Welcome to the new year!
2023 was an exciting year for us. The network launched, held its first funding call, forged new connections, and laid foundations for an ambitious path ahead. As we plan for what comes next, we do so while envisioning a future where producing digital devices in low-volumes is easier and more accessible to everyone.
Learn more about what’s coming up for the network in 2024.
Upcoming funding call: Infrastructure for Device Production
Our next funding call is themed around infrastructure for the production of digital devices. Currently, creators of electronics encounter challenges as they refine and scale prototypes, a process that multiplies their interactions with external stakeholders like specialist designers, manufacturers, and end users. Maintaining these interactions across many stakeholders in various disciplines requires tools, techniques, standards, and platforms that facilitate success. The new funding call seeks exemplars that demonstrate how infrastructure beyond traditional production manufacturing can play a role in overcoming barriers to refining and scaling device prototypes. This may include asynchronous or synchronous technologies, advances in ubiquitous computing, XR/AR/VR, the Internet of Things, data aggregation and AI, and computer-supported collaborative work.
Details of this call will be released at the end of February. Keep an eye on our social media channels and future newsletters for further updates.
Featured member: Emma Powell of Air Giants
What can an artist bring to the table when designing and manufacturing robots? As we learned by speaking with Emma Powell of Air Giants, there’s a great deal that people from diverse backgrounds, including the arts, can contribute to the production of incredible electronic devices.
Air Giants are a Bristol-based creative robotics studio. You can connect with them and others in the member’s area of the pro² website.