Makers at Makers Asylum Mumbais Andheri studio have inspired product labs to use laser cutters and simple materials available at stationary shops to ship off 1.40 lakh face shields to medical workers and police on Coronavirus duty.
Entrepreneurship and the micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector contribute nearly one-third to India’s GDP. However, the sector is particularly vulnerable to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic because they typically have fewer resources than large businesses.
ndia’s hacker and maker community have risen to the challenge and done their bit to supply needed resources, and fresh from last year’s PPE manufacturing efforts a group from the Makers Asylum hackerspace in Goa have launched upon a fresh challenge.
Before COVID, many makerspaces existed around India but they were rather small and activity was limited. Lab operators had challenges operating the labs independently because of financial sustainability concerns, so most labs were parts of a university.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to a global shortfall in essential items, turning many countries into resource-constrained environments. In response, an unprecedented number of do-it-yourself hobbyists (i.e. makers) have started to use digital fabrication tools to produce critical items.
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As you sit in the comfort of your homes during this lockdown, there are many who are risking their lives and fearlessly taking to the streets to help those who are in need.
From Kanaga Varathan's team in Tamil Nadu working for the trans community, to the support Caremongers have offered to the disabled and elderly, initiatives led by ordinary people have helped thousands to survive the lockdown put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic
One doctor, who is working in the state-run hospital in the northern city of Lucknow, said: "We are not getting PPE kits as fast as we should."