Robotics Garage

Ideas, entrepreneurship, making, community

Robotics Garge, Unit S043, W10 (Lakeside 2), Science Park, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong,

Makerspace Espace de coworking Centre communautaire

Superficie 200 m²

Ouvert en Juin 2018

Type de structure Non-profit organisation

Exploré en Août 2017


The Robotics Garage is a community, co-working space and DIY workshop for those who want to put dreams into reality and start making impacts.

Thématiques principales

Robotique Technologie - machines & outils Electronique Design Entrepreneuriat Communauté Education Mobilité & transports Industrie & innovation

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We arrived in Hong Kong end of August 2017, right in time between Hato and Pakhar Typhoons to meet the Robotics Garage team. This makerspace has been created by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), a statutory body that has one goal – “to transform Hong Kong into the regional hub for innovation and technology development”.

If the HKSTP already offers a large number of infrastructures to support R&D centers and startups, it noticed the lack of existing solution to help startups in pre-incubation phases. Hence in June 2016, the Robotics Garage was launched to serve this purpose.

Its mission is to provide a space for makers, startups and enterprises to prototype and test their new ideas quickly. They provide a variety of digital and analog prototyping machines, robots, to their members. They also spread the maker culture by organizing events or workshops.

In the lab we met Boris, developing an ultra portable electric scooter with his co-founder. Monica has created makers workshops for children and parents, and is using the space once a week to execute them. Also in partnership with the enterprise ARROW, a SCI TECH contest has been launched inviting startups to showcase their products and help them to prototype them in the space.

With 10 projects and more than 250 members, the lab is still developing its core activities, and wants to increase the number of projects developed in its makerspace to at least 20 by the end of 2017.

Since its creation in June 2016, the lab has registered 250 active members. 70% of them are startups, coming to use the machines or to attend workshops and challenges organized by the lab. For the rest, it is composed of students (15%), or hobbyists (15%) (mostly parents and kids coming on Saturdays workshops).

Most of the users are coming frequently, as they use the space to develop a specific project. Since the launch of challenges like SCI TECH, some users come to be selected in the pre-incubation program.

The Robotics Garage encourages its members to use the space to deliver their workshops. The team also organizes frequently events for the community to gather, and exchange about their projects.

Robotics Garage is not managed as a separate entity of Science Park. Hence it does not have a proper business model and 95% of its funding and all its operational costs are operated by Science Park.

The key figures tracked by the team, as part of their model, is the number of members, the number of projects concretely realized and the number of partnerships.

The key challenges for the future are their ability to spread the maker culture to the inhabitants of Hong Kong, and inspire them to innovate. That is why they focus on the creation of challenges, events and partnerships.

The team of the lab counted 7 people in August 2017. 1 lab manager, taking care of strategy and external relationships. 1 assistant lab manager is leading the operations inside the lab. 2 people are managing the daily operations, events and workshops. 2 technicians are ready to help members and 2 interns are here to support the team.

To stimulate the community and attract new members, the team delivers “lunch workshops” of 2 hours, organized by the members, and allowing employees from startups and companies to attend them. The lunch is provided and they can learn “how to build a cnc machine” or “how to use a 3D printer”.

Robotics Garage is playing its part to develop the pre-incubation programs by organizing challenges in partnerships with companies like ARROW. Together they launched the SCITECH challenge, a 6-month competition for 80 startups to showcase their products, and if selected, to access a grant and facilities.

To spread the maker culture is also a key objective for the lab, and that is why they partner with the Boys and Girls Club Association (BGCA) to provide STEM education workshops in schools. They also co-organize the Robocon contests in Hong Kong, for students.

The internal documentation of the projects is not compulsory. Each user can decide to document or not. As some projects are meant to stay confidential, the lab does not ask its members to provide them any detailed information. They keep a trace of the nature of the project. It is the same for the workshops, the lab does not require the members to document them in details and share them.

We arrived in Hong Kong end of August 2017, right in time between Hato and Pakhar Typhoons to meet the Robotics Garage team. This makerspace has been created by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), a statutory body that has one goal – “to transform Hong Kong into the regional hub for innovation and technology development”.

If the HKSTP already offers a large number of infrastructures to support R&D centers and startups, it noticed the lack of existing solution to help startups in pre-incubation phases. Hence in June 2016, the Robotics Garage was launched to serve this purpose.

Its mission is to provide a space for makers, startups and enterprises to prototype and test their new ideas quickly. They provide a variety of digital and analog prototyping machines, robots, to their members. They also spread the maker culture by organizing events or workshops.

In the lab we met Boris, developing an ultra portable electric scooter with his co-founder. Monica has created makers workshops for children and parents, and is using the space once a week to execute them. Also in partnership with the enterprise ARROW, a SCI TECH contest has been launched inviting startups to showcase their products and help them to prototype them in the space.

With 10 projects and more than 250 members, the lab is still developing its core activities, and wants to increase the number of projects developed in its makerspace to at least 20 by the end of 2017.

Since its creation in June 2016, the lab has registered 250 active members. 70% of them are startups, coming to use the machines or to attend workshops and challenges organized by the lab. For the rest, it is composed of students (15%), or hobbyists (15%) (mostly parents and kids coming on Saturdays workshops).

Most of the users are coming frequently, as they use the space to develop a specific project. Since the launch of challenges like SCI TECH, some users come to be selected in the pre-incubation program.

The Robotics Garage encourages its members to use the space to deliver their workshops. The team also organizes frequently events for the community to gather, and exchange about their projects.

Robotics Garage is not managed as a separate entity of Science Park. Hence it does not have a proper business model and 95% of its funding and all its operational costs are operated by Science Park.

The key figures tracked by the team, as part of their model, is the number of members, the number of projects concretely realized and the number of partnerships.

The key challenges for the future are their ability to spread the maker culture to the inhabitants of Hong Kong, and inspire them to innovate. That is why they focus on the creation of challenges, events and partnerships.

The team of the lab counted 7 people in August 2017. 1 lab manager, taking care of strategy and external relationships. 1 assistant lab manager is leading the operations inside the lab. 2 people are managing the daily operations, events and workshops. 2 technicians are ready to help members and 2 interns are here to support the team.

To stimulate the community and attract new members, the team delivers “lunch workshops” of 2 hours, organized by the members, and allowing employees from startups and companies to attend them. The lunch is provided and they can learn “how to build a cnc machine” or “how to use a 3D printer”.

Robotics Garage is playing its part to develop the pre-incubation programs by organizing challenges in partnerships with companies like ARROW. Together they launched the SCITECH challenge, a 6-month competition for 80 startups to showcase their products, and if selected, to access a grant and facilities.

To spread the maker culture is also a key objective for the lab, and that is why they partner with the Boys and Girls Club Association (BGCA) to provide STEM education workshops in schools. They also co-organize the Robocon contests in Hong Kong, for students.

The internal documentation of the projects is not compulsory. Each user can decide to document or not. As some projects are meant to stay confidential, the lab does not ask its members to provide them any detailed information. They keep a trace of the nature of the project. It is the same for the workshops, the lab does not require the members to document them in details and share them.

Technologies & procédés mis à disposition

Impression 3D Fraisage numérique Electronique Découpe laser Outils pour le bois Etabli outillage

Services proposés

Temps libres Adhésions à l'atelier Espace de stockage Prototypage Missions de R&D Prises de paroles & conférences Hébergement de startups & projets Espace de travail partagé Formations & ateliers pratiques

Nos pratiques inspirantes

Ce que nous faisons de particulier pour gérer notre espace collaboratif

The “lunch workshops”

What is it?

Three times per week, the lab organizes 2 hours of workshops between noon and 2 pm.

In concrete terms?

During the “lunch workshops”, lunch is provided and 2 hours are spent to learn how to use machines, design thinking or any other theme related to the maker movement.

Why it’s interesting?

This schedule is very convenient for the people working at Science Park. As most of them are employees, their schedule is often very busy and the lunch is a good way for them to come in the Robotics Garage and discover the place.


Nos projets de makers

Inspirez-vous des projets DIY de notre équipe & nos membres

Ultra portable electric kick scooter

What’s the project’s story?

Boris is an aerospace engineer who wants to transform the way we circulate in our cities. He is using himself an electric kick scooter for 4 years, but found it very inconvenient to carry in offices, buses, trains, due to its height and weight.

So with one friend, they decided to start working on an ultra portable kick scooter, which will be easy to carry in a bag or to hide under his desk at work. It will even be used as a luggage itself.

The idea behind it is to provide a light and simple scooter that anyone will be able to use downtown, allowing a gain of space and an environmental benefit for the city.

How do they interact with the workshop?

The Robotics Garage is used to prototype their new scooter. They come here almost everyday so it is also like their office.

What’s next?

Their final prototype should be ready by end of 2017, and will be presented to integrate the incubation program of the Science Center.


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