YouTube Creator, Hacksmith (James Hobson), to Speak at Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit
James Hobson, co-founder of Hacksmith Industries, stands in front of the iconic wall where the intros to his YouTube videos are filmed. The channel, which features videos of Hobson and his team constructing functional replicas of fictional movie objects, now has 5.4 million subscribers.

YouTube Creator, Hacksmith (James Hobson), to Speak at Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit

BENTONVILLE, AR — YouTube creator James Hobson, better known as the Hacksmith, joins the lineup of presenters at the 2020 Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit.

The former mechanical engineer is well known for taking fictional concepts and objects from movies, video games & comics, and making functional prototypes. Every week, he inspires nearly 10 Million followers to pursue careers and passions in STEAM fields by documenting his creations and builds on his YouTube channel. Since 2015, Hobson has accumulated nearly a billion views on his channel.

Hobson left his former engineering career to pursue his passion as an inventor in 2015. He is a graduate of Conestoga College in Ontario – where he received his Bachelor of Engineering. He is also a former student of the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany.

“The Scott Family Amazeum in partnership with NWA Technology Summit, is proud to host James Hobson, better known as Hacksmith! The team at Hacksmith embodies the true spirit of Making and Tinkering and they are champions of STEAM education. We are excited to bring these brilliant makers to Northwest Arkansas!”, says Joel Gordon, Making & Tinkering Manager at the Scott Family Amazeum.

Hobson commented, “Fictional technology is rarely as far-fetched as movies make it out to be. It’s my teams’ quest to turn fiction into reality as a way to inspire youth around the world, by combining real-world technology with super heroes – like Iron Man and Batman – and show just how cool it is to be an engineer.”

“We are a hub for innovators to ideate, collaborate, and launch,” says Graham Cobb, President & CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited to welcome James Hobson to this year’s Summit where we explore the idea of everyone being a technologist in the modern era. We know James’ appreciation and dedication to STEAM fields will inspire the technologists of the Heartland to pursue careers that will move our 21st century community and economy forward.”

The 2020 Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit is October 18th – 21st, 2020. Tickets can be purchased on the Chamber website at For more information, visit the Chamber’s events page at, or contact the Chamber office at +1 (479) 273-2841.

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit is supported by the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart.