Hardware Hackathon; Mark Hatch of TechShop to Introduce Team Pitches

Less than a week until  thousands descend on Dublin. Check out who’s going.


We’re excited to announce an expansion of the programming at Hardware Hackathon, the weekend-long maker event taking place just before Web Summit kicks off. Hardware Hackathon has pulled together a fantastic product design panel discussion with Paul Cocksedge, co-founder of the Paul Cocksedge Studio; Yonatan Raz-Fridman, Co-Founder and CEO of Kano; Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH; and Aisling Hassell, Head of Consumer Experience at Airbnb. The panel will be moderated by Ann O’Dea, CEO and Editor-at-Large at Silicon Republic, Ireland’s number one resource for technology news.


The panel, which takes place Monday night at 6:30 pm, will cover why design is crucial to the success of new hardware and software products, how design and UI can and should be incorporated into product development from day one, how designers and engineers can learn from each other, and how Ireland’s Startup community can continue to grow and thrive.


In addition to the panel, TechShop CEO and Co-Founder Mark Hatch is joining Hardware Hackathon on Monday night to introduce the final pitches from hackathon teams to the event’s panel of judges. The team which designs and prototypes the winning device will receive a €1500 prize from Hardware Hackathon organizer PCH to further develop the product, consulting from Each&Other to perfect the design, and tickets to the Web Summit. Second place receives €1,000, and third place receives €500.


Tickets to Hardware Hackathon, including the panel discussion and final pitches, are still available this week, so buy yours now. The hackathon starts this Saturday, November 1, and runs through Monday, November 3, at DCU Innovation Campus. Additional programming includes tech workshops at 1:30 pm and a screening of “Maker: The Movie” at 4 pm on Saturday.


Co-hosted by PCH and DCU, Hardware Hackathon is being run in partnership with the National College of Art and Design and Web Summit. The event’s sponsors include Airbnb, Allied Irish Bank, Design Partners, Each&Other, Intel, Nordic Semiconductor.

Hardware Hackathon will bring together over 100 designers, developers, makers, entrepreneurs, and hobbyists who will take their ideas from the back of a napkin to a full working prototype in just two days.


During the hackathon, teams will be provided with an incredible list of resources including developer kits, an Intel Galileo board, and a Raspberry Pi as well as 3D printers, CNC machines, soldering irons, a laser cutter and, of course, whiteboards and markers. Hardware Hackathon is also bringing in a group of hardware and design mentors who will help teams think through the prototyping process and beyond. And, of course, the organizers will keep attendees well-fed: Meals, snacks, and drinks are included.

Want to learn more? Check out the event page and buy your ticket now.

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