Spotlight on… IoT Design Shop

Author: BC Tech Association
Spotlight on IoT Design Shop

This Spotlight on Tech features a startup devoted entirely to pursuing the Internet of Things. With a focus on hardware and physical device Engineering, IoT Design Shop’s goal is to display the same commitment to innovation and quality that has made their parent company, Finger Food Studios‘, App business a massive success. Read on to learn more about the innovative internal startup, IoT Design Shop.

1. Describe your company and your primary products and services.

IoT Design Shop is an engineering services company that specializes in developing products for the Internet of Things. We pride ourselves on developing elegant user-centric solutions for our clients. Our projects typically involve a combination of mobile Apps, cloud services and low-power hardware. This past year we’ve built wearables, smart appliances, custom iBeacons and launched ConnectionMaker, our own indoor location system, and Signul, our personal beacon system. The latter was successfully crowdfunded and can be pre-ordered while we go through the certification process.

IoT Design Shop Team2. How many employees currently work at your company?

We have 4 full-time employees and have grown project teams up to 10 people by leveraging our partner network.

3. Where are you located?

Our office is located in Port Coquitlam. There’s lots of parking here and if you live in Vancouver, Graham is open to starting a rideshare program!

4. Describe the culture at your company.

We don’t have corporate tenants or anything like that, but a few qualities that everyone on the team shares are curiosity, imagination, extreme focus and a primal drive to innovate. As we grow we’re looking to bring people on board who also hold these things dear.

5. When your employees talk about your company, what do they brag about?

Our project work is done pre-launch so we can’t openly talk about it. All we can say is that we’re working on cutting-edge tech. And really, what person in the tech industry doesn’t say that?

It’s a great feeling when one of the products we developed launches and we can truly start talking about it. A typical reaction when we tell people about our work is “holy s#*!, that was you?!”. That feels good.

IoT Core during certification testing6. Describe your most recent achievement, milestone, reason for bragging rights.

Our greatest achievement is that every single one of our clients is extremely happy with our work. When a potential client asks for references it’s an incredible honour that our clients, past and present, are so willing to vouch for the high quality and value of our work.

7. What is your company goal for the coming year?         

We are expanding in all areas from software and hardware development to our in-house production capabilities. This means more people to design and build products and also more 3D printers, CNC mills and injection moulding equipment. We’re bursting at the seams in our current workspace and have even started to take up space in our founders’ homes and garages. We’re currently looking for a new office where we can continue to grow our team and business.

To learn more about IoT Design Shop, visit them online at iotdesignshop.com

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