In the latest in our series on the EW BrightSparks of 2017 we highlight Josh Elijah, who looks after design and development for Engimake, a company he co-founded.
He started his business straight out of university, fulfilling his dream to build robots. A Kickstarter programme successfully raised £48,000 and now Engimake are busy delivering the QuadBot robotics kits they developed.
QuadBot – the 3D Printed, open source robot – is pictured below.
He is now based out of Makerversity in Somerset House, London.
His mission, he says, is to use robots for teaching kids about engineering, and his start-up is working to create the best robotics educational experience.
“A robot is a fusion of Coding, Electronics, Math and Mechanics,” he says. “It promotes development of creative STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) skills that transcend engineering disciplines”.
He completed his Masters degree in Electronic Engineering in 2015, having setup a Robotics Society while at the University of Manchester.
As well as co-founding a start-up robotics company, Josh also works as a design and development consultant for bigger organisations that want to create products.
“I go away and think about it, come back to present a plan, then I go ahead and actually make that product – turning their idea into a physical product. It’s the best job in the world. I love it. It can be stressful, but I love it.”
“Don’t be the tech user, be the tech maker. Don’t lost your job to the robot, make the robot. We are meant for more than office work. It’s fun to make a robot. Yes you can do it! What will you do next?”
Selection Panel comments
Lindsley Ruth (CEO, RS Components) – Josh’s passion for engineering is wonderful. By embracing maker-spaces and crowd-funding, he has been able to take his passion for robotics and turn that into a legitimate business that in turn supports the education of further young engineers.
Isabella Mascarenhas (IET’s Young Professionals Engagement Manager) – Josh’s drive and vision is admirable and he is clearly very passionate about his start up. He has chosen an exciting area that is capable of engaging a younger audience to excite them about engineering.