ACCELERATE DFx

DFx (Design for X) is a best practice methodology for product design
that optimizes the design process to produce higher quality products,
at a lower costs and helps get those products to market faster.

Join the Accelerator Centre and product development leaders from across the region for this event series on DFx methodologies featuring lessons learned from the best of the best.

With an increased demand for IoT devices, there is a new wave of hardware startups coming to the Region of Waterloo. Historically, designing a product for manufacturability, durability, safety, and usability was a significant challenge for hardware companies – proper procedure and best practices came far too late in the process and resulted in lost time and money.

Our 4 part event series will give hardware entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn DFx (Design for x) best practices from successful startup founders who’ve been there before.

Join us for the full series or a single event.

Oct. 11 Design for Test, Safety, and Compliance

October 11
12:00 – 1:30Kitchener City Hall | 200 King Street West, Kitchener

Keynote with Andre Hladio, Intellijoint CTO

Andre brings to Intellijoint meticulous project management skills applied to product development, regulatory and legal, and manufacturing activities. His previous technical and management experience spans the automotive, bio-medical, architectural and defense industries.

Panel Discussion Moderated by Don Thompson

With Panelists:
Armen Bakirtzian, Intellijoint
Scott Napper, Alert Labs
John Midwood, Swift Labs
David Bell, TUV SUD

*New panelist to be added in the coming days

Oct. 18 Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, and Cost

October 18
12:00 – 1:30Kitchener City Hall | 200 King Street West, Kitchener

Keynote with Kurtis McBride, Miovision CEO

Founding member of Miovision Technologies in 2005. Miovision was incorporated to commercialize research conducted at the University of Waterloo in the area of computer vision. As CEO he has been fortunate to work alongside a team of extremely dedicated, bright people. Kurtis has worked alongside numerous parts of the business including, sales management, product management/design and marketing.

Panel Discussion Moderated by Don Thompson

With Panelists:
Kurtis McBride, Miovision
Scott Napper, Alert Labs
Ray Minato, Inertia Engineering
Bob Rushby, Accelerator Centre

*New panelist to be added in the coming days

Oct. 25 Design for Usability and User Experience

October 25
12:00 – 1:30Kitchener City Hall | 200 King Street West, Kitchener

Keynote with Matt Rendall & Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics Co-Founders

Matt Rendall, CEO: Developing the vision and strategic direction of this high-growth robotics company, Matt believes that robots will change the way the world works and is passionate about helping companies find rapid-ROI through the adoption of service robots. 

Ryan Gariepy, CTO: Ryan drives the development of Clearpath’s autonomous control software while providing technical strategy for the company’s product lines and managing external research partnerships.

Panel Discussion Moderated by Don Thompson

With Panelists:
Matt Rendall, Clearpath
Steven Fyke, Accelerator Centre
Ray Minato, Inertia Engineering
Janice De Jong, Snappea

*New panelist to be added in the coming days

Nov. 1 Design for Reliability, Longevity, and Durability

November 112:00 – 1:30Kitchener City Hall | 200 King Street West, Kitchener

 Keynote with Catherine Carroll, COO Sober Steering

At Sober Steering, Catherine has lead the team from concept to market ready product, and is focused on developing advanced technology that creates meaningful value for both Sober Steering’s investors and society at large.

 

Panel Discussion Moderated by Don Thompson

With Panelists:
Catherine Carroll, Sober Steering
Bob Rushby, Accelerator Centre
John Midwood, Swift Labs
Bev Christian, HDP User Group International

*New panelist to be added in the coming days

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