Swindon’s Desk welcomes Charmander as 30th member

By Anita Jaynes on 15 July, 2016

Desk, Swindon’s first coworking space has welcomed Charmander as its 30th member and is supporting fellow Pokémon Go ‘trainers’ today, in celebration of yesterday’s UK launch of Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game that makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. The game has taken the world by storm and is attracting players of all ages. It allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world and was officially released in the UK on Thursday July 14.

Charmander, a red lizard-like Pokémon was spotted in Desk on Thursday morning and was quickly welcomed/captured by Desk founder Matt Greenwood.

Matt decided to award Charmander a complimentary Desk membership, making the Pokémon the 30th Desk member. The coworking space was launched in March 2016.

“Charmander has a certain ‘fire’ about him that made him perfect for Desk, plus he doesn’t take up much space, as he stores away neatly into a Pokeball” said Matt, “and like our other members he is very ambitious, always looking to move forward and evolve.”

“Seriously though, Pokémon Go is a highly impressive way of showcasing the potential of augmented reality. It may seem trivial to some, but our techy members have really embraced the simple way of getting people using the technology and it’s quickly becoming an office favourite. In September we’re hosting Swindon Tech Summit of which virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be a big part” added Matt.

Desk member Ben Kidd of Curiscope, a company that creates AR and VR experiences that take users on fascinating adventures said: “Curiosity fuels our learning and our discovery. It’s what drives learning beyond the classroom – beyond the nostalgic and novel appeal of Pokémon Go, it’s a powerful wake-up to the potential for AR in helping children discover and learn in a way they find exciting.”

Thomas Haynes, MD of the Nature Protection consultancy NatureBureau and Pokémon player said: “This game will give people much needed enthusiasm to get out and discover their local countryside as well as their cultural surroundings.”

Kris Talikowski of The Core Juicery situated below Desk added: “Razz-Berries are a firm favourite of many Pokémon but particularly Doduo, if any local trainers have Doduo in their Pokédex today, they can have a ‘Razz-Berry Blast’ smoothie on the house. It’s also edible to humans.”

Desk (in game) is using ‘lure modules’ at the Old Town Museum Pokéstop and Moshan Island Grill Caribbean Restaurant Pokéstop in Old Town. Desk is situated between the two stops.

Lure Modules attract Pokémon to a particular Pokéstop for a period of 30 minutes but Desk will be refreshing them every half hour on Friday. Lure Modules targets the PokéStop not just for the deploying player, but all players in the area.

Those that have reached over level five will be able to battle at the Arts Centre Pokémon Gym.

Visit Desk at 4 Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4BJ or go to their website: www.deskcowork.co.uk

Pictured above: Matt Greenwood, founder of Desk with ‘new member’ Charmander.