segways sped to and fro in the mist.
There was a self-balancing skateboard, a smokeless
cigarette, wicked-cool folding thingamajigs, and magic
lock-picking keys, as well as presentations on a
jet-powered Volkswagen Beetle, the growing sport of
rocket racing, driverless S.U.V.s, and computer printers
that “print” 3-D objects. "
New Yorker Magazine - October 16, 2006 - Nick Paumgarten