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.