William Griffin


William has a Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of Northern Iowa and has worked with DISTek since 2007, serving in a variety of roles over the years including test engineer, model-based system design (MBSD) engineer, and leader of multiple teams and programs.

As a newcomer to Des Moines, he has felt very welcomed into the technical community here and saw an opportunity to give back while further enriching it by facilitating the formation of an inclusive organization focused on a shared interest in the embedded domain.

Bailey Steinfadt


Bailey has a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. She has worked in a wide mix of roles in automation, electronics, and engineering over the last 14 years. Her career’s theme has been to make other’s jobs easier or more valuable.

Attending Hackaday Supercon, she realized she was craving the energy and community that event brought and wanted to see that at home in Des Moines. She knew many people working in and around the industry, but there wasn’t a group, place, or event for them to get together. Meeting William at the Maple Studios grand opening was the catalyst to start creating that community by launching the first Hardware Hangout.


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to showcase your company and support the Hardware Hangout events? Consider becoming a sponsor for the next Hardware Hangout!

By becoming a sponsor, you’ll also demonstrate your commitment to supporting events that bring people together. Networking opportunities and community engagement are great reasons to get involved!

Event Sponsors

This tier is for those who want to help sponsor a specific and/or single Hardware Hangout.

How to become an event sponsor:


Reach out to the team with any questions or to sign up to sponsor the next event!

Presenting Sponsors

This tier is for companies who sponsor every Hardware Hangout and organize the efforts that are needed when creating these awesome events! The presenting sponsors are not exclusive, but do require an ongoing commitment above and beyond supplying a single event.

Current Presenting Sponsors: Stone Path Engineering & DISTek Integration, Inc.

Reach out to the team to discuss becoming a presenting sponsor!