- Take an Arduino-based computer.
- Shrink it to credit card size.
- Design it to operate as a Gameboy.
That is the winning combination for e1ectr0n Hardware Pitch Contest 2.
Kevin Bates, head of Arduboy, relayed his engineering and business story on shrinking the beloved Gameboy onto a credit card computer, walking away with the e1ectr0n Hardware Toolbox and a $500 check. Kevin’s pitch was clear on many of the criteria the judges were looking for, including market interest.
Ben Loh, of Oklahoma State University, delivered his pitch from his hometown in Malaysia. The connection was a bit difficult due to technical and timing issues, but Ben’s pitch was clear on his development of the Unmanned Flying & Rolling Orb (UFRO), with a lively Q&A session. The eWindSolutions pitch given by David Schafer drew many legal questions on land use and community requirements for flying a tethered airborne energy generator. The audience was extremely interested in hearing the results from the first upcoming prototype test.
Joshua Lifton took the $250 check second-place prize with his presentation on the Novena open hardware computing platform. The platform has already tripled it’s crowdfunding goal and reached $720,000 from over 1,000 supporters. The presentation outlined how the open source, open hardware platform could replace media servers, router, and many other single-purpose devices in an office or home.
Judges Ken Seymour, OrCAD Founder; Robin Teitzel, GM of DFX Design and Board Member of Pacific Light Technology; Jim McCreight, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Oregon Technology Business Center; and Gordon Hoffman, Managing Director of NW Technology Ventures had their hands full juggling how the respective pitches met the different pitch criteria. After 30 minutes of deliberation they delivered the results to the group networking in the lobby of the Axiom Electronics offices.
A third pitch contest is not yet scheduled, but watch the OTBC emails, or this website for details.