Dale Dougherty is the founder of MAKE: Magazine, which launched in 2005, and the Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, both of which were catalysts for a global Maker Movement. In 2016, there were nearly 200 Maker Faires in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees. He is CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco, CA.
In 2011, Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.
Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of “Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities” with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.
Prior to Make:, Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media where he was an editor of many early technical books. While at O’Reilly, he developed GNN, the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995. He coined the term “Web 2.0.” He lives in Sebastopol, CA.