Fabriko aims to develop immersive hands-on digital fabrication and technology learning experiences. They work from three core principles: creating a greater opportunity for affordable access, making technology engaging and relevant, and helping parents and teachers be invested in a child’s learning.
Bridget McKendry and Carl Pavletich are the founders of Fabriko. Bridget has a technology background with a passion for mixing up art, digital and mechanical technology to get kids learning. She runs the schools and education programme. Carl has a design and business background in commercialisation and management in the start-up space. He runs the wider organisation, including the FabLab development and projects. Fabriko is also supported by a team of volunteers.
What they’re doing and why
Fabriko is focused on growing the emerging market of the “producing consumer” who creates and applies new technologies in a creative way. In particular, they wish to encourage problem-solving in young people to enable them to contribute and adapt to a changing world through providing access, knowledge and skills. Fabriko was formed in 2013 and received significant support from the Rātā Foundation (formerly Canterbury Community Trust) in 2014 via the Social Enterprise special fund.
The business has three main strands:
- Projects – One example is the living wall in the Christchurch CBD Fabriko helped develop in partnership with the Department of Conservation and the Christchurch City Council.
- Education – Fabriko paid courses in schools and aims to develop educational kits.
- Fab Lab – part of the Fab Lab international network that develops facilities through classes and machine hire. Fabriko also has a portable facility – Makercrate.
Akina is supporting Fabriko to:
- Develop a presentation to partners, funders and supporters
- Develop a business plan and financial model for 2015/16 to capture priorities and investment, and
- Formalise a governance group.