I’m at SXSW Create with the community of product entrepreneurs that make up New York’s Next Top Makers. SXSW Create is an arm of the SXSW Interactive that features innovations in hardware. Next Top Makers is an ideal fit for SXSW Create as a program that’s helping to position New York City as a leader in the new production economy, stimulating the growth of an ecosystem of Makers, designers, creators and manufacturers that is dynamic, sustainable and provides opportunities to all New Yorkers.
At the Next Top Makers booth we’ll be showcasing seven companies that we have been supporting this year through the program’s studio incubation and community workshop series. These companies are a great reflection of the dynamic community NTM serves, and include everything from a product line designed to reduce injury and improve performance for industrial workers, to a dog parking service for urban pet owners, to multicultural dolls to encourage young children (especially girls) to become interested in STEM.
Follow the hashtag #nexttopmakers to keep up with the action this weekend!