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Julie Friedman Steele

Founder and CEO, The 3D Printer Experience

Chair, Board of Directors, and Interim Executive Director, World Future Society

Julie Friedman Steele is a social entrepreneur, with a background in entertainment, science, and structured finance. Intel recently named her as one of America’s Greatest Makers in their new online series for her work as CEO and Founder of The 3D Printer Experience, working to realize the vision that digital manufacturing will change the world. She is passionate about emerging technology and accelerating its adoption to make complex technology accessible to all. Julie thrives at the cutting edge of disruption. The 3D Printer Experience is the only storefront venue in the country that combines a versatile event space with custom 3D printing services, education experiences, and a community-oriented futurist perspective.

Since launching 3DPX Friedman Steele has been named by The Chicago Tribune as a top 100 innovator in the City. She's garnered national and international media attention appearing in over 20 countries in print, radio, and television including The Today Show, Time Magazine, and a profile in Entrepreneur Magazine. She is also the published author of Encyclopedia Britannica's year in review on 3D Printing.

Freidman Steele is a regular keynote speaker and panelist including for TEDX, Unites States Patent and Trademark Office, IMTS, TechWeek, and Women in Technology to name a few. 

Prior to the The 3D Printer Experience (3DPX), she founded the company Hot Potato which created an International MPEG standard, to make all TV and Film video content searchable and indexable on the internet. She also produced and directed the Genesis Award winning documentary, Best Friend Forgotten starring actor David Duchovny and toured in stand-up comedy. 

In college she studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Boston University, Music Synthesis at the famed Berklee College of Music, and Artificial Intelligence through Stanford University.