Last night we went along to the grand opening of the Norwich Barclays Eagle Lab, a collaboration between Barclays and WhiteSpace Norwich. We now join the illustrious company of other important UK tech hubs like London, Brighton, Bournemouth and Cambridge who boast their own Barclays Eagle Lab.
The launch evening was quite a glittering event, featuring TV presenter and local lad Jake Humphrey and Norwich City’s John Ruddy. The presentation included a heart warming film about the Barclays Eagle Lab in Brighton with short speeches afterwards from Neil Garner, founder of Whitespace Norwich, and Barclays staff involved in making this collaboration possible.
Small groups of the audience got to see the lab in action. We marvelled how the laser cutting machine made wooden coasters personalised with the names of the people watching and marvelled at tiny, fully movable skeletal fish key rings that the lab’s 3D printer had created. We also saw the work of the lab’s vinyl cutter adorning the walls, which made us think about making a colour version of the frosted vinyl FINE logo that we have on our studio door.
The Eagle Lab at WhiteSpace Norwich is a significant resource not only for helping start-ups, small tech firms and independent creators get their hands on cutting-edge technology, but also for entrepreneurs and young people who want to let their imaginations run wild. The lab will also run community events, digital Tea and Teach and LifeSkills sessions to help inspire future innovators.
We can’t wait to try it out!