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April Meetup: Community Demos

Community Demos and Pitches

This month instead of having a featured presentation, we want to have an evening full of demos and pitches so we can learn more about what everyone is working on in the community. The format will be 5-10 minutes per person to speak about whatever they are working on or need.


Join us Thursday (4/18) to share with everybody what you're working on. We have these demos and pitches lined up so far:


Modern Fuel

Denis Bohm (Firefly Design)


Future Electronics




If you would like to be added to the demos and pitches, please email [masked] with what you're working on and a logo/name/image if you have one.


We're excited to have PCH International sponsor food and drinks for this meetup! If you're interested in manufacturing products at scale and supply chain management, PCH International is a leader in this space helping world class consumer products companies and hardware startups alike!



6:30 Arrive, grab food and drinks (thanks to new sponsor PCH International!)

6:45 A word from this month's sponsor, PCH International

7:00 Short pitches, demos, updates from ATXHW members (5-10 min each)


Call to Action

If you'd like to sponsor this meetup please contact us! If you're interested in Austin Hardware Startups, help spread the word!

Massive thanks to PCH International for providing food and drinks at this event and continued thanks to Capital Factory for providing meeting space.

You should probably follow @atxhw on twitter!

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  • Andre' L.

    These talks are great, if they can last, but at some point people are going to run out of what they are doing potentially. That said, out of curiosity (and this is really up to the founders of the group and the direction they want to go in), are we interested in mixing things up with TECHNICAL talks, in other words, maybe tech-shorts like 30 mins limit on: setting up Cortex M4 with Rowley Crossworks, or Getting starting with Quartus and a FPGA and blinking an LED, or optimization tactics for C coding in constrained systems, or maybe getting Bluetooth up and running quickly, or RF antenna design, power supply design...? Or do we want to always keep this more business - ish? Just wondering, since the ONLY nerd talks are IEEE around here, and they are really out of touch with building products and companies. So, I personally am interested is the "what", but also the "how" of tech products, anyone else?

    2 · April 19, 2013

    • Bartley G.

      Thanks for the feedback Andre' and your faithful attendance! I personally am not opposed to tech-shorts as long as there is enough interest to get a good attendance. We try to have demos at each meetup so people can dive into the more technical aspects if they want, within a reasonable time constraint. However, my concern is a howto, workshop, or tech short for 30 min on advanced topics like RF antenna design or C optimization may not get much interest whereas a "Getting started with Arduino" or "How to do your first 3D print" may pack the house. It's a balance of tech and business that we strive for, but ultimately depends on growing the community and what y'all want to see :)

      April 19, 2013

    • Andre' L.

      Right, I agree. On the other hand, seems like the group is pretty sophisticated, but talks that start off on simpler things are fine, but on topics that are forward moving. I think people want to move ahead to ARM, Cortex, simple WiFi with a module, whatever, FPGA basics. I agree something like antenna design is WAY out there, but just putting it out there to see if people are interested in tech talks shorts on actionable technologies that they can USE in projects.

      April 19, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Really enjoyed the breadth of innovation going on in Austin. Thanks to PCH Intl. as our host!

    April 19, 2013

  • Ty R.

    Sorry I was not able to make it to the Meetup last night as I really wanted to attend. I hope to meet many of you at the next meetup! Ty

    April 19, 2013

  • Brian P.

    The wife wants to have a date. (ie, a non-maskable interrupt.)

    April 18, 2013

  • James

    Sounds great.

    April 18, 2013

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