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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!