2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: Foundry

Crowdbuilding: Building Hardware Here and There

Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Courtyard Marriott
Rio Grande Ballroom
300 E 4th St


With luck and perseverance, hardware start-ups will eventually face the challenge of building their product to scale. While manufacturing in Asia is often the de facto choice, it is not always the best option. Many factors should be considered, including travel time and access to the factory, customs and shipping logistics, parts sourcing and counterfeit components, communication barriers, quality assurance, and governmental regulations. This session will explore the pros and cons of both US and offshore manufacturing resources.

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Joe Grand at SXSW

Joe Grand

Principal Engineer

Grand Idea Studio

Joe Grand (@joegrand), formerly known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, product designer, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of L0pht Heavy Industr...

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Joshua Lifton

CEO & Co-founder

Crowd Supply

Josh received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he's devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to m...

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Lucas Wang at SXSW

Lucas Wang



Hardware lover, play different kinds of roles in early stage development, such as a VC Partner, a ODM Manager, a CEO of accelerator, and a CEO of HWTrek.
HWTrek is the global hardware innovation ...

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Travis McCollum

COO & Co-Founder

WigWag LLC

Travis McCollum is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of WigWag, an Austin-based tech startup, where he oversees the company’s operations, including the design and manufacturing of hardware...

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