Helping hardware founders build better companies.

2017 Workshops

We are back for our 5th season!

Hardware Workshop is a series of two day workshops for hardware startup founders. Taught by experienced builders our purpose is simple: help founders build better companies.

We started Hardware Workshop as a side project five years ago to give back to the startup community. Being hardware entrepreneurs ourselves we understood and appreciated the challenges in turning an idea into a successful startup. We are humbled to have helped over 1K hardware startups with their journey.

Who It’s For?
Founding teams of hardware startups who are working on a real product.

How Does It Work?
First we ask every company to apply. It’s a simple application that helps to ensure that all attendees are actually working on a real product. This makes sure the content taught is relevant and that the peer connections made at the workshop are of value to everyone involved.

Once accepted, the workshop itself is a two day event broken into a series of 60 minute sessions. Each session is taught by an experienced operator who covers a single topic in great detail.

In addition we have 1v1 break out sessions, provide breakfast/lunch, and help connect you to your fellow peers at the workshop.

How Much Does It Cost?
Typically around $75.

This includes two breakfasts, two lunches, beverages, and happy hour.
Being entrepreneurs we are sensitive to charging for events, but we found a minimum amount enables us to make the events better (good food, audio/video equipment, location, organizer help, etc), while ensuring you are committed to the event.

What Is Taught?
Each workshop varies slightly in content depending on the teachers available, but we generally teach key lessons from idea to shipping a successful product. The topics we generally cover include:

  • Hardware Product Development Process
  • Prototyping, Prototyping, Prototyping
  • Launching A New Product
  • Building Press Relationships
  • Picking a Supplier
  • IP and Patents
  • Certifications
  • Funding A Hardware Startup
  • Building An Initial Team
  • Consumer Distribution
  • B2B Distribution
  • Founder Panel

San Francisco
September 28-29, 2017

Autodesk Gallery at One Market
One Market, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94105

A full list of teachers and topics can be found here.

Apply Here

New York
October 19-20, 2017

Newlab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
19 Morris Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205

A list of teachers and topics can be found here

Apply Here

Thank You To Our Amazing Partners


Image Credit: Werner Kunz via Creative Commons