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Hacker spaces are on the rise in India, a development that really excites me. When I helped co-found India’s first, community Hacker Space – Maker’s Asylum – in Mumbai, things were pretty lonely. And this was less than 2 years back in 2013 November. Last month, we opened New Delhi’s latest, and the Maker’s Asylum’s second space.
While Mumbai and Bengaluru have an active and large hacker community, New Delhi, India’s capital, seems to have leapfrogged ahead when it comes to hackerspaces – four at last count. So when the latest one in town, Maker’s Asylum, opened it’s doors last month, we decided to put together a hacker congregation to bring the community together and introduce them to the Hackaday Prize.
A maker space allows just about anyone to become a product entrepreneur, making prototypes with the tools at hand, but unfortunately, the Asylum might be shutting down soon. Until now, it was sponsored by a design school, but it has to find new funding by the end of this month.
In an industrial area in a Mumbai suburb, Godrej Appliances is attempting to reinvent itself. More than 25 electronic engineers, designers, business strategists and coders were 'hacking' their way to new products over the weekend using 3D printers and power tools, part of a new innovation drive at the appliancesmaker.
Creating spaces within spaces is the new mantra to drive innovation and firms offering experiential platforms to the new generation of thinkers and doers say this not only helps in regular interaction, networking and sharing of ideas but also facilitates an organic connect for cross pollination.
The worlds of art and engineering, hobbyists and professionals, come together effectively in the maker movement. Maker communities and hackathon events are springing up in increasing numbers across India, though a lot more could be done to dovetail this movement with initiatives such as Startup India, Skill India and Make in India.
Makerspaces are collaborative work areas with tools and equipment where people interested in innovation and invention can come together to design, build, create, and engineer. It is open to all, irrespective of age, educational qualifications or gender.
Drones have slowly revolutionised vast farmland surveillance. With high-tech cameras mounted on these drones, farmers can keep track of their harvest and study their plantations to make the necessary changes in their preservatives