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Launching IoT Startups - One->To->100 Workshop Series
We are looking at putting together a workshop series, at some point in the future. Your feedback on how you would like to see this structured would be appreciated in the comments section below: The general abstract format is as follows: • This would be a paid event, which would happen on three separate weekday evenings over time, with about 3 hour blocks each class. • The cost would cover some basic materials for everyone (e.g. Arduino stuff), and a resource pool budget to use to do a short-run production in Shenzhen, China. We're thinking the cost would be something in the range of $30-$50. • The idea would be to go from concept to selling 100 units of an IoT Product on Kickstarter/IndieGogo/Crowdfunding, as a team, within six-to-eight weeks. The lineup of the schedule would be something along the lines of the following: 1. Prototype (week 1): The first workshop would be all about creating the device, and putting a prototype of the device together with off the shelf parts, and making the electronic design work, making the micro controller code work, and dealing with RF / physical issues. We could get a CAD expert on staff to quickly mock up a custom enclosure, if that were of need for ideas. We could source experts based upon what ideas people are coming in with. 1.5 - We can do online voting, or perhaps just in-person voting at the second session to see which prototype or prototypes makes it to the next level. 2. Sourcing (week 2 or 3): For the second workshop, we would go through and put together a quote on the 2-3 best ideas from the first class per a voting system, and send off the quote to China/US manufacturers to get prototypes built. 3. Market Launch (week 8, 9 or 10): For the third class, we would receive the samples, assemble the device, and then put together the kickstarter/ indiegogo video / marketing material for the top 2-3 products. 4. Final Assembly and Ship Session (week ~20). We would box and ship out the product to our customers! Who knows...maybe we will just buy our own product, or maybe we will actually get some customers out there in the wild wilderness of the crowdfunding world. The idea of the workshop is to learn collaboratively, and draw on each other's experience to actually physically create a Minneapolis-based product, and deliver it to customers. The secondary goal is to learn how to build-toward success...e.g. many crowdfunding projects have delivery issues. By crowdsourcing our own idea, we can create early market validation within ourselves, and then we can post something on Kickstarter that we have already successfully engineered and produced, as a way to deliver something more solid. Maybe we can even deliver something by the holiday season!

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    What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

    Literally, connecting the internet up to the things which are not connected but would be nice to have connected. But more than that, it's disruptive business models which use the oncoming wave of accessible electronics technologies, prototyping methods and software tools to quickly iterate and move forward to create a better world. It's the stuff that will allow all industries to make better use of technology - to help medical patients to live better lives, reduce hunger in the developing world, save energy, as well as enable renewable energy and pollution reduction.

    Today, you raise your eyebrows when you hear about a company or organization that doesn't have a website or doesn't use cell phones. In the future, you will raise your eyebrows when you hear about companies and organizations which still don't use connected devices, have 3D printers, or know the value of their data.

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    @iotmpls is a monthly meetup focused on uniting scrappy coders, engineers, makers, hackers, thinkers and doers with artists, marketers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Our goal is innovation through startup entrepreneurship within the broad "Internet of Things," space. We constantly strive to stay ahead of the curve by innovating and improving our own devices and perspectives with the goal of using technology to improve the physical world in which we live.

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    This group is a place for engineers, mobile developers, big data enthusiasts, software developers and designers/user experience enthusiasts to come together. This group is a way to exchange thoughts and build better teams so that we can go forward into a better, more interconnected world.

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    • We will have speakers and panelists from successful IoT companies.

    • We will do demos of totally new, amazing IoT product prototypes.

    • We will discuss, argue and network across a huge spectrum of connecting ideas and leave each meeting better informed about where the IoT world is heading.

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    Where did the Internet of Things come from and why has it become so important recently?

    Originally a theoretical concept for connecting machinary to the internet, IoT has evolved to include real-time monitoring of people and things to allow for dynamic interaction. The now ubiquitousness of smartphones, which are basically pocket-computers has been a factor. The increased strength of cellular networks, expansion of wireless protocols such as bluetooth and WiFi, ease of prototyping through 3D printing, Arduino & various design software platforms, and recent high-profile success of companies such as Nest and SmartThings have raised IoT to the level of national attention.

    So who cares if we connect a toaster to the internet? Why should I care about IoT for my career and life?

    IoT is intended to improve efficiency, productivity, and quality of life. We will use emerging technologies described above to solve problems in elegant ways we can't even imagine today. But to do this, we have to collectively learn how to provide unique, additional value to stakeholders and customers. A meeting of minds within the product design, finance, hardware, mobile, cloud, and software development spaces is sorely needed today, and will create huge opportunities over the next 10 years!

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