A self-taught hacker, modder and maker Benjamin Heckendorn – better known as Ben Heck is host of element14’s The Ben Heck Show, a weekly web series in which Ben tackles fun and interesting projects across a wide range of topics – from 3D printing and gaming to drones and robots. Heck, a Graphic Design graduate, got his start creating custom single-handed gaming controllers for veterans with disabilities. Since then, he’s skyrocketed to Internet fame and become synonymous with the phrase “innovation” among the Maker Movement. With more than 20 million YouTube views and fans spanning the globe, Ben is a proponent of computer science education, the DIY movement and equipping his viewers with the tools and knowledge to overcome any obstacle – design-related or otherwise.
Among Ben’s more popular innovations are a single-handed PS4 and Xbox controller, a single-handed guitar, original Apple-1 replica, handheld Raspberry Pi console, flying quadcopter/drone and wearable turn signals for bikers. His work has been featured in Engadget, GameSpot, Digital Trends, Re/code and TIME Magazine. He has spoken at numerous design events around the country including Engadget Expand, MD&M West and Maker Faire.