Hacking your idea into a business

Come and join us on the 28th of January, with speakers from Dragon Innovation and Technical Machine, to hear how you can make your projects, your hobbies, and possibly your dreams a reality.

We’ve all had big ideas, we’ve dreamt about building the ‘thing’ that we thought up last Tuesday in the pub, making a prototype, crowd funding the project, mass production, fame, fortune.  However, in reality most of our projects don’t make it past the idea stage, and if we do manage to make a prototype, taking it further seems like a massive undertaking, one we rarely attempt. Is it the lack of time, direction, accountability, or being completely overwhelmed by everything you need to get done.

We’re not promising fame or fortune, but we can show you how others have made the jump, and successfully taken their ideas further.

We have 3 entrepreneurs speaking about their involvement in this area, two who have personally succeeded, and one who has helped others succeed.  They all have an impressive vision, and are all about taking ideas and making them a reality. Between them they are a great resource, and should get you pointing in the right direction.

Food and Booze will be provided for the evening, a big thank you to GM for sponsoring the event.

Come and Join us on the 28th January, 6.30pm @ 288 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, MA.

Confirmed Speakers:

Scott N. Miller, CEO / Co-Founder, Dragon innovation


Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Over the course of his career, he’s worked on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro. Leaving iRobot after 10 great years, Scott saw the deadly gap that many Entrepreneurs were facing in going from a functional prototype to high volume production. At Dragon Innovation, Scott has worked with over 100 companies to help them scale by providing them with his expertise in all sectors of the business. Scott loves new challenges and the opportunity to work with world class teams.

Tim Ryan, Co-Founder, Technical Machine


Tim Ryan is a software developer and recent graduate from Olin College in Massachsuetts. The Internet has been a part of his life since he was four years old, having cut his teeth on AOL 3.0 and BASIC. Out of esoteric hobbies like programming compilers and vintage video game consoles came the skills to co-found Technical Machine, a company enabling the same skills and tools used by software developers today to make physical experiences. He is one of the three co-founders and spends his time on developing firmware and tools for Tessel, a JavaScript-compatible prototyping platform.

About Cambridge Hackspace

Cambridge hackspace is a maker space based in Industry lab, in the center of Cambridge, MA. We hold weekly meetings where we get together and make things. Our mission to to help empower makers to, well, make things.  We provide a community-operated physical space, tools, and a way for our members to share their knowledge.

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  • Anna H.

    It was great to see so many of you there last week and it helped provide an awesome evening!

    Hopefully we'll see you again tomorrow at our weekly meeting!

    February 3

  • Marcelo

    A room packed with really smart people. Great event.

    January 29

  • Matthew K.

    Great fun!

    January 29

  • William T.

    Excellent evening, loads of networking and good speakers. GM sponsorship was unexpected but they provided awesome refreshments in exchange for marketing.

    January 29

  • Alex Z.

    Great presenters and energy from everyone.

    January 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there parking?

    January 28

  • Teresa B.

    I will be arriving a bit later than 6:30...any idea what time the talks will start?

    January 28

  • Aron L.

    This will be my first time attending something like this. What should I bring?

    January 28

    • Richard H.

      Tonight we have food and drinks provided, and 3 speakers. So all you need to bring is yourself, and any projects, if you want to show others what you have been working on.

      1 · January 28

    • Aron L.

      Thanks. My idea is more about rebuilding a business from the bottom up. I'll explain more tonight.

      January 28

  • Sherrie

    Checking back--any space for tonight, for someone really interested?

    January 28

  • Chris D.

    Really bummed I can't make it tomorrow. Maybe next time.

    January 27, 2014

  • Richard H.

    Ryan, good question!

    There will be time for some demoing before and after the talks, so you can show others what you have been working on. We'll have some tables out, so there will be space.

    I look forward to seeing what you bring!


    January 27, 2014

  • Richard H.

    We're at capacity at the moment, check back tomorrow and I'll let you know if we have space.


    January 27, 2014

    • Sherrie


      January 27, 2014

    • Ryan

      Richard, will there still be time/space for impromptu demoing or has the format changed due to this event being so popular?

      January 27, 2014

  • Sherrie

    I would very much like to attend. Is it possible to?

    January 27, 2014

  • Robert H.

    May I still attend tomorrow night?

    January 27, 2014

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