GRIT Episode III: Epic Hacker Roadtrip

Join us as we celebrate the story of local hacker and Hendrix fan, Muntaser Syed. The road warrior and his rogue hacker team are notorious for taking first place at hackathons hosted by top universities and Fortune 500 companies across the country. This unique popup will feature a brief talk on the culture of hacking by Muntaser and several artistic renderings of his story designed by local artists, yogis, designers and musicians.

GRIT Popup III features the following artists:

Nicholas Roberts

Stewart Coleman

Anthony Soleman

The Yoga Garden

Photographer, Marcus Cote

What GRIT Popup III

When June 21, doors open at 6:30PM

Where Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W Eau Gallie Blvd #101, Melbourne, FL 32935

Seating is limited, be sure to register. Due to the success of GRIT Popup Episode I, the Florida Space Coast’s Office of Tourism agreed to support our radically inclusive effort for one year.

Many thanks to the dreamers who make @gritpopup a reality. For more information on getting involved as an artist or ambassador, email

“At Deako, we set out to make it easy for people to adopt smart technology,” Nicol said. “‘Does this work with that’ is the biggest IoT challenge today. Working with Droplit helps us to get different things to work together and to deliver that seamless experience that people want.”

The teams say whole industries are soon-to-be accountable to delivering new and unique smart experiences to their customers long term. COO of Droplit, Preston Tesvich says partnerships like the one with Homebase and Deako are critical to delivering that paradigm. He says industry leaders like former CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, are confident that — as with cell phones today — it will be common for people to have a choice app installed to control their home in the next five years but that integration partnerships will be key to mass adoption.

“Our goal as a hosting company is to be the choice infrastructure partner” Tesvich said. “This eliminates the issue of integration for anyone in the IoT space so that — whether you’re a hardware or software company — our customers can focus on making money.”

This year the three teams say that their focus will be ensuring that a 5-star seamless experience is available to customers as each company scales. Setting a new, consistent standard for smart communities is a first step, they say, to ensuring perpetual success for everyone involved.

“We’re focusing on our piece of the pie and we need partners like Droplit and Homebase to fill the missing partners of our solution” Nicol said. “If we focus on what we do best and you focus on what you do best, at the end of the day, the customer wins.”

Deako, Droplit, and Homebase will be on-the-ground at CES in Las Vegas this week. The teams will host an exclusive smart tech popup experience at the Venetian Hotel from Jan 8 – 11th. For more information on the event or opportunities for smart tech partnerships, email

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