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MakeIt January: Making Hardware Happen (UPDATE: 7:15p START)

Hi Makers!

We're doing another great set of presentations in conjunction with NY Hardware Start-up, and once again, the event is free, thanks to the lovely folks at eBay.

This month the theme is about making it happen and getting it done. Sounds like a great way to kick off the New Year's to me!


7:15 - 7:30: Arrive, eat pizza, drink beer and mingle

7:30 - 7:45: Introduction, Sponsors and Competition launch

7:45 - 8:00: Patrick Raymond will be joining us to talk about his creation, Curvit and the two-year journey from it's conception to national retail. Curvit solves one of life's annoyances - it stops "shower cling", and gives you more space for your daily spritz at the same time. Patrick is the founder of the amazing Inventors Association of Manhattan, the host of Food Network's Invention Hunters, and knows a ton about IP, retail, marketing, PR and market research, and that ain't no shower of hyperbole. Best of all, he's going to share his wisdom and insights with you, and do it with style. 

8:00 - 8:15: "Simple. It means get the important things right, and cutting out the rest". So says Hammerhead CEO Piet Morgan, and that philosophy is made real in their remarkable bike navigation system. The Hammerhead employs techniques derived from motorsports so that you're constantly informed about your route, shortcuts, even road hazards without ever taking your eyes off the road. And their awesome design not only works better, but it probably allowed them to save more than a bit on their BOM. Coming off a highly successful Dragon Innovation crowdfunding effort, Hammerhead is getting ready rock, roll and ride with product in users' hands scheduled for June 2014. 

8:15 - 8:30: There's no arguing that it's pretty cool that have your dog, coffee pot or washing machine attached to the cloud, or to have your stuff talking to your smart phone. Kurt Workman's and Jacob Colvin's Owlet is taking things to the next level to safeguard your most important thing in the world - your newborn. The Owlet Vital Monitor collects heart rate, oxygen and sleep data, and helps keep parents aware of possible indicators of danger. Kurt and Jacob join us to discuss how they created the Vitals Monitor, how they did their own "self-starter", and what's next for this compelling product and driven company.

8:30- 8:45: Ben Melinger double-teams us with his discussion about Fyll, a fashion-forward, tough glass water bottle that keeps water from being yuck-ified by plastic or metal flavors, and Smash Cup, a cool green, clean collapsible travel tumbler. Ben will be talking about how he went from total noob to proficiency in 3D modeling, prototyping, sourcing and IP matters. Even more interesting? Ben wants to speak about some current hurdles that he's facing, and maybe get your input about how to leap over them. This is going to be a fascinating opportunity to see a product that's on its way to market, and how one driven individual is making it happen.

8:45 - beer and pizza until eBay's largesse dries up :)

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