Make something awesome in 5 days

19 Jul 20164 minutes read

We believe in learning by doing

The aim of Lab Rats is to challenge teams of passionate and motivated students to create an awesome digital product in just 5 days.

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During these 5 days you’ll explore deep insights, so that you can approach problems differently and solve them in new and innovative ways.

You’ll have all the resources Etch has to offer at your fingertips to stimulate your creativity. This includes the incredible team at Etch. We have some of the best designers, developers, producers & copywriters the industry has to offer on hand to offer their help and advice as you work, (should you even need it)… hell, we even have an psychologist!

We believe in learning by doing

We love universities, but they are in need of a bit of help as they physically can’t teach all the skills needed in our industry. That’s where Etch comes in to offer a helping hand.

As much as lectures and coursework teach you specific “how to” practical skills, the experience you’ll gain from from working in a real, live studio will teach you the essential soft-skills that you’ll need to excel, but in in a more condensed format than a gap-year or internship alongside your studies.

We are offering 6 driven students the opportunity to come into our studio to learn the ways of the industry. You’ll learn how to understand, reframe and solve problems as well as prototype, conduct user tests and iterate an idea using simple UX and development techniques and frameworks.

Is it for me?

If you are an exceptionally motivated second or third year university student, then definitely.

We’re actively looking for Designers and Developers. But this is open to all students of all courses and disciplines. You could come from Marketing, Business, even the Biomedical Science department, all you need is the drive to innovate and create things.

The aim here isn’t to find the students with the most talent, but to find those who show the passion and enthusiasm to take on 5 days of intense learning.

Your team

Up to 6 in a team.

Don’t worry, we’ll create the team. You only need to apply yourself. Just know that your team will be varied and not only from your university. The idea is to meet new people as much as it is about creating awesome stuff.

If you have your heart set on working in a team you’ve made, get your lecturer to contact us and we’ll sort something out.

What you will do

You’ll be based at Etch’s studio for 5 days.

Why 5 days? It’s all about learning by doing. So you’ll learn standard industry practices and then put it into action to create a tangible outcome.

Be prepared. We’ll reveal brief will be revealed a week before you arrive.

What will I need to bring?

Yourself and a laptop. Easy.

Just be sure you’ve got any software you need on it you think you’ll need to create stuff. If you’re a designer, it’ll be something like Sketch or Photoshop. If you’re a developer something like Sublime Text. If you’re a copywriter it’ll be something like Word… you get the idea.

When does this take place?

We don’t want to get in the way of your studies, this has to work around you students and your exam timetable, so we will run 2 of these sessions. One in the first week in November and another in January.


So, if this is like something you want to be part of then just fill visit, it'll only take a couple of minutes. There’s only 6 spots in each session, so we’ll need to know why you’d be a good Lab Rat.

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