Where we started
In the summer of 2012 Deren received for a small grant to create a girl-centric electronics toolkit. She felt that many toolkits and toys relating to electronics are gender coded for boys, excluding a large population of young inventors, makers, scientists, and engineers. She partnered with Assemble, a community space for arts and technology in Pittsburgh, PA and used the funds to pilot and test the kit with Gwen's Girls, an organization that serves at-risk girls. Since then we have won several other awards and developed a series of toolkits. Each kit is like an ingredient pack for your personal toolbox, that applies on a concept of engineering to a craft or design technique. We guide you through how to work with smart materials and electronic components to activate any object or environment.
Deren leading a workshop with Gwen's Girls at Assemble in early 2013
We started selling through retail channels in 2014 and changed our brand name from Invent-abling to Teknikio in 2015. We also decided that girl-centric should not mean "girls only" and strongly believe that educational kits should be gender neutral. We actively work to increase the number of girls and women in STEM and break down gender barriers. Though designed with children and education in mind, Teknikio is made for explorers, inventors, and curious minds of all age; or as it says on our packaging, ages 8-188. Learn how to design, engineer, and make materials matter! What are you waiting for? Find the kit that sparks your interest!
Where we are
Teknikio is based in New York City. We currently have over 10 different products including custom made electronics, individual toolsets, workshop bundle sets.
We have partnered with many different retailers around the country and are always looking for more (international resellers too). Want to carry our products? Email us!
Who we are
Teknikio was founded by Sibel Deren Guler who leads a small team of designers, engineers, scientists, and tinkerers. We love to explore and ask too many questions. We are especially good at taking things apart and can sometimes even put them back together. Deren also co-founded a makerspace in the West Village, and adjuncts at Parsons, the New School for Design.
Want to join us? Drop us a line and tell us why. We hire contractors and interns for special projects.