Foundry 2012: applications open

Posted in News by Andy Bell on May 22, 2012


Last year Mint launched Foundry, our graduate placement scheme. It has two key principles:

  1. Don't get graduates in simply to help with jobs round the office.
  2. Hire people who don’t do what Mint does, to work on things Mint hasn’t done before.

We’re delighted to announce Foundry is coming back for 2012, and applications are now open.

In its initial year, Foundry totally surpassed our expectations.

In one spare morning, they created what became an iconic image of Steve Jobs, assembled from the parts of a MacBook Pro.

Their main task was to make something connected to the Internet that doesn’t live on a screen. They created Olly, a robot who turns pings into pongs. (Later came his sister, Polly, who turns retweets into sweets.)


Olly has been featured by the BBC, Fast Co.DESIGN, Cool Hunting, CNet, Core77, Huffington Post, Mashable, The Next Web, Engadget, The Atlantic Technology Blog and more.

Ben, one of the Foundry team, was even invited onto Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.


On top of all that, The Foundry team went on to win Inventors of the Year at the Ideal Home Show.

Alas, Olly failed to get funding on Kickstarter. That means we haven’t been able to produce them at the scale we had hoped. That said, plans are brewing that might fix that.

If you’d like to be part of Foundry’s 2012 adventure, check out the call for applicants and apply at We can’t wait to hear from you.

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