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Hardware workshop, hardware hackathons,

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:34 PM

Hi hardwarians,

Thanks to those of you who came out to the meetup last night. It was a lot of fun with some great presenters:

  • Geof Lipman and Alin Cosmanescu from Littlebits demoed their electronic blocks, and today they actually launched The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit which includes motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers and even a remote control. And folks from this meetup get 15% off when they use the code: NYHWMEETUP
  • Mason Klement from Smartakus presented his accessories for the digital nomad as well as the rules of the land when using OEMs in China. They’re also looking for a social media intern - see the jobs section below for details.
  • Christopher Ayala of Vertisense told some great lessons learned – you can check out their mobile breathalyzer Alcohoot.
  • We also heard from the Next Top Makers program which is an incredible incubation program here in the city for hardware startups. Deadline for applications is October 12th!
  • And of course thanks to our sponsors, MakeSimply, UL’s Startup Program and R/GA Accelerator.

The next meetup will take place on December 1st, so mark it in your calendars!

May of you are probably aware of the great blog posts that Bolt has been releasing lately. Now they’ve just released a toolbox of resources for entrepreneurs building hardware startups. Definitely worth checking out!

Events:

  • On October 22-23rd, Marc Barros will be holding the 2-day Hardware Workshop here in NY. It’s an event for hardware startups, taught by experienced operators, covering topics like hardware prototyping on a budget, selecting a supplier, how to build press relations and many more. I’ve been through this workshop, and it’s probably the best resource available for folks starting or in the midst of bringing a physical product to market. Oh and Marc Barros probably has one of the most thoughtful blogs for entrepreneurs.
  • Hackaday is having a hardware conference Nov 14-15 in San Francisco, where the overarching theme is Hardware Creation. We have a call for proposals out now and applications are due by Oct 10th. Travel stipends are available for accepted talks/ workshops. The attendee application will be coming out around mid-Oct, and people who bring DIY hardware get in free.
  • Cornell Tech is having a free talk on October 15th about “IP Primer and Considerations for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Startups” but you must RSVP here.
  • Two hackathons on the horizon, the first is heroes vs hackers, where they are seeing hardware solutions to their problem focus. The second is about the Internet of Things and Media. Check them out!

Jobs @ HW Startups:

  • The robotics startup BOND is looking for an embedded engineer.
  • Smartakus, an exciting new hardware startup here in New York, is looking to hire a social media intern to write blog entries using select keywords to build organic SEO, curate content for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as jump start our Instagram campaign. If interested contact co-founder Mason Klement on [address removed]

Keep building!

Haytham

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