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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Startup Pirates HW Edition.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Startup Pirates HW Edition.

Startup Pirates Lisboa 1st Hardware Startup Pre-Accelerator is an intensive 8 days event from December 12-19, 2015. You can go from idea to working prototype!  The event is limited to 30 participants who will be selected from all the applications. To ensure you’re one of the lucky 30 you must prove yourself a true Pirate! As a Pirate you will pitch your ideas, work in a team, explore creativity, participate in hands-on workshops and so much more. Apply now: http://lisboa.startuppirates.org/

Please read this FAQ:

How much does the program cost?

Applications are free. The program is also ***FREE***
There is a 99€-134€ (early bird) registration fee to show your commitment but, we will reimburse you at the end of the program, provided you actually attend the entirety of the program.

The discount for early birds is until the end of Sunday, portuguese time, right? And does the price (99 euros) include VAT (IVA)?

Until midnight Monday (November 30th), Lisbon time. Yes, all prices include VAT.

I have exams/ classes/ bosses... can I skip part of the program?

Yes, you can skip up to one entire day (one morning + one afternoon) spread along the entire week. But, you'll learn more in this week startup bootcamp than entire year listening to your boring teachers at Uni.

OK. Where can I apply?

At our website: http://lisbon.startuppirates.org/

What kind of profiles are you looking for?

Visionaries, Designers, Reality distoritioners.
Industrial Designers (all kinds of designers really!)
Managers & Bullshiters Marketeers
Entrepreneurs & Hustlers
Inventors & Creators
Engineers & Solver
Mechanics & Makers
In a nutshell, everyone with ideas and energy to work hard for a week! No age limits.

Is this an event with a lot of portuguese people or mostly foreigners?

Most participants (60%) are portuguese, the rest are foreigners coming mostly from European countries.

Is the entire program in English, including the working sessions?

Yes, the entire program is in English.

Do I need to have experience in hardware? I don't have any technical knowledge, I study marketing management. Maybe I could add value in other ways, like ideas, strategy, marketing...

You don't need any hardware experience. Managers & Bullshiters Marketeers are more than welcome: what would Steve Wozniak do without Steve Jobs?

Is it mostly technical people? I don't want to be the only one who doesn't have those skills.

You won't be alone. Magic happens when we have  40% geeks, 30% designers, 30% entrepreneurs/ managers/ etc.

Is it usually full of teams or is there also a lot of people applying alone?

Most people apply alone, about 25% will be teams.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, electronics, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

How do I prepare?

  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the probelm your trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You'll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company 

Will I have any electronics or other materials available like (breadboard, resistors, capacitors, etc?

Yes. Each team will receive the following:

1x Verbatim 16GB SDHC Card Class 10
1x Power Supply 5V USB 2A 10W
1x WIFI Module for Raspberry Pi B+
1x USB 2.0 Cable Type A to Micro B 5-pin
1x ATTINY45-20PU
1x Breadboard 400 Points Clear
1x 10 Pin Male - Female Splittable Jumper Wire
1x 10 Pin Male - Male Splittable Jumper Wire
1x Crocodile clips Test Leads - Multicolored 5 Pack
1x Led Value Pack (50pcs)
1x LED 5mm - Clear RGB CC
1x Mini Push Button Switch
1x Linear Taper Potentiometer
1x Raspberry Pi2
1x Arduino Uno

Shared equipment:
3xSMARTEVERYTHING IoT http://www.smarteverything.it/

Will I have an oscilloscope, and heavy equipment like laser cuters, etc?

No, but the teams will have access to the EDP FabLab, and they can use it there - otherwise bring your own materials, equipment.

What is Pirate Fitness?

Pirates doing fitness :)

Pirate Fitness



No idea? EDP challenges you with 18 ideas that they will co-invest.

EDP is challenging Pirates with 18 ideas that they will co-invest.

No idea of your own? This is a great opportunity to skip market-fit and start working on product straight away, as EDP will help you develop one of this ideas, and if you prove to be working on a good concept until demo day, then they will invest on your project and be the first client.

1. Interface for the visually impaired

Objective: To develop a low cost interface for EDP Box, to allow communicate information that is going on in the display (eg voice synthesizer) for people with visual impairments.
Background: The development of tecnology for the blind becomes increasingly important in an environment where technology development is increasingly based on visualization and "touch pads". It is intended to enhance the channels of communication with blind and partially sighted customers, providing initially existing information on counters and can progress in a second phase into a full energy management system.

2. Vibration compensator

Objective: To compensate vibrations produced by transformers in small substations
Background: Transformers in urban small substations often transmit vibrations to dwellings. Those vibrations are specially annoying in high buildings and customers complain about it to the DSO. The goal of the project would be to develop a product that could be attached to transformers in order to transform vibrations into useful energy for the systems in the small substation with an energy harvesting approach.

3. Sensoring Falls

Objective: To detect falls of people or large objects and generate alerts
Background: Portuguese population is in accelerated aging and falls are a risk factor in the elderly, covered in several academic papers (see references). The device developed include a sound sensor and / or vibration, an audible alarm and reset button (respectively to signal alarms and allowing false positive foil) and zigbee communication capability (later interfacing with Re: dy). The idea is to enrich the re:dy product with personnel security features.


4. Remote Security lock actuator

Objective: To remotely control the locking of a door, allowing the user through a small hardware device lock / unlock doors (pass or cabinet) at home.
Background: The device developed would be endowed with zigbee communication allowing receive commands and a mechanical actuator of a door lock. The idea is to enrich the re: dy with utility / security features, extending the jacks to ports capacity to act.

5. Low-power tracking device and low cost

Objective: To develop an IoT device to track the location of network assets and to be low maintenance (high autonomy) and to communicate in case of change of location.
Background: Develop a device indicating its position if it were set in motion and continue to communicate according to user-defined rules. It should also have the ability to "register" consumption and fuel level (if applicable).

6. Virtual Keys

Overview: Electronic key development for technical buildings Distribution EDP, to enable access control.
Benefits: Use of only one key to access all facilities and control the respective access. Also, make it possible to prevent unauthorized access situations and in the case of loss or theft of the key, there could be a remote annulment.

7. Robotic system to support of the work in tension lines.

Overview: Development robotic system to support the work in tension lines.
Benefits: It would minimize the risks of transactions in tension and reduce the associated risks.

8. Isolation for Tension Airlines

Overview: coatings have been developed for the isolation of tension airlines in case of accidental touches of greenery and thaw. These products are applied in molds and dry quickly. However, this method of application does not conform to the airlines put on the ground. EDP want thus, to develop a system to apply these coatings airlines, efficiently and economically.
Benefits: Avoid anomalies resulting from accidental touches of greenery and thaw on airlines.

9. Remotly Guided Cabinet

Overview:EDP needs the construction of a control cabinet that allows the remote control and reconfiguration of urban distribution networks in ring with power electronics. Currently this cabinet uses disconnectors with fuses.
Benefits: This product would allow, in urban distribution networks in open loop, the configuration change in case of defects or in case of automatically topology change, and is currently performed manually.

10. Public Lighting Management System

Overview: Development flow regulating and monitoring system status LED luminaries which allows the use of multi-vendor luminaries on the same circuit.
Benefits: It would allow the management of fixtures from different vendors.

11. Solutions for Asset Management

Overview: Technology with capacity to provide useful information about the active network (transformers, disconnectors, circuit breakers ...) close to the assets themselves.
Benefits: It would allow, in certain intervention situations in electrical installations in the field, technicians to have access to additional information, and to better perform the tasks necessary for the completion of service and safety.

12. Health Monitoring Bracelet for Employees

Overview: Bracelet that employees would have on the ground with several features (the group can use existing smart watches).
- Monitoring vital signs;
- Gps location;
- Information on assets;
- Access control.
Benefits: In the case of an employee suffering a health problem on the ground, lying alone, it would be possible to obtain assistance more quickly, by monitoring their vital signs. On the other hand, the access control would be facilitated, allowing to eliminate the need to walk with several different keys and reducing the time required to identify the correct key. It would also be possible to prevent unauthorized access situations and in case of loss or theft of the key, there could be a remote annulment. The bracelet would provide also information on the assets, which would facilitate the work on the ground.

13. Automatic ventilation regulation in PTs

Overview: Apparatus for automatic regulation of ventilation in PTs grids based on site-specific conditions.
Benefits: PTs bring factory vents sized for the maximum load. This type of solution causes infiltration problems of humidity and marine corrosion problems along the coastline and not allow adequate ventilation to the specific conditions of the location and time of year. With this solution would be possible to solve this problem.

14. Power system voltage reduced across networks MT and AT

Overview: Development of capacitive solution, inductive or other inexpensive to capture energy in tensions reduced the lines of HV and MV.
Benefits: enable the installation of remote sensors, which currently require the use of photovoltaic systems.

15. Detection and inspection of underground infrastructure of concrete

Overview: Developing a system to detect and inspect underground infrastructure of concrete.
Benefits: It would make possible to detect situations where the underground shoes do not meet the specifications at the time of their execution and monitor their eventual degradation.

16. Machine to facilitate the implementation of grounds for transformers, lightning rods, etc.

Objective: To develop a machine to facilitate the implementation of distribution grounds (transformers, lightning rods, etc.)
Framework to the topic: Improving the grounding installation process, cost reduction, time and personnel, improvement in quality of service and grounding.

17. Demand Side Management and Home Automation Hardware

Objective: To develop hardware for power management applications on the demand side and home automation, where both the consumer and the electricity distribution company, water or gas, can manage and control consumption in order to promote efficient consumption and without waste.
Framework to the topic: Development can be performed both on the operation (plates, circuits, communication, etc.) as part of these solutions in the design.

18. Low cost and long life solutions for smart grids

Communication, Electric Vehicles, Meters / Counters, Intelligent Electronic Devices
Objective: To develop cost-effective solutions that allow applications to scale without impairing the low tariffs for application within the smart grid.
Framework to the topic: The concept of smart grids is being intensely discussed and disseminated worldwide. But what ends up influencing a range of application of these networks is the cost of implementing its equipment which often end up with higher costs and lower durability compared to traditional technologies.

All you need to know to pack your Sea Sack

To conquer the seven seas all pirates need to be prepare and ready!

To make sure you know what to pack into your sea sacks here is some information you might need to know:

  • During our journey all pirates will have accommodation for the entire duration of the program. Breakfast, lunch, as well as coffee and snacks throughout the day are also included in the fee. Only dinner is not included and participants will be free to go out to get food for themselves.
  • Our pirate language will be English, for all workshops, talks, and mentoring sessions. We welcome international participants, and no prior knowledge of Portuguese is required.
  • The Startup Pirates don’t take and equity or intellectual property (IP) from any project developed during the program. The only thing we will take is the fee.

Are you ready to set sail?

What to expect on board this first-ever Hardware Pirates ship?

Your voyage of discover will start this September in Lisbon. On the first day aboard we will make sure everybody has a crew with whom they will be working with on their project. After that, the treasure hunt starts for real.

You will be learning the ropes with the help of some grisly old pirates who've sailed these seas. 

All hardware product ideas are welcome but we will emphasising five tracks :

  • Industry and robotics
  • Telecoms & IoT
  • Wearables
  • Energy and transportation
  • Security

There will be talks covering the information you need to start your own business and the entrepreneurship experience. Workshops will help you develop your business knowledge and provide teaching on the technical side. Mentors will be available to provide personalised guidance and feedback.  

Be a pirate, apply to join our ship now!

‘Aaarrrrdware Ahoi!

This December StartUp Pirates will be joining forces with Productized to bring you their first ever hardware edition.

If you are an engineer, industrial designer, a hardware enthusiast, or just have great idea for a physical tech product …. come join the Hardware Pirates!  You can come with a group of pirates or find a crew when you get here. 

This will be an intensive bootcamp of entrepreneurs talks, mentoring sessions, and specialised workshops on 3D printing and microcontrollers. Your team will pitch, build, and get ready to launch a funding campaign for a viable product with the support of experienced entrepreneurs. And of course you will have lots of time to meet other hardware entrepreneurs.

You will be eating and working with the other Pirates in the same space for the entire program.This is just be the beginning of your Pirate journey. 

Jump aboard!

Startup Pirates @ Lisbon is back with an Hardware Edition

After sailing through the seven seas, Startup Pirates is arriving.

We'll be gathering the most promising aspiring entrepreurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together.

You'll have the opportunity and the tools to develop an idea from scratch. But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of changemakers and the boost you've been waiting for.

Do you wanna know what former participants say about their experince here? Do you wanna know the results we've been conquering?

This is going to be intense, but only the more fearless will survive. Arrr you up to the challenge?

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