What’s the favourite MOC you’ve built so far?
“In terms of measurable impact, it would probably be my 2015 ‘Lovelace and Babbage’ LEGO Ideas project. It was a monochromatic MOC designed to celebrate the first published computer programmer and the first mechanical computer.
With amazing support from Ada Lovelace fans worldwide it garnered over 2.5 million impressions (or views). It reached the 10,000 public votes target in 2016 but was ultimately not selected for production by LEGO.
I originally started this build as a personal and emotional response to the sudden passing of my father David Alexander Cromar. He was a mechanical engineer, just like Charles Babbage, and this felt like a fitting tribute to him. Everyone deals with grief differently and LEGO ended up being a surprising source of positivity for my family.
My proudest moment was being invited to present a short paper about my LEGO project at the University of Oxford’s official ‘Ada Lovelace Symposium’ for the 200th anniversary of her birth.”
As a computer scientist in a past life, this Ideas set really appealed to me; such a shame it never made it in to production! What an honour to be invited to the Univeristy of Oxford, too – a great achievement in itself.