With so many pure-software startups around, it can feel lonely building real-life, physical hardware. There are more of us than may meet the eye though. On March 22nd, we are coming together to meet in real life, share our experiences and learn from each other. On the agenda: food, roundtable introductions and a talk by Wired’s editor in chief Chris Anderson.
Chris is the author of The Long Tail and Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing. In addition to running Wired and writing, Chris is the founder of DIYDrones, a successful open source hardware manufacturer and online community.
The New Industrial Revolution – Once just the domain of hobbyists, the Maker Movement is emerging as a new form of entrepreneurship as people apply the Web’s social and innovation models to “small batch” manufacturing. Basing his talk in part on his own experience in leading a large open source hardware and robotics community at DIY Drones, Anderson describes how the new digital prototyping tools such as 3D printers and CNC machines, along with hackerspaces, web-based manufacturing services and marketplaces such as Etsy and Kickstarter are creating a “long tail of things,” mirroring in the physical world the web’s revolutionary impact in the digital world. In short, Atoms are the New Bits.
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