I can't wait to attend the Make: Hardware Innovation Workshop on May 14-15 (that's the Tuesday and Wednesday before Maker Faire Bay Area weekend, May 18-19):

This award-winning business event shines the spotlight on the most interesting and innovative tools and technology, platforms and projects, and devices and designs based on open source hardware.


The 1-1/2 day event kicks-off Tuesday with a VC panel, “Pitch Your Prototype,” and “Getting Started,” case studies of maker pros with early stage products. The Innovation Showcase follows, a unique opportunity to casually engage with over two dozen makers who have their cutting-edge products and devices on display. Creating an almost magical atmosphere where hardware innovation and creative genius generates spirited ideation, the Innovation Showcase is not to be missed.


The speaker line-up includes:


  • Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones
  • Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino
  • Robert Faludi, collaborative strategy leader at Digi International
  • Bunnie Huang, co-founder of Chumby
  • Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky
  • Dave Merrill, co-founder and president of Sifteo
  • Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation


And for those of you who have created a nifty device, the organizers have issued a Call for Prototypes:


Pitch Your Prototype!

"The MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop, coming up May 14-15, 2013, has just issued a Call for Prototypes, in search of early stage products, projects, and ideas. Selected prototypes will be presented at the opening session of the Workshop, and featured in the Innovation Showcase on Tuesday, May 14."