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MAKE’s Hardware Innovation Workshop
, set for May 14-15, 2013, has just issued a call for prototypes of early stage products, projects, and ideas. Selected prototypes will be presented at the opening session of the workshop, and featured in the Innovation Showcase on Tuesday, May 14. Each winning entrant will have five minutes to present their idea and a prototype: a two-minute pitch followed by a three-minute demonstration of the prototype.

The Hardware Innovation Workshop, presented by GE, is aimed at makers in business trying to figure out how to navigate everything from fundraising to strategic partners to manufacturing options.The event also shines the spotlight on  innovative tools and technology, platforms and projects, and devices and designs based on open hardware.

Attendees will vote for the most interesting and innovative product idea, taking into consideration its application, target market, and commercial viability. The winner will receive a slot on the Innovation Stage to present their prototype to the Maker Faire audience the following weekend. Submit a video of your project to www.prototypepitch.eventbrite.com. Your entry must be an early stage new product idea that is not on the market and not currently posted on a crowdfunding site. The deadline is Friday, April 19, 2013.

Best of luck!

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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