The more I hear about the EE Live! event March 31-April 3, the more excited I get. The conference already has tons of really cool things going on, but I keep getting excited about the speakers I'll get to see. I already talked a bit with Bunnie Huang about open-source hardware, and now I'm really enjoying reading about Adam Ellsworth and his company, 8-Bit Lit.
It's is a fairly simple concept. Ellsworth's company has created the iconic questionmark block from the popular video game Super Mario Brothers in real life as a lamp that lights up if you bump it from below, just like in the game. The idea is incredibly simple, but taking that idea through a successfull Kickstarter campaign and then on to manufacturing can be quite difficult.
Luckily, Ellsworth's team has been extremely open about the process. A full blog on the 8-Bit Lit site outlines the trials and tribulations of this process. There is some great information in there ranging from manufacturing issues to assembly dilemmas. The contributors even share some of the interesting foods they've encountered in their travels.
The openness and detail I see in the information on 8-Bit Lit gets me really excited to see Ellsworth at EE Live! He is one of the organizers of the all-new, two-day Hardware Startup Summit, and I'm particularly interested in hearing about running a successful kickstarter campaign. It seems that so often the people who are willing to share are those who failed, possibly because those who succeeded don't have the time to talk anymore.
EE Live! will host several other valuable programs alongside ESC, including the Black Hat Engineering Summit, Android Engineering Certification Program, Super C++ Tutorial, and Internet of Things Engineering Summit. The EE Live! Schedule Builder page offers session details for all events, including the Hardware Startup Engineering Summit.
Special prices for passes to EE Live!, ESC, and its various summits/boot camps are still available with various package options. Passes for the expo segment, where oodles of exhibitors are signed up and cool hands-on activities are planned, are free. You can also follow updates about EE Live! programs, sessions, and announcements on the conference's social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.