Today, we are thrilled to introduce the Hardware Battlefield 2016 participants. These startups represent what we at TechCrunch feel are the most interesting, most promising early-stage hardware companies being built. Whether drones, connected homes, custom wearables, robots or even sports are your fancy, we’ve got you covered with this batch.
Over the past month these companies have been working tirelessly to push that last run off the manufacturing line, get approved by the app store and prep their crowdfunding campaigns. They’ll have the chance to showcase all their hard work onstage in front of our expert panel of judges. This year, those experts include Mark Fields, CEO of Ford; Helen Greiner, Founder/CEO of CyPhy Works; Matt Turck of First Mark Capital; and Susan Paley, Innovation Expert of General Motors.
We’ll be running three straight days of exciting presentations live from the Sands Lobby. If you’re in Las Vegas, visit us at our broadcast booth (you don’t need a show pass to stop by). Battlefield pitches are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The finals, where our top startups compete for $50,000 and the Metal Man Trophy, take place at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The Hardware Battlefield stage is in the entry hall to the Sands Expo at CES, where there is no need for a CES budget to attend. Visitors can watch the competition live at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and the finals at 2 p.m. on Friday.
In case you can’t make it to the live pitches, Battlefield companies will also be showcasing in Eureka Park in Hall G booth 81339. It’s in the center of the hall. You can’t miss it.
And let’s not forget our Wild Card entry. In addition to our pre-selected participants, startups showcasing in Eureka Park can compete for our “Wild Card” spot. One company will be selected by audience vote and editor choice and will have the opportunity to join the Hardware Battlefield on Wednesday afternoon. You can submit your vote for the wild card here .
And so we present the 2016 Hardware Battlefield participants (in order of appearance).