BENGALURU Maker Faire 2017
India’s Maker Movement
India has over the last decade seen a phenomenal outburst of makers mushrooming across the country. The community has been growing as a ‘voluntary movement’, however it has garnered support from institutions, independent organizations, corporates and the government who understand the value and help build a strong ecosystem for its sustenance.
One that started out as love for exploring varied topics of interest, materials, learning new skills, ‘making’ became the quintessential trait for progressive and disruptive innovators. This has been the global trend. However, India is paving its own way and pace given the challenges and scale.
The bright side of it all is that maker patrons understand that ‘making’ in the past was the order of the day in India where a strong history of artisans to scientists have been contributing to the maker culture. It is now that we have woken up to these terminologies and evolving with trending technologies to innovate for the future. It is becoming more and more important and relevant for agencies such as makerspaces and alike to play interlocutors to advocate a hybrid model in mind combining traditional techniques and modern making. This way the movement is encouraged to stay grounded and sustainable.
Introduction to Workbench Projects- An interlocutor/ facilitator for Makers
Workbench Projects (WP) is a makerspace/ FabLab/ public laboratory in Bangalore. It is a unique cross-disciplinary platform for public to toy with ideas, tinker with tools and machines to prototype and build for the future.
Having reclaimed a public space through a tendering process with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, WP is the first of its kind to model a makerspace under a metro station in the world.
As a certified FabLaband a hub for makers, WP hosted the very first Mini Maker Faire in India in association with NASSCOM in 2015 and subsequently in 2016 with the support of the community and a few industry partnership WP hosted the Delhi Mini Maker Faire and Bengaluru Mini Maker Faire under the license from Maker Media, Inc. Continuing the commitment to stay true to the practice and engage the community and public at large this year WP hosts India’s first Maker Faire (10x) in the country by co-hosting and co-locating it with the state and IT/BT Department’s annual event in November 16-17.
Commitment to Makers through Mini Maker Faires
Workbench Projects has been an enabler for the maker community since December 2013. It not only facilitates build(s) and showcases but also has seized every opportunity to celebrate the movement in its entirety. Of the many platforms created, one that has made an impact with the public at large is the ‘Mini Maker Faire’ hosted independently last year at the Rangoli Metro Arts Centre. It was the first ever “Bengaluru Mini Maker Faire” that had an overwhelming public response. It established a wide platform that gave a countrywide participation.
Moving beyond the confines of our own city and a few other metropolis, this year in an attempt to reach far and wide we (Workbench Projects) are committed to organizing a well-thought out run up events to ensure a far more democratic participation seen not only in the metropolis but as Tier II cities and towns at the field level.
Like any other Mini Maker Faires, this faire too shall witnessa variety of maker exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, performances, talks, panel discussions and presentations making room for all kinds of makers be it students, independents to corporations taking part in the celebration of the movement.
Focus will remain to inspire makers from allstreams and support their passions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, culinary, sports and more.
We will encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things!We will look for talented makers of all ages- anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.
Some of the projects that we are looking for:
- Robotics, homegrown drones
- Arduino projects, Raspberry Pi
- Space projects
- Food makers
- Conductive materials projects
- Kit Makers
- Interactive art projects
- 3D Printers and CNC Mills
- Textile Arts and Crafts
- Home energy Monitoring
- Rockets and RC Toys
- Sustainability and green tech
- Radios, Vintage computers and Game Systems
- Electric Vehicles
- Science, Biology/ Biotech and Chemistry Projects
- Puppets, Kites and other whimsical creations
- Self-built Bicycles
- Large-scale art (installations and structures)
- Alternate shelters (Tents, Domes etc)
- Self-made musical instruments
- Unusual tools and machines
*One can apply to showcase either as a Maker exhibitor, presenter, a Startup or a sponsor. All participants will come through a selection process.
Expected reach and audience
This year too we really want to inspire our public and particularly the youth and support their passions in making and creating. Focus on STEM+A comes from bringing together other makers from the community: professionals from multinationals, local business leaders, educators, schools, colleges, universities, hacker spaces and other independent organisations.
We aim to make Bengaluru Maker Faire 2017 a community-based learning event that inspires anyone and everyone to become a maker by hosting an event, which is engaging, active and above all fun!
We encourage any organization who wishes to be part of fostering new innovations and furthering the maker’s spirit in India to come forward and work with us to make this prestigious Maker Faire a grand success!
ABOUT MAKER FAIRE:
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in San Diego.
ABOUT MAKE MAGAZINE:
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Subscribe here.
BESIDES THE MAGAZINE AND THE FAIRE, MAKE IS:
- a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
- a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
- a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
- Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
- a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.