In this second episode of the MakingSociety podcast, I interview Nick Pinkston, community-builder and hardware entrepreneur who played a key role at building the hardware community in Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area.
I met Nick almost two years ago when he had just moved to San Francisco.
Since then, I have seen him making his way in the Bay Area startup ecosystem to the point that he tremendously helped creating a structured hardware startup community, now spreading worldwide. He is a dedicated and passionate man, obsessed with hardware as a way to make the world a better place.
What we talk about in this episode
In this episode, you will hear about how to build a community:
- the Pittsburgh hardware scene and the birth of Pittsburgh hackerspace, HackPittsburgh
- moving to San Francisco Bay Area and meeting the right people for your hardware project
- the rise of the hardware startup community: from nothing to the first Hardware Meetup
- how to organize a meetup: format, sponsors, invitations, emails, archives
- strategies for building a community: shared open docs, building tools by and for the community (the MakerMap), online forums…
- why to build a community: motivations, opportunities
- tools and ideas for building a community online and offline: meetup.com, reddit, stack exchange, google docs, twitter, blogs, link exchange…
- a few key events for hardware entrepreneurs (Hardware Meetup, FooCamp, Hardware Unconference, Sketching…)
Links & Resources
Nick shares a lot of interesting resources for the hardware entrepreneur. Here are the links we talk about in this episode:
- Hardware Spaces: NYC Resistor, HackPittsburgh, Techshop events
- CloudFab bought by VistaTek
- Meetups: SF Hardware Meetup, New York Hardware Meetup, Bay Area Factory Tours, Hardware Meetups Map
- Community Tools: TheMakerMap, Hardware Meetup Spreadsheet
- Hardware Startups on Reddit: /hwstartups
- Nick Pinkston on Twitter
- Hardware events formats: FooCamp, UnConference (the Hardware UnConference), Ignite, Sketching in Hardware
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