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Workshop: How to Ship, and Overcome the Cliché – Hardware is Hard

September 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Do you have a hardware project in the works but don’t have an industrial designer or manufacturing lead on the team?

This hardware workshop with give you the tools to figure out how to design, prototype, line up manufacturing at scale, and bring your product to market. Together with a group of seasoned founders, industry experts and MaRS Commons, we bring you a comprehensive workshop open to a small group of 20. Join in with some like-minded entrepreneurs for a full day of case studies, knowledge sharing and group discussions.

With Industry Experts:
– Mike Lovas of PUSH
– James Elson of Bionym
– Kate Hartman of Social Body Lab
– Tom Emrich of We Are Wearables TO
– Steve Tam of Indiegogo

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Do you have a great idea for a hardware project but need help getting to the next stage?
At this workshop, we will help you establish the ground rules and design criteria, upon which to develop your hardware idea into a marketable product.

Are you looking for funding but don’t have an MVP to show investors and potential customers?
Our prototyping and industrial design experts will help give you tools to package your PCBs and electronics components into a convincing proof of concept.

Are you looking at an initial short run production of your product?
This Hardware Workshop will address this challenge by outlining how to choose the most appropriate materials and manufacturing processes for your scale, and forge strong supplier relationships.

Want to know more about what a manufacturing budget and schedule looks like?
Our manufacturing experts will help prepare you for the amount of resources and time necessary to support the development of a physical product.

Are you planning to use crowdfunding as a marketing and funding strategy for your product launch?
Our experienced group of experts will shed some light on the right (and wrong) approach to preparing for crowdfunding. They will share some valuable tips to help you maximize the success of your campaign.


September 27, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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MaRS Centre
CR-3 101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7 Canada
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