Hardware Making Cities better competition, PCB workshops, Startup Jobs, Pitch to Bolt and Summer interns!

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:10 PM

Hey hardwarians,

Hope you’ve not gotten too buried under the snow. Dunking my foot into a huge puddle of ice water has become a habitual part of my day, so for any of you lacking ideas on what to build, please design drains that don’t clog ;-)

Today we have a ton of announcements to fill your holiday, so please read till the end. Let the show begin!

1) ONE WEEK LEFT: Entries due Friday, Feb 21st:  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 hardware 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.  Although this is sponsored by MINI, ideas DO NOT have to be about mobility:  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! Radiator Labs, a startup that pitched at our very first hardware meetup, has launched a consumer version of its product on Kickstarter, so please help support their campaign and spread the word. This is the ULTIMATE product for new yorkers with steam heat radiators - they have developed a simple but smart cozy for your radiator that will help reduce energy consumption and keep you comfortable in your home at the same time. Don't have a steam radiator? No problem! You can purchase smaller theme-appropriate items like hats and oven mitts to show your support for Radiator Labs.

3) PCB Workshops! Our wonderful sponsor MakeSimply is organizing some impressive PCB workshops and you get a great discount just for being part of this meetup. Use code HWMeetup10 to redeem it!

“The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is the heart and soul of your hardware product, which is the base for physically supporting, soldiering the surface-mounted and socketed components in most electronics. The PCB Workshop Series is designed for anyone who is interested in not only learning the essential and basic principles, but also learning how to use PCB design software to create your own Arduino Clone design. Moreover, you will learn to assemble and build your own PCBs and walk away with real working Arduino SMT clones. You will be on the way to launching your idea."

4) Startup Job! Electric Objects is a young NYC startup operating at the intersection of hardware, software, and art. We're about 6 months old with funding from betaworks and a few other NYC-based angel investors. We're looking for someone with a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or industrial design to take on a leadership role in the company, and help us move from prototype to production. Contact Jake Levine, Founder & CEO, for more information: [address removed].

5) Bolt Accepting Pitches: The hardware accelerator Bolt based in Boston is accepting pitches for startups interested in joining their program. Submissions are due on February 18thand you can submit here.

6) Summer interns: If you are looking for great EE talent for Summer 2014 internship opportunities, please feel free to contact Mark Tortora – Career Development Officer Electrical Engineering @ Columbia University SEAS. Mark assists student with their employment search and opportunities, and you can contact him at [masked] or via [address removed]. For more on the EE program, please click here.

7) Hardware Event: The Cleanweb meetup is hosting an event about connected devices on 2/25 from 6:30-8:30 at the Urban Future Lab (NYC ACRE), 15 Metrotech Center Brooklyn. Connected devices are leading a new hardware revolution, and making a significant impact in moving cleanweb forward, helping to reduce resource constraints and making our cities more resilient and efficient! We will have an evening of demo's from startups (ThinkEco, Dash Labs, Grove, and more to be announced), and a look at where the space is going.

Enjoy the holiday and keep building!

Haytham

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