WHAT IS TEKNIKIO?
Teknikio is a Brooklyn based electronics company specialising in educational engineering kits. We currently produce “make-it-yourself” project kits and craftable electronic parts. Our electronics are easy to attach to “everyday materials” such as paper, fabric, and cardboard, allowing the user to reimagine their world with just a few basic tools. Remaking and recycling is a key part of our design process. We believe that the best ideas usually come from (almost) nothing.
Consider each kit as an ingredient pack for you personal toolbox, allowing you to experiment with new ideas and work with (not against!) electronics. Each of our kits combines engineering with craft and design. We feel that knowledge of basic crafts is a life skill; future generations should have the basic know-how of how to sew a button back on a jacket, or how to turn recycled cardboard into the coolest new toy robot.
Sibel Deren Guler is a researcher, engineer, designer, and educator based in New York. Designing accessible tools to improve the quality of life motivates her work. In addition to leading Teknikio, she adjuncts at Parsons School of Design, is a co-founder of the FatcatFablab makerspace in New York City, and author of Crafting Wearables: Blending Technology with Fashion.
- Founded: 2014
- Founder: Sibel Deren Guler
- Flagship Product: Activating Origami
- Ages: 8 - 108
- Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY
- Number of Products to Date: 17
- Countries sold to: 36
- Learning Partners: NY Hall of Science, MOUSE, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, SciGirls, Camp Invention, Intel, Make Media, Teachers College Columbia University, East Carolina State University, Society for Contemporary Craft, Cooper Hewitt Museum, & Boolean Girl
AWARDS & HONORS
Bank of America Innovator Spotlight Fellow 2021
National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II Award 2019
Academics' Choice Award 2018
Parents Choice Foundation Silver Award 2018
Mom’s Choice Awards 2018
Tillywig Brain Child Award 2017
Parents Choice Foundation Silver Award 2017
National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I Award 2017
Makerfaire Maker of Merit Award 2016
Society for Science and the Public with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 2014
InfyMakers Award 2014
National Girls Collaborative Project 2013
Spark Award from The Sprout Fund 2012
Women in Tech Are Moving the Needle at Brooklyn-based Tech Lab
“Do It Yourself” by Carnegie Mellon University
“Teknikio’s E-Textile Kit” by The Maker Mom
“Teknikio Review: Origami + Tech = Creativity” by Tech Age Kids
“Teknikio Stem Kit - Review & Giveaway” by NYC Tech Mom
“Interview with Teknikio Founder, Deren Guler” by Pixel Practice
“Meet 3 technologists rethinking fashion at Pratt’s design accelerator” by Technical.ly
“The Merging of Crafts and Technology” by Sahm Reviews
“Designing the Future of Science Discovery with Deren Guler” by NYSCI
“Guest Post: Invent-abling: Enabling Boys and Girls to Make Together” by sparkfun
“30u30: Deren Guler” by New York Times Styles (Video)
#WhyIMake: Find your inner maker
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