Company update: 11/2017

Update November 2017
Overview:

  • A ton of software development.
  • We’re advocating a new workflow for hardware development and improved our positioning and branding.
  • We see some exciting new users, including a €2.5M European consortium.

Details:
Product Development:
We’ve done a ton of engineering since my last update, and last month went out of Beta: Wevolver now has a ‘Git-based’ version control system under the hood that enables our users a fast, iterative workflow during hardware development.
We also released a desktop application. It enables to have a complete copy of a hardware project and its revision history on your computer, instantly sync changes, and to use more advanced features of version control.
Read more here.

Advocating, Positioning, Branding:
We learned: working effectively with a version control system requires engineers to update their day-to-day workflow, and to learn new concepts and terms.
Therefore we are actively advocating this new way of collaborating on hardware, for example through blogposts and videos.
To lower the learning curve our users go through we have put a lot of work into our UX design. On the back of that we have sharpened our positioning with the help of Prof. Dr. Roland van der Vorst (Professor of Strategic Design for Brand Development at Delft Technical University).
The results show in our landing pages and branding, and we launched a video to express why we think building Wevolver matters.

Exciting Usage:
Together with a consortium of universities, maker spaces, and innovation-centers, Wevolver has been awarded a €2.5 million, European Union funded project for open source prosthetics. The project aims to enable engineers to co-design and deliver personalized, people-centered health solutions, and to establish the central hub for open healthcare solutions.
More on the impact front; Humanitarian Makers a non-profit from California, has started sharing open source disaster relieve products on the platform.
We also see increasing usage from students, and from December onwards 125 students of Domus Academy, a post-graduate school for industrial design in Milan, will use Wevolver for their group projects.

Upcoming:
From January until April we are operating from San Francisco. Our focus will be to get local users; as we notice high interest from Californian engineering teams and it’s a place with a high density of hardware startups and companies, which could help us spread.