Last night, NYC Tech Connect hosted its first Technology You Can Touch mixer—a networking event aimed at engineers and inventors with the goal of fostering "the development of a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in NYC." While New York is currently awash in incubator and startup support for artists and new media technologists, organizer Shari Ford is particularly committed to nurturing endeavors in bioscience, cleantech, material, and other hard sciences—which are less served outside of university or college settings. The Technology You Can Touch event looked to start assisting this community by focusing on identifying non-university support and resources available for those in the hard sciences in New York City.
To that end, the inaugural meet-and-greet included working industrial designers from companies like ECCO Design, entrepreneurs with projects ranging from a solar-powered grill to laser-cut false eyelashes and representatives from a variety of labs, incubators, and other resources in New York City where people turn their designs into reality via 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, work spaces and most importantly, community.
A few of the representatives were:
Additional resources for designers and fabricators include:
NYC Tech Connect has pulled together a lot of New York City's potential and we're excited to see what develops out of this new community.
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