Kenya-based non-profit organisation, Gearbox is set launch its hardware incubation programme in June.
The programme, which is to incubate five companies for up to three years, will operate on a pay-per-month membership model. Members will access to design software tools, prototyping equipment such as 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, industrial sewing machines and vinyl cutters.
According to Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Director of the organisation, “It became quite evident that a hub hardware space would be quite useful. There is a need for it. It is something that a lot of people have wanted”.
The organisation, which is Kenya’s first open makerspace for design and rapid prototyping, is set to serve a pivotal role in incubating and accelerating innovations in its members, so as to build the capacity of electronic manufacturing in Kenya through collaboration on projects in a wide range of scales.
Gearbox is geared towards providing a unique platform for members to showcase their innovative ideas, as well bringing about a shift in the way techies work by nurturing a community of members working on projects in computer technology, industrial art, robotics and electronics.