Thursday, March 6, 2014
INI student heads to SXSW with startup AgIC
Yuki Nishida, an MSIT-24 student from the Information Networking Institute currently studying at the Silicon Valley campus, is on his way to SXSW (South by Southwest), the annual festival celebrating cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity along with music and film. He's supporting his friends' startup company, AgIC (http://agic.cc), which is developing technology to print circuits with home inkjet printers and silver nano-particle ink. They'll be presenting at the SXSW Trade Show.
Founded in Tokyo, the innovative project makes circuit printing cheaper, faster and "way easier" — as easy as printing documents. "AgIC aims to bring the fun of circuit design to everyone," Nishida said.
As the Silicon Valley representative for the co-founders in Tokyo, Nishida has been learning how entrepreneurship works in the Bay Area, talking with potential customers and involving them as alpha testers in AgIC Meetups.
They've had coverage from CNET and Wired Japan (with 10000 likes in two days) and are already close to reaching their goal on a Kickstarter project, launched March 3.
Nishida says attending SXSW will be huge opportunity to learn how the industry works, as well as gain more pledges to push the development.