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A conference this August 3rd in NYC, made for people who build online businesses around physical products.

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This project's funding goal was not reached on June 13, 2014.

About this project

ThingConf is a one-day conference, happening on Sunday, August 3rd, in New York City. Maybe you have a small business already, or maybe you're just starting to prototype. In either case, you've realized the incredible amount of work that goes into creating a product. Come to this conference to share your knowledge and learn from other attendees — to talk about all of the work behind the work.

The Speakers

Jessica Rosenkrantz — Nervous System
Max Temkin — Cards Against Humanity
Pablo Garcia — NeoLucida
Sha Hwang — Gifpop + Meshu
Greg J. Smith — HOLO Magazine
Mary Huang — Continuum Fashion
Mike Estee — OtherMachine
Matthew Borgatti — Sleek and Destroy

The Format

The conference will be structured as a single-track, giving each speaker 25 minutes to talk about their experience launching a product. We're not going to have any Q&A on stage, but we will have plenty of breaks to chat with the speakers one-on-one.

We know that one of the most important parts of a conference is meeting other interesting people, so we will have ample time built in for socializing and networking. Before the conference, we will publish (with permission) an attendee directory, to make it easier to find other people with shared interests.

Finally, we're going to have a professional photographer and a mini-studio with us during the conference for product photoshoots. If you have a product and have wanted high-quality professional photos of it, be sure to nab one of the photography/conference combo tickets!

The schedule will be something like this:
9:30 — Doors Open
10:00-12:00 — Talks
12:00-1:30 — Lunch in the Lower East Side
1:30-3:00 — Talks
3:00-3:30 — Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 — Talks
4:30-6:00 — Drinks + Networking!

The Photographer

Brooklyn based artist and photographer Numidas Prasarn (NumiEmpire) has been working in the fashion and photography industry for 10 years. Dedicated to helping others gain aesthetic control of their lives she has produced, art directed, and photographed campaigns from both independent and established designers alike.

The photo shoots will be offered in 30-minute sessions, and you will be guaranteed 3-5 shots from the session. Numi and her assistant are going to be working non-stop throughout the day, so you will be able to walk out of the conference with your finished photos!

The Space

ThingConf will be happening at 155 Rivington, the old Kickstarter office! (coincidentally, it's also where Rancid filmed their Time Bomb video) The building is located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, smack-dab in the middle of cafes, restaurants, and bars, and ample public transportation.

check out this lovely location!
check out this lovely location!

Who's Behind This?

Hi everyone! I'm Rachel Binx. I've been creating products and small companies for a couple of years now, namely with Gifpop and Meshu. When I was starting out, it felt like it took ages to figure out even the most basic aspects of getting a product out of the door. I want to help others avoid that experience by making a space where small business owners can come together and learn from each other.


I couldn't have put this conference together without the help of Christina Xu and Gary Chou. Both of them have helped tremendously as sounding boards for my ideas, connecting me with the right people and giving me a ton of advice. I'd also like to thank Andy Baio for all of his advice on putting together a conference.

The music in the video is by Podington Bear, and image credits for the speaker slides are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Risks and challenges

This is our first time putting on ThingConf, but I have an amazing group of people helping me figure out logistics and take care of all of the tiny details.

There's a bar next door to the space that plays a matinee punk rock show every weekend, and we thiiiiiink it's just on Saturday. Worst case, we'll just have some lovely ambient punk rock music underneath the presentations ;)

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    THE POINT — Our undying love, and exclusive behind-the-scenes updates.

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    THE LINE — Early access to all conference materials online, including videos and sketchnotes of the talks.

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    THE STUDENT — One student ticket to the conference, will full access to the talks and online resources. Please only purchase this if you are a currently-enrolled student!

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    THE PLANE — One ThingConf Ticket: Full access to the event and early access to the videos online. Can't wait to see you there!

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    THE SPACE — One ThingConf Ticket + Private Photography Session: On top of the conference ticket and early access to online videos, you also get one 30-minute appointment with our professional photographer. Bring your products to be photographed to the event, and we'll see you there!

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    THE SPACETIME CONTINUUM — Two hours of one-on-one consulting with yours truly about your project or company. We can meet up for coffee if you're in NYC, or do a Skype call if you're not <3

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