Croydon Tech City

EVENT: #Croydon #TechCity – Thursday December 19th 7:30pm @MatthewsYard

It’s that time of the month again when Croydon’s tech scene comes out to play at Matthews Yard and learn from local tech. #Croydon #TechCity leader Jonny Rose takes us through the event line-up


Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a business owner or computer-lover to enjoy this!

DEMO: Steve Motakef and Hercules Fisherman founders of 3DScanbot

The two men bringing the 3D print revolution to Croydon

Steve Motakef (right) builds a 3D model of a seated couple.

3DScanbot is a hardware tool and software application built by Steve Motakef and his artist friend, the brilliantly-named Hercules Fisherman!

The duo and a small supportive team tour with the equipment to make 3D fun and accessible to all ages, and will be speaking to us about the world of 3D printing and all the cool innovations that are emerging from the 3D print industry.

Most importantly, the 3D scanning tool will be available for you to try out on the night!

Andrew Brackin – Founder of Spot

“My new life working out of Silicon Valley and Croydon Tech City”


DEMO: David Batey – creator of Nickelled

“Making it easier for marketers to build website demos”

Croydon TechCity


William Blake Celebration

William Blake Celebration

“The Birth of Swedenborg & The Baptism of Blake”

A Celebration in Poetry, Music, Performance and Art





(John Gibbens and Armorel Weston)



Friday, 6th December 2013 at 7.00pm

Tickets: £10.00 / Concessions: £5.00

At Pentameters Theatre (Above the Horseshoe Pub)

28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE  (Hampstead Tube)

#CPEurope Telefonica at O2 Arena

It was a real treat to be at one of the biggest geeks gathering of its kind otherwise known as Glastonbury for Geeks. The party went on a non stop 24X7 week of workshops, exhibition, hackathons and parties with crowed mostly from Europe but even across the world descended on the millennium dome – O2.
Thingmaker joined Telefonica stand with our 3fs portraits series, 3d scanning rig, 3d printing kits and samples to enthrall the camposeros attending the great event.

our stand was by far the best and busiest throughout the event with often queues of people waiting to be part of the experience. Many also loved to have their figurines printed or portraits done. Overall it was a massive success, thanks to the all the vibrant camposeros, dedicated Telefonica Labs and Thingmaker team who made it all happen.


THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)


By William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?



Fishermans Founder Friends

3Fs will be featured at Over the Air

A festival for all things mobile

Prime position at Kater Holzig

Scan the QR Code

the series portrait are coupled with 3d figurines so there is a mechanical representation of the portraits of the sitters along with the live paintings which will be on display.

Dispelling forces of darkness at the Camden Collective – Carlow House

At Camden Collective where founder friends droped to see him and with some of his portfolio companies Thingmaker, Lectrio currently stationed there and others who would like him to be their  mentor or advisor. He is regularly  approached by companies and events organisers internationally to be speaker, hosting panels, mentoring or to join their advisory board help them grow their business, to improve their products, gain benefits from his years of experience as serial entrepreneur and tech guru.

Nikita from Lectrio
one of the first founders in the 3fs series

The 3fs series  at  Digital Sizzle Art Hack

3Beards figurines

private view Friday 16th August


Public Event: Sat 17th – Sun 18th August 2013 – SOUTH PLACE HOTEL

@joescarboro from 3Beards

At TOA13

where he was a speaker, mentor and featured artist
Thanks to TOA for providing the most prominent position at the Kater Holzig event.

There is a current show of 3fs in Berlin at until 23rd of Aug

The Garage, Köpenicker Straße 10 Berlin

the exhibition space was kinely provided by VCCP

and sponsored by Foodity and Ginicam

Thingmaker provided 3dscan booth and 3d printing of the figurines

for booking please post a comment

Mon- Fri 9.30 to 6 pm

A series of portrait of startup founders executed in live sessions

Made with bold brush strokes, whilst interacting with the sitter; discussing wider topics from arts to technology or business strategy.

Hercules is an award winning artist as well as technologist and serial entrepreneur.

These days Herx is dividing his time between arts on the one hand, and mentoring & investing in technology start-ups on the other. He’s collaborating with other, He’s  mentoring at a number of institutions and colleges, and work closely with over a dozen promising start-ups including Lectrio, Skillwizz, Amoo, GiniCam, Thingmaker and Foodity.

He is very active on the tech scene a member or London HackSpace and a regular participant at hackatons in and outside UK.

Before doing his masters at Middlesex University he was an active publisher of art books, magazines and prints about and with artists like Lucian Freud, Gilbert and George, Richard Hamilton, Bill Bryson, Yoko Ono and Allen Ginsberg. He established Our Wonderful Culture club at Vic Naylor and the Fridge in Brixton, which featured Vivien Westwood, Brixton Poets, Edward Tudor-Pole, Deborah Levy and Leigh Bowery.

He’s exhibited at galleries and arts centres, including Riverside Studio, DeFabrik-Holand, Paloma7 –Spain – and ArtHouse – Ireland. He has been speaker, judge or guest at the WebSummit, DevTank, 3DS, Mobile World Congress, LeWeb and at the Universities of Middlesex, Nottingham and Manchester as well as LCP, LaSalle – Barcelona and Konstaze in Germany. He has works has been traded in various auctions. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his achievements over the years, including a British Council Award in 1986.

At the event also we have an awesome 3DScan Booth from Thingmaker where we will be scanning the same subject as the one Hercules has painted, These will then be included in a mobile app allowing user to make online orders of the figurines and prints with ease.

More international venues are booked Corfu in Sep. followed by Monaco, Israel and Dublin. please contact with suggestions for new venues.


Disrupting the Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing revolution steadfastly disrupting the traditional manufacturing practices and industry.  Andrew Lamb leading expert from Engineers Without Boarders is the key speaker at London 3D printers meetup on Tuesday 23rd July at Hub Westminster this week.

“Small-scale and local manufacturing has always been a key driver of development, and it has retained a fundamental role in the appropriate technology movement for decades. As additive manufacturing starts to take root in developing countries, is there a chance to leapfrog the centralised, industrial paradigm of development? It is early days, but this talk will give some examples of what is currently being explored by the aid sector, and what this might mean for supporting the growth of a more sustainable ‘circular economy’.”

Andrew Lamb  EWB-UK

Event Kindly Sponsored by Rackspace

Mini Maker Faire

It was a surprise to return to Elephant and Castle where I studied printing years ago at London College of Printing (LCP) now christened under a new assumed named London College of Communication (LCC).

This is aptly demonstrate the changes we are experiencing with technology transformed from the letterpress analog printing to a now digital reproduction methods of which we saw many examples at the Mini Maker Faire. The organisers did a fantastic job with many insightful workshop and variety of exhibitors to match. It did show the exuberant nature of the times we live in, the makers culture is hugely vibrant, teaming with new ideas.

I could safely say that every visitors from any age group and background, could find something memorable to go away with from the event.

Undoubtedly the makers community is set to grow massively over the coming decade, the 3D printing techniques which in itself is in a state of flux will have many more surprises in store for us. We are at the cutting edges of technology where we can touch science fiction for real, where replicators are not just a drummed up fantasy from the movie screens, but something you can help make and have hands in.

Thingmaker who runs one of the London fastest growing meetups related to 3d technology participated in the faire,  with their incredible 3D Scan Booth in place, they had a queue of enthusiasts who wanted to experience the new scanning technology. The results then can be printed in mono or in Full colour as 3d figurines.

Watch out for their next up coming event at London3D-printers meetup



Managed to get down to DMY Berlin the day after the Axel Springer startup mentoring day. I was particularly interested to find out about 3d printing and designs.

DMY Berlin is an international design network for contemporary product design. At the yearly DMY International Design Festival Berlin both renowned and young, experimental designers launch new products, prototypes and foresighted projects. The exhibition is accompanied by a wide program of symposia, designer-talks and workshops, able to reflect current topics of contemporary design and to reveal necessary future trends of design and its related disciplines.dmy3

See  a review which highlights a massive polish presence at the show by

Małgorzata Alicja Idziak

Over 500 designers showcase pioneering products, prototypes and material innovation in the aviation hangars. This years country focus was dedicated to the design habits of Poland. There are over 40 showcases by Polishdesigners and creative entrepreneurs.


The most interesting Polish project were the taborets from

Przemek Ostrzewski. The plus stool which is a single
piece consisting of 3 parts which can be easily combined. Ribbon from Jan Lutryk made the approach affect in which the material gave it form. Made into his innovation technology is the Oskars

In exhibitions we have been seeing the new talents section highlights experimental and forward thinking works
of the young designers. Students made some special workshops for visitors and were showed how to make designed for them products. The Luas group form made the Junctions exhibition. For example they taught how to make
a smartphone from recycling paper bags. The Tabanda group enabled through prototypes their chair “diago”.


To assist in helping the designers with their creations, new ideas companies helped with 3d printers. It presented the groups with new opportunities and materials. For example in DMY, we could see new solutions with the use of these materials.


I am always interested in wood designs. Amazing works from Elisas Stroyzk carpet,, were presented with geometric pieces which are laser-cut by hand and then bonded to a textile backing. Woodglasses were also available from Paolo, Stool “Uff” made Cecilia Alvarez Fernandez from Balbuena. “Uff”like saying: what a relief. It is designed for use in gardens, at patios or playgrounds. It can also be used indoors.

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NextBerlin – European ecosystem

As major startup centers in Europe jostle for prominence, from London, Berlin, Paris, Dublin to Barcelona, we see great events regularly filling our calendars. Each cities have their own intrinsic qualities some are younger and hyper in their approach like Berlin. Whilst London being the largest with the greatest number of startups, that can boast diversity and creativity matched by none. We also see refreshing alliances with LeWeb, websummit and Next events rotating across different cities.

An acceleration of innovation come in many shapes and forms, its the explosion of activities in mobiles, internet of things and  3d printing is transforming the scene and will continue to do so for the future.

Each city operates in their own eco system, often with matching silicon alleys, valleys and roundabouts. A rainbow of accelerators, incubators and hubs are formenting within them to attract investor and entrepreneurs. A melting pot of connections and cross breeding unfolds. This is where European diversity cause of  hindrance to its speed in progress becomes an advantage over the US monopolistic prominence, However in order to make it a reality and take full advantage, it has to be coupled with favorable legislature to provide the necessary infrastructure and tax policies to make it a fertile ground for growth with schemes such as UK S/EIS we are getting a step closer to that goal, still more needs to be done particularly for ones looking for bigger rounds to make it a more attractive proposition

Let me present you with  Haberstroh

Theophil Haberstroh interview by Christian Boas


Theophil Haberstroh is a freelance business developer, specialized in helping French digital companies to enter and develop the German market.

He is French-German, was born in Germany, and studied Economics at the Universität Mannheim and Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, where he holds a Masters Degree (2010). He worked two years for Groupon, where he was Online Marketing Manager and Business Developer.

In his free time he trains for ultra runs, goes to contemporary art exhibitions and plays the trumpet. He is also an active member of the DCFA.

CB: What is the DFCA ?

TH: The DCFA (Digital Club Franco-Allemand), is a business club for French and
Germans who work in the digital industry and who want to promote the
exchanges between the two countries. We are a non-profit organization. Our
aim is to become a single point of contact for everyone who is looking to
expand in the respective digital market. We provide quick answers to the
questions someone can have, information and contacts.

CB: Do you see potential for doing something similar like this with the uk, or
does even infact a group like that exist ?

TH: We created this club, as we all have a special link to Germany and France.
This is why we started with those two countries. Nevertheless, we consider
ourselves European and are open to work together with other groups that
promote the link in the digital economy between two countries.

CB: What do you believe the French and Germans have profited most from each
other cooperating ?

TH: Going international allows companies to be more open minded and to be
actually present in the respective country. This allows to work and live
with the neighbor on a daily basis and acquire knowledge, that a local
competitor can’t acquire. This is especially true for French German
cooperation’s, as those countries are among the biggest in Europe and as the
history of both is closely linked.

CB: Anything the British could learn from your group ? Can they join as well ?

TH: Our group is for people who are interested in France and Germany, so
British could also join! They can learn from our group that we need to
communicate more between the countries within Europe, and we would love to
have members that are French, German, and British!

TH: What would you like to happen in the future with your group ?

We would like to organize more events like we did at the NEXT Conference,
in order to create awareness at different levels. It is time to have an
active French-German & European ecosystem and to communicate more between
the countries.

CB: Thanks for the Q & A