3 hour workshop
Hardware Studio Live: Manufacturing Workshop with Kickstarter, Avnet and Dragon Innovation
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Hosted by
Kickstarter, Avnet and Dragon Innovation

Date and time
Wed 3 Oct 2018, 18:00 - 20:30

Cocoon Networks, 4 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS
Limited to
60 participants

How to participate
Follow the link above to grab your ticket (a non-refundable booking fee of £10 will be charged to limit drop-outs)

Drinks and pizza will be served throughout the night
Limited to
30 participants

How to participate
You must apply to participate. If you are selected you will receive an email confirmation after the 10.04.2018. This will include the link to book your free ticket (a non-refundable booking fee of £15 will be charged to limit drop-outs).

Food and drinks will be served throughout the event
This time, Hardware Pioneers has teamed up with Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation to run an evening of discussions about making and manufacturing consumer hardware products. You’ll hear stories from hardware founders and engineers, take part in roundtable discussions about hardware design and manufacturing, learn how Hardware Studio can help you prepare for manufacturing – plus network with other hardware founders and enthusiasts.
What you'll learn
- Basics of putting together an RFQ package.
- From prototyping to production – should you make or buy your board?
- AI and machine learning for hardware startups
When it comes to hardware, having an innovative idea is just the start. Engineering a product for manufacturing can be a daunting process that takes years to get right. Kickstarter has teamed up with the manufacturing experts at Avnet and Dragon Innovation to create Hardware Studio, a resource to help creators plan for manufacturing before launching a campaign.
Participants will take home a free [kit name].
Arrival and registration (pizza, snacks, and drinks available).
Welcome and introductions.
6.30pm - 7:00pm
Keynote Panel - Fireside Chat: The Manufacturing Journey of Doppel
Kaethe Henning from Dragon Innovation will sit down with Doppel co-founder Fotini Markopoulou to discuss how they brought their wristband device to production following a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Workshop session.
Community announcements and demos: This is your time. If you would like to share what you are working on with the community or make any sort of announcement. You have 2 minutes max for a short shoutout.
7:00pm - 7.15pm
Break and session signups.
7:15pm - 8.00pm
Roundtable Sessions

From Prototype to Production…Should I Buy or Make My Board?
- Led by Chris Cooper at Avnet
Today there are many kits and prototype boards available for electronics enthusiasts looking to prototype their latest ideas. In this session we will explore the issues that can arise when these are used in production settings, and discuss when you should consider developing a custom design.
7:30pm - 7.45pm
Basics of Putting Together an RFQ Package - Led by Nicolas Avril at Dragon Innovation
If you've wondered the purpose of putting together an RFQ (Request for Quote) package prior to selecting a manufacturing partner, this session is for you. We’ll cover what should go into an RFQ and how to organize it, plus when the right time is to approach CMs, as well as how to attract the appropriate CM at competitive pricing.
7:45pm - 8:00pm
Roundtable Session 3: AI and Machine Learning for Hardware Startups - Led by Tim Bassford at Avnet Memec - Silica
In this session, you’ll get a high-level overview of a startup-focussed AI/machine learning platform, and have the opportunity to ask questions about how to incorporate AI/machine learning into your own hardware product.
8:00pm - 8.30pm
Drinks, refreshments and networking.
The instructors
Heather Corcoran
Design & Tech Outreach
Dragon Innovation
Nicolas Avril
Vice President - Europe
Dragon Innovation
Kaethe Henning
Director of Business Development
Fotini Markopoulou
Co-Founder and CEO
Julio Terra
Head of Design and Technology Communities
Chris Cooper
Technical Director, Emerging Businesses
Bob Merriman
Emerging Opportunies Enthusiast
Avnet Memec - Silica
Tim Bassford
Technical Marketing Manager
Heather Corcoran, European Design & Techonology Outreach at Kickstarter
About Hardware Studio and the hosting companies
About Kickstarter
Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding community for creative projects — everything from innovative technologies and product design, to food, art, film and games. Since its launch in 2009, 14.5 million people have pledged over $3.6 billion on Kickstarter, funding more than 142,000 projects.
About Avnet
From idea to design and from prototype to production, Avnet supports customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change. For nearly a century, Avnet has helped its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology.
About Dragon Innovation
Dragon Innovation helps hardware teams navigate the tricky path from a prototype to high-volume factory production. Customers like Lumos Helmet, Formlabs, Karmic Bikes, Moment, and hundreds of others have used Dragon’s proven process, tools, and deep expertise to understand manufacturing cost, quality, and schedule, find factories, manage production, and more.
Hardware Basics: Working with Technology Distributors
Learn the basics of working with technology distributors and how to leverage years of engineering expertise.
Hardware Basics: Printed Circuit Board Assembly
Learn some of the basics of printed circuit board assembly with Chris Cooper from Avnet.
When and where
Date and time
Thu 3rd October 2018
18:00 - 20:30

Cocoon Networks, 4 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS
Highlights from our previous workshops