"Hardware Making Cities Better" Competition with MINI and much much more!

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:32 PM

Hey hardwarians,

I'm still digesting the $3.2bn acquisition of Nest and thinking that this is a sweet time to be in hardware! We have a packed newsletter for you today, but also probably one of the most exciting too! Make sure you read till the end.

1) New York Hardware Start-Up and Makeit NYC is joining forces with MINI - yep, the folks that make those awesome cars - for a competition that we're calling "Hardware Making Cities Better". The top entries will get to take the stage for the February meetup, and the winning team will snag an iPad Air. We're also hoping to have some journalists in the audience so this is a great chance for some media exposure!

So, we all know that the hardware space is poised for a revolution. Wearables and home automation are just the first steps of a trend where smart, connected devices will transform our world, and make our lives more healthy, secure and enjoyable. With 6 out of 10 humans living in cities by 2030, turning the urban into great spaces to live in and interact with is both a great need and a huge opportunity.  And you are going to make it happen!

Sponsored by MINI, we're looking for ideas that improve life in the city.  It doesn't matter whether you're an existing company, or a startup with a great new concept.  And we've got a snazzy tagline - "MINImize your footprint, maximize your YEAH-ness" - for you to use as the guiding theme of your great new idea.  So hit us with your hardware-related solutions to opportunities in the city - connected devices, infrastructure, service, or maybe something that defies classification.  It's all good as long as your idea has the potential to make life in a place like New York more sustainable and enjoyable at the same time.

To enter:  submit a short deck - less than 15 slides - describing your idea, product, startup, whatever - by Friday, February 21st, and send it to Anand Shah at [address removed].  We stop taking entries when the clock strikes 12, so don't be tardy - and we'll then invite 3-5 of the best as finalists to pitch their concepts at the February meetup.

2) Crowdfunding alert! Marc Barros, founder of Contour and a previous presenter at the NY harwdare meetup just launched his new product on Kickstarter -  Moment – Amazing Lenses for Mobile Photography. It's for lovers of photography and features some amazing lenses for your smartphone. They have currently raised 5 times their target, so go back them or tell the world about them! Another crowdfunding campaign that's live is from Patrick Raymond with his new product Curvit which solves one of life's annoyances - it stops "shower cling", and gives you more space for your daily wash at the same time! He'll be presenting at the HW meetup on January 29th.

3) Want to work for an awesome hardware startup? Well Bond, a startup that uses robots to send handwritten gift notes (yes robots that write your cards so they look handwritten), is looking for a hardware engineer and a software developer. They are an amazing team and they're NY based.

Keep building and see you on Jan 29th!

Haytham

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