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Hardware Startup Unconference - Sponsored by FitBit

Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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In just the past few months, we've seen the rapidly accelerating pace of hardware startups and many of us are asking: "what's next?". There have been several meetups in the Bay Area about hardware and related fields like sensors and robotics that have done great things in building the community, but it's time to come together to accelerate this movement. 

This first Hardware Startup Unconference is about bringing together a select group of practicing hardware founders to discuss the problems we're all facing, explore solutions and talk about what works and what doesn't.

Also, the entire week is Bay Area Hardware Week with the MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop on the 15-16th and then MakerFaire on the 19-20th - so it's sure to be an fun filled week!


We're using the "unconference" format - which means we all create the schedule together at the beginning of the event. This helps bring out all the ideas we're not thinking of and lets interest groups self-organize in the whatever form is best: a talk, discussion group, etc. - the more interactive the better. We'll explain more, but just be ready to lead a session on a subject that you feel needs to be addressed - feel free to partner with others beforehand too.

Also, we need to give a shout-out to FitBit for fully sponsoring the event.


We invite anyone who's actively pursueing a startup or project in the hardware space - from consumer electronics, to outdoor gear, to new CAD tools. Anything in the space is fair game. 


Hardware is pretty broad, but here are some topics that we'd like to talk about: Open Hardware, Makers, Sensors, "Smart" / Connected Devices / 'Net of Things, Mass Customization, Prototyping, Production at Scale, Business Models, Funding - please draw outside the lines on this - there's a lot more to discuss.


9:30AM: Networking over 
Coffee & Light Snacks

10:00AM: Intro and Making the Schedule

10:30AM: First Session

11:30AM: Second Session

12:30PM: Pizza Provided (we'll have veggy, vegan & gluten-free options)

2:00PM: Third Session

3:00PM: Fourth Session

4:00PM: Conference Wrap up

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O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Floor 3, Suite 303
1 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94111-1132

Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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