Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Meet our Makerble Team!

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At Makerble, a lot of our work is carried out by awesome volunteers, who share their time, passion and brain power in exchange for the invaluable experience working in a fast-paced, innovation and tech space. This blog is even being written by (no doubt) one of the best(!) 

Over the years, nearly 50 volunteers have helped shape our brand, design and concept into the Makerble we know today. At the moment, we have seven on the team. Here's a little introduction to each of them, what they're about and why on earth they're involved.

Meet Sara: Product/Project Marketing and Social Media

I’m at university studying International Politics, and my background before I joined Makerble was mostly editorial- and media-related. However, at Makerble, I’ve been able to use my existing knowledge and develop completely new skills while working on the Marketing team. Every day I’m able to be creative, and knowing that my work is making a difference in the world is really satisfying. At Makerble the interns don’t just make the coffee – every single person makes a meaningful contribution, so our team dynamic is really strong and there’s never a day when I don’t feel like coming into the office!

Meet Yeji: Social Media and Project Marketing

I’m from South Korea, and I’m spending my gap year here in the UK working on Makerble’s marketing and social media channels. I was looking for something totally new and exciting to get involved with when I came across Makerble. I thought that Makerble’s concept is so fascinating and has so much potential, and I instantly knew that I wanted to become a part of the team. The whole Makerble team is very passionate about our work: they always support me and help me learn and develop my skills, and it’s a great atmosphere to work in!

Meet Caitlin: Brand Marketing

I'm a freelance copywriter and creative with a love for experiential marketing and captivating copy. I joined Makerble because I want to understand the world of social start ups and tech development, and to use my existing skills for a good cause. South African born and bred, London is a beautiful and challenging place to live - I'm glad I have the Makerble family to call home.

Meet Arisa: Impact Catalyst 

I’m a second year student studying French and Spanish. Working on the charities team, I have been lucky to meet so many incredible charities and learn so much about lesser known causes. Makerble helps make these smaller charities get their work known and is a great way to find projects that you are passionate about and want to support. This is one of the main reasons I decided to join Makerble!

Meet Elinor: Impact Catalyst 

I'm Ellie, a second year Geography student at Nottingham University. I was firstly drawn to Makerble as I knew I wanted to work within a small exciting startup company. During university I have been involved with extensive amounts of charity work and noticed that many people were very skeptical of donating. I love that Makerble is trying to change this negative association and highlights the positives of charities.

Meet Hadrien: Developer

I am a French software engineering student, and I love to be creative. As a DJ and House music producer, I spend a large part of my free time creating my own sounds – but I also enjoy inventing new software applications or things that can make life easier. My dream is to build my own startup in a few years, where a large part of the profits will be allocated to charity projects. I have always thought that we have to make the world better, so being a volunteer at Makerble is a chance for me to realise a part of my dream in helping to change the world whilst experiencing the startup spirit.

Meet Akash: Designer

I’m a 22 year old Graphic Designer from London. I just graduated from Middlesex University in Graphic Design & Communication, and I was looking for a place where I could kick-start my design career when I came across Makerble. Not only will I be doing what I love and learning, but I’ll also be making a positive change to the world through Makerble.

So, that's the Makerble team. Under the guidance of Matt, Annabel and Abhi, we are constantly working to make the Makerble experience better than ever: if you have any ideas or feedback, we'd love to hear from you too!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Makerble Story

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In 2002, as a Chemistry student at the University of Birmingham, Matt Kepple signed up to sponsor a child for £15 a month, just as his parents had when he was younger. However, he soon found that his student loan just couldn’t stretch far enough to cover both his expenses and the charity commitments he wanted to be able to make. 

So, undeterred, Matt convinced his friends to split the sponsorship between them, with each student pitching in £1. This idea became the ‘Sponsor a Kid for a Quid’ scheme, which had recruited around 160 staff and students by 2004, and was awarded a Channel 4 Ideas Factory award in 2005.

Over the years the idea stuck, and he wondered if he might apply the ‘Sponsor a Kid for a Quid’ concept to charity projects tackling social and environmental causes. Like child sponsorship, the projects would feed back on what was happening and everyone could get updates on the change made by their donations, just like the updates  he had received from the children.

In 2011, having built up a portfolio of marketing clients and wealth of experience as a freelance consultant, Matt began to win grants to begin to create the Makerble we know today. Working alongside three close friends, Abhi Patel, Ahmed Al-Aagam and Ola Obaro, Matt initiated the detailed planning process which would finally make Makerable a reality. 

Eventually, in 2013, he went full time at Makerble, joined by Annabel Dickson, who oversees Makerble’s charity relationships, Kate Gault, whose focus is on brand partnerships, and Makerble’s first web developer. Since then, Abhi Patel has also joined the team full-time from his role at Goldman Sachs and now runs the tech and finances at Makerble.

Today, Makerble is located in beautiful office space donated by ?WhatIf! Innovation. With a dedicated team of full-time staff and inventive interns, Makerble continues to break the status quo of charitable donation, encouraging its users to focus not on how much they give, but the change that they make.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Makerble? More like Shapeable!

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I can’t believe it! 50% of my journey as a Makerble volunteer is already over.

It’s halftime for me.

The last 3 months have just flown by and I bet the next 3 months will do too. In the past 3 months I’ve seen a lot. It has been fun to work with different kinds of people at Makerble. Everyones friendly and ready to help if you stuck in a task and feedback is available and encouraged at any time.
Besides working with these awesome people (a shoutout to all my co-workers!) I really enjoy our daily lunch together. Well, it’s good to have a break and talk about things except work. 
Also talking and arguing really helps me with one of my main goals: I came to London to improve my english and my co-workers are understanding and helpful with this.

What else can I say?

Maybe I should take some time to thank Whatif!? Innovation for giving us the chance to use their beautiful office.
Thank you very much!

I don’t want to boast around, but the office is really one of my highlights so far. Okay, I’m easy to impress because this is my first real job in an office, but my co-workers assured me that this is something extraordinary. It’s based in central London, near Baker Street to be precise. It’s astonishing every morning to go there. That doesn’t mean that the tube is less crowded, It’s just cool to commute through London when I’m aged almost 22.

I like to pick up some food for the lunch break at the nearest Tesco and then I only have a couple of minutes to walk. The homelike office provides a lot of room and we even can use the shared kitchen which makes work just easier and more enjoyable.
Working at Makerble is stretching me in a good way. Let me explain: I applied for media production for filming and editing because I plan to be an professional filmmaker in the future. But I’ve also been given a lot of other different tasks like product development and marketing which is helping me to find out what I like and dislike.

I also find it interesting working in a start-up because you get more insight into how companies are working at their core, more so than working in just one department of a global player. I think now I value entrepreneurship and feedback a lot more because I’m experiencing first-hand how companies rely on it to improve.
The Makerble Wall. 10 Things worth knowing about everyone at Makerble.
What are 10 things about you?
I’m just really happy about living and working in London because it’s really a whole journey in itself. I’m learning a lot about myself. I think self-discovery is a really big part of life and Makerble is now a part of my self-discovery.
I still have 3 months to go but I already know that I would like to come back to london one day.

That day I’ll visit the Makerble headquarters and have lunch again with the team :)

Who's that handsome guy?

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

My experience being a Makerble Intern

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Makerble is the right place to work if you are looking for a steep learning curve experience! Since it is a  start-up, I am getting the opportunity to work on many different tasks, roles and i am able able to give my ideas and make them happen. Since Makerble is a tech based start up, technology is a core aspect of the business. We use a wide range of web based applications
and tech tools that will definitely improve my ability to work in the tech world!
The great thing about Makerble is that the donations that are made are tracked and our clients can see where their money is going, it is always important to feel the company you working for its transparent. At the same time working at Makerble proves to be both exciting and rewarding since the more time I put into work the closer I am to positively affecting the lives of people in need. Makerble’s belief is that human beings are inherently good and do want to make to see a positive change in the world; thus as a brand we want to overcome the barriers that prevent people from making the change that they want to see.

The Makerble Team at the Office!

It’s a fun internship, where you can develop your ideas and full time but also can be flexible. As an intern I have been discovering the different parts of the business i am interested on but also you can be assigned to a specific part. This is great since you will achieve a all rounded understanding and knowledge of the business. We are very privileged to have been kindly donated office space to by the Global Ideas Company, What If Innovation Partners in Central London. 

The offices are not only super nice but have a great atmosphere, you will be able to find many creative people and most of all, positive and happy employees. We are around ten Makerble people working at the office at the moment, and our team at Makerble keeps on growing and i am so excited to grow with them!

I leave you here some pictures of our offices and our team :)

Ashland Place, Marylebone, Central London

This is some of the office space we get to share! 

This is the Makerble Team

By :Arena Martinez
Generosity Catalyst at Makerble


Thursday, 23 April 2015


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The People Behind Makerble
Matt Kepple, Founder & CEO

Matt created Sponsor a Kid for a Quid as a university student 10 years ago when he couldn’t afford to sponsor a child. Students and staff got involved and collectively sponsored 8 children. The idea won Channel4’s Ideas Factory Award and on a bus trip between London and Birmingham Matt had the idea to apply the concept to every every cause so that people could sponsor projects related to the issues they cared about and get progress updates on their achievements. This is what has become Makerble. On his journey to creating Makerble, Matt has worked across the marketing and innovation spectrum ranging from creating campaigns and strategies for brands, government departments and charities; producing parties and ethical fashion shows; managing a music artist; and co-founding the Commission for Youth Social Enterprise, Youth: The Funding Network and Filanthropy*. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, a former Sandbox Fellow and a former UK Social Enterprise Ambassador appointed by The Cabinet Office. Matt is yet to be defeated in a limbo competition.
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partnering with charities, foundations and philanthropists
Annabel Dickson, Director of Social Progress 

Annabel and Matt have worked together since 2008 bringing people closer to charitable projects they care about and raising close to £100,000 in the process. Annabel co-created the award-winning Youth: The Funding Network and then Filanthropy*, an organisation that creates parties to spur on social change. She has a background in working with philanthropists to evaluate the effectiveness of the projects they support as well as working front-line for charities whose clients have ranged from people with experience of homeless to people on death row. Annabel has been recognised for her work to catalyse social change by the World Economic Forum, becoming one of their Global Shapers and is a trustee of Nexus (Europe), part of a network of 2000+ young people working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Annabel has a long held desire to sail across the Atlantic, invest via others in some rainforest and become a shadow puppeteer.

partnering with brands, employers and digital services
Kate Gault, Director of Brand Strategy

Kate and Matt got their first jobs working in the same advertising agency DLKW. Kate went on to become an Account Director at AMV BBDO leading national campaigns for clients ranging from Walkers Crisps on the Create Your Own Flavour which also included a partnership with Comic Relief, to campaigns for the UK Government Department of Transport. She led her team to win Gold at the prestigious Cannes Lions awards for the advertising industry worldwide. Kate then moved to ITV where she looked after the marketing of ITV Drama. Her love for drama runs deep, to this day she can still recite words from the songs of Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Abhi Patel, CTO & CFO

Abhi and Matt went to high school together and have collaborated on ideas since they graduated university. Abhi left Goldman-Sachs to join Makerble. At Goldman-Sachs and Deutsche Bank he programmed trading algorithms and in his spare time learnt to DJ, promoted parties, learnt piano, played Ultimate Frisbee at an amateur European level and became a photographer.  

With Special Thanks To

WhatIf Innovation Partners - for donating their consulting services and workspace
WhatIf is a global innovation company with over 20 years heritage in helping organisations create and capitalise on new ideas for products and services. Each year WhatIf donates consulting services and workspace to a socially motivated organisation and in the year of our launch they chose Makerble. Special thanks to the London and New York teams who have made us feel so welcome and shared their insights and innovation processes with us to enrich what we’re creating with Makerble.
TrueUp - for donating their consulting services
TrueUp is a fresh-thinking data-driven agency that helps digital service providers better cater to the needs of the people that use them. Special thanks to the founder Liam Reynolds for continued support and ideas to make Makerble even better and the team in Farringdon donating their time to work on our web analytics.

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List of charities in the Makerble portfolio


Monday, 8 December 2014

Ten Photos That Changed The World.....

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10 photos that changed the world.


Martin Luther King, giving his iconic ‘I have a dream speech’…

August 28th 1963, MLK delivered his speech “I have a dream” to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the famous steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington (for Jobs and Freedom) becoming a defining moment of the American Civil Rights movement.


To Obama, being elected the first African-American President in 2008.

‘The dream came true’ is what many echoed, when Barack Obama became the first African-American President to be elected into power on November 4th 2008.


Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Silence fell at the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 22nd November 1963, in Dallas Texas. At only 46, JFK died younger than any other US President to date.


Malala Yousafzai: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”

After being shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, stood confident in front of the United Nations Youth Takeover and delivered a heart-wrenching speech.  


Steve Jobs introducing the first iPod, changed the way we viewed technology

October 23rd 2001, the world was set to change the way it identified with and heard music. Apple’s great Steve Jobs, had designed the first iPod known as the ‘the iPod Classic’


9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers

Horror and disbelief sweep across the world on 9/11 2001, when the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) was targeted by hijacked planes, one of the four co-ordinated terror attacks on the United States of America.


Death of our beloved Freedom Fighter: Nelson Mandela

Known to many as a Philanthropist, Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary, Politician, Freedom Fighter and Madiba. The world lost a great and humbled man in the form of Nelson Mandela, who showed us that love, compassion and forgiveness, were the most useful tools any one individual could obtain during life. May his soul rest in heavenly peace.


July 2005 London Bombings

On the morning 7th July 2005, four bombs, three hitting the London Underground and one on a double decker bus, were detonated in the Centre of London.


Rescuing the Chilean Miners, after being trapped for 69 days.

After being trapped since 5th August 2010 after the mine collapsed, Los 33, known as ‘The 33’ Chilean miners suffered severely for 69 days until being uniquely rescued by an individual capsule, that each time it appeared down to rescue around miner. It represented hope.

And on 13th October 2010, all ‘Los 33’ (The 33) were rescued.


                “Did someone say Selfie?”

Ellen DeGeneres and co-stars broke Obama’s record at the Oscars by having the most retweeted photograph on a Sunday night, whilst changing the Selfie game forever.

By Nikkita Robert