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Exciting News! Our client Toddler Monitor has just launched their Kickstarter campaign. If you have a toddler or know someone that does - now is the perfect time to pre-order the device and follow the journey!

How We Discovered the Future of IoT in London, UK - Design 1st

Not everyone flies across the Atlantic Ocean for a one-day Intel Internet of Things workshop - but we did. Find out why:

This 'Smart' Door Sensor Lets You Know If Your Toddler Is Making A Break For It

Have you ever been worried about a toddler silently escaping from their room? Well - now you can rest easy! Design 1st client Toddler Monitor has just announced the soft launch of their IoT motion sensor child safety device! Check-out the review from Fatherly

Design 1st Selected to attend Intel's Exclusive IoT Program for Enterprise in London, UK

Our VP of Electronics Peter Cottreau is in London, United Kingdom today for the kick-off of Intel's Executive IoT program. The program brings together executives and decision makers from 20 global companies developing IoT products. Design 1st is excited for the opportunity to network, learn and interact with leaders in the rapidly growing IoT industry.

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President Kevin Bailey and VP Sales Ian D. Kayser experiencing new Virtual Reality tech at CES 2017, Day 2

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Ottawa tech firms looking to win big at giant Las Vegas trade show

CBC News covers Design 1st's journey to CES in Las Vegas!

What Hardware Startups Can Learn from Pebble

The poster child of successful hardware startups Pebble is no more. After two record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns and 2M+ watches sold Pebble is filing for bankruptcy. And Fitbit is scooping up the ashes for a fraction of Pebble's value a year ago. Learn why this happened and what we can learn from it in Bolt's insighful new blog post.

4 clients pitch their products on CBC Dragon's Den

The only thing more exciting than seeing our clients products on store shelves is watching them on TV in the Dragon's Den! Over the past year, we have seen 4 Design 1st clients face the Dragon's in the den. Watch the results.

How to Design IoT Devices - ArchiExpo

Interested in IoT? Check out our recent interview VP of Operations Ian D. Kayser did with ArchiExpo Magazine on 'Designing IoT Devices'

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A Design 1st client was named in Time Magazine's list of 'The Top 25 Inventions of 2016'. Can you guess who? Hint: Involves #medical and #iot

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Design Engineering Magazine: "Find the Happy Path" - Design 1st feature story

Look what we found in our Mailbox! The recent Design Engineering Magazine issue with a feature article on Design 1st "The Happy Path: Ottawa-Based Design 1st's multi-disciplinary team takes on any design challenge"


Congrats to Design 1st client Rumidifier for slaying the dragons and inking a deal with Manjit Minhas on the Dragons' Den this week. You made us proud!