Mt Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC)
Club Meeting

Open to All!
Join Us for Dinner and a Show!

Friday Evening, Oct. 20, 2017
7:00 PM
Salon E

Making Maker Faires Work
David Witkowski, W6DTW

Maker Faires are an amalgam of science, art, technology, and creativity.  Maker Faire Bay Area, which is hosted every May in San Mateo, draws over 150,000 attendees during a three-day event.  Contrary to the popular belief that we've become a culture of technology consumers, Makers love to build, experiment, and play - and as such there's an ideal alignment between Makers and amateur radio.  We can greatly enrich amateur radio by building bridges to the Maker Faire, and in turn offer Makers benefit from our deep knowledge of radio and wireless.  David Witkowski, W6DTW, who has been attending Maker Faire Bay Area for over ten years and has exhibited amateur radio at the Faire for five years, will offer his insights, strategies, and experience on creating alignment between these parallel yet uniquely different worlds.

Dinner will be available for purchase in the back of the room. Come early, enjoy dinner and stay for a fascinating discussion.

David Witkowski, W6DTW

David is a co-founder of the Bay-Net Group (WW6BAY), where he heads up their Maker Faire and Field Day teams.

David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunications industry veteran.  After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his BSEE from University of California - Davis, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups.  David is Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley (, and the CEO of Oku Solutions LLC (  He serves as Co-Chair of the NIST GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster, an Adviser to the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean's Council, as a Member of the UC Davis Industrial Affiliates Council, as a Member of the CTIA Innovation Council, as a Member of the 21st Century Communications Infrastructure Committee of the Bay Area Council, and is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

David is the author of Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications (Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 2016), co-author of Carrier & Public Wi-Fi (Mobile Experts LLC - 2015), lead co-author of Evaluation of RF Network Testing (Anritsu, Bird Technologies, CommScope, & Motorola - 2013), and has written feature articles for IEEE Microwaves Magazine, CIO Review, MissionCritical Communications, EETimes, Make:Magazine, QST, Urgent Communications, Mission Critical, and RCR Wireless.  He has presented and moderated panels at CDX Global Forum, APCO, IWCE, CTIA, TC3, ESC, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, Wireless West, State Of The Valley, IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, MIT Club of Northern California, Alberta Wireless Connections, RCA Technical Symposium, and Connectivity Week.