Kista Mentorspace Opening on April 7 - engage in the new way to learn and innovate!

Inicio students team

Inicio students team

Arduino first session at Mentorspace Kista

Arduino first session at Mentorspace Kista

Makerspace with Konstfack

Makerspace with Konstfack

Welcome to the official opening of the Kista Mentorspace, hosted by KTH in the Electrum building in Kista. Activities have been running for some time, but with a new larger space, more resources and a dedicated commitment from a large group of stakeholders, the time has come to welcome more curious collaborators to visit and get engaged!

The Kista Mentorspace is an environment that uses knowledge sharing among groups of diverse individuals to accomplish goals in education, business, and societal development. It uses elements of the “Maker Movement” or makerspaces which is about discovering new ways to use ideas, technology, materials, techniques, and skills. It is a unique environment in that it uses these elements primarily to address and solve problems shared in community spaces such as formal education support, provisioning for innovation, business creation, community integration and social inclusion. It also serves as an open platform for research into the science of creating and supporting the activities that take place in these new environments. This is in contrast with more common community makerspaces that focus more on individual or group access to equipment and less on knowledge sharing and exchange.

The main driver of the Mentorspace is Professor Mark Smith at KTH and a team of active students. In 2015 a team of EIT Digital Master Students formed Inicio, a nonprofit organization, as part of their Business Development course at KTH. Their concept of involving students in makerspace sessions and combine it with industrial contacts is at the core of how the Kista mentorspace will be run. Now, the Kista Mentorspace is a formal part of the curriculum for the EIT Digital Master students I&E modules. The format has been met with interest also from other Nodes and may expand and become a European feature.

Program and registration for Kista Mentorspace Open house

Venue: Electrum, Isafjordsgatan 22, elevator A, floor 3, room 302
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm on April 7

4.00 pm Registration and networking
4.30 pm Opening
Mark Smith, Mentor and Professor IT Products, KTH
How are we going to change how students innovate? The idea of a Mentorspace – the intersection of education, industry and community
4:40 pm Powered by Inicio
Mikaela Illanes presents the nonprofit core business idea of running a Mentorspace
4:45 pm Urban ICT Arena
Petra Dalunde, COO Kista Science City
4:55 pm Digital Destination Sweden and the Makerspace Professional network
Birgitta Edberg, CEO DF Stockholm
5:05 pm A pan-European network of makerspaces
Göran Olofsson, EIT Digital Node Director Stockholm
The value chain of makers to entrepreneurs

Register here: https://kistamentorspaceopenhouse.splashthat.com/

About Kista Mentorspace - a makerspace focused on knowledge sharing

Kista Mentorspace is organised and advised by a consortium of organisations e.g. KTH, EIT Digital Stockholm Node, Kista Science City and partners in the Urban ICT Arena. Other event sponsors and collaborators include Konstfack, Kista Public Library, DF Stockholm and the Kista Digital Arts Center. Contributors in events are supplemented with mentors drawn from Stockholm educators, student and community volunteers, and industry participants. 
The direct beneficiaries of the Kista Mentorspace are the participating schools, businesses, and the Kista community.  Schools benefit in that they can use the makerspace for applied learning of classroom material.  This is important for several reasons, but the most important is that it provides a necessary component as education becomes increasingly digitalized, and in that it provides a means for students to discover and develop talent in them-selves.

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