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New York's Next Top Makers shifted from a competition to a community-sourced incubator following a quest in 2013 to better understand the hardware ecosystem of New York City. What better way of doing that than to work hand-in-hand with hardware startups themselves. Next Top Makers, now in its third year, has already incubated a dozen companies and supported hundreds of others, and this year, will scale to reach 70 companies through incubation support.  New accelerators and spaces supporting hardware are regularly opening up. Join Katey discuss how Next Top Makers flipped the traditional incubator model to put NYC on the map for hardware!


While at SecondMuse, a collaboration and design agency based in the US and Australia, Katey Metzroth has worked on a variety of programs ranging from the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking to incorporating and applying human-centered design approaches to Internet Freedom to designing and leading acceleration programming in hardware to the blue economy. Currently, Katey leads New York's Next Top Makers, a community-sourced accelerator, created in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation. This year, the team will scale the program from six startups accelerated annually to more than 70! In addition to building New York's hardware ecosystem, Katey also led community management for NASA's International Space Apps Challenge.

8:30 PM @1000 £ Bend (The Gallery), 361 Little Lonsdale Street

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.