iMake: IoT MakerSpace

To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers! Combine that with hardware & software resources, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create products that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. They are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to produce outcomes with significant impacts.

“IoT : Maker Space has been conceived with a vision to open all vistas of learning, imbibe a culture of exploring, probing and experimenting to transform the student force into Industry ready workforce - Thought Leaders / Innovators / Entrepreneurs”

The focus on product development and startups is very crucial in the overall growth of IT industry and a significant number of jobs are going to be created in this space. In a bid to seize this opportunity and bring exposure to the student community, HYSEA and TASK have conceptualized establishing Maker Space on campus. It could not have come at a more opportune time when the topic of skill development, innovation and entrepreneurship is resonating across the country.

The outcome of EXCITE-2015 and Hacker Summit have been very encouraging and students and colleges have shown a lot of interest in taking the ideas and products much further. The Maker Space initiative will enable this; a fully equipped lab where students can use the inventory and create product prototypes and innovative solutions.

An enabling environment with right mentoring and rekindling aspirations amongst the students can do the magic!!!

Programme Structure

A mere establishment of Maker Space in itself does not guarantee the onset of a culture of Innovation/entrepreneurship. A stage wise approach has been conceived and a standard set of activities have been identified to be conducted as part of the Makerspace in a hub and spoke model where some of the activities will be conducted in a centralized place like Hyderabad (HuB) and most of the activities will be conducted on college campus (Spokes). The complete programme is broadly divided into three phases as described below:

Phase 1: Maker Space Structured Activities

The Phase 1 of Maker Space initiative includes a series of activities listed below which will be conducted primarily on college campus. In addition, there will be some centralized activities as well.

Jigyasa - The Exploration Phase

In most cases, participants need inputs on the approach to identify problem/opportunity and present it in a structured manner. It also helps in learning how to be focused on a specific issue than trying to solve all the things in one attempt. The whole objective of this phase is to help them refine their approach towards Ideation.

This activity shall end with an Idea contest.

Abhyasa - The Learning Phase

Technology Workshops on IoT/Android, product engineering, Innovation, Design and other allied areas will be conducted to build the required skillset amongst participants. More importantly, their approach to learning has to change to a more rapid and self- learning approach.

The concepts learnt in these workshops will be backed up with assignments, projects and assessment in every semester.

Sadhana - The Building Phase

Once the participants are good at identifying problems/opportunities and familiar with technology, there is no stopping from building solutions. Hackathons will be conducted in every semester with proper check points to challenge the participants and give them an opportunity to show their porotypes. A detailed feedback will be provided at the end of these hackathons.

A lot of learning can happen by a critical analysis/feedback of what they built.

Ananda - The Showcasing Phase

A mega hackathon with participation from winners of college level hackathons will be conducted as a centralized event. This will also serve as a platform to showcase the activities completed conducted on campus. The participants will have an opportunity to interact with Industry Mentors and share and learn from each other’s experiences.

Phase 2: Summer Workshop - EXCITE

The winners and proactive participants from the campus activities like Ideathons and Hackathons will be given an opportunity to participate in EXCITE. The remaining participants who cannot be accommodated in EXCITE will be grouped together in a nodal center and a one month workshop on the lines of EXCITE will be conducted.

Phase 3 - Internship and Placement Drives

HYSEA & TASK will conduct exclusive placement drives for the participants of Maker Space initiative with a focus on product development companies and startups.