Strings of companies hopped on the smart device bandwagon to tap this burgeoning sector. But many of them find it is difficult to get funds and find a trusted manufacturer to bring the ideas for their carefully-designed products into life, especially when there are higher demands for product quality and cost control in mass production.

HWTrek (Hardware Trek), a Taiwan-based global community for digital electronics, aims to address these problems by providing a crowdfunding platform where it also pairs manufacturers with project creators to help navigate the complexities of bringing new hardware to market.

In addition, the company has scores of experts in product design, engineering, and manufacturing. It has partnered with 130+ top-tier OEMs and ODMs players including Pegatron, Wistron, Qisda, and WPG Holdings in Asia.

HWTrek recently debuts its new consumer electronics community platform, which aimed to enhance the communication and data exchange between hardware inventors, design and manufacturing experts and financial backers to bring next-generation hardware dreams to market.

Over 400 project creators and startups from the U.S. and Europe have registered on HWTrek since it was first launched in September 2013. More than 150 experts have joined the expert community.

In addition to the expert community feature of HWTrek, the platform also offers the experts an opportunity to showcase and demo their solutions, enabling inventors to leverage their valuable and tested knowledge. HWTrek’s first crowdfunded hardware projects will be available in Q2/Q3 of 2014.

image credit: HWTrek

Emma Lee (Li Xin) was TechNode's e-commerce and new retail reporter until June 2022, when she moved to Sixth Tone to cover technology and consumption. Get in touch with her via lixin@sixthtone.com or Twitter.

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