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Startup Weekend Gets Physical

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3d_touch_3d_printerSanta Barbara Startup Weekend is getting physical with hands-on, touch-them, feel-them, use-them real products. We are stepping beyond the “everything software” tradition and joining up with the SB Maker community to create new companies that bring physical products to market.

This year we are featuring several 3D printers on-site, Ardunio boards, and a slew of expert mentors who can help you turn your concepts into reality. We have created special “Maker” tickets to encourage Makers to join us for the weekend and their color coded tags will enable you to quickly identify them and woo them onto your team. We are also encouraging Makers to pitch ideas and there will be special prize opportunities for physical product teams.

JohnStumpOn the mentor front, we are featuring John Stump, Mechanical Engineer, an avid inventor who has launched products such as medical devices, consumer electronics, and fitness equipment, and is listed as inventor or co-inventor on many US Patents. John owns his own machine shop, so he can help you turn your physical product ideas into reality.

Ethan LowryWe are proud to have Ethan Lowry, who has just raised almost $200,000 in 30-days on KickStarter for Poppy, a physical product that turns your cell phone into a 3D camera. Ethan gave a pre-public presentation to StartupSB before he launched and you will see video from that event on the Poppy web site.

Casey HareWe excited to announce that Casey Hare, Senior Systems Engineer at Angstrom Designs, will be joining as a mentor. Casey is an expert in instrumentation and automation and has created software, electrical, and mechanical systems for a variety of startup and growing companies in town. Casey teaches system design, automation, and robotics at UCSB.

More exciting mentors and participants from the Maker space are coming soon. Stay tuned for more information and register now for Santa Barbara Startup Weekend, Nov 15-17, 2013.