Hardware Hackathon Weekend – get involved!

13 August 2014 – Dublin City University will next month partner with PCH International to host Ireland’s first dedicated Hardware Hackathon event.  The unique two-day weekend event will take place at DCU’s new Innovation Campus in Glasnevin, bringing  together makers and Internet of Things (IoT) hardware enthusiasts to conceive and prototype connected devices.

The event will take place at DCU’S Innovation Campus from September 12th to 14th, and will have capacity for approx. 100 participants, including entrepreneurs, product designers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, developers and makers from across Ireland. Participants will be encouraged to get creative and collaborate from concept stage to final pitch, aiming to develop innovative solutions and potentially create the next big thing in hardware.

The event will begin with attendees proposing ideas and forming teams. Participants can pitch their product ideas to the audience in an effort to attract people to join their teams. The best ideas will be voted on, and participants will then work in their teams over 46 hours, from 7.30pm on Friday evening to their final presentations at 5.30pm on Sunday evening.

PCH are well known for designing custom manufacturing solutions for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. As well as offering assistance in developing ideas and articulating their vision, PCH – along with DCU Innovation Campus – will provide each team with prototyping  equipment including Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits with IoT connectivity solutions by Spark, Body Trace and MbientLab. Intel will provide Galileo microcontroller boards and Irish company LayerLabz will offer 3D printing solutions.

The participating teams will demonstrate their completed prototypes to a panel of judges, which will include representatives from DCU, PDH, AIB, Cisco, Tyndall Institute, Design Partners and Frontline Ventures.  The Hackathon will conclude with a panel discussion at 7pm on Sunday evening which will focus on how start-ups, multi-nationals and other stakeholders can ensure that Ireland becomes a leading hub for the IoT. The panel will feature respected industry leaders, including:

– Paddy Cosgrave, Founder and CEO, The Summit

– Liam Casey, Founder and CEO, pch

– Philip Moynagh, V.P.Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation

– Ben Harris, CEO Drop

Further information on how to participate and register is available here:

Ticket Prices:
– €25 (€40 after August 20th)
– €15 (Student – Limited number available to valid student ID holders)

The event is a non-profit event with tickets costs going directly towards food and supplies over the weekend

Prizes include:
– €3,000 fund for the continuing development of the winning product, sponsored by AIB.
– An individually tailored “Start Your Own Business course” for the top two teams, sponsored by Dublin City Local Enterprise Board.
– An Intel Galileo board for each member of the winning team.
– Electron engineering consultations with PCH’s award winning in-house team.
– Product design consultations with Design Partners.
– Free 3D printing.
– Rasberry Pi and Arduino kits.

About PCH

PCH designs custom manufacturing solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Whether design engineering and development, manufacturing and fulfillment, distribution or retail, PCH takes on the toughest challenges. If it can be imagined, it can be made. At PCH, we make. pchintl.com

About Dublin City University Innovation Campus

The new DCU innovation campus will facilitate a clustering of ‘bits’ and ‘atoms’ focused companies and provide them with physical office and prototyping/engineering space, as well as demonstration and commercialisation opportunities, co-located and working in partnership with DCU researchers.