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Wednesday, May 16 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Hardware Manufacturing for Software People: Uncommon Communication FILLING

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In all human relationships, communication is key.  It can be extremely difficult to accomplish a task with someone where you don’t share a common language; hardware development or manufacturing can seem like a different language to the uninitiated.
For anyone who has tried to build a robot, they’ve discovered the need to be proficient in “hardware” and “software” to effectively integrate all of the “components” together.  It can be extremely difficult to effectively communicate technical ideas with teams or individuals who do not share a similar technology background.
This highly interactive session will feature panelists representing hardware, software and manufacturing who have learned how to bridge the communication gaps across the disciplines.  We will look at a few different areas and their impact on getting hardware manufactured:
  • Patois (jargon) – Just as in everyday life, words mean different things to different people.  We’ll untangle it for you, so you’ll be better equipped to effectively communicate with those from a different technology background.
  • Process – Manufacturing, product design and software teams all employ very different release cycles to get a device out the door. Understanding these is critical for coordinating the release of a production-ready device.
  • Production – the language manufacturers speak and what they need to be successful for you
If you have an idea for a hardware product or are currently working  on a project headed toward production, but have very little experience in manufacturing, this session is for you, even if you aren’t a self-described “software person.”

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Toby Dallas

Founder & CEO, Parts Dashboard
Toby Dallas is the founder and CEO of Parts Dashboard. His background is mechanical engineering and he has spent two decades working in consumer product design and manufacturing. He has turned that experience into a software startup that helps businesses securely organize, store... Read More →
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Alison Hughes

Co-founder & CEO, Beatrice Forms
Alison is an enthusiastic maker, software and firmware engineer, entrepreneur, and goat farmer. Her software has supported audio hardware in many Apple products of the last decade, including Macs, iPhone and iPad, and the Apple Cinema Display. Last year she co-founded Beatrice Forms... Read More →
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Jenney Loper

Director of Operations, Fractional COO, Zebulon Solutions
I have been in manufacturing since the age of 6, where I worked in my father's machine shop. After receiving a degree in Physics, I've spent my career working in high tech in the Front Range in companies ranging from small start-ups to global organizations. The diversity of industry... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am MDT
Galvanize (Half - B) 1023 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80302