Creative 'melting pot' DoES Liverpool is open
A WORKSPACE for the city's hi-tech community is holding an open day tomorrow (Friday, July 22).
DoES Liverpool has been created by a collective of entrepreneurs and freelancers as "a mixture of office and 21st-century workshop".
The workspace, in the Gostins Building, in Hanover Street, will house software developers, electronics engineers, and artists.
Tomorrow it is hosting a "taster day" where potential tenants can explore the space for themselves.
Social enterprise DoES Liverpool was formed by a group of software developers, electronics engineers, artists and designers.
They were already running a series of "Maker Nights", in association with Liverpool John Moores University's Art and Design Academy, where people can learn about technology and experiment with making things.By forming DoES Liverpool, they have been able to open a space "where making can go on all the time, rather than just once a month".
The space includes two open-plan areas, as well as a private meeting room. Desks can be rented by the month or the day.
After today, the DoES team say they will give a free day's trial to anyone who "brings cake for everyone to share".
Adrian McEwen, one of the team behind DoES Liverpool, has moved his start-up into the Hanover Street space.
Mr McEwen's work focuses on the "internet of things" - finding ways to link the virtual and physical worlds.
His previous projects include Bubblino, an internet-connected device that blows bubbles every time certain words or phrases are used on Twitter.
He said: "We want DoES to be a melting pot for business and creativity in Liverpool".
Resident iPhone app developer, John McKerrell, said "DoES encourages people to experiment, and to learn new things, whether it's finding out how to solder, or sharing tips on what accounts package to use, the chances are someone else in the space will be able to help."
The next Maker Night will be held on Wednesday, July 27. For information, visit www.doesliverpool.com