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Jack Henderson
May 20, 2016

Global Coworking: Meet Toolbox (Turin, Italy)

Our coworking community just got a little bigger. Introducing our new partner coworking space in Italy, Toolbox!

About Toolbox Coworking

Toolbox Coworking is a 6,000 square-meter coworking space and creative hub for independent workers in Turin, Italy. It's a hub for IoT & Artificial Intelligence, as well as for social and cultural innovation. Its coworking ecosystem consists of 300+ freelancers, startups, small businesses, makers, and graphic designers.

Photo by Stefano Borghi

Who Works at Toolbox?

Toolbox Coworking is home to a large community of startups creating and coworking in Italy. A few interesting startups who work out of Toolbox are:

Fablab Torino: The first digital fabrication laboratory and maker space in Italy.

Casa Jasmina: A real-world testbed for hacks, experiments, and innovative IoT and digital fabrication projects. 

Print Club Torino: A print and graphic lab to mix new and traditional techniques and experiment with digital and hand-made skills and know-how.

DIGIFABTURING: A research group focused on digital fabrication, robotic automation, and applied materials research in the field of architecture, interaction design, and art.

This hardly scratches of the surface of what Toolbox Coworking has to offer, so we hope you'll stop by next time you're in Turin! Our members can now work for free 5 days each month! Love to roam? Read about our other partner coworking spaces around the world.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.

Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK

Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !


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