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SF Hardware Startup Meetup Oct 3rd, 6pm at Runway - Sponsored by Indiegogo!

Hey Hardwarians! It's time for another SF Hardware Startup Meetup!

Our sponsor this month is Indiegogo - who you all know as a preeminent crowdfunding platform, and more specifically they're really into doing hardware projects through their site. Kate Drane, hardware entrepreneur herself and Indiegogo's head of hardware, will be coming out to talk with us about what she's seeing in the space and how they see it shaping up.

The event is hosted by Runway Incubator who are a startup incubator with an awesome space inside the Twitter building on Market St., and they even have Skycatch - their own resident hardware startup. (Looking to add more)

DEMOS - If you've got a prototype to show us, or if you just want to talk about what you're working on, use this sign-up sheet to grab your spot! The format is 2 minutes maximum (hard stop): no projector, no slides. It's just you + a prototype and a microphone! Remember, people who've never demoed get preference over those that have already! Also, be there at 6pm sharp to secure your spot!

Volunteers - If you'd like to volunteer at this meetup, sign up here:


Hackbright Academy is putting on: Silicon Chef a female-centric hardware hackathon.

- RoboBusiness is Oct 23-25th, if you have robophilia like I do, it should be a good time!

As always, let me know if I can help, or if you want to! Especially if you've got sponsors or venues you can connect us to!

- Nick

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  • Jon R.

    thanks for the great meet up as usual! can someone please forward on the info that was pertaining to how to launch a successful crowd funding campaign. The young lady had a brochure, but mentioned a pdf for download. Thanks!!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kate

    Great seeing you! Here is the application for the Hardware Bootcamp I mentioned, that is taking place on 10/19. Hope to see you there!

    October 14, 2013

  • Brandon H.

    It was nice to see some great computer vision products!

    October 4, 2013

  • Loren

    Great as always. Thanks Nick!

    October 3, 2013

  • Nathan E.

    Great meeting everyone! If youre looking for advice on 3d printing or prototyping check us out at

    October 3, 2013

  • Nick K.

    Have to miss this one after all. There is now an open spot!

    October 2, 2013

  • Kate R.

    Super-bummed that I can't make it this time. But keep an eye out for the amazing Leanne Yglesias Lauder who is demo'ing her YummyShapes product. Just met her at another meetup and she is *awesome*.

    October 2, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Hi All, I'm not feeling well today, so I opened up a space for one of the waiitlist people. (Sorry for the late notice, I was really trying to make this.) - Bill

    October 1, 2013

    • Narendra

      I would be interested. Let me know can I be there?

      October 2, 2013

    • David R

      It's automatic. You will get an email if you get off the waitlist.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Adam T.

    Is the waitlist a first-come, first-served kind of thing? Or do we have to do something affirmative to claim an abandoned spot?

    October 2, 2013

    • David R

      It's automatic. You will get an email if you get off the waitlist.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Albert

    Darn, have schedule conflict. Next time for sure. Just changed my RSVP.

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • David C.

    Can I be added to this list when those drop out?

    October 1, 2013

  • Robert H

    Oops, link to volunteer sign up form broken, here's the fixed link:

    September 27, 2013

    • Robert H

      it's probably 20mins onsite time. with no preparations and etc

      September 29, 2013

    • Narendra

      Hey Robert, I have not received any confirmation regarding volunteering to the event. I also request, if possible could you reply to my email?

      October 1, 2013

  • Kevin

    Just opened up a demo spot... Bummed that I can't do it this time but I'm ready for the next one... Come check out Robo-tar at and fill in a contact form if you are interested in being first in line for our Kickstarter.

    September 30, 2013

    • Doug S.

      The Robo-Tar can be seen at the Benicia Clean Tech Expo October 18th and 19th. Plus many other great innovations and Clean Tech Products.

      September 30, 2013

  • Stuart G.

    Make Urban Sensor Hack! This week and next we are hosting a series of live Make Master sessions on Urban sensing. Think of it as a virtual hackathon. At each session one of our master hackers will explain how to design, create and deploy sensor gadgets. Live at 3:30 PST Tuesday (tomorow) and Thursday.

    September 30, 2013

  • Jim R.

    The hardware startup meetup has drifted to where it conflicts with the IoT meetup and it's now becoming a monthly choice I hate to make (IoT wins this month). I know it adds work, and it's not as if either group is starving for attendees, but it sure would be nice to be able to attend both. Probably Sensored has a lot of overlap too.

    Nick, any chance you and Alfred (and Rachel, although there hasn't been much conflict with Sensored yet) could try to coordinate these dates?

    I'll cross-post this to IoT.

    2 · September 30, 2013

  • Puneet P.

    Looking forward to meeting people interesting in robotics(industrial and unmanned systems) and brushless motors.

    September 28, 2013

  • Adam

    We're excited to show off the Structure Sensor! Check out our Kickstarter campaign here:

    1 · September 25, 2013

    • Puneet P.

      Love what you guys have built !

      September 28, 2013

  • mark

    demos are awesome

    September 25, 2013

  • Rich T.

    Looking forward to broadening our network of clever people that develop devices together.

    September 24, 2013

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