Hardware Studio is an initiative from Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation to help creators prepare for manufacturing before they launch on Kickstarter. It has two elements:
Creators accepted into the Connection program receive guidance and access to solutions from Avnet and Dragon Innovation to help them strengthen their manufacturing readiness. Producing physical products is a challenging endeavor, and by helping creators prepare before they launch, we can help them better manage the risks involved in this process. Based on a readiness assessment prior to campaign launch, creators are awarded a Hardware Studio Connection insignia to reflect the manufacturing status across four levels. Learn more about the insignia and what they mean below.
Acceptance into the Connection program is a significant accomplishment. We have robust application criteria and an experienced team that reviews every potential Hardware Studio Connection participant. All creators accepted into the Hardware Studio Connection program may display the “ENGAGED” insignia on their Kickstarter project page.
PROJECT WAS ACCEPTED INTO PROGRAM AND IS RECEIVING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION GUIDANCE FROM EXPERTS AT AVNET AND DRAGON INNOVATION
Industry experts in consumer electronics, supply chain, and manufacturing at Avnet and Dragon Innovation have reviewed the design, cost, and build viability of the project
Received advice and coaching from Avnet and Dragon Innovation
Has a working proof-of-concept prototype, at minimum
Understands challenges and is realistic about project timelines and costs
The READY insignia is for teams that have taken steps to prepare for manufacturing and delivery. This insignia indicates the readiness of a creator to fulfill Kickstarter campaign commitments. These harder-to-obtain insignia are awarded prior to campaign launch, following a readiness assessment by the Connection team made up of experts from Avnet and Dragon Innovation. There are three levels of readiness indicated by the insignia, increasing from 1 to 3 as a project advances towards manufacturing.
PROJECT HAS A MATURE PROTOTYPE THAT CAN BECOME A MANUFACTURABLE PRODUCT
Based on a review prior to launch, the product is on track but still in the prototype phase
Some user testing has been completed on a functioning prototype
Current prototype demonstrates most of the intended features
Successful campaign will fund additional work with third-party manufacturing/design resources, certifications, tooling, and/or product material costs prior to fulfillment
Product can be produced in low volumes (~100 pieces) at approximate target cost
Additional funds may be needed to fund production depending on final volumes
PROJECT IS MANUFACTURABLE AT EXPECTED VOLUMES AND PRODUCTION PLANS ARE IN PLACE
Product is able to be manufactured at expected volumes and production plans are in place
Funding via Kickstarter is needed to purchase production tools and materials, and to certify the product
Product has undergone several design iterations based on feedback from user trials and demonstrates refined functionality
PROJECT IS FULLY DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED; MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES ARE IN PLACE
This product is ready for manufacturing and delivery risks are relatively low
Product is fully developed, just needs Kickstarter campaign to fund manufacturing
The Hardware Studio Connection program assists creators in three primary product development areas: