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Hardware Accelerator 2017: Week 3

Hardware Accelerator 2017: Week 3

Curious what happens during the Rev summer Hardware Accelerator? Here’s a quick recap of Week 3. Be sure to join us on August 10th for Hardware Demo Day, where the teams will get to show off their prototypes. 

In the third week of the Hardware Accelerator, teams began to prepare for their first design review. A unique strength of the Rev Hardware Accelerator is the dual emphasis on business model development alongside prototype development; during this week, teams worked on both aspects of their project. They created low resolution prototypes for use in customer discovery.

Tech Instructors train teams in proper use of Prototyping Shop tools.

To continue developing their business model, they also met with Rev entrepreneurs in residence. These mentoring meetings allowed teams to get individualized feedback from EIRs and Tech Instructors.

Hardware team iGem meets with business mentors and tech instructors.

Director Ken Rother spoke about the growing hardware ecosystem in the region and in the U.S. He showed teams how they could leverage resources for their next steps after the program: companies that assist with manufacturing and next-phase programs that support hardware entrepreneurs.

Director Ken Rother walks the teams through the resources of the regional hardware ecosystem.

A special speaker this week was Cornell alum and hardware entrepreneur Kristen McClellan, creator of SnappyScreen. McClellan spoke about balancing school with her startup, and breaking in to partnerships with major hospitality chains.

Kristen McClellan, founder of SnappyScreen, Skypes with the teams.

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