Extended deadline for "Hardware Making Cities better competition," HW workshop in Boston, Octopart Jobs and more!

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:55 PM

Hey harwdarians,

I’m going to start this message with a petition: I NEED YOUR HELP! I am working on a hardware startup myself and I am looking to speak to people who work at warehouses or factories, ideally folks concerned with worker safety, ergonomics or productivity. If you know of anyone in this space and you’re up for connecting me to them, please get in touch with me on [address removed]. I’ll be eternally grateful!

As always, lots of interesting announcements:

1) So, you found it hard to work on hardware these snowy days? Well, we have too (and apparently so have our venue sponsors), so we are extended the deadline for the “Hardware Making Cities Better” competition in conjunction with MINI. The new deadline is February 28th, and rumors have it that the next meetup will take place on March 5th.

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 28th, and send it to Anand Shah at [address removed]. ­­

2) Did you miss the Hardware Innovaiton Workshop in NY? Well now you have a chance to attend the one in Boston! The hardware workshop is a two day event for hardware startups and will be held March 28th and 29th at Bolt. Taught by experienced operators, it’s purpose is simple: Teach important lessons to the next generation of hardware entrepreneurs. We'll cover topics surrounding Refining an MVP, Crowdfunding, Getting from Prototype to Production, Funding, Distribution, and more. More info here.

3) Are you a musician type? Artiphon, an amazing startup making a new type of musical instrument, is now recruiting beta testers for the iNSTRUMENT 1. You can apply to be a beta tester here.

4) Octopart is opening up the world of electronic component data through our search engine and our API. WWe're building the most intuitive, fast and beautiful interface for searching for electronic parts. We're compiling the most extensive database on electronic components by combining data from tons of different sources. We're in NYC, we're a team of 9, we're ex-physicists and electrical engineers, and we've been profitable since 2010. We write a lot of Python and JavaScript. If you're a software hacker who wants to build amazing tools for hardware hackers, we're hiring: http://octopart.com/jobs

5) Echo Yang, a member of our meetup group, is going to speak at the Outsourcing Innovation Summit and her topic will focus on "startup outsource challenges and solutions". Currently, she is working on collecting some examples of startups' outsourcing. If you are interested in sharing your outsourcing experiences, to be presented to senior sourcing executives from Walmart, Sears, Walgreens etc, please contact her at [address removed] before  2/28/2013.

Keep building!


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