What is HWTrek?
The industry is changing. Here’s how we’re doing it.
HWTrek (Hardware Trek) is a unique home for connecting hardware enthusiasts around the world - an ecosystem where hardware Creators, industry Experts and smart Customers come together, boosting the development of hardware projects and delivering next-level products to market.
It can be challenging for new hardware makers to navigate industry certifications, troubleshoot problems, source parts and find reliable manufacturers. Teams in the maker movement are finding that without the right connections, their projects are running over time, and falling short on quality. Similarly, Experts have hardware solutions, components, insight and services. But, finding the right teams to connect with can be difficult.
On the HWTrek software as a service (SaaS) platform, whether you’re a Creator or an Expert, you’ll discover all the tools and resources needed to connect with the right business partner and collaborate together. It’s this supportive framework that speeds up development cycles, saves time, money, and delivers a quality product to backers.
For those seeking a hands-on service to complete the online and offline aspects of hardware development, our dedicated project managers can take the stress out of your journey; orchestrating a symphony of suppliers, manufacturers and testing facilities while you focus on what really matters - your product.
Creator or Expert
What's your role?
Experts use HWTrek to connect, showcase and keep their fingers on the pulse of hardware innovation - from on-paper to in-production.
New prospects search your solutions
Connect to Prospects
Creators use HWTrek to plan, develop and launch exciting hardware projects – from idea to execution.
Creators are connecting one-to-one
Harness the Hub
Deliver to Market
For that extra hand, our premium Dedicated Project Manager service can give you a tech-world Indiana Jones, personally guiding you through the industry maze, sourcing partners from around the world, and delivering your product safely through the other side.
A smart navigation system to develop, drive, and deliver your projects from one place.
Make the Connection
- Create your Project, conveying your hardware idea and the stage you’re at.
- Line up Experts with the skills and services you need.
- Get connected to your chosen Experts by firing off a message and engaging them.
Make the Product
- Get your development plan through the Hub and organize your upcoming task queues.
- Invite your Experts to seamlessly integrate their services to your development plan.
- Manage it with ease - all your collaborations, Solutions and Project Managers in one organized space.
Meet our team
It’s not just hot innovations you’ll find at HWTrek!
Chief Project Mentor
VP of Platform Operations
VP of Supply Chain
Director of Project Management
Senior Project Manager
Supply Chain Development Manager
Business Development Manager
Director of Project Management
Director of Supply Chain Development
Supply Chain Development Manager
Project Development Manager
Digital Marketing Director
Digital Engagement Director
Director of Project Development
Business Development Director
Project Development / Marketing Manager
Account & Admin Specialist
Junior Backend Developer
Junior Backend Developer
Senior Frontend Developer
Junior Art Designer
Our journey so far
Featured on SZTV News
Discussing how the online platform facilitates suppliers to grow their network.
Keynote at China Hardware Innovation Workshop
Efficiently connect to manufacturing and supply chain resources.
Keynote at Global Sources Workshop
From makers to markets - how to select your hardware manufacturing partners.
Connect to the Global IoT Market event in Osaka
HWTrek organized an insightful discussion on global IoT market trends and opportunities.
SXSW Interactive 2016
HWTrek was at SXSW in Austin, TX, to speak about how to tackle common hardware manufacturing problems.
Supply Chain Workshops in Portugal & Slovenia
We continued our initiative to host supply chain workshops with partners throughout the world. This time we engaged with hardware innovators in Lisbon and Ljubljana.
We were engaging with hardware startups at CeBIT, the biggest digital business event in Germany.
Sharing IoT insights in Seattle & Portland
HWTrek co-hosted a series of workshops in the USA where innovators learned how to effectively use tools for growth.
HWTrek was in Las Vegas for CES 2016 connecting with the world of technology.
HWTrek at Makers Boot Camp Demo Day
We checked the pulse of the hardware startup scene in Japan at Makers Boot Camp in Kyoto.
Autodesk University 2015
As part of HWTrek's partnership with Autodesk, Lucas Wang sat on the panel at Autodesk University 2015.
HWTrek + Autodesk
HWTrek and Autodesk team up to accelerate IoT designs into production.
HWTrek Workshop in Europe
We hosted supply chain workshops in the UK, Germany, Estonia and Lithuania, which addressed issues faced by hardware Creators.
The EYE program with Google & HWTrek
HWTrek co-hosted the Google EYE program roadshow in Taipei where Lucas Wang shared our journey with young entrepreneurs.
HWTrek was at the CEATEC trade show in Tokyo engaging with industry Experts and hardware Creators.
TechCrunch Disrupt 2015
HWTrek was engaging with global hardware stars at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
Microsoft launch BizSpark in partnership with HWTrek to accelerate hardware development
BizSpark provides software, technology, and community resources to support start-up businesses. This includes free Azure cloud computing resources worth US$120,000 a year.
Sharing ideas on the Internet of Things
HWTrek hosted a developer workshop on the IoT – Wireless Communication Solutions in Sunnyvale, California.
HWTrek secure a strategic $4 million Series A funding
We are excited to have made important alliances that enables us to take our
platform to the next level and accelerate our mission to create an ecosystem
of hardware innovation.
Read more here
Shenzhen Maker Faire 2015 with JD+ - A celebration of the Maker movement, we checked out what the Makers are creating and what they are learning.
HWTrek + Indiegogo Demo Day in Taipei
We were honored to host Indiegogo at this special meetup with makers in Taiwan. A great turnout and opportunity to explore possibilities on hardware crowdfunding.
Fireside chat with HWTrek - We were chatting with you at the Wearable World Congress 2015 in San Francisco.
HWTrek Hub x crowdfunding success
This month we've got two reasons to celebrate. We hit a new milestone connecting 100 qualified Experts to give projects a boost, and together two of our Hub-connected teams, Hooke and Mozbii, just raised over $200,000 with 1,500 backers through crowdfunding!
PDH tool put into execution - "HWTrek to bring wireless 3D headphone to market after Kickstarter success" Read article
New partnership - Kii forged partnerships with HWTrek to further simplify the development of IoT solutions for manufacturers and startups. Read article
24th Monte Jade Annual Science and Technology Conference
Lucas Wang introduces thoughts on how to bring a new generation of hardware at this year’s conference examining future trends of technology at Mountain View, California.
HWTrek Project Development Hub, a software-as-a-service tool, that specially addresses to hardware development challenges and provide guidance from build to delivery. Choosing remote-collaboration software
APEC Accelerator Network Summit 2014
Lucas Wang shares expertise and experience on the issue of “Smart Globalization”, “Internet of Things Technology” and “Wellness, life and Sustainable future”. Read article
HWTrek’s Hub Brings Projects to Completion Explore how
The New HWTrek Guides Hardware Projects From Idea to Production in Asia Read article
HWTrek’s Project Development Hub launched
The platform just got even better. We launched the Hub, making it easier to organize and collaborate on your hardware projects - develop, drive and deliver projects from one place. More about the Hub
Hardware platform HWTrek named Cool Vendor by Gartner Find out how cool we are
Lucas Wang, takes the stage at Asia’s largest ICT trade show, sharing the latest opportunities for manufacturers in the wearable industry.
TechCrunch Disrupt NY
Meeting new hardware enthusiasts as an exhibitor at the heart of Hardware Alley.
Betapitch | Berlin
Another proud moment, taking a seat on the judging panel of Betahaus’s Betapitch startup competition - the place for creative startups in Europe.
Hardware Startups Lab, London
It was great to share our insight on the complexities of bringing new hardware to market. We’ll be back, London!
Celebrating engineering innovation, HWTrek headed over to San Jose, sharing our solutions as an official exhibitor.
Proud to be a keynote speaker at the hy! summit, we revealed how to “kickstart hardware - from prototyping to funding to production”.
SF Hardware Startup Meetup Sponsored by HWTrek
Getting closer with creators around the world, HWTrek headed over to San Francisco to meet the maker scene first hand.
Internet of Things Barcelona MWC
From US to EU, exciting hardware is being developed everywhere. We checked out the innovations coming out of Spain and presented our collaborative solutions. Watch the video
HWTrek's Berlin Office Opened
Bringing HWTrek closer to the innovative teams across Europe, we opened our Berlin office. One down, many more to go!
HWTrek partners with over 130 manufacturers for hardware crowdfunding. Read article
HWTrek and the global platform for hardware entrepreneurs. Read article
HWTrek’s Official Launch - marking a new era for hardware.
Bringing a new paradigm for hardware development, we celebrated our official launch. Thank you to all those involved!
HWTrek Public Beta Launched
From the end of 2013 came new beginnings for the way hardware is made.
Hardware crowdfunding grows up and out of Kickstarter with new specialized platforms. Read article
HWTrek, a Kickstarter-esque hardware crowdfunding service, launches in public beta. Read article
TechCrunch Shanghai - New opportunities for hardware
Touching down in Shanghai, Lucas Wang, HWTrek CEO, joined the panel to discuss new manufacturing opportunities, and the importance of finding a partner that fits. More on the discussion
Kickstarter + Alibaba = HWTrek Read article
New crowdfunding platform gives hardware innovators realistic production sources. Read article