About me

A brief bio

I’m Alex Cureton-Griffiths, and I’m a maker on the move, bouncing around the planet building projects and helping other people work on theirs. I work with governments, industry, academia, and NGO’s to make the planet a hopefully better, definitely more makery place.

A less brief bio

From country boy to geek to maker

Describing myself is always difficult, so here goes nothing.

I was born in Shropshire, England, a place more known for sheep farming and scenery than short circuits and soldering. At the age of 15, my family got bored of being surrounded by sheep and decided to move to New Zealand. To be surrounded by more sheep. I ended up majoring in Chinese at Otago University and upon graduation (being finished with sheep for good) left for China, spending time in the Gobi Desert, Taiwan, and Shanghai.

The China years

I’ve always been a geek, and when I heard about the first hackerspace opening up in China, I immediately signed up to be one of the first members. After fiddling about with various bits of machinery, I got involved with a global group of makers applying to DARPA for funding to start an open-source space agency…I’ve always been a geek, and when I heard about the first hackerspace opening up in China, I immediately signed up to be one of the first members. After fiddling about with various bits of machinery, I got involved with a global group of makers applying to DARPA for funding to start an open-source space agency…

To space and beyond…

DARPA gave us half a million US Dollars in funding and I became the global project lead of SpaceGAMBIT, on a two-year mission to explore makers’ potential to build space tech, seek out new and interesting maker ideas, and fund projects where no-one has funded before.

At this point I left China to live in the UK for a year, and then travelled around Europe, the USA, and Africa for a further two years on the hunt for projects and partners. To date we’ve funded over 20 projects worldwide and worked with DARPA, NASA, and the White House.

Open Source Villages

Now I’m working on Open Source Villages around Asia (and hopefully the world soon).

At the moment, everything I own can fit into a small backpack and I’m always ready to help makers around the world or go on a new adventure.