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Betabox: the Shipping Container Turned Mobile Tech Lab

Technology is advancing at break-neck speeds. The smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than what it took to put a man on the moon. In many ways, we take it for granted, but on the downside there are also a lot of growing pains and struggles to keep up with the pace. The most obvious example being the educational system which seems to be perpetually at least three steps behind teaching with the most current technology.

Betabox is trying to change that for students and others. Betabox insideStarted in 2014 by twenty-four year old Sean Maroni, the Raleigh based company refurbishes old shipping containers, turning them into tech labs that can go anywhere. This provides cutting edge technology such as 3D printers, and even CNC milling machines to schools and others who don’t have the kind of funding to afford their own. Approximately 70% of their clients are K-12 schools with the rest comprised of companies such as Texas Instruments, who used the labs for design brainstorming sessions.

“We can drive it to customers and set it up anywhere outside,” Maroni told CNN. “It’s as if snap your fingers and a fully stocked tech lab arrives”

The company currently has three labs with plans to expand. They also have around 100 designers, engineers, and educators that go with the labs to make the most of the experience for their clients.

See it in action in the video below and find more info at


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About Nathan Mathis

Nathan Mathis is affectionately known as Beardo, the bearded weirdo. He is a follower of Christ, a self-made thousandaire, and a lover of Hip-Hop. He currently owns and operates and runs an accounting firm with his father.

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