Sketch to prototype meetup

Gearbox hosted the Sketch to Prototype meet up to provide a networking opportunity for engineers, students, makers and entrepreneurs.

participants of the sketch to prototype meet up

participants of the sketch to prototype meet up

The theme was centered around bridging the gap between an idea to prototyping a product that meets the needs of a consumer.

During the session, we had an opportunity to listen to maker stories from various participants.

Karl Heinz, a Gearbox maker, makes 3D printed microscopes which are portable, cost-effective and easy to repair, qualities essential in remote health centers.

Karl,illustrates his 3d printed microscopes

Karl,illustrates his 3d printed microscopes

Yassin Bare, from BRCK, headlined the session by taking the audience through a brief history of kio kit from a product development perspective to the well known education technology solution; a digital classroom.

“Kio kit is a simple and elegant solution made up of 40 Kio tablets, a BRCK, a wireless tablet charging to reduce breakage and a hardened, water-resistant, lockable case. There is a single plug used to charge the kit and one button to power on the entire system,” he explained.

Barre showing the kio kit

Barre showing the kio kit

Apollo Sande, Gearbox Community Lead, took the opportunity to mobilize members of the audience to participate in the Jijiplan initiative aimed at improving quality of life through collaborative learning, trading and investing.

More discussions and progress will be facilitated by the Gearbox Forum.