Ulabs Story

In order to best understand Ulabs’s current state, it is important to review its history. Ulabs was founded in 2014 by Leen Borno. According to an interview with Mrs. Borno, she said the story of this organization started when her son’s teenage friend committed suicide. She said that there was no entertainment place in Lubbock for teenagers or students. She started thinking about having a place for her kids and their friends to hang out other than a parking lot. Furthermore, Mrs. Borno said that most of the school students in Lubbock had no access to technology tools, unlike some wealthy people in Lubbock. Therefore, Mrs. Borno thought it would be a good idea to have a space had different tools and machines available for students. In this way, you people would gain access to technology tools, and get experience hands-on learning. Mrs. Borno is a jewelry designer and she already had many machines and tools that could provide a good start for this kind of organization. She started investing in a space that had machines and tools with a huge collaboration with a good number of volunteers and kids. She thought it might be a place for them and other kids in order to learn, tinker, innovate and create through different activities. Near the end of the interview, Mrs. Borno explained the name she chose for the organization. She wanted a neutral and a global name for the organization. Therefore, she called it “Ubiquitous labs” abbreviated as “Ulabs.” After she invested in more machines and tools, she began calling it “Ulabs Makerspace.”