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Why the University of Auckland has an innovation hub and maker space

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The University of Auckland opened its innovation hub and maker space in February 2018, created for the benefit of all students and staff. Located in the space formerly occupied by the Engineering Library, it comprises of offices, a large space for events and a maker space.  Within the maker space is a suite of technology managed by a team of student Creative Technologists who run free create and make workshops and trainings to teach and empower others to use laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printers and scanners, electronics, vacuum formers, CNC routers and sewing machines

But why have an innovation hub and maker space?

At the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we build entrepreneurial capability. Teamwork, creative problem-solving, a global outlook and courage are the foundation of an entrepreneurial mindset. These skills and attitudes will help graduates to thrive in this new world of work, irrespective of the career path they choose.

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship run’s a wide variety of programmes, meetups and seminars within our Unleash Space facility. Through making opportunities for students to work with others of all faculties and disciplines, we are opening up possibilities to network and collaborate. It is an established fact that innovation comes from diversity of experience, knowledge, cultures and viewpoints.

The Maker Space offers the opportunity of learning by doing. Through initial fun workshops and equipment trainings, students develop confidence with equipment and are then encouraged to go further. By pairing practical knowledge with academic understanding, students can transition from playing to experimenting to prototyping inventions.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s most innovative university, as established by Reuters. Unleash Space is building on that foundation of academic excellence and innovation. All truly ‘entrepreneurial’ universities have one thing in common; a unique and iconic collaboration and education space. This is ours.

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About Unleash Space
The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s free programmes are available to students and staff of all faculties and disciplines at the University of Auckland.

A joint project with the University of Auckland Business School, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the School of Engineering, much research was done to ensure Unleash Space would be a world class facility. Consulting with experts from Stanford, MIT, Yale, Case Western Reserve and Georgia Tech provided a sound knowledge base to build from.

The University raised $9.6 million in sponsorship to establish the space. We are eternally grateful to the founding donors for their generosity and vision – Sir Owen G Glenn KNZM ONZM HonLLD, Beca, Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation, Hynds Foundation, Li Ka-Shing (Canada) Foundation and PwC.

In its first year of operation, Unleash Space had 325 workshop participations, took 2,648 participants through equipment training and had 1,205 people participate in seminars, programmes, meetups and other events.

Create and Maker Space
Create and Maker Space

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The University of Auckland opened its innovation hub and maker space in February 2018, created for the benefit of all students and staff. Located in the space formerly occupied by the Engineering Library, it comprises of offices, a large space for events and a maker space.  Within the maker space is a suite of technology managed by a team of student Creative Technologists who run free create and make workshops and trainings to teach and empower others to use laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printers and scanners, electronics, vacuum formers, CNC routers and sewing machines

But why have an innovation hub and maker space?

At the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we build entrepreneurial capability. Teamwork, creative problem-solving, a global outlook and courage are the foundation of an entrepreneurial mindset. These skills and attitudes will help graduates to thrive in this new world of work, irrespective of the career path they choose.

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship run’s a wide variety of programmes, meetups and seminars within our Unleash Space facility. Through making opportunities for students to work with others of all faculties and disciplines, we are opening up possibilities to network and collaborate. It is an established fact that innovation comes from diversity of experience, knowledge, cultures and viewpoints.

The Maker Space offers the opportunity of learning by doing. Through initial fun workshops and equipment trainings, students develop confidence with equipment and are then encouraged to go further. By pairing practical knowledge with academic understanding, students can transition from playing to experimenting to prototyping inventions.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s most innovative university, as established by Reuters. Unleash Space is building on that foundation of academic excellence and innovation. All truly ‘entrepreneurial’ universities have one thing in common; a unique and iconic collaboration and education space. This is ours.

Sign up for free equipment training and create what you can imagine – www.create.ac.nz

About Unleash Space
The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s free programmes are available to students and staff of all faculties and disciplines at the University of Auckland.

A joint project with the University of Auckland Business School, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the School of Engineering, much research was done to ensure Unleash Space would be a world class facility. Consulting with experts from Stanford, MIT, Yale, Case Western Reserve and Georgia Tech provided a sound knowledge base to build from.

The University raised $9.6 million in sponsorship to establish the space. We are eternally grateful to the founding donors for their generosity and vision – Sir Owen G Glenn KNZM ONZM HonLLD, Beca, Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation, Hynds Foundation, Li Ka-Shing (Canada) Foundation and PwC.

In its first year of operation, Unleash Space had 325 workshop participations, took 2,648 participants through equipment training and had 1,205 people participate in seminars, programmes, meetups and other events.


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