The element14 Community, an online network that connects engineers, manufacturers, inventors, and other innovators in the maker movement, now counts over 500,000 members. The community was launched in 2009 as a way for electronics distributor Farnell element14 to engage more directly with its customers.
The community evolved with the creation of new programs and content to better serve the changing needs and interests of its membership of electronics innovators.
Overall participation in the element14 Community has grown on average 20% year over year, with membership growth as high as 50% in some years, according to Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media at Premier Farnell.
“What sets the element14 Community apart from other online content sites in our industry is the dynamic level of member participation,” said Kibbey. “The element14 Community offers a supplier-agnostic site where engineers and makers can get honest answers and opinions from other engineers and hobbyists across the globe.”
The element14 Community draws its half-million members from around the world. By region, 42 percent are from Europe, 37 percent are from North America, and 21 percent are from Asia and the Pacific region. Eighty percent of the community has an engineering or maker background.
It provides an unbiased online forum where over half a million engineers and makers can find 24/7 support by connecting, collaborating, and seeking advice as they face tough project challenges.
Members also have access to the Design Centre, a comprehensive resource that brings together the latest development tools, technical information from suppliers, community discussions, webinars, and live chats with the element14 support team.
“Our members truly engage with each other on a daily basis across a large set of forums and activities, and this is the core differentiator of our community,” said Kibbey.