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Hardware Accelerator 2017: Week 4 (End of Sprint 1)

Hardware Accelerator 2017: Week 4 (End of Sprint 1)

Curious what happens during the Rev summer Hardware Accelerator? Here’s a quick recap of Week 4. Be sure to join us on August 10th for Hardware Demo Day, where the teams will get to show off their prototypes. 

Week Four of the Hardware Accelerator was the wrap-up for Sprint 1. Teams got a workshop in presenting at a critique session and receiving feedback in a productive way from Communications Lead Bonnie Sanborn.

Communications lead Bonnie Sanborn walks the teams through an effective critique process.

Jake Reisch, Cornell eLab alum and founder of Eversound, spoke to the teams via Skype. He shared his experience pivoting in a big way, drawing from personal experience with his company. He advised young entrepreneurs to look for customers who need help solving a big problem — in his case, hearing loss and social isolation among the elderly.

Eversound founder Jake Reisch waves hello to teams from Skype.

To prepare for the end of Sprint 1, teams had to prepare a presentation about their customer discovery process. The presentations were formally presented to the Rev team and special guests, with each team getting 7 minutes to present and 3 minutes for Q&A. They were encouraged to focus on obstacles and struggles; the emphasis was on feasibility, not pitching. After the presentations, teams got additional feedback from entrepreneurs in residence and the Tech Instructors.

The team from Cornell’s I-Gem program presents during the Sprint 1 review.

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