The 2nd annual Hardware Summit put on by Hardware Massive will be held in San Francisco on November 6, 2019. It turns out I’ll be moderating a panel talk there. That scores me a discount code to share with my closest friends: you!

The Super Secret Code is: SAVE15-EM

Get 15% off your 2nd Annual Hardware Summit ticket with discount code: SAVE15-EM
Get 15% off your 2nd Annual Hardware Summit ticket with discount code: SAVE15-EM

If you use this link to get your tickets, the code should already be applied. And take note of the pricing — there are early bird discounts available only for a limited time.

Who Should Go?

This event is great for those working in or with hardware startups. Really, though, “hardware” in this context these days, means “any sort of fancy physical product development,” so if that describes your working world, come on over.

What Happened at the 1st Hardware Summit

Last year’s 1st ever Hardware Summit was covered on SolidSmack here. It included a fireside chat with Scott Miller, one of the early engineering leaders at iRobot, maker of the Roomba. (Miller is now helping HW startups at Dragon Innovation.) He shared a bunch of nail-biting horror stories from the startup days of iRobot which included valuable lessons. There were also panel talks regarding scaling production and tools for the operations side of a startup.

Scott Miller, CEO of Dragon Innovation (left), and Greg Fisher, CEO of Hardware Massive (right) and the 1st ever Hardware Summit.
Scott Miller, CEO of Dragon Innovation (left), and Greg Fisher, CEO of Hardware Massive (right) and the 1st ever Hardware Summit.

For the video of highlights from the 1st Hardware Summit, see below:

Virtually Expand the Combined Knowledge and Experience of Your Startup!

Building a hardware startup comes with plenty of potential landmines. It also usually puts founders and engineers in the position of having to do a lot of things outside their wheelhouse. (P.S. I kind of hate myself for using the buzzword “wheelhouse”.)

This is in part because there usually aren’t a whole lot of people in the organization, so everyone has to wear a lot of hats. (P.S.S. “Wearing hats,” ugh, just shoot me.) Also, not having a lot of other pros at your side means the combined experience of your team is limited. It’s unlikely you’d know of all the landmines to watch out for! That’s why meeting other pros at events like these and soaking up their words of wisdom is especially important for those in hardware startups.

Look at all these other HW startup nerds at the 1st Hardware Summit. These are your people.
Look at all these other HW startup nerds at the 1st Hardware Summit. These are your people.

The Agenda for Hardware Summit #2

The agenda for this year’s summit can be found here. As of publishing this article, the special fireside chat speaker is yet to be announced. The first panel talk is all about wise strategies for building both your product and your hardware startup itself. It’s called, “The Strategy – Building the Right Team, the Road Map, and Critical Considerations“. The second panel is about how to execute your wise plans in an organized, systematic way to avoid catastrophe. That one is called, “The Operations – How to Design for Growth and Avoid the Killer Pitfalls“. It’s also the one I’m moderating, so if you plan to heckle me, plan to show up no later than 5 pm.

Hope to See You There!

If you do show up and we haven’t met yet, please say hello! (Um, and also if we have met.) You can let me know if you’re attending by commenting below or shouting out on the Twitters to me here. Feel free to also let me and other readers know what you’re looking to learn or what disciplines you’d especially like to connect with. Let’s help each other make excellent connections!

Author

Erin is a digital nomad and directs optical engineering and publishing at Spire Starter LLC: www.SpireStarter.com Her academic background is in applied physics and she used to work for The Man designing optics for indoor lighting, automotive headlamps and tail lights (Corvette, Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, etc.), optical sensors, and sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads. On the side, Erin is an artist, Christian sci-fi writer, and lover of beer, bourbon, and bourbon-infused beer.