Marketplace Breakout Session
Getting products to market has taken turn a turn with the democratization of marketplace tools and distribution. This session will highlight some of the new ways entrepreneurs are getting their products into the hand of consumers.
From Makerspace to Marketplace with Sander Arts. As a Maker, you can create systems on Maker boards like Arduino faster than ever, dramatically lowering the cost of prototyping your new ideas. But, when you’re ready to promote your projects for funding or potential commercialization, how do you market your project to bring the necessary attention required? You need to find the right partner to help promote your projects through creative digital media including social, blogs, videos, infographics and more to get the word out. In this session, you’ll learn how to go from Maker Space to Market Place, turning your Maker-board prototype into a viable business through digital marketing platforms.
How 3D Printing is Changing Design with Peter Weijmarshausen. Design processes are constantly evolving, and new technologies always seem to have a way to raise the bar. As 3D printing technologies grow, the time between idea to iteration to final product is drastically being reduced, and time to market is jumping from years to mere months. With this technology, the traditional barriers to entry evaporate: there is minimal upfront investment, no inventory requirements, no minimum runs, and no partners on the other side of the ocean. The result is risk-free innovation. This presentation will explore how independent designers and large organizations alike are using 3D printing to introduce new products.
Community Driven Manufacturing with Bram de Zwart. Last year saw the first successful display of distributed manufacturing when the 3D Hubs community of 12k 3D printer owners produced over 50k products. Distributed manufacturing is not a future dream, but a current reality.