HWTrek Workshop


HWTrek has created the collaboration platform over the past two and a half years that has fast grown to become the largest hardware IoT ecosystem with more than 1,300 IoT hardware projects, more than 4,900 individual creators, and the 900 most relevant manufacturers and solution providers.

Workshop topics

HWTrek has already successfully matched more than 700 projects with manufacturers and other experts. The HWTrek workshop addresses questions almost every creator encounters during the hardware creation process:

  • What different kinds of manufacturers are there? Which one is the right one for my project?
  • Where do I find a suitable factory? How do I approach a factory and what kind of documentation do I need?
  • How do I make sure that I get the best price? What do I need to know beyond BOM and NRE cost?
  • How does an OEM/ODM work? Who is involved in the production process and what are their roles?
  • What do I have to contribute as a hardware creator and how do I ensure that my project will be successful?

Startup accelerators can request the workshop here: HWTrek Supply Chain Workshops


Workshop Mentors



The workshops will be provided by Martin Feuerhahn, Chief Project Mentor at HWTrek. Martin has more than 20 years experience working in Asia for multinational IT companies and founded several start-ups in hardware, software, and mobile apps. Prior to joining HWTrek he sourced and shipped hundreds of different IT and consumer electronics products for billion-dollar companies like Actebis or Medion. As HWTrek Project Mentor he helps innovative hardware start-ups to navigate the complexity of hardware projects in general and especially with the outsourced production services in Taiwan and China.




LinChangtsong Lin has been helping startups and enterprises to develop and manufacture their products in Shenzhen, China. Prior to joining HWTrek he offered manufacturing service to enterprises like Harman International as well as start-ups with a Swiss-owned contract manufacturing company. As HWTrek Director of Project Management in Shenzhen, he helps innovative hardware start-ups by diagnosing their current supply chain strategies and providing technical and commercial project management suggestions to overcome difficulties involved with outsourced manufacturing in China and set up specific supply chains tailored to the unique circumstances of each hardware creator.




Workshop Schedule

Austin, Texas, USA
June 16, 2016

In partnership with:

meetupAustin Hardware Startup Meetup

We’re a group for all things hardware startups. The purpose of this group is to bring together folks interested in building businesses around physical technology products – to grow the Austin hardware community, raise awareness of hardware startups and resources, and learn from each other and those who have done it before.

Barcelona, Spain
September 8, 2016
Sign up here: Eventbrite

In partnership with:

PrintKIC InnoEnergy

The challenge is big, but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe. Innovation is the answer. New ideas, products and solutions that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market.
At KIC InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to customers. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, entrepreneurs and markets, graduates and employers, researchers and businesses.



Previous workshops impressions

HWTrek workshop 2015 series in Europe has finished. We toured five European cities – Tallinn, Vilnius, Berlin, London and Lisbon and met close to a hundred hardware inventors eager to take the next step in their product development journey. We learned that the hardware space in Europe is very creative and very active.

HWTrek Workshop Slider 02

Tallinn, Estonia. November 17, 2015
Vilnius, Lithuania. November 19, 2015
Berlin, Germany. November 24, 2015
London, UK. November 26, 2015
Lisbon, Portugal, March 18, 2016