Circular Economy For Beginners

9th September 2016By Kelly DareEducation, Sustainability

Circular economy is based on the ideal that everything that is made has a purpose for the whole of its life.  To make something that is never disposed of and is useful for the entirety of its existence is a high goal to reach.  Just like other ideals the reality of the effort it would … Read More

Lightning Lab Manufacturing Reunion

2nd August 2016By Kelly DareAlumni, Lightning Lab Manufacturing, Manufacturing Spotlight

From September to November 2015, seven unique hardware startups participated in Lightning Lab Manufacturing (LLMFG) – New Zealand’s first business accelerator focusing on physical products, based in the heart of Lower Hutt. On 28th July, seven months after the accelerator, a reunion was held right back where it all started at 125 High Street. We got to … Read More

Hack Together

15th June 2016By Kelly DareHack Together

As part of Hutt Valley’s annual STEMM Festival, 1st Assembly launched the very first Hack Together – a quick-fire day of solving problems, forming teams and ‘hacking things together’. The day began by getting to know each other over Weetbix and Coffee. Ideas were then shared and discussed within the group until it was decided to … Read More

Gordon Dykes | Fre3FormD

25th May 2016By Kelly Dare3D Printing, Manufacturing Spotlight

3D printing is profoundly changing the way we view our everyday problems. What the internet did for computing, 3D printing will do for manufacturing. I talked to fellow 1A resident Gordon Dykes who built on years of industry experience in electronics and manufacturing to found Fre3formD. Fre3FormD make 3D delta printers which are designed and … Read More

Jack Candlish | Organic Dynamic

17th May 2016By Kelly DareLightning Lab Manufacturing, Manufacturing Spotlight, Woodwork

About 2 years ago Jack Candlish combined his love of woodwork with a passion for surfing and started producing wooden surfboards. In August 2015 Jack was a part of Creative HQ’s first Lightning Lab Manufacturing programme, run out of the space now known as 1st Assembly, in The Hutt. Jack recently came in to chat … Read More

UBCO | Startup Garage Wellington

15th April 2016By Kelly DareStartup Garage

Thursday 31st March, 1st Assembly hosted the first of our monthly Startup Garage events. We kicked it off by hearing from one of our residents. Daryl Neal founder and visionary behind the electric 2×2 farm bikes known as UBCO.                Two years ago Daryl had an idea, what if … Read More