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‘Fab Lab’ opportunity for Derry - Anderson

5 July, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

One of the world’s leading universities could be set to locate a cutting-edge research lab in Derry, local Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said.
Ms. Anderson was speaking as a delegation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) prepares to visit Derry this week to scout possible locations for a so-called ‘Fab Lab’.

“Fab labs began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) and are now operational in 16 countries across the world,” Ms. Anderson commented.

“Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

“MIT are keen on locating a fab lab in the North of Ireland and I believe it would be a huge benefit for Derry if was to come here.

“I have already discussed the potential for a fab lab in Derry with the President of the Massachusetts Senate, Senator Therese Murray and I am engaging with Invest NI to ensure that Derry is given every opportunity to host this exciting facility.” CRÍOCH

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