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Late last year, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) challenged the city’s makers to compete in a year-long New York’s Next Top Makers Challenge.

The goal of the challenge was to support design-driven production, promote a culture of innovation, and to foster the development of new businesses in New York City.

It appears to be working. Fifty five ideas were submitted and evaluated by a panel of judges; the public was also invited to vote. A few months ago, six finalists were named. All six are now finishing up a five-month studio residency, with assistance and mentorship from a wide variety of New York City-based businesses.

In a few weeks one of them will be selected as the Grand Prize winner, which comes with an $11,000 cash prize.

That winner will be announced at MAKE’s Hardware Innovation Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at a special evening reception at the New York Hall of Science.

The setting is appropriate. The New York version of the popular maker pro event focuses on industrial design, features investors from East Coast venture firms that specialize in hardware, local hardware startups, and promote entrepreneurs with early stage products and prototypes.

This one-day event, presented by GE, and sponsored by ShopBot and Engadget, will feature over 30 speakers with expertise in digital fabrication and manufacturing, 3D printing, and industrial design.

(For more details about the New York Next Top Makers event, and to register for the 2013 MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop at NYSCI in Queens, NY, visit: makezine.com/hardware-innovation-workshop.)

Until then, the six finalist teams are still furiously working away, polishing their projects.

You can see all 55 submissions on the New York’s Next Top Makers submission page.

But here are the six finalists. Which one do you think deserves the Grand Prize?

DC Denison

DC Denison

DC Denison is the editor of The Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection of makers and business. That means hardware startups, new products, and market trends.

The former technology editor of The Boston Globe, DC is also interested in content management systems.

One of the places where DC can be found online is Google+ (which I’m adding here only because I want to see if by adding “rel=author” and “rel=me” to those two links I can get Google to display my picture in its search results.)

Hey, it works!


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