Steven Canvin: Part (I)
My name is Steven Canvin. I work in the LEGO Group in Billund, Denmark. My title is LEGO Mindstorms Community Manager. It means I deal with the LEGO Mindstorms Community on a daily basis. Our community consists of enthusiasts, or what they call themselves, AFOLs (Adults Fan of LEGO). And the age mart mark goes from 30 and up. So we have a lot of adults fan out there, playing with a lot of LEGOs and LEGO Mindstorms.
I've been working in the LEGO Group through thirteen years. I started as a Design Manager of LEGO Mindstorms when the first generation of LEGO Mindstorms had been introduced. Then I move on to some other tasks in the company. I worked on concept developing. I have then come back to the company after been away for two years. In 2006 I work with the new generation of LEGO Mindstorms, the NXT generation, and working with the community. My role was at the time was Business Developing Manager that transcended to be the Marketing Manager and now I'm the Community Manager. So I tried at least four different roles in the work with LEGO Mindstorms.
On a daily basis I'm in contact with adult fans out there across the world. They're in turn on collaborating with us on several activities. Some are developers working on new LEGO Mindstorms activities and new Mindstorms models. Some are involved when we go to events, like presenting LEGO Mindstorms robots. And also when we're working with partners, we works with a lot of technology partners at events, where they are really interested in how LEGO is being presented. And the best entry form for our technology partners is LEGO Mindstorms because of the technological nature.
As a LEGO Mindstorms Community Manager I'm working with all the robot enthusiasts we have out there in the LEGO Communities. We have a really large group of fans out there who love our products. And our LEGO Mindstorms fans go to the existence of building enormous robots and robotics constructions and inventions out of our fantastic little toy. We are quite proud of the inventions they make. We have seen people make big chess sets that work like the Harry Potter chess game in the very first movie. We have seen people making robots that can fold your shirts, sort your LEGO bricks, sort your candy, serve drinks for you, shoot with different objects, control and radio control planes by themselves, we have LEGO Mindstorms robots going to space. So there's pretty much no limit about what you can do.
To be continued...
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Steven Canvin is LEGO Mindstorms Community Manager. He works at LEGO Group in Billund, Denmark.