Early bird registration for MAKE’s Hardware Innovation Workshop ends Monday, April 15. The second annual event, May 14-15 in San Mateo, Calif., comes right before Maker Faire and will feature new hardware products and services and the makers who have created them.hiw_web-asset_cochairs

The Hardware Innovation Workshop is all about the business of making. The event is designed for makers trying to figure out how to navigate the business ecosystem—from fundraising to advanced manufacturing options. More than 30 speakers will share the stage at the event, offering business insights into manufacturing options for startups, and collaborative strategies from funding to production to distribution, marketing and positioning. VCs will discuss which products get their attention and why, and entrepreneurial makers will tell their stories.

Chris Anderson

DIY Drones’ Chris Anderson.

Workshop speakers include recognized leaders from the maker movement such as Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino; Chris Anderson, founder and CEO of 3D Robotics and DIY Drones; Bunnie Huang, co-founder of Chumby; Jay Silver, founder of MaKey MaKey; and Zach Kaplan, founder and CEO of Inventables. In addition, partners from leading VC firms, and accelerators and incubators that focus primarily on hardware innovation will share their insights and strategies. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers: maker pros and experts who will provide invaluable insights to help you take the first step to pro. The event is presented by GE.


Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi.