Airbnb, TechShop and Kano to join panel at Dublin’s Hardware Hackathon

28 Oct 2014

Liam Casey, CEO, PCH International

Experts in design and consumer experience from companies such as TechShop, Airbnb, Kano and Paul Cocksedge Studio will be on the panel at this weekend’s upcoming Hardware Hackathon in Dublin.

Following on from September’s successful Hardware Hackathon, Ireland’s first Design and Hardware Hackathon will take place on November 1-3 at the DCU Innovation Campus in Glasnevin.

The event is being run in partnership with the National College of Art and Design and Web Summit.

It aims to encourage collaboration among industrial designers and the next generation of connected device and ‘internet of things’ innovators.

Over 36 hours, it will bring together designers, makers, connected hardware enthusiasts and innovators to pitch their hardware ideas, and then form teams to conceive, design and make prototypes of the next generation of connected devices, supported throughout by cutting-edge design expertise and with access to some of the best hardware equipment available globally.

Open public tech workshops take place from 1.30pm on Saturday 1 November and will feature a screening of Maker: The Movie.

At 6.30pm on Monday, 3 November, a panel discussion will take place, and will include contributions from Paul Cocksedge, co-founder of Paul Cocksedge Studio, Aisling Hassell, the head of consumer experience at Airbnb and Yonatan Raz-Fridman, CEO and co-founder of Kano, a DIY computer kit designed to help people of all ages assemble a computer from scratch, and learn basic coding skills.

Pitch perfect

They will be joined by PCH International chief executive Liam Casey and the panel will be moderated by Ann O’Dea, CEO and editor-at-large at, media partners at the event.

Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder at TechShop, will introduce the final pitching sessions where participating teams will present their completed prototypes to a panel of judges including representatives from DCU, PCH and NCAD. 

TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than US$1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software.

Winners will be announced following the panel discussion. The team which designs and prototypes the winning device will receive a €1,500 prize from PCH to further develop their product, consulting from Each&Other to perfect their design and tickets to the Web Summit.

The runners-up will receive €1,500 and the third placed team will receive €500.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years