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Monozukuri Meetup featuring Rapid Prototyping & Design for Manufacturing

Hi Monozukurists!

Exciting hardware startups and creators of Japan will come to NYC alongside investors & community supporters. So we will host a series of meetups. Day 1 will be hosted at NYDesigns, an incubator for design and hardware tech startups in Long Island City, NYC’s fastest-growing neighborhood.

Here is the summary of Day 1.


We will have two speakers who are from the companies who excel at rapid prototyping, design for manufacturing and low-volume production

Narimasa Makino, Co-founder & CEO, Makers Boot Camp, will address how their partnered factories in Kyoto make your hardware business successful. Makers Boot Camp manages a micro fund for hardware startups and is expected to announce the first investment in NYC.
- Kohei Naruse, General Manager, HILLTOP Technology Laboratory, is based in Irvine, CA, evangelising their "5 Days Prototype Machining". Hilltop is one of the featured factories partnered with Makers Boot Camp.


What do you expect from products of Japan? There are some intriguing gadgets and components that are invented in Japan and expanding to the US.
We first listen to the presentation from them and then interact with them over their products.

- Kaz Oki, Co-founder & Producer, mui lab boston, is an intrepreneur who markets a wood-like multi-instinctive user interface that displays various features.
Nori MiyauchiBusiness Development Manager, QD Laser, introduces a Retinal Projection Laser Eyewear for low vision support and AR. QD Laser is the first winner of the Monozukuri Hardware Cup, representing Japan to participate in the International Hardware Cup 2017 in Pittsburgh.
- Atsuhiko Tomita, COO, PLENGoer Robotics, features their new product PLEN Cube: The Portable Personal Assistant Robot, which is a smash hit on Kickstarter.

Timetable (tentative)

4:00pm - 5:00pm Reception/Networking/Snack
5:00pm - 5:30pm Welcome by Tristan@NYDesigns + Intro to Monozukuri by Nob@FabFoundry + Geminex   
5:30pm - 5:45pm Introduction
5:45pm - 6:15pm Presentation & Workshop Part 1
6:15pm - 6:45pm Break/Networking/Food
6:45pm - 8:00pm Presentation & Workshop Part 2
8:00pm - 9:00pm Announcements & Networking

If you're interested in Day 2, please sign up here.
Monozukuri Demo Day Spring 2017 - Creators from Japan, Pittsburgh & NYC!

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  • Mari F.

    This event provided a great opportunities to meet local and Japanese startups. Also it was great to visit a cool office space, NY designs!

    April 28

  • Andrew Francisco B.


    April 21

  • Nobuhiro *Nob* S.

    I am very glad many people in NYC joined us and talked to those from Japan!

    2 · April 21

  • Andrew Francisco B.

    Fun event and great conversation

    2 · April 18

  • Hiroko N.

    Great to visit NY Designs, meet people and talk. Thank you for great ordination.

    3 · April 18

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