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Mayor of London commits £30,000 to East Village tech centre

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Posted: 01.Nov.2018

D-Lab Studios, East Village’s new creative pop-up, has secured £30,000 of funding from the Mayor of London to go towards a technology centre in E20, providing mentoring, workshops and office space for creatives in the community.

The technology centre will be built in what is currently Get Living’s welcome office, next to Stratford International DLR station, and unlike any other co-working space in London will give members access to creative equipment such as laser cutters, a woodwork shop, VR/AR equipment, industrial robotics, and 3D printers to prototype and innovate within their craft.

Whilst this space is currently not available, D-Lab have opened a pop-up on the corner of Penny Brookes Street and Mirabelle Gardens where it has been hosting a series of tech events for adults and kids. Workshops include Lego Architects club, coding, 3D print jewellery making and VR/AR application buildings.

Stuart Wightman, Retail Operations Manager at Get Living, who has been working with D-Lab Studios in East Village said: “We are proudly supporting D-Lab’s growth and expansion in to Stratford, providing the team with a free pop-up space in East Village to showcase their equipment and skills as well as hosting engaging workshops for the local community.

“Stratford is fast becoming known as a hub for innovation and creative industries. Through working with entrepreneurial-minded businesses and start-ups like D-Lab Studios it is our vision that East Village is a place that inspires others to develop their ideas and innovations.”

The D-Lab East team were one of 26 social enterprises picked by the Greater London Authority to receive funding – they hope to source another £20,000 to reach the project’s target. To support their efforts and for more information visit: www.d-lab.co.uk/stratford-holding

To book your place on upcoming workshops at the D-Lab Studios pop-up visit: www.d-lab.co.uk/popup

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