India’s first Maker Fest brought to the city by Silicon Valley based, Venture Capitalist and founder of the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, Asha Jadeja Motwani turned out to be a successful Indian derivative of California’s wildly popular “Maker Faire”.
#MakerFest2014 saw over 80 Indian innovators rub shoulders with many foreign makers around the world. Some of the makers who exhibited at the fest included child prodigy- Susant Pattnaik- famous for designing a wheel chair which functions on breath sensor, a team that created Rural Utility Vehichle (Evomo) among many others.
The Maker nation took notice as India’s eminent innovation entrepreneur and tech guru Sam Pitroda, chairman of the National Innovation Council and Adviser to the Prime Minister, inaugurated the fest.
The two day long fest, which was an open public faire hosted several school kids across the city, who got to learn and make something of their own with our makers.
India’s first Maker Fest was also India’s first brush with Google Glass. Google hackathon witnessed selected programmers from the country, being introduced to this wearable computer technology and were invited to devise application for the Glass that is yet to hit the market.
The fest also saw the likes of Pranav Mistry, the Indian scientist best known for his works on Sixth Sense and Samsung Galaxy Gear and Anand Gandhi, the Director of the critically acclaimed Indian film, Ship of Theseus.
The fest drew closure with a panel discussion and a promise to return soon with yet another Maker Fest, celebrating innovations and DIY culture among a community of makers and learners across India.