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SF Hardware Startup Meetup Jan 16th, 6pm - Sponsored by HWTrek

Happy New Year Hardwarians!

We're looking to keep the hardware meetups moving full force in the new year, and to help kick it off: 

HWTrek is sponsoring our first meetup of the year! HWTrek is an online platform that pairs hardware founders with manufacturing experts to help bring products to market better and quicker. Also, partnering with the Taiwan Mobile Innovation incubator, they've launched a hardware accelerator program to give funding and even more direct help to get your startup off the ground!

Hosting us is Cambrian Genomics - who've developed the first hardware system to laser-print DNA - enabling the mass-production of high-quality DNA. They've got a cool space in SOMA with wild hardware (and wetware) - so look forward to that too! They might even have some tours going for us!

+ 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! How it Works: No slides, no projector, etc. - Just you, your prototype and a microphone for 2 minutes! Show up at 6pm sharp so you can make sure you get your spot!

+ 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!


+ Engineers and Designers for International Development: Kachina Gosselin is hosting this event at 7pm on Jan. 9th at TechShop SF. It's all about engineering / designing for a good cause - should be really interesting!

+ Solid 2014: O'Reilly Media is putting on a hardware conference May 21-22nd, and they're looking for people to join their "Solid Fellows Program" - apply by Jan. 15th.

East Bay Hardware Meetup: At Jan. 16th at 7pm, this time they're discussing Order Fulfillment - location TBD.

+ Space Satellite Startups: Whoa, 2014 actually feels like the future when small companies can put hardware into space. Hardware startups are now out of this world! Check them out: Jan 23rd at 7pm.

+ Bots & Beer: Our own Andra Keay is hosting this event Feb. 5th in Palo Alto at 7pm at Antonio's Nut House.

Thanks guys, and let me know if there's anything you want to help with, or need help with,

- Nick

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  • Lucas W.

    Dear all, as promised, the new version of our community platform is on yesterday 10th!! Please have a look, here:
    Most welcome your comments and suggestions. Lucas

    February 11, 2014

  • Constantijn S.

    If you are interested in hardware: we have a monthly mailinglist for enterpreneurs that features product designers.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Lucas W.

    Hi all, thanks for coming and appreciate the chance to share the brief of HWTrek, a neutral platform to match creators and supply chain experts! If you enjoy the slides showed tonight, here it is: And the beta site is still open to the end of this Jan, here: Come and have a look! Thank you!

    January 16, 2014

    • Kevin

      Lucas, I wanted to chat with you about hw trek but we did not get the chance. My demo did not go as planned but I know I'm on the precipice of the next steps in my hardware journey. I will need help. Let me know if you are open to meeting. Best, Kevin

      January 16, 2014

    • Lucas W.

      Hi Kevin, love to see how we could help here. Please send me the email and I will assign our team to follow up with you, thank you! [masked]

      January 17, 2014

  • Roddey

    Hey Hardwarians - looking forward to checking out the demos. Come talk to me about Shyp. The best shipping solution for your hardware startup. No more boxes. No more packing. No more shipping. Checkout our beta app…

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • David C.

      I want join your company. Please let me know if you hiring.

      2 · January 16, 2014

    • Roddey

      Hey David - thanks for your interest in Shyp! You can apply to become a Shyp Hero; or checkout the other positions we have available at Cheers!

      January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turnout last night! Lots of passion for hardware. For those of you needing help with mechanical or electrical design, PCB layout, or manufacturing strategy:
    Free initial consultation to help take your idea to the next level.

    January 17, 2014

  • Chris N.

    Really impressive demos last night! Thanks, Nick, for organizing everything. For anyone curious about our pre-order software, Celery, here's the website: See you next month!

    January 17, 2014

  • Jason G.

    Hi all, here's the Kickstarter link to Vigo, the Bluetooth headset that helps you stay alert at the wheel: Please check out the fun 3-minute video and help us make the final push to reach our funding goal!

    January 17, 2014

  • Kevin

    Great event... Bummer about the mic and my first chord on Robo-Tar.... It worked great after!! Happy Unbirthday Joe! Join us at We'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Richard W.

    can't make it, opened up a spot. Enjoy.

    January 16, 2014

  • Joyce

    Will there be time for announcements?I'd love to tell you guys about the Emotiv designathon coming up in Feb... :)

    January 16, 2014

  • John E.

    Nick, Are you going to open up places for people on the waitlist?

    2 · January 16, 2014

  • Francesca I.

    No way to be in the list of demos? I'd love to show to the hardwarians our beautiful personal robot, Adam, presented a few days ago at the CES 2014 in Vegas. Our startup truly deserve to be part of this event! Check out our website if you want:

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Ben N.

    Excited to tell you about butterfleye - A new venture I founded recently. butterfleye is portable camera that enables you to connect home and things you love in your home (Pets, Children, etc) to you.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Hilbert G.

    This should exciting !

    January 5, 2014

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