Six Finalists Named for New York's Next Top Makers Competition
Today we announced the six finalists of New York’s Next Top Makers, a competition to promote innovation in New York City. Next Top Makers is designed to act as a business accelerator for New York City-based product entrepreneurs, inventors and makers, where finalists will receive assistance on the path to commercialization in the form of studio space, business support and mentorship from industry experts, including Adafruit Industries founder Limor Fried (recently named Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year) and representatives from Siemens and Honeybee Robotics.
The six finalists – Nautilus Bowl, The Power Clip, MYBELL, Tangeez, Bonus Table and Slide Table – were chosen by a panel of judges and by a public, online vote. The finalists will spend the next five months working in studio space in Long Island City provided by NYDesigns, receiving technical support, workshops, a prototyping budget, materials, access to equipment and mentorship. Partnering with the City on the competition are IDEO, Quirky, Siemens, littleBits, Adafruit Industries, Honeybee Robotics, Makerbot and Shapeways, and the competition is administered by ChallengePost, with the innovation and design firm IDEO as their thought partner.
“Rapid prototyping and 3-D printing have the potential to transform manufacturing in New York City. Initiatives such as New York’s Next Top Makers will allow us to capitalize on this potential and strengthen this emerging industry. The winners of this competition will receive helpful resources to launch new and innovative products, and will receive access to critical mentorship opportunities, aiding them in their expansion plans.”
Seth Pinsky, NYCEDC President
New York’s Next Top Makers finalists are:
- Nautilus Bowl is the only bowl for people with hand disabilities, like tremors, painful joints, or reduced dexterity that is ergonomic to hold and dignified to use.
- The Power Clip is a device that gives first responders immediate access to power in the wake of an emergency. The compact unit provides an efficient and inexpensive power source to charge appliances through USB from a car battery.
- MYBELL is an electronic bicycle bell that retains the feel of the classic bicycle bell design. It combines LED lighting and a high-volume sound player to alert pedestrians and cyclists to a rider’s presence.
- Tangeez are building modules that light-up and change color as you play with them. Circular in shape, individually powered and internally illuminated, Tangeez are both an interactive toy and design object.
- Bonus Table is a customizable furniture system. Universal segmented legs allow you to design the table that's right for you and your evolving life.
- Slide Table is the popular choice finalist. It is an aesthetic and functional solution to both dining and decor. A variable length table surface, Slide Table stores flat on the wall conserving space when not in use, and easily slides down and out to serve as a shelf, a desk or a dining table up to 6 feet long.
The competition isn't over yet! The six finalists will now spend the next five months further developing their products which they will showcase this fall during Maker Week! For more information, check out the Next Top Maker's website.