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Highway1 application for fall 2015 is now open

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One of the most interesting hardware accelerators Highway1 is currently taking on new applications for the fall of 2015. So if you got a prototype and are looking to get your hardware startup going for real, this is for you.

This call for applications is explicitly open for companies founded outside the US, too – as an ambassador for Highway1, I’m happy to help and talk to you if you’re based in Europe (personally, I’m based in Berlin).

For a quick first glance at the program:

Highway1 is a full-spectrum, hands-on educational program that helps entrepreneurs realize their retail distribution dreams. In exchange for 4-7% equity, Highway1 offers $50,000 in cash in addition to the benefits of our prototyping labs, mentor network, location, and global connections.

It’s a program that caters specifically to early-stage companies building hardware for the long term.

It’s a great team you’d be working with, I highly recommend it.

You can find details on highway.io, or just straight to the application details here.

18 days to ThingsCon

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Over on the @ThingsCon twitter account I just sent out a tweet:

T minus 18 days to go! Sign up today at http://thingscon.com

Eighteen days to the event. And even though there are still (always) tons of loose ends, we’re now down to the polish. The program kicks ass, the speaker lineup is truly humbling, the team is well organized.

It is so much easier this year. Almost indescribably so. Last year, same time, I was heavily involved in not one but three events that would all go down almost back to back: NEXT, which I curate; UIKonf, which I co-chaired that year; and on top of that, ThingsCon, which we had just launched that year on short notice ]and completely bootstrapped.

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Joining the Highway1 Ambassador Program

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Highway1 is one of the best hardware accelerators out there. Part of global producat development and supply chain PCH, Highway1 is focused on early seed stage hardware startups helping them develop their idea from prototype to manufacturable, scalable product.

I’m happy to announce that the good folks over at Highway1 kindly asked me to join as an ambassador alongside an great group of inspiring people. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping my eyes open primarily for European startups that might stand to profit from working with Highway1. It’s a great way to help hardware startups get faster from idea to market.

Full disclosure: Highway1 has in the past sponsored and otherwise supported events of mine, like ThingsCon.

ThingsCon comes to Amsterdam

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On November 7, our friends Iskander Smit and Monique van Dusseldorp are bringing ThingsCon to Amsterdam as a local one-day event. With support from info.nl, they planned for a full day of both hands-on workshops and inspiring talks.

The line-up is pretty sweet indeed, speakers include Alper Çugun (Hubbub), Brendan Dawes, Harald Feijth (Chamber of Commerce), Prof. Dr. Elise Giaccardi (TU Delft), Rafi Haladjian (Sen.se), Dr. Ianus Keller (For Inspiration Only), Raimo van der Klein (Legendary Studio), Rob van Kranenburg (Council Internet of Things), Martin van Rijn (TNO), Marcel Schouwenaar (The Incredible Machine), Iskander Smit (info.nl), Scott Smith (Changeist), Freek van’t Ooster (Click.nl Media), Omar Tegel (Top Vision Group), and yours truly.

If you’re there, make sure to say hi!

Learn more about the program and register for ThingsCon Amsterdam today.

ThingsCon 2015: new website!

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ThingsCon 2015 website

 

We just relaunched the ThingsCon website to kick off preparations for ThingsCon 2015. Emanuel has once more done a gorgeous job with the design. As of now, the site will be the best way to stay up to date. Early Bird ticket sales are starting, content proposals can be submitted and there’s information for potential sponsors as well.

 

ThingsCon is Europe’s leading conference about the future of hardware, connected devices and the Internet of Things. Berlin, 8/9 May 2015. Learn more at thingscon.com and on Twitter @thingscon.