You can’t throw a stick without hitting a hackathon these days. But a hardware hackathon? That’s new.
Organized by PCH International, Hardware Hackathon Toronto will take over the MaRS Discovery District from March 6th through 8th. The event organizers, which include Katherine Hague, co-founder of ShopLocket, are expecting 100 makers to get their hands dirty over the weekend to build working hardware prototypes. Makers will have a chance to compete for a variety of prizes, including $4,000 in cash and $4,000 in engineering services from Connect Labs for the first place team.
Those not interested in building their own hardware can still join in on the fun. Spectators are welcome to watch both Sunday’s demos and the Friday night kickoff, which will feature a Q&A with 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson. The BetaKit team is also pleased to note that we’re participating in a Hardware Trends panel, featuring the handsome and talented Tom Emrich, Elena Yunusov, and Amanda Cosco, as well as Steve Tam from Indiegogo. For some reason, they’ve also allowed me participate.