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ImpactHub Hosted Arduino, Arrow and Microchip for a day and a half of hands on workshops, speeches, demonstrations, and networking. 

There isn’t a much better setting than Santa Barbara to gather with students, developers, makers, and entrepreneurs to learn about open source technology and the passionate projects that result from such creativity and innovation.  

Friday evening’s open house was busy with display tables showing a number of projects being developed by ImpactHub member startups – many of which focus on hardware. Event organizer Eric Sanchez provided welcoming remarks while guests enjoyed food and beverages. They also heard from from Eric Skager Arrow Electronics, Guy McCarthy from Microchip, and Kathy Giori from Arduino. 

Saturday included a flurry of activities, from ask-the-experts opportunities, to a number of technical and business presentations, and several demonstration tables -- including the work of ImpactHub incubators. Hands-on workshops by Microchip and Arduino taught from beginning electronics and coding using the brand new Arduino Libretto kit to advanced debugging and hardware design consulting. Food and drink was plentiful throughout the day and several passers-by dropped in to see the event since ImpactHub is conveniently located with other shops and restaurants along the lovely and popular State Street in Santa Barbara.  

The Arduino team was impressed by 10 students from UC San Diego and their Arduino "Project-in-a-Box" sample curriculum that students have created for actual classes. Each higher year builds new samples for the incoming year to learn from, where engineering students gain valuable hands-on learning during each year of their education. Students are now able to realize the theory they learn from lectures and books, and apply it to real world Internet of Things (IoT) problems like water preservation, battery efficiency, smart agriculture, and more. And, Making with Arduino is just plain fun – some UCSD students get to make Pinball machines and wireless speakers as part of this curriculum.  

The networking at the event was fabulous. We met several startups at ImpactHub and discussed technology opportunities as well as ways to support distribution, education and financial needs. We visited the Makerspace of the brand new Moxi Tech Museum, and hope to soon see Arduino hardware for sale at the museum shop. With our colleagues at Microchip, we already started coordinating the next Get Launched! event to help startups commercialize their innovative ideas using open source hardware and software. Coming together to see how these technologies, design ideas and passion can create an entire company is very exciting! 

The weather was beautiful, the town superb, and the ocean an expanse of wonder disappearing into the horizon made for a very relaxed yet mentally invigorating event. 

Interested in learning more about Microchip, Arduino technologies and projects? Listen to the informative podcast that was recorded on site.



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