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In This Edition...
- Introducing our pre-conference workshops with Amazon, Williams-Sonoma & more
- Samsung acquires DACOR: Implications for smart kitchen strategy
- Interview with FirstBuild's Taylor Dawson
- ChefSteps drops price on Joule sous vide and gives $1 million back to backers
Summer is almost over and we can hardly wait to convene with the leaders in the connected kitchen and foodtech space on October 5th and 6th to map out this fast-changing market for the next 12 months.
One of the challenges of putting on a conference is knowing you can't include all the amazing ideas and sessions you want. But one thing you can do to include more of the topics near and dear to your heart is to add pre-conference workshops, so that's exactly what we did.
We added four interactive sessions about the future of retail, building a smart kitchen product, the future of kitchen design and funding a foodtech or smart kitchen startup. You can read more about the workshops here.
If you already bought a ticket to the Summit as of August 14th, good news: we are giving you complimentary access to the workshops. You should have received an email with details about what you need to do to secure your ticket to these sessions.
If you have not purchased your ticket to the Summit and would like to go to our pre-conference workshops (as well as our opening reception/Startup Showcase), you can buy tickets here. Hurry, as the workshops are intimate sessions with limited capacity.
In other Summit news, we're excited to welcome the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and DADO Labs as sponsors.
If you haven't followed us on Facebook yet, that's a great way to stay up on smart kitchen news as well as what's going on with the event. Do it!
On to the news...
Big news this week in kitchen appliances: Samsung announced they would buy Dacor, the family owned, US-based maker of premium kitchen appliances. The move gives Samsung a place at the table in the premium segment, which has been experiencing strong overall growth relative to the industry average of around 5%. Read More
FirstBuild announced a Future of Cooking hackathon on September 24-25th at their maker space/microfactory in Louisville. We caught up with Taylor Dawson, FirstBuild's community evangelist, and asked him a few questions.
Wolf: All of FirstBuild's early products have had something to do with the kitchen. Why is this such a focus for you?
Dawson: FirstBuild is primarily a community. Many of our most passionate and engaged community members are expressing interest in combining new technology with old to unlock better user experiences in the kitchen. We decided to narrow our focus to cooking because it is rich subject matter with so much potential. Read More
Back in November 2015 when ChefSteps announced the Joule sous vide circulator, I headed over to their Pike Place Market headquarters to check out the device. It had been rumored for some time that company - known for producing high-polish cooking videos that had been viewed over 50 million times up to that point - was going to make its own hardware, but at the time it was still a mystery as to what form such a product would take.
But when they finally did announce the Joule, it made sense. After all, ChefSteps is one of the leading destinations online for sous vide how-to videos, and company CEO and cofounder Chris Young was coauthor of The Modernist Cuisine, a seminal publication which helped bring sous vide cooking to a wider audience. Read More
Until next week - Michael Wolf