January 5, 2015

Maker Fest 2015

by Anusha Narayanan

Continuing with the wave of festivals happening in India through the months of winter is Maker Fest 2015, scheduled on 10th and 11th January 2015 at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. For the second consecutive year, it is one of the largest gatherings of ‘makers’ from across India.

Who is a ‘Maker’, you might ask? “Every individual making an origami bird to one making a giant robotic arm is considered a maker and Maker Fest celebrates this epiphany of innovators, creators and designers ranging from a weaving artist to a rocket scientist.” Maker Fest is the Indian adaptation of the international Maker Faire which was launched in California in 2006. “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new,” Maker Faire is where people gather with their families and display things they have “made” and share their experiences.

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The event this year includes eight speakers and 20 workshops, which focus on electronics and DIY activities that teach people about electricity and making circuits, using play-kits to develop electronics and computer programming, how to make a Bluetooth module, and building temperature sensors from scratch etc. It also involves craft activities such as making walkalong gliders and toy boats, again adding simple electronics to enhance the way they function.

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Among the makers who shall be displaying their creations at the Fest are Ecomappers – a group of four – who have “created pollution mapping systems, a kit which shows how polluted an area is by measuring carbon dioxide, air quality, dust, noise, temperature and humidity.” The sensors collect data and superimpose it on Google maps in real time to show you how “swachh” or clean your locality really is. There are also agriculture-centric innovations on display, such as the device FarmCorder which monitors crop-yields especially for farmers who use inadequate techniques and fertilizers. One of the makers will be displaying his own version of ‘Jarvis’, Iron Man’s supercomputer, just that this one is based on a “Natural User Interface.”

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From the list of Makers announced so far, the Fest seems to predominantly revolve around digital and technological innovations on a small or medium-scale, specifically electronics that enhance life systems in the urban and rural context.

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