In the Summer of 2012, Deren received a research grant to create a girl-centric, craft-oriented electronics toolkit. She saw that many toolkits and toys relating to electronics are gender coded for boys, thus 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. She also led a series of workshops at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to playtest her ideas. Since then, the project has evolved into a series of custom electronics and gender neutral toolsets, and we have won several other awards.
The company was founded in December 2014. Today, Deren 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. We changed our brand name from Invent-abling to Teknikio in late 2015.
Teknikio is based in Brooklyn, NY. We currently have over 10 different products including custom made electronics, individual toolsets, workshop bundles.
We have partnered with many different retailers are always looking for more. Want to carry our products? Email us!
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.
We are currently looking for:
- A contract experience designer with edu experience. Details here.
- Electrical engineering intern
If interested, please send resume and cover letter to hello<at>teknikio<dot>com