SF Hardware Startup Meetup Oct 23rd, 6pm Sponsored by RelianceCM

Hey Hardwarians! It's time again for another Hardware Startup Meetup on October 23rd at 6pm! 

Our sponsor this month is RelianceCM who provides contract manufacturing services specifically to help startups bring their prototypes to production. They'll be telling us how they do the whole process: from engineering, manufacturing, through order fulfillment. 

Hosting us in their awesome gallery space in downtown SF is Autodesk - who you probably know as one of the world leaders in 3D design software for manufacturing, engineering, entertainment, and pretty much everything you can touch or see.

+ Demos

The event is centered around 2 minute lightning demos. The idea is that we get the first look at all the latest hardware companies in the area, and then we get to talk with them after! If you've got something new to demo - we want you! Put your name on the Sign-up Sheet and you're in! Also, if you've already pitched a lot, we ask that you wait until you've got an update to give new people space.

How it Works: No slides, no projector, etc. - Just you, your prototype and a microphone for 2 minutes!

+ Volunteers

If you'd like to volunteer, please sign-up here, and our co-organizer Robert Han will get back to you!

+ Sponsors

If you'd like to sponsor this meetup, or know someone who would, please reach out to us to discuss further by emailing the "email organizer" link on here!

+ Announcements

Check out Indiegogo's Hardware Bootcamp coming up (9-3pm) Saturday, Oct. 19th at the TechShop Annex in SF. Our own Adam Ellsworth of ProtoTank is organizing and has brought together a lot of great speakers like Eric Klein of Lemnos Labs and Dave Merrill of Sifteo to talk about how to bring your hardware to market! Apply Now before it's sold out!

Meetup Co-Organizer Erik Katz is putting on Makers@theMint at Historic Mint building in downtown SF on Nov 23-24. The event is for Makers and Artisans selling products but there will also be a Technology Pavilion for companies showcasing their prototypes and pre-production products.  To learn more and sign up, go to: MakerNexus.com 

For you health startups out there, Rock Health, a health startup accelerator, is now taking applications until Oct 31 - so Sign Up Now!

Bay Area Modular Electronics Meetup is coming up Oct. 19th at 4pm in San Jose - for all of you modularists out there. Nahid Alam has brought together some great speakers to talk: ElectricImp, BioControllers, and IoT stuff.

As always - let me know if there's anything I can help with, or anything you want to help with!

- Nick




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  • David P.

    C.R.I.S.P.Y. Hardware soft launch.
    Landing page: crispyhardware.com
    Github https://github.com/duppypro/crispyhardware
    Tweet @duppy #crispyHW to get or give.

    October 25, 2013

  • mark

    Does anyone had the contact for the guy starting the wearable tech group? I believe his name was Steffan, his site is not working. Thanks!

    October 24, 2013

    • Dana M.

      Hey Mark. I hope Steffen doesn't mind me handing out his address... steffen @ hill88.com

      October 24, 2013

    • mark

      Thanks Dana for sharing

      October 24, 2013

  • J.d. B.

    I Really enjoyed the event yesterday, Autodesk is a very impressive venue, and I was happy with the contacts I made, look forward to speaking with some of you soon and I wish the best for all the others. @theejaydeebates

    October 24, 2013

  • Raul

    Excellent meet up. Thanks for putting it together Nick and company.
    Is anyone looking for an analog/power management hardware co-founder? I work for zero compensation ;)
    I come from the Chip design world, but can quickly transfer skills into board level design. Looking to expand and have some fun learning new stuff.

    October 24, 2013

  • mark

    I have extra plus one

    October 23, 2013

    • Cédric H.

      Hey, I know someone who might need it, can he say he's your +1 ?

      October 23, 2013

    • mark

      hey sorry I didnt see this, hope your friend got in

      October 24, 2013

  • David P.

    The meetup that made me sign up for meetup

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent wine and company!

    October 23, 2013

  • Randall F.

    Great to see what others are working on and meet some new people. Who knew I would learn about a dildo start-up?

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Steve G.

    That's my understanding. There is no gate keeper at the entrance so I'd say it's good to go.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Steve G.

    Tomas,

    They added 50 slots. No more wait list!

    October 23, 2013

    • Francisco de la P.

      Are you sure about that Steve? My status hasn't changed. It says "on wistlist"...

      October 23, 2013

  • Tomas H.

    Hey I'm here just for few weeks from Czech and I'm on waiting list. I would really love to come. Do you think its possible?

    October 23, 2013

    • Ronethea W.

      You can say you're my plus one.

      October 23, 2013

  • Rishabh B.

    sorry for the last minute cancellation.

    October 23, 2013

  • Cherie

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation (work calls), 2 slots opened

    October 23, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Another slot open, apologies for the last minute cancellation.

    October 23, 2013

  • Richard W.

    Can't make it tonight getting ready for my trip, another slot open.

    October 23, 2013

  • David P.

    I just freed up my +1

    October 23, 2013

  • Matthew Du P.

    SupplyBetter's demoed a few times, so we'll drop out since the list is full. One demo slot open!

    October 23, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Had to cancel. Open slot for a waitlisted member!

    October 23, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Hoping the wait list isn't too long :-D

    October 22, 2013

  • J.d. B.

    Hello SF Hardware Startup members! I just joined meetup, and I look forward to Demoing FastenWear at the Wednesday event. Cheers!

    October 21, 2013

  • Alex J V.

    Hey I kind of desperately want to attend this meetup. Is there a chance that the 101 waiting list can come for the event?

    October 18, 2013

  • pdhaker

    What are the chances of getting the waitlist status to change to confirmed?

    October 15, 2013

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    A startup competition for innovative products, devices and solutions

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    Bolt is a Boston- (and now San Francisco!) based hardware accelerator.

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