Posted on Sunday 19 January 2014 by Ulster Business

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Computing giant Intel has given Belfast's Farset Labs a huge boost by becoming a corporate member of the hackerspace.

Intel said it hopes that supporting Farset Labs will help to build close relationships with the local technology community and open opportunities to collaborate on innovative projects.

The California-based multinational semiconductor chip maker, one of the world's largest companies, acquired the Belfast-headquartered software company Aepona in April 2013. Since then the company has been seeking to build links with external technology graduates and it said joining Farset Labs is a public commitment to that cause.

Michael Black, General Manager Intel Belfast said: "Intel strongly believes in the importance of supporting technology and innovation, and there is already lots of discussion and excitement from individuals who are keen to share knowledge with the Farset community and to work together with them to turn ideas into prototypes and products."

Corporate membership allows some of Intel's staff to use the hackerspace, based in Weaver's Court in Belfast, for working on technical projects, mixing and collaborating with individual members, and hosting events.

A non-profit organisation, Farset Labs is keen to act as a link between the industrial sector and its member-base of self-described "technology geeks". 

Ben Bland, a director of Farset Labs, said: "There have never before been better prospects for anyone with the courage to be innovative and entrepreneurial. Intel has a rare history of repeated success through innovation. Having Intel as our new corporate member gives all our members an opportunity for hands-on access to the company's extraordinary drive, expertise and resources."

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