The R/GA Accelerator focuses on startups developing connected hardware products and software in the Internet of Things space. The second class of the three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven accelerator begins October 20 at R/GA’s headquarters in New York.
We are currently hiring Hackstars who have the technical skills to help the companies in the program do more faster. Are you an industrial designer, a mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer? Do you want to work alongside ten of the leading IoT companies, with support from R/GA’s technical, product and marketing teams and at one of the nation’s top startup accelerators? Do you have what it takes? Well here’s what it takes:
Industrial Design Hackstar:
- Excellent sketching, drawing and ideation skills
- Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical teams to articulate both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ design requirements
- Quickly generate visual materials in response to requirements including mood boards, drawings, renderings, prototypes, etc. and iterate until a design direction is chosen
- Experience with 3D CAD design and visualization software for presentation-ready renderings and graphics (SolidWorks, Rhino, etc.)
- Strong prototyping and finishing skills & expertise operating 3D printers, specifically FDM and polyjet
- Basic understanding of the design constraints imposed by fabrication techniques, such as injection molding, die casting, CNC milling etc.
- Grasp of the materials and their properties generally used in consumer products
Mechanical Engineer Hackstar:
- 3D CAD design on software such as Solidworks, ProEngineer or similar
- Hands on, willing to put things together quickly to test them out
- Experience building cool hardware projects
- Experience with digital fabrication prototyping technologies: 3D printing, laser cutter, CNC machine etc.
- Understanding of the design constraints imposed by fabrication techniques such as injection molding, die casting, CNC milling etc.
- Good grasp of the materials and their properties generally used in consumer products
- Experience having taken a project from prototype to product or dealing with contract manufacturers
Electrical Engineer Hackstar:
- Electrical circuit design
- PCB schematic and layout design
- Strong debugging capabilities
- Experience with wireless connectivity chips and circuits, especially bluetooth classic, bluetooth low energy and wifi
- Experience using mainstream prototyping boards: Arduino, Raspberry Pi and others
- Microcontroller programming is a plus (ARM, ATMEGA etc.)
Techstars is coming to Kansas City!
The very first Techstars class of the Sprint Accelerator will present their companies next Thursday, June 12, at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City. These ten innovative mobile health companies moved from all over the US and even as far away as Brisbane, Australia to join Techstars and Sprint in the heart of the country, right here in Kansas City.
Joining the ten mobile health companies on stage will be three of the four co-founders of Techstars – David Cohen, David Brown and Brad Feld. David Cohen is the CEO of Techstars and David Brown is the President of Techstars; both are active mentors of the Sprint Accelerator program. Brad Feld is co-founder of the Foundry Group and author of several books including Startup Communities, Venture Deals and Do More Faster, co-authored with Cohen.
The Kansas City startup community is no stranger to Brad Feld since he purchased his house in the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) last year. Referred to as the Feld House, Brad offers his three-bedroom home to entrepreneurs free of charge. KCSV has become a thriving community for startups in Kansas City, with 24 startups currently running companies out of this neighborhood. I guess you could say that Brad Feld knows how to help build a startup community!
Please join us at demo day June 12 at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City. Hear presentations from ten of the newest companies leading the mobile health revolution, meet the teams, and do your part to help support a startup community in Kansas City that would make Brad Feld proud.