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Hardwired NYC #7

  • Feb 19, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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Special event at the amazing offices of Quirky (note: different location!), with its CEO Ben, as well as some terrific speakers from the world of open hardware, Internet of Things and 3D printing.

Our speakers this month:

Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky (crowdsources unique physical products)

Hugo Fiennes, founder and CEO of Electric Imp (hardware and software connectivity platform for the IoT)

Emile Petrone, founder and CEO of Tindie (marketplace for hardware and "indie tech")

Alice Taylor, founder and CEO of Makie (custom 3D printed dolls) 

Bram de Zwart, co-founder, 3D Hubs:  3D Hubs is world's largest platform connecting 3D printer owners with people who want to print. We are on a mission to make 3D printing truly local and accessible.

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  • jim m.

    I was trying to figure out what Electric Imp was getting at. His powerpoint had me thinking that his device was something that went into the SD slot of a camera based on the picture. And he seemed to contradict himself on several occasions. I particularly thought it odd he was bashing Apple in one sentence then turned into their BFF in the next because he went to work for them.

    I agree with Mr. Ujvari that it seemed more info-mercial, than INFOrmation. Most of the dialogue was illegible as well.

    Hopefully the next meetup will bring more to the table.

    February 20, 2014

    • Tom H.

      The value-prop for Electric Imp was "buy, don't build, your product's connection to the internet." I understood that pretty well from his presentation and very well from the discussion at the end with the Ben Kaufman, the founder of Quirky. I was amazed that 20% of the ideas submitted to Quirky involve internet connectivity. Back in the day, nobody built their own Network Interface Card for a new computer; Electric Imp is the NIC for connected devices.

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Emil H.

    Lots of great info shared at this meetup. I think the people saying that there weren't enough "lessons learned" being shared must not have been paying attention, because each speaker included what I thought was a great list of takeaways that were really helpful. Thanks to all the speakers for sharing, to the organizers for bringing everyone together, and to Quirky for hosting!

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Love P.

    I thought the presenters gave really useful info, personally. I love this event in general! I suppose that what one gets out of it depends on what you do and what stage you're in, if you're a startup.

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome, great turn out - cool people.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Dan U.

    OK. The speaker's messages were more about what they were up to, rather than how the audience can apply the lessons they learned along the way. Electric Imp probably made the best attempt of conveying lessons and suggestions. The others were more like ads for their companies... although it could be argued that Tindie was somewhat of a useful ad, because people could eventually use them to sell their products. But it was an ad all the same.
    IMHO, there should be more direction/advice and less advertising.

    February 20, 2014

  • Jason

    Yes

    February 13, 2014

  • Zack F.

    I'll wear Glass

    1 · February 11, 2014

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