The Kista Mentorspace

The essence of Mentorspace !

The first thing they tell you when you join KTH is – Question Everything. So, before I start telling about this place, let’s answer the question “why Mentorspace”, there is a one-word answer to that – Vision.

The aim of such a community is to evolve the current learning environment into something that brings closer interaction between industry and the academic community, and let the people from different background, experiences, and values contribute central task of problem solving and skill building.

In my view, one of the best part of having such a place is that it reduces the time spent in materialising an Idea, here one can find a large amount of equipment ranging from laser cutter, 3D printers to milling machine accessible to everyone FREE OF COST; and that’s where the awesomeness begins, you come to this place with an Idea, you’ll find people who can help you implement it, you’ll find the tools to prototype it, and you might even find someone to help you market it as well (if it is marketable of course).

For me and my friends, this place has been like a second home, and I guess we have spent most of the time in last 4 months here only.

What can you find in here?

Well, there is a lot of stuff here, I’d suggest everyone to pay a visit for sure to see everything. Though I have some pictures to share as well.

My 4 favourite machines, 2 of the 3D printers, the Milling machine and the newly arrived laser cutter.

My 4 favourite machines, the 3D printers, the Milling machine and the newly arrived laser cutter.

The workarea

The work area, we have sort of table-islands dedicated to different projects.

The section where we "build stuff"

The section where we “build stuff”

The usual, must-have lab stuff and workbench

The usual, must-have lab stuff and the workbench

And that's the area where you can find us most of the time. Those woofers are a great company when working late ;)

And that’s the area where you can find us most of the time. Those woofers are a great company when working late 😉


Open house at Kista Mentorspace

On April 7, 2016; there was an open house at mentorspace, the official inauguration of this space after being shifted to its new location. The event was embellished by presence of 50+ people who are associated with mentorspace in one or other way.

Such events give a nice platform for people to network and interact with each other

Such events give a nice platform for people to network and interact with each other

And on top of that, you there's always savoury stuff to eat

And on top of that, there’s always savoury stuff to eat

The person behind the Idea of Mentorspace – Prof. Mark Smith

The Kista Mentorspace is the brainchild of Prof. Mark Smith, he spoke about the idea of having such a community and how by using MentorSpace the role of an educator changes from being an authority figure to being a learning participant with the goal of helping others in the space identify traits and talents that can be turned into ability, which is going to prove as an important factor in job searching after graduation.

He also introduced everyone to the various stakeholders in the mentorspace community, a fascinating thing that came out of this discussion was that the idea of mentorspace has reached as far as Berlin in such a short time, and very soon with the help of EIT, it’s going to be replicated there as well.

The event concluded with a demo of one of the projects that I and my friends have been working on under Prof Mark for the Electronic-Opera group. The project is aimed to synthesize opera music from the body movements of the performer.

There are just two rules at Mentorspace

  1. Share your knowledge.
  2. Don’t hurt yourself.

The Kista Mentorspace is located in Room 302 in the Electrum Building at KTH Kista. For more information on this, you could directly contact Prof. Mark Smith at msmith@kth.se.