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Morson Maker Space shortlisted for regional manufacturing award

Apr 16, 2018

Congratulations to the Morson Maker Space team and the School of Arts & Media who have been shortlisted in the Collaboration Award category of Insider’s Made in the North West Awards with their industry live brief programme with Wondrwall.

Now in their sixth year, Insider’s Made in the North West Awards celebrate all that’s good in the local manufacturing sector. The Collaboration category showcases a particularly special collaboration between a manufacturing company and a third party – such as universities, colleges or education providers. The winners, who will go through to the national finals of Made in the UK, will be announced at a special ceremony at the Lowry Hotel on 10 May.

The shortlisting was nominated as part of our exceptional partnership with Wondrwall – showing ICZ collaboration in action across a number of academic areas, including the School of the Built Environment’s Energy House, loooking at testing and trialling new products. Wondrwall has pioneered the first intelligent living system that transforms how people interact with their homes. It automatically controls heating, lighting, security and safety with voice control and cleverly adapts its home supervision by understanding how people live and behave.

The collaboration covered both an industry live brief for design students who were asked to come up with a new innovative prototype of a smart light switch, with increased personalisation and added functionality of the smart home device, before proposing their idea to the Wondrwall team in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch. Wondrwall is now working with a select group of students to develop chosen prototypes further. These students will gain invaluable industry work experience and possibly a job with the company in the future.  

“The fact we can offer students this type of real-life opportunity is what makes Salford different,” said Dr Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space. “This is a prime example of our distinctive ICZ strategy in action whereby an initial contact with an industry partner can develop over time to become an exceptional partnership, bringing together industry, staff and students to collaborate and co-create. We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the award which demonstrates how the University successfully works with our SMEs to ‘Make in Salford’”.

Mark Lufkin, Chief Commercial Officer of Wondrwall said:

The students have been a big help, as we did not have the resources ourselves to do a redesign and it has allowed us to address new customers and segments. One of the pieces of feedback we get is that the current design looks nice, but do we have anything else? Having new designs has allowed us to address different customers and target some of the premium house builders who were insisting on chrome light switches for their homes for example. It adds another string to our bow.”

The Morson Maker Space is equipped with high-tech laser cutters, computer-aided design and 3D printing facilities, and billed as a ‘smart factory’ space for businesses, researchers, staff and students to work together on industrial techniques and processes.

Follow the Morson Maker Space on Twitter @makeinsalford 
For enquiries email makerspace@salford.ac.uk

You can see images from our Wondrwall activities by scrolling through our FlickR account below.

Wondrwall combined