SMARTlab participates in ‘Reboot Britain: Framing the challenges seizing the opportunities’ event, 6th July ’09.

RepRap 'parent'
RepRap 'parent'

Reboot Britain is a major one-day event to respond in speech and demonstration to the government’s Digital Britain report, with a wide range of the UK’s main thinkers proposing ways and means to ‘reboot’ the country. Organised by The Policy Unplugged and Germinate teams in association with NESTA, the day addresses the new possibilities this generation has to overcome and the challenges we face as a country in the digital age. It questions how we can take advantage of the digital world in which we live and examines how we can begin to address the radically networked digital world to help revive our economy, rebuild our democratic structures, and improve public services.

Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute and MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre, will give a speech at the event in the morning provocation panel on Learning without Frontiers. Toby Borland, MAGICbox Manager and SMARTlab Researcher, will be presenting the prototyping lab’s innovative approach to some of these challenges, by demonstrating a number of the machines used within MAGICbox and the outcomes of its research into Accessible Technology, Personal and Community Fabrication.

Toby Borland will highlight how the MAGICbox open source ethos and rapid prototyping capabilities can provide new inroads to access and participation in the digital economy. He will demonstrate and discuss the MAGICbox’s social study of user engagement in digital manufacturing, taking into account open source philosophies and the immersion of wider communities, encouraging user-led innovation and maximised Intellectual Property opportunities for connected communities.

SMARTlab will be taking a number of MAGICbox’s small machines to Reboot Britain, along with its version of the RepRap: a self replicating rapid prototyping machine that has been designed and built in-house at SMARTlab to make copies of itself using a laser cutter. The RepRap machine provides an excellent example of open source, user-led manufacturing. Originally conceived by Dr. Adrian Bowyer of Bath University, SMARTlab created this version and has submitted its files to the RepRap community to continue its evolution.

RepRap 'child'
RepRap 'child'

For more information visit: Reboot Britain – Event & Ticket Information:

www.rebootbritain.com

SMARTlab’s MAGICbox:

IMAGES 1 & 2: The MAGICbox RepRap – parent and child

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