Meet Us at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany 14-16 March

We’d love to meet you at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany 14-16 March to learn more about the IoT projects you are working on, the technology or solutions you offer, and the challenges you face.

Jessie Chung and Changtsong Lin will be there and are looking forward to chatting with you. We’re in Booth #611, Hall 3. Please stop by or request to schedule a meeting here. Also, if you’d like to exhibit your solution in our booth, please contact us ASAP.

Please see the event and booth details below.

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HWTrek Booth #611, Hall 3

Embedded World 2017

Exhibition Centre
90471 Nürnberg, Germany

Date & opening times
14 – 16 March 2017
09:00 – 18:00 (14 and 15 March)
09:00 – 17:00 (16 March)

Visit us, check out cool demos, CES 2017 Booth #51234, Eureka Park, Sands Hall G

We’d love to connect with you at CES this week. Please stop by our booth to check out our varied schedule of demos from hardware creators and developers as well as solutions and programs from manufacturing supply chain and retail channel experts. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, you can get in touch with our Project Manager, Mandy Chung, to arrange a time. Also, check out the program training for Amazon Launchpad January 5th at 9:30 AM in the HWTrek CES booth; it is a unique program that showcases cutting-edge products to millions of Amazon customers.

 Date  Time  Creator Demos  Expert Solution Demos  Programs
(Table Stand and brief)
 2017/1/5  9:30 AM*
10 AM- 6 PM
 XVIDA  SmartyPans  IDT  Quacept
 Wordee  Slick  INOX  Panasonic (Quantum)
 2017/1/6  9 AM – 6 PM  PlayDate  Ulla  HLH  WPI
 BOCCO /  Blincam  Aster  Rone Phoenix Nest  Amazon Launchpad
 2017/1/7  9 AM – 6 PM  Luuv  Glance Clock  Top-Link  +Style
 Moggie  Those  Ryder  Qnap + IEI
 2017/1/8  9 AM – 4 PM  Juize  Betterspot
 Linky  Tertill

 

Booth location: #51234, Eureka Park, Sands Hall G 

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Engineers of CES Meetup by Fictiv

Come and join Fictiv during CES for a very special engineer meetup. Dave Evans, co-founder of Fictiv, is an expert member of the HWTrek community; you can connect with him here.

Take a break from the exhibition and meet the builders behind the tech. They’ll be providing food, drinks – you provide the conversation!

The venue is at Work In Progress downtown, approx 2.7mi from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

If you’d like to chat 1:1 with one of Fictiv’s expert prototype engineers you can select a 15min slot during the meetup here: http://bit.ly/cesfictiv.

Mandy Chung from HWTrek will also attend the meetup, connect with her to arrange to meet. See you there!

 

DATE AND TIME

Fri, January 6, 2017

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

LOCATION

Work In Progress – Downtown

317 South 6th Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101

United States

ARM mbed Connect – China (Shenzhen), December 5—Shaping the Future of IoT

Our friends at ARM are launching a new event, ARM mbed Connect, next month in Shenzhen, China. HWTrek will attend the event. Stop by our exhibition table, we’d love to see you there. We have 50 VIP tickets for our community of experts, contact Rorschach Sun for more information (rorschach.sun [@] hwtrek.com) or Cindy Chen (cindy.chen [@] hwtrek.com).

ARM mbed offers a cutting edge IoT operating system, plus the tools and cloud services to make IoT solutions possible. Combined with a strong developer community, of over 170,000 developers, ARM is bringing together these key ingredients at the new ARM mbed Connect event.

Connect, learn and code with the leading experts on the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform at this brand new event. ARM is bringing together the latest IoT technology, our mbed ecosystem partnership and the best and brightest developers, to offer a full day of intense learning and innovation

ARM mbed Connect 2016 features a full day of insightful keynotes, technical workshops, sessions and demonstrations to show what is possible when deploying IoT solutions at scale with mbed.

It is only 180 RMB ($25 USD) per developer to attend! If you have any questions or would like to connect with an expert at ARM, please contact David Pan on the HWTrek platform.

Event Details:

ARM mbed Connect – China

December 5, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518001, China

Demo with HWTrek at CES 2017

Are you a hardware developer looking for an opportunity to show off your device to an audience of thousands of people?  Here’s your chance. We are opening our space for you to show off the cool gadgets you’re working on. To apply, follow these steps:

  1. If your project is not yet on HWTrek platform, please sign up and submit the project (priority will be given to the creators already on our platform).
  2. Send your project link to mandy.chung [@] hwtrek.com with the subject line “CES Demo“.
  3. All applicants should provide their company’s logo and the product photo you’d like to demo (company’s logo at least 600×200 pixel png  or AI file with transparent background)
  4. Note: you do not need to be at CES to demo, you can just send us your prototype or product and we will demo it for you!

Read more about the devices that demoed in our booth last year at CES here. Here’s where we’ll be at CES in 2017:

Booth location: #51234, Eureka Park, Sands Hall G 

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Let’s meet at Hello Tomorrow. Or in Hong Kong, London, and Berlin.

Join us at Hello Tomorrow this week in Paris, France. HWTrek’s CEO Lucas Wang will be taking part in a workshop panel on October 13 at 1:15-3:30 PM on the Interactive Breakout Stage 1. The workshop topic is “Breeding a Hardware Startup.” In addition to Lucas, the workshop features panelists from HAX, Central Research Laboratory (London), Hardware Club, Minut, and Microdrone.

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The following questions and much more will be addressed during this breakout session conceived for early-stage hardware entrepreneurs from all over the world willing to transform their technological innovation into a successful product on the market:

  • What are investors looking for?
  • What are the take-home messages from successful hardware entrepreneurs?
  • How can we leverage the power of the crowd to help hardware startups grow?
  • And above all, how do we make it happen?

Lucas will also be speaking at Startup Launchpad in Hong Kong on October 19, 2016, 3:10-3:40 pm. The topic of his talk is “Go-To-Market Faster With Innovative Supply Chain Collaboration.”

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Martin Feuerhahn, HWTrek’s Chief Project Mentor, will be in London and Berlin later this month and the beginning of next. First, Martin will be attending TechDay London on October 27 followed by leading a workshop for Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices the next day.

On November 4, Martin will moderate a panel at the AgTech FoodTech Summit in Berlin. He will also participate as a jurist for the AgTech + FoodTech Startup Idea Pitch Compass Challenge. The summit is founded by Jewell Sparks, a member of the HWTrek community of experts.

If you’d like to meet with Lucas or Martin, please connect with them on the HWTrek platform. You can also ping us at @HWTrek or email us.


Final call: Applications for HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour 2016 are open! Learn more and apply here.

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We’re organizing the next tour in November 2016 to Shenzhen, Osaka, and Kyoto. You can register on the HWTrek platform and create a project to apply to join the Asia Innovation Tour Winter 2016 cohort destined to meet manufacturing industry experts, see assembly lines in China and Japan, and gain insights about their consumer markets for smart, connected devices.

 

Where in the world you’ll meet us in September: Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis

September is an especially busy month for our team, particularly because we’ll be doing a lot of travelling. We look forward to meeting in Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco & elsewhere in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Minneapolis.


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Applications for HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour 2016 are open! Learn more and apply here.

 


Meet us at the following events

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IFA Berlin (September 2-7) is the biggest consumer electronics conference in Europe. Our mentor Changtsong Lin will be there. Ping him on HWTrek platform to meet.

 


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IoT BCN September’16 – Hardware @ Barcelona Meetup (September 7). Our mentor Changtsong Lin will be there. Ping him on HWTrek platform to meet.

 


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HWTrek Workshop with KIC InnoEnergy (September 8). The workshop will be conducted by our mentor Changtsong LinSign up for the workshop or see more information here.

 


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TechCrunch Disrupt (September 12-14) is the one tech startup event you don’t want to miss. Our team members Mandy and Catherine will be there – click to connect and meet with them.

 


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Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis (September 21-22) is the region’s epicenter of innovation, networking, and project solutions. We will have a booth there (Booth #524) – come and meet us. Contact Jessie on the HWTrek platform.

Asia Innovation Tour Spring 2016, Part 1: Shenzhen

We were excited to meet the wonderful hardware company participants—from startups and established small and medium-sized businesses (SMB)—that joined us on Asia Innovation Tour 2016 in Shenzhen and Beijing this past April, our third tour, and to learn more about the cool smart, connected devices that they are creating. During the tour we visited factories, including tier-one manufacturers, leading eCommerce and IT brands, incubators, and investors. The tour began with a welcome dinner in Shenzhen to get everyone acquainted.

The selected participants came to us from more than twenty cities (Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chatsworth, Cologne, Gurgaon, Liège, London, Nairobi, Perm, Pretoria, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sunnyvale, Tartu, and Toronto) and more than a dozen countries (Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Germany, India, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States).

The participants were alumni or are currently taking part in a variety of leading incubators or accelerators including BuildIt, Enchant, HARDWARE.co, Highway1, Make in LA, MIT Media Lab, N15, Orange Fab, Wearable World Labs, and Y Combinator. They are award-winning: Best of CES (Health & Fitness and Biggest Trends), BetaPitch Global, IBM SmartCamp, Oxford Entrepreneurs Tata Ideal Idol, Prototron Fund, The Queen’s Award for International Trade, African Entrepreneurship Award, Shark Tank, and many others. They’ve run very successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


 

Applications for HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour 2017 are open! Learn more and apply here.

 


Understanding the manufacturing process from industry experts to scale innovation

The HWTrek platform enables digital communication and collaboration between supply chain vendors and the demand side of hardware developers and innovators. The goal is to bridge the gap between the speed of the evolution of Industry 4.0 and the requirements of rapid innovation realization. Supply Chain Service 4.0 connects the dots virtually between hardware developers and the supply chain for the entire lifecycle of a product from ideation to manufacturing, and retail to delighted customers. Beyond the digital, at HWTrek we believe it is also important to make real life connections and Asia Innovation Tour is a significant part of this effort.

“I’ve launched multiple consumer electronics products in the market and I know how incredibly difficult it is to find the right manufacturers and suppliers here that are high quality and that meet the reliability standards,” stated Arun Buduri, Founder and Chief Product Officer of WatchRx. “I’ve been working with HWTrek for six months now—a fantastic experience so far to get connected to the right suppliers through the platform. This trip specifically has been very fruitful in terms of what I am looking for and the kind of strategic partners I need in manufacturing.”

Defond

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The first leg of Asia Innovation Tour began in Shenzhen where the participants had a chance to view assembly lines and gain firsthand insight into the hardware manufacturing process from leaders in the industry. The tour of manufacturers kicked off at Defond’s facility at in Shenzhen. Defond offers design, co-development, and contract manufacturing services of electro-mechanical modules with a focus on IoT products. Contact Defond directly here.

“We found the Asia Innovation Tour from HWTrek to be a very important platform, linking us to quality startups with solid ideas, designs and projects,” expressed Arthur Chung, Assistant Director – Business Development at Defond Group Ltd. “We were extremely elated to be a part of this well-organized event and look forward to participating again! Congratulations HWTrek on this tour and future tours to come!”

T&F Manufacturing

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After a tour of Defond’s manufacturing facility, the Asia Innovation Tour bus made its way to T&F Manufacturing, which engages in high-end product manufacturing focusing on smart wearables. Their factory provides automated assembly, mold making, injection molding, leather manufacturing, and SMT as well as OEM/ODM services. Connect with T&F directly here.

“HWTrek helped us to have face-to-face opportunities with overseas creators,” said Susan Wu, Marketing Manager at T&F Manufacturing Co., Ltd. It’s a great support for Chinese manufacturers to show our capabilities to the world. It’s been our honor to participate in Asia Innovation Tour and Meetup Shenzhen to have a chance to communicate with all of you.”

EMTEK

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We ended the day with a visit to EMTEK, a third party laboratory providing various qualification testing services, including safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and chemical and physical testing, and other certification services for a wide range of products. Contact EMTEK directly here.

“The HWTrek hardware development ecosystem platform has helped EMTek transition from the traditional testing industry into the online supplier,” explained Christy Pan, Sales Manager at EMTEK. “Now we have more and more opportunities coming from all over the world.”

Huaqiang PCB

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The second day of the tour began with a meeting at Huaqiang PCB, a top prototype and small quantity PCB manufacturer in China, concentrating on high quality and fast development. Contact Huaqiang directly here.

“It was very valuable to go in person and see, on site, these various manufacturing companies, to go to the sites of these PCB manufacturers and the box designers to see how it works and get some more depth and color-in some of the more abstract things I’d learned about these processes to see it in action,” stated Brad Knox, CEO and Founder of Emoters.

“HWTrek enables manufacturers like us to build close connections with hardware creators,” stated Kwok Tsun, Technical Sales at Huaqiang PCB, “and together we are able to accelerate productization of innovative projects. Through the bridge of the HWTrek platform, we have connected with many creators and learned about their project requirements. HWTrek brought us good market opportunities and introduced us to the latest global product trends. HWTrek provides a new way to connect China’s domestic manufacturers with overseas creators and together we aim to provide more quality services to creators.”

Kingbrother

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Next up, the tour participants visited Kingbrother Technology. Kingbrother specializes in providing high-end prototyping, quick-turnaround, and small volume PCB manufacturing, as well as CAD design, PCB assembly, testing, IIDM and IEMS services. They had a chance to individually introduce their projects and also be introduced to the capabilities and services offered by Kingbrother from leaders in various business units. Connect with Kingbrother here.

Kiryl Chykeyuk, CEO of Kino-mo: “An amazing experience. The experience so far has been just fantastic, everybody’s enjoyed it. Everybody learned a lot in visits to so many factories, found out so many things that are just impossible to find out in Europe. We developed tech that allows projecting 3D images and video in mid-air. We’re here in China together with HWTrek to find an ODM and here with hopefully to cooperate in the near future with Kingbrother.”

“HWTrek precisely matches the requirements of hardware innovators and professional supply chain industry experts in a new way of helping ideas to succeed to become real,” said Sammi Wu, Vice President at Kingbrother. “Via the good experience on the HWTrek platform, Kingbrother is continually improving its services for innovators.”

“I’m really enjoying this trip with HWTrek. It’s been a blast,” said Zoran Grabovac, CEO of PetBot. “What I really like about this trip with HWTrek is [that] we’ve seen a ton of factories, suppliers, and people that can help us bring this to reality and get into people’s homes and get them connecting with their best friends.” “I am here to source suppliers for manufacturing, more specifically for plastic tooling and trying to bring our product to reality from the prototype stage. We’ve been graciously accepted by HWTrek to join Asia Innovation Tour and it’s been a fantastic show so far. And Kingbrother is really a part of that. It seems they really support startups, especially startups like us who have relatively small volume. We really just want to prove our product, get it into people’s hands, get them using it. And it seems to be a fantastic place to do so.”

BYD

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Following Kingbrother, the participants visited BYD, which is a Shenzhen based manufacturing company with expertise in rechargeable batteries, handset and computer components, automotive industry, including traditional fuel-powered vehicles and new energy vehicles, solar energy, and more. They provide component sourcing, EMS, and ODM services. Contact BYD directly here.

“We are here looking for manufacturing partners because we just got funded on Kickstarter,” said Ksenia Vinogradova, CEO of FlipFlic. “So now our main purpose is to find a fulfillment partner; I am so glad that we found HWTrek and have seen all the companies here in Shenzhen, China.”

Green Packaging Asia

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The intrepid tour participants visited Green Packaging Asia next. GPA provides turn-key packaging solutions for companies around the world. They can handle the concept design. engineering, sampling, testing, brand consistency, logistics, distribution, and all other hurdles that come with the process. Contact GPA directly here.

Adam Melton, CEO at Green Packaging Asia Co., Ltd., had this to say, “My first experience with the HWTrek team and the hardware company founders visiting our operation was great: so full of energy, with detailed questions and excitement to find the right partners for their supply chain. I am sure that this time together will bear much fruit.”

Honpe Prototyping

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The last company visit of the day brought the participants to Honpe Prototyping, which provides professional prototype manufacturing and product development services for digital communications and medical devices, household appliances, automotive parts, structural parts, plastic and metal components, and assemblies. Connect with Honpe directly here.

“The Asia Innovation Tour and Meetup Shenzhen helped us to promote our prototyping services,” stated Shelly Lai, Sales Manager at Honpe Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. “Thus regardless if they do business with us or not, everybody now understands that we are a prototype manufacturer. All of these companies are either startup companies or established companies with early stage projects, so many will need prototyping service for their new projects. This can bring new business leads.”

Jeff Katz, VP of Engineering Kiwi.Ki: “I have a lot of experience in America and Europe with manufacturing and I have never been to China. The factory tours were absolutely invaluable to anyone who wants to be making things, you need to come to Shenzhen. The best way to do it is with HWTrek.”

HWTrek Meetup Shenzhen

The meetup was attended by a standing room only crowd of 1,000 from the Shenzhen electronics manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem. The event featured presentations by Lucas Wang (CEO, HWTrek) and Jonathan Zhang (Manufacturing Industry Strategy Manager, Autodesk China), and an exclusive augmented reality demo from Asia Innovation Tour alum Raymond Lo (CTO and Co-founder, META Company), and demo pitches from the companies on the tour. Demo Alley allowed the Meetup attendees to connect directly with the tour participants. In addition, a further 2,500 experts from the manufacturing supply chain joined a live WeChat group session to follow along with the Meetup proceedings. The event ended with the opportunity to network with the more than 1,000 manufacturing and supply chain industry experts that attended.


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Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM tool for collaborative product development. Fusion 360 combines very fast and easy organic modeling with precise solid modeling, allowing you to make your designs manufacturable.


Keep an eye out for the second part of this post where we will introduce the Beijing leg of HWTrek Asia Innovation Tour Spring 2016.

Product Development Process: HWTrek Presentation + Discussion in Seattle

Jack Shen, Director of Project Development at HWTrek, will be talking about the hardware product development process at the Fablab Meetup in Seattle on Thursday night. Jack can help hardware creators to understand and master the challenges of the Design For Manufacturing process and the hardware production. He has more than 9+ years experience in the manufacturing field. We hope to see you at the meetup. You can ping Jack on the HWTrek platform or on Twitter.


Fablab Meetup

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:00 PM
CNDY Factory
1606 Dexter Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109


HWTrek’s mentor

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Jack Hsing-Yin Shen is an experienced, professional project manager. He recently joined HWTrek as project Manager. Prior to HWTrek, he was successively a Field Application Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer at Texas Instruments for 5 years. There he specialized in battery management solutions and semiconductor solutions. He started his career at Test Research, Inc. as a Field Application Engineer for 3 years in developing in-circuit testing skills, designing test programs for testing PCB boards, and identifying software and hardware defects. Jack received a BS in Computer Engineering from Gonzaga University. During college he interned at Tometa Software where he wrote comprehensive test plans to ensure the quality of every software product that went out the door.

Seattle Hardware Startups: HWTrek is coming to town!

We’re excited to be back in Seattle where Jack Shen, Director of Project Development at HWTrek, will be delivering a talk for the Seattle Hardware Startups Meetup about hardware manufacturing, getting quotes, product development, and more. As a program manager, Jack can help hardware creators to understand and master the challenges of the Design For Manufacturing process and the hardware production. He has more than 9+ years experience in the manufacturing field. We hope to see you at the meetup. You can ping Jack on the HWTrek platform or on Twitter.

Presentation topics:
• How to find Reliable Manufacturers in China/Taiwan.
• How to prepare the RFQ (Request For Quotation) package
• Product Development Process


Seattle Hardware Startups Meetup

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nytec Innovation Center
416 6th Street South, Kirkland, WA

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HWTrek’s mentor

jack mentorJack Shen – Director of Project Development, HWTrek

Jack Hsing-Yin Shen is an experienced, professional project manager. He recently joined HWTrek as project Manager. Prior to HWTrek, he was successively a Field Application Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer at Texas Instruments for 5 years. There he specialized in battery management solutions and semiconductor solutions. He started his career at Test Research, Inc. as a Field Application Engineer for 3 years in developing in-circuit testing skills, designing test programs for testing PCB boards, and identifying software and hardware defects. Jack received a BS in Computer Engineering from Gonzaga University. During college he interned at Tometa Software where he wrote comprehensive test plans to ensure the quality of every software product that went out the door.