Monday started a week that was cold and frosty, but the atmosphere in the Lab was full of energy and excitement! Our Lab manager, Harry and technician, Sharon were joined by cyber and information security student Nathan, as part of his work experience placement.
Nathan was introduced to our resident businesses and the Maker Space as he gained an overview of how the Lab enables collaborative innovation and digital empowerment for all. He then focused on finding out more about digital fabrication through learning about 3D printing with Mork and Mindy. He was able to see how the Maker Space supports rapid prototyping as customers called in to collect a 3D printed prototype and to watch test pieces laser cut onto cardboard.
The afternoon was an opportunity to find out about emerging technologies and how the Lab builds relationships in the local community. First a group visit from Kings Education Enterprise group; 8 international students who are exploring developing their own products alongside their current studies. After enjoying VR experiences on the HTC Vive the group discovered how the Lab can support them in protecting what they know, product design and prototyping and routes to generate funding.
The evening brought a lively and informative series of talks as PHP Dorset held their regular meet-up in the lab, accompanied by pizza. A local user group, open to all, these front end developers are sharing knowledge and building their community. Mobile App Development company WeAreBase provided the speakers as Jonathan Ginn shared his enthusiasm for Flexbox, while Dave Hulbert compèred an open discussion.
Brought the return of the Bournemouth and Poole College Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course. Having started the academic year with a day learning about stocks and shares, BBC micro:bit coding and rapid prototyping at the Lab, they have reached the point where they need to pull together business plans and plan their pitch. Supported by Di Trott and Emma Farrell from the Barclays Premier team, the group spent the morning working with these mentors to develop and organise their ideas. A busy session was rounded up with an opportunity to ask questions and explore opportunities to further their knowledge with sessions at the Lab.
The pace didn’t stop as the Barclays content team from Speak Media visited to see how Eagle Labs combine community education and co-working with a range of facilities for budding inventors and innovators. Laura, Laura and Geoff quickly got involved as the group from The College relaxed with some VR and Pete joined Sharon in the Maker Space for a machine induction and CAD design session.
Once again, the Maker Space was busy with customers printing prototype kitchen drawer clips and laser etching coasters to welcome a new client. Sharon also spent some time printing items for MakerClub who held their second session of the week in the evening.
Making connections is important to the lab, and Harry enjoyed the Femtech fireside panel at StartUp Grind Bournemouth.
Dorset County Council Economic Regeneration Officer Lloyd Savage and his colleagues joined us as part of their research into work innovation hubs on Friday. Their tour focused on how Barclays are re-purposing under-utilised space and how this feeds into and strengthens the local economy.
That Friday feeling was evident as co-workers and Labs staff gathered for pizza at lunchtime and shared highlights of the week. It’s great to hear each story as important business and personal goals are reached.
Before the Maker Space was made ready for the final MakerClub session of the week on Saturday, Sharon completed some outstanding jobs on the laser cutter; fabulous business cards for a special event next week and commemorative boats for the Jubilee Sailing Trust Round Britain Voyage.