Makers Boot Camp opens international makerspace in Kyoto

Inside the venue
Image credit: Kyoto Makers Garage

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Kyoto-based Darma Tech Labs (DTL), known for organizing a hardware-focused startup accelerator Makers Boot Camp (MBC), announced earlier this month that it opened an international makerspace named Kyoto Makers Garage (KMG) jointly with Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto (ASTEM) and Kyoto Research Park (KRP). In commemoration of the establishment, they held an opening party inviting Mayor of Kyoto City Daisaku Kadokawa at KMG the same day.

KMG was built reforming the garage next to the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market and consists of four elements: “co-working space” usable as share office, “maker space” for manufacturing, “event space” and “gallery space”; in partnership with accelerators focusing on hardware startup outside Japan (such as Usine IO of Paris and Fab Foundry of New York), KMG plans to actively hold hackathon or meet-up events as a hub for entrepreneurs or creators from all over the world.

Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City, makes a speech at the opening party.
Image credit: Makers Boot Camp

The maker space of KMG is equipped with fused deposition modeling-type 3D printer (additive manufacturing equipment), laser cutter and desktop CNC milling device. Users have to attend charged lecture in advance when using the equipment. KMG also provides service in English to support hardware startups and entrepreneurs from abroad.

The establishment of KMG was realized through the acceptance of DTL’s proposal by the municipal participation program for citizens, Machizukuri Otakara Bank, managed by Kyoto City. Access to KMG is 10 minutes on foot from Tanbaguchi Station of JR West San-in Main Line, or 5 minutes from Sichijo-senbon Bus Stop of Kyoto City Bus. It is open from 11 am to 6 pm on weekdays.

Translated by Taijiro Takeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy