David Lang is a maker whose craving for adventure turned him into an amateur ocean explorer. A few years ago, Lang and NASA engineer Eric Stackpole went looking for lost gold (literally) in an underwater cave in the foothills of the Sierra Navada. But they weren't quite sure how to go about it. Without much expertise (or money), the two put initial designs for an underwater robot explorer online. Soon OpenROV was born: a community of citizen ocean explorers who build and constantly improve upon these small remote operated underwater robots.
Lang is also the creator of OpenExplorer, a platform for connected exploration, and the author of Zero to Maker. He is a Senior TED Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer.