There’s more to the historic Somerset House than courtyard concerts, dancing fountains and London’s most iconic Christmas ice rink. In its cellars you can find Makerversity, a pioneering community of emerging maker businesses and producers kickstarting the third industrial revolution within its hidden fabrication spaces.

Which makes it the perfect location for the first ever (physical) meeting of the Atlas advisory board in all its entirety. Last week myself and the Barcelona-based team flew over to meet up with our London lot to brainstorm about growing content, collaborations and community. And we couldn’t have chosen a more ideal setting for this memorable milestone, a labyrinth of labs punctuated by yellow doors with moveable walls that expand rooms and possibilities.

As for the party, a massive thanks to Makerversity for hosting the launch drinks, gracias to Moritz for the beer, and to the Roundhouse, we say thank you for the music. Award-winning authors, futurologists, FutureHeroes and members of the British Council, Collectively, Delayed Gratification and Goldsmiths all mingled with a common interest… the future (and wine).

Exciting times ahead.

Chin-stroking is actively encouraged at Makerversity

Beard-stroking and corridor-skulking is encouraged at Makerversity


Makerspaces, digital workshops and maps = our kinda place

Walls on wheels


Makerversity materials library


More chin-stroking in the Atlas board meeting


Atlas co-founder Cathy Runciman explains the essence of the Atlas and democratising the future

Submit a project for the Atlas here. And until we all meet again in Barcelona, be useful.