San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2013
HWTrek (Hardware Trek) announced today the release of its Public Beta site (http://www.hwtrek.com), a community-driven platform that unites makers, design and manufacturing experts and backers who are passionate about bringing next-generation hardware dreams to life and to market.
Until now, the website was closed to the public, and web users who wished to join HWTrek had to request for a passcode in order to access the platform. Users from around the world can now participate in the community simply by signing up with their Facebook account for Maker access, or LinkedIn account for Expert access, or creating a new HWTrek account.
“Making hardware is no easy task. Conceiving a good idea is just the first step - the real trick is to make it happen,” said Lucas Wang, CEO, HWTrek. “Oftentimes, makers find themselves plagued with design, manufacturing and supply chain problems after the prototype leaves the lab, and even after raising funds. That’s why we created HWTrek.”
Designed from ground up with the needs of hardware makers in mind, HWTrek connects fledgling makers with design, manufacturing and marketing experts who will share invaluable insights on a wide range of issues – including manufacturing, costing and sourcing – to help create a better product on time and on budget.
Since HWTrek’s closed beta launch in September, the platform’s expert community has grown to over 80 individuals and companies. They include:
The collaborative nature of HWTrek encourages open forum discussions between makers and experts. Makers can also solicit advice and feedback about their projects from the experts privately, to help refine and improve designs.
The first round of HWTrek campaigns going live from this week will feature projects from the US, UK and Taiwan, including:
Campaigns that raise $50,000 on HWTrek will receive matching funds with an extra $20,000, or a total of $40,000 for campaigns that raise $100,000 or more.
Learn more about the campaigns at http://www.hwtrek.com/.
HWTrek pairs manufacturing experts with project creators to help navigate the complexities of bringing new hardware to market, in order to deliver a high quality product on time, under budget, and at scale. Backers get high quality products, and creators get the support they need to make their product vision a reality. Learn more about HWTrek: http://hwtrek.com.