Imperial College Advanced Hackspace

Since its launch in mid-2014, the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) has helped transform the ideation and prototyping landscape at the college, growing to over 1,800 members from all Faculties across the college, from medics to scientists to engineers to business students. ICAH gives Imperial College students and staff access to a unique suite of prototyping technologies, workshops and labs around the college campuses. These are home to cutting edge commercial prototyping technologies and pioneering advances from within the college ecosystem. This technology framework is complemented by large-scale hackathons, training workshops, industry challenge events, bespoke mentoring support, ideation sessions and technology showcases.

Quite simply, it is one of the best places in the world to turn an idea into a reality.

ICAH is free to all college members and this community continues to grow with 100 new users joining each month. In order to accommodate this growth, explore new models for collaboration, house new prototyping tech, expand the capabilities of the ICAH network and facilitate co-location with external partners / users the college has commenced construction of a new Advanced Hackspace in White City within a fantastic new venture called the Invention Rooms.

ICAH@Invention Rooms is a distinctive venture, both in terms of scale and ambition within a university environment adding an additional 22,000 square feet of space for prototyping and engagement to the current already extensive network. ICAH@Invention Rooms will support the co-location of researchers, corporate partners, SMEs, outreach, designers and entrepreneurs under one roof, operating in concert.

Opening in early 2017 this will be complemented by another hackspace facility specialising in molecular hacking which will be housed in White City at the new Molecular Sciences Research Hub and opening later that year. 

Together these ventures will give users access to bio- and molecular hacking prototyping capabilities, woodwork/ metalwork/ electronics workshops, digital manufacturing plants, design studios, hot-desking/hot-house space, an expo centre and exciting outreach opportunities through partnership with a community makerspace also housed within the Invention Rooms.