Brighton-based 3D printed robotics company MakerClub develops educational products and robotics projects that help people learn how to work with electronics and technology and to design and code their own internet connected devices. Their innovative e-learning platform teaches the use of tech like 3D printing, connected hardware and the Internet of Things using high quality interactive content that is designed to be engaging and educational at the same time. The ultimate goal of MakerClub is to teach the next generation of inventors, makers and creatives the art of invention and problem solving.
As part of their yearly CE50 event, technology, media and business advocacy group Creative England has officially named MakerClub as one of the fifty most creative companies in the UK. Every year the group highlights the emerging talents, established creative professionals, inventive, innovative and brave companies working in the UK. The CE50 gala was held at Google’s swanky 160,000-square-foot headquarters located at the Central Saint Giles development near Tottenham Court Road in London.
The eighteen-month-old MakerClub is the first 3D printing and electronics company to make the CE50 list, and they were even invited to present at the ceremony on the need to create a ‘nation of makers’. Some of the educational projects that MakerClub has developed include a RC controlled robotic arm kit, a race car controlled via mobile device and a quadcopter kit. All of their projects are 3D printable and walk new users through the 3D design stage to coding the electronics and finally 3D printing and assembling the entire device. Additionally, all of the project tutorials are entirely browser-based and require no specialized design or fabrication software to complete.
“This really highlights how far 3D printing has come in the last few years. It’s now being recognised as a fully creative medium and we’re absolutely thrilled to be holding the baton for the UK. It’s great that Creative England has seen how skills like coding, 3D Design and electronics will be so important for the creative economy over the next 10 years,“ said MakerClub CEO Simon Riley.
The day long event took place on January 20th and included several speakers on subjects as diverse as small businesses working with large business, the new digital economy and the need for local television and film production. Google also gave two presentations, one on the intersection of creativity and business and another on using technology to share cultural treasures with new audiences. And of course it wouldn’t be a business event if there weren’t plenty of networking opportunities.
The CE50 awards were announced at the evening gala, as well as the top ten Future Leaders which included HBO producer Andrew Haigh, sound recognition platform Braci, software publisher Lockwood Publishing and social media analytics tool StashMetrics. The judges who chose the ten Future Leaders include notable business leaders like Chairwoman of MediaCom UK Karen Blackett, Enterprise Editor at the Telegraph Rebecca Burn-Callander, Channel 4 digital Shorts content commissioning editor Isaac Densu, Deloitte strategy consultant Julie Richards and Facebook Regional Director for the UK & Ireland Steve Hatch. Tell us your thoughts on this new accolade for MakerClub in the 3D Printing & Robotics Company MakerClub in Top 50 Most Creative forum over at 3DPB.com.