The rise of makers

As the 2016 Rise conference rolled into town, gathering all the most promising start-ups in the region in one place, Cosmosupplylab opened its doors to visitors under the theme “Limits don’t exist”. 

Cosmosupplylab moved into new headquarters in December 2015 and 6 months later had one of the biggest privately owned prototype labs in Hong Kong up and running.

From paper to prototype

“It makes a large difference having the right tools at your fingertip”

“We want to inspire our guests and show them how quickly an idea can go from paper to prototype.” Maurico Kendel, the head of the prototype lab emphasized. “It makes a large difference having the right tools at your fingertip. We can ensure, early on, that the products are scalable. By doing so, we can fast-track time to market for our customers.”

Rise attendees were invited to an evening full of well-portioned appetizers, creative concoctions, and rapid prototyping. All guests were invited to see how ideas are materialized, witness agile production processes and gained a sneak-peek behind the scenes.

Personalized products

“It was a good test for the lab and our staff”

In order to showcase the agility of the prototyping process, each guest received a personalized custom fused leather bracelet. The bracelets were made on the spot with their initials and in the colors of their own choosing. With over a 100 guests, the Cosmoteam had their work cut out for them, with only 2 hours to complete the task.

“It was a fast run, but we managed to get all the seamlessly fused bracelets done. It was a good test for the lab and our staff.” Maurico said.

The art of making

“The ability to materialize products should not be a forgotten art”

“Hong Kong was built on the hard work of product makers. In the 1980ies Hong Kong was a production hub. Today, this can translate into design thinking. We  should retain knowledge of how to create something with your hands.” Jerker Berthou, CEO of Cosmosupplylab said. “It is important not to lose this important part of Hong Kong’s history. The ability to materialize products should not be a forgotten art.”

“It is important not to lose this important part of Hong Kong’s history. The ability to materialize products should not be a forgotten art.”