Let’s face it: Some Kickstarter projects are trickier to execute than others. If you want to bring a new piece of technology into the world, for example, you need to think about selecting components, pricing them, connecting with the right factory, and so on.
All of that is easier to figure out than it was just a few years ago, thanks in part to the paths blazed by Kickstarter-funded hardware creators. But we think it could be a lot easier. That’s why we’ve teamed up with two industry leaders in this area, Avnet and Dragon Innovation, to develop something new: Hardware Studio.
The idea behind Hardware Studio is that independent hardware creators could use some help mastering the challenges of design and manufacturing well before they launch on Kickstarter. The first piece of this effort is Hardware Studio Toolkit, a new community site with valuable tools and tutorials for tech and design creators, along with contributions from Dragon and Avnet engineers, Kickstarter staff, experienced creators, and industry experts.
The second piece is Hardware Studio Connection, which will allow creators working on more advanced projects to get personalized advice, feedback, and services from engineers at Avnet and Dragon. Creators can apply for this program through a simple application, and participating projects will have the opportunity to be highlighted on Kickstarter.
We’ve chosen two terrific collaborators for this. Dragon Innovation are a team of hardware manufacturing experts who bring years of experience and smart software to helping companies make things, while Avnet is a global technology distributor with expertise in helping customers design and make their ideas and bring them to market. Kickstarter has had a relationship with Dragon for several years, and both Dragon and Avnet have guided dozens of Kickstarter creators through the manufacturing process.
Hardware Studio is set to launch in September. You can find out more and sign up to be notified of the launch here. Along with Dragon and Avnet, we look forward to helping many more innovative hardware projects come to life.