SYD Hardware Day – Spark Festival 2019

October 28th, 2019


Hardware is not for everyone, but everyone in Hardware will be here!

Calling all Hardware founders, funders and friends – this half-day event has something for everyone!

Saturday 26th October 2019 saw the collaboration of Hardware tech come together at INCUBATE, Sydney University for a fantastic Spark Festival 2019 Event. The morning kicked off with a wonderful panel of seasoned Hardware startups discussing How to Launch a Product:  From Bootstrapping to Made to Order (and everything in-between). This was hosted and coordinated by Elyse Daniels.

Next Omar Najjar and Sayee Ganjekar from Innovation Drive facilitated the Spark Innovation Workshop:  The Invention Game. Participants divided into groups to “roll the innovation dice” which generated unique combinations of product development themes. This SPARKED group discussion and brainstorming to put together a pitch for a new innovation!

The morning was rounded off by the Lindfield Collaboration Hub’s Hardware World Cafe.

A “World Café” (according to Wikipedia) is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “table host”

Katie Green assembled nine experts to explore a specific question or topic from the Hardware Eco System. Attendees nominated which table topic they would like to visit and away we went! Have questions? We have the answers.

Ted Esdaile Watts (Tech-Creators)                                        Topic: Let’s build it! – Product design and Engineering

Michael Potas (Boost Design)                                               Topic: The Lean Start-up – The Hardware Version

Abbie Widin (One Extra Zero)                                               Topic: Discovery – What comes first the Customer or the Tech?

Kuanchen Chen (Opsis Preter Audio)                                    Topic: Founder Story – Our start-up journey and lessons learnt

David Tonkin (TCF/R&D Capital)                                            Topic: R&D Tax incentive – get the most out of your R&D $$’s

Tim Kannegieter/Geoff Sizer (Gensys Design)                       Topic: Medical Devices – regulation and going global

Anand Tamboli (Anand Tamboli & Co)                                  Topic: Emerging technologies – are you ready for the future?

Main Sequence Ventures (Martin)                                         Topic: When to ask for funding and who to ask first

Andrea Ruhrmann(FB Rice)                                                    Topic: Intellectual Property – How, When and Why