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Hardware Meetup recap, jobs @ HW startups and Happy Holidays!

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Friday, December 16, 2016 7:10 AM

Hi hardwarians,

Hope you’re doing well and that your products have shipped in time for the holidays! If your new year’s resolution involves quitting your job and working for a hardware startup, make sure you read this email until the end. Also, here is a great article on the demise of Pebble.

Before I dive into this week’s stuff, I wanted to ask you a quick question. Can any of you recommend an assembly house that is driving distance from NYC where I can get my wearable devices hand assembled – it’s not a super complicated process, but involves perhaps 20 parts, and would need some Quality Control processes set up too. If you can recommend a place, please hit Reply to this email or send me a line on [address removed]. Thanks!

Hardware Meetup Recap

In case you missed last week’s meetup, it was great. Here’s a quick recap:

  • We had Craig Nevill-Manning talk about Sidewalk Labs, a company building technology to improve the quality of life in cities, and Nick Colvin from Intersection, presenting the story of how the LinkNYC kiosks were tested and deployed on to the streets of New York. If you want to work with them, Sidewalk Labs is looking for a hardware engineer, and there are more openings at Interesection.
  • We had Kenji Larson talk about BOND and the challenges of developing a robot that can write beautifully hand-written letters. Imitating hand-writing turns out to be a really challenging problem. If you want to help them crack that problem then check out their job openings too.
  • Andrew Reitano told us how he crowdfunded a new game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, getting around it’s 2K of RAM, and building a lab from scratch to develop and fulfill these products. You can learn more at his website, or following him on twitter.
  • And thanks of course to our sponsors Microsoft, Canary and UrbanX.

IoT Techstars Demo Day and Volunteer

  • Want to inspire the next generation of engineers? Are you interested in volunteering for First Lego or First Robotics here in NYC? You can register your interest here, and read more about the program.
  • On January 12th, the Techstars IoT companies will demo and discuss how the Internet of Things is rewiring essential legacy industries. These discussions and panels will cover a wide range of technology including mobility, construction, health, logistics and advanced manufacturing.  They’ve reserved 50 spots for members of this community for what would otherwise be an invite-only event. It takes place on January 12th at 1.30pm.  Click here to register and click here to learn more about the presenting companies.

Jobs@HW Startups

  • Olibra is developing the Bond, the first product to offer smarthome integration for any RF remote-controlled appliance. The Bond enables mobile control of previously disconnected appliances: ceiling fans, AC units, garage doors,  power shades electric fire place and more. Through its mobile app, the Bond integrates any RF or IR appliance with one press of a remote. They are looking for iOS developer, Android developer, server back end engineer and marketing manager  -  links to the jobs are on their website.
  • Enertiv has a new position available for someone responsible for project/account management, building RFPs/proposals and conducting energy surveys from time to time. You should have an engineering background (Mechanical or Electrical) with experience in energy performance/sustainability preferred.

I wish you all a wonderfu holiday and we'll be back in January for more hardware fun.

Keep building!

Haytham

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