PCH to Host First Toronto Hardware Hackathon Next Month

PCH, a company that designs manufacturing solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies, today announced its first Toronto hardware hackathon.

The event, which takes place March 6 through 8 at the MaRS Discovery District, will include 100 makers, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers who will get their hands dirty and compete to make the best working prototype in just one weekend.

The hackthon will kick off with a virtual talk and Q&A by 3D Robotics CEO (and former Wired editor) Chris Anderson.

“This hackathon is going to be high-energy, focused and above all fun,” said PCH Hackathon Lead Katherine Hague.  “We have wonderful mentors to support participants, and a team who has done this several times and knows how to keep the energy going.”

Beginning on Friday, March 6, participants will form teams around an initial product concept, and by Sunday night, they will have developed final prototypes to present to the event’s panel of judges. There will be cash prizes for the top three winning teams including $3,000 for the first place team. The first place team will also receive $4,000 in services from Toronto engineering firm Connected Lab. The event will include one-on-one mentorship, optional workshops, speakers and pitch practice.

“The maker community is really strong in Toronto, and we want this event to celebrate them,” Hague added. “It will be very interesting to see what new product ideas come from this event.”

“Hackathons are a great way to discover and support entrepreneurs who are passionate about brand, design and the customer experience,” said PCH Founder and CEO Liam Casey. “Hackathons are today’s garages where companies get their start.”