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Auckland University Makers Club launched

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The University of Auckland’s state-of-the-art innovation hub and maker space Unleash Space was created to give students an opportunity to collaborate with others outside of their discipline and to give students access to the tools and skills essential to creating ventures of their own. There could be no more fitting symbol of these two goals than the launch of the Auckland University Makers Club.

Initiated by some of the student Creative Technologists from Unleash Space, the social club aims to bring the University’s maker community together to collaborate, socialise and sell their creations together. The club leads are computer science student Etienne Naude and Anne Pan, who is studying musicology, music education and psychology.

Etienne says that through his involvement with the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship he’s seen just how large and varied the University’s maker community is already. “From larger scale projects such as a JukeBox, to fun ideas like claw machines, to something as simple as a keyring, makers from all backgrounds at the university are constantly dreaming up and bringing to reality all sorts of cool things. There are so many projects makers at the University have already made that are suitable for selling. In particular, we are expecting earrings and jewellery to be a big part of it, as this has definitely been a very popular and easily personalised project for people to tackle.”

With the Clubs charter finalised, the organisers are working on plans for the near future. They intend to create an online shop for members, facilitate selling wares at markets and to offer professional development opportunities such as bringing in speakers for short presentations each week about interesting or new maker topics.

Anne says “The makers club will be a great network for University students to find like-minded people who are interested in making but with different skills and backgrounds. The establishment of this club will also form a safe space for the sharing and workshopping of ideas beyond what we could hope to achieve as individuals.”

Campus Life’s Student Groups Team Leader Gemma Skipper says “The University of Auckland is proud to have over 230 clubs, societies and associations who contribute to a vibrant and diverse student community. With sporting, religious, academic, causes, special interests and cultural groups there is a strong sense of student-led activity on campus and virtually. Maker Club is one of sixteen groups who were recently approved to become recognised by the University and we’re excited to see how they will grow and collaborate with other organisations.”

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James Hutchinson
James Hutchinson

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The University of Auckland’s state-of-the-art innovation hub and maker space Unleash Space was created to give students an opportunity to collaborate with others outside of their discipline and to give students access to the tools and skills essential to creating ventures of their own. There could be no more fitting symbol of these two goals than the launch of the Auckland University Makers Club.

Initiated by some of the student Creative Technologists from Unleash Space, the social club aims to bring the University’s maker community together to collaborate, socialise and sell their creations together. The club leads are computer science student Etienne Naude and Anne Pan, who is studying musicology, music education and psychology.

Etienne says that through his involvement with the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship he’s seen just how large and varied the University’s maker community is already. “From larger scale projects such as a JukeBox, to fun ideas like claw machines, to something as simple as a keyring, makers from all backgrounds at the university are constantly dreaming up and bringing to reality all sorts of cool things. There are so many projects makers at the University have already made that are suitable for selling. In particular, we are expecting earrings and jewellery to be a big part of it, as this has definitely been a very popular and easily personalised project for people to tackle.”

With the Clubs charter finalised, the organisers are working on plans for the near future. They intend to create an online shop for members, facilitate selling wares at markets and to offer professional development opportunities such as bringing in speakers for short presentations each week about interesting or new maker topics.

Anne says “The makers club will be a great network for University students to find like-minded people who are interested in making but with different skills and backgrounds. The establishment of this club will also form a safe space for the sharing and workshopping of ideas beyond what we could hope to achieve as individuals.”

Campus Life’s Student Groups Team Leader Gemma Skipper says “The University of Auckland is proud to have over 230 clubs, societies and associations who contribute to a vibrant and diverse student community. With sporting, religious, academic, causes, special interests and cultural groups there is a strong sense of student-led activity on campus and virtually. Maker Club is one of sixteen groups who were recently approved to become recognised by the University and we’re excited to see how they will grow and collaborate with other organisations.”

Join the Auckland University Makers Club


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